NASB — Genesis 48 — KJV

Israel’s Last Days

1 Now it came about after these things that IJoseph was told, “Behold, your father is sick.” So he took his two sons aManasseh and Ephraim with him. 2 When Iit was told to Jacob, “Behold, your son Joseph has come to you,” Israel IIcollected his strength and sat IIIup in the bed. 3 Then Jacob said to Joseph, “IaGod Almighty appeared to me at bLuz in the land of Canaan and blessed me, 4 and He said to me, ‘Behold, I will make you fruitful and numerous, and I will make you a company of peoples, and will give this land to your Idescendants after you for aan everlasting possession.’ 5 Now your two sons, who were born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you in Egypt, are mine; aEphraim and Manasseh shall be mine, as bReuben and Simeon are. 6 But your offspring that Ihave been born after them shall be yours; they shall be called by the IInames of their brothers in their inheritance. 7 Now as for me, when I came from aPaddan, bRachel died, Ito my sorrow, in the land of Canaan on the journey, when there was still some distance to go to Ephrath; and I buried her there on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem).”

[1] ILit one said to Joseph aGn 41:51, 52; Jsh 14:4
[2] ILit one told Jacob and said IILit strengthened himself IIILit upon the bed
[3] IHeb El Shaddai aGn 28:13f; 35:9-12 bGn 28:19; 35:6
[4] ILit seed aGn 17:8
[5] aGn 41:50-52; 46:20; 48:1; Jsh 14:4 b1Ch 5:1, 2
[6] ILit you have begotten IILit name
[7] ILit upon me aGn 33:18 bGn 35:19, 20

8 ¶ When Israel asaw Joseph’s sons, he said, “Who are these?” 9 Joseph said to his father, “aThey are my sons, whom God has given me here.” So he said, “Bring them to me, please, that bI may bless them.” 10 Now athe eyes of Israel were [so] dim from age [that] he could not see. Then IJoseph brought them close to him, and he bkissed them and embraced them. 11 Israel said to Joseph, “I never Iexpected to see your face, and behold, God has let me see your IIchildren as well.” 12 Then Joseph Itook them from his knees, and abowed with his face to the ground. 13 Joseph took them both, Ephraim with his right hand toward Israel’s left, and Manasseh with his left hand toward Israel’s right, and brought them close to him. 14 But Israel stretched out his right hand and laid it on the head of Ephraim, who was the younger, and his left hand on Manasseh’s head, Icrossing his hands, IIalthough aManasseh was the firstborn. 15 He blessed Joseph, and said,
  “aThe God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked,
  bThe God who has been my shepherd Iall my life to this day,
  16 aThe angel who has redeemed me from all evil,
  bBless the lads;
  And may my name Ilive on in them,
  And the IInames of my fathers Abraham and Isaac;
  And cmay they grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.”

[8] aGn 48:10
[9] aGn 33:5 bGn 27:4
[10] ILit he aGn 27:1 bGn 27:27
[11] ILit meditated, judged IILit seed
[12] ILit made them come out aGn 42:6
[14] IOr consciously directing IILit when aGn 41:51, 52
[15] ILit from the continuance of me aGn 17:1 bGn 49:24
[16] ILit be called IILit name aGn 22:11, 15-18; 28:13-15; 31:11 bHe 11:21 cGn 28:14; 46:3

17 ¶ When Joseph saw that his father alaid his right hand on Ephraim’s head, it displeased him; and he grasped his father’s hand to remove it from Ephraim’s head to Manasseh’s head. 18 Joseph said to his father, “Not so, my father, for this one is the firstborn. Place your right hand on his head.” 19 But his father refused and said, “I know, my son, I know; he also will become a people and he also will be great. However, his younger brother shall be greater than he, and ahis Idescendants shall become a IImultitude of nations.” 20 aHe blessed them that day, saying,
  “By you Israel will pronounce blessing, saying,
  ‘May God make you like Ephraim and Manasseh!’”
Thus he put Ephraim before Manasseh. 21 Then Israel said to Joseph, “Behold, I am about to die, but aGod will be with you, and bbring you back to the land of your fathers. 22 I give you one Iportion more than your brothers, awhich I took from the hand of the Amorite with my sword and my bow.”

[17] aGn 48:14
[19] ILit seed IILit fullness aGn 28:14; 46:3
[20] aHe 11:21
[21] aGn 26:3 bGn 28:15; 46:4; 50:24
[22] IOr ridge; lit shoulder; Heb Shechem aJsh 24:32; Jn 4:5


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Joseph with his sons visiteth his sick father.

1 ¶ And it came to pass after these things, that [one] told Joseph, Behold, thy father [is] sick: and he took with him his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim.

[1] Gn 41:50; 46:20; 50:23; Jb 42:16; Ps 128:6; Jn 11:3.

Jacob strengtheneth himself to bless them.

2 And [one] told Jacob, and said, Behold, thy son Joseph cometh unto thee: and Israel strengthened himself, and sat upon the bed.

[2] Dt 3:28; 1S 23:16; Ne 2:18; Ps 41:3; Pv 23:15; Ep 6:10.

He repeateth the promise.

3 And Jacob said unto Joseph, God Almighty appeared unto me at Luz in the land of Canaan, and blessed me, 4 And said unto me, Behold, I will make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, and I will make of thee a multitude of people; and will give this land to thy seed after thee [for] an everlasting possession.

[3] Gn 17:1; 28:3, 12; 35:6, 9, 11; Ex 6:3; Jg 1:23; Ho 12:4; Rv 21:11.
[4] Gn 12:2; 13:15; 17:8, 13; 22:17; 26:4; 28:3, 13; 32:12; 35:11; 46:3; 47:27; Ex 1:7, 11; Dt 32:8; Am 9:14.

He taketh Ephraim and Manasseh as his own.

5 ¶ And now thy two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, which were born unto thee in the land of Egypt before I came unto thee into Egypt, [are] mine; as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine. 6 And thy issue, which thou begettest after them, shall be thine, [and] shall be called after the name of their brethren in their inheritance.

[5] Gn 41:50; 46:20; Lv 20:26; Nu 1:10, 32; 26:28; Jsh 13:7; 14:4; 16:1; 1Ch 5:1; Is 43:1; Ezk 16:8; Mal 3:17; 2Co 6:18; Ep 1:5; Rv 7:6.
[6] Jsh 14:4.

He telleth Joseph of his mother's grave.

7 And as for me, when I came from Padan, Rachel died by me in the land of Canaan in the way, when yet [there was] but a little way to come unto Ephrath: and I buried her there in the way of Ephrath; the same [is] Bethlehem. 8 And Israel beheld Joseph's sons, and said, Who [are] these?

[7] Gn 25:20; 35:9, 16; Ru 1:2; 1S 1:1; 10:2; 17:12; Mi 5:2; Mt 2:18.

He blesseth Ephraim and Manasseh.

9 And Joseph said unto his father, They [are] my sons, whom God hath given me in this [place]. And he said, Bring them, I pray thee, unto me, and I will bless them. 10 Now the eyes of Israel were dim for age, [so that] he could not see. And he brought them near unto him; and he kissed them, and embraced them. 11 And Israel said unto Joseph, I had not thought to see thy face: and, lo, God hath shewed me also thy seed. 12 And Joseph brought them out from between his knees, and he bowed himself with his face to the earth. 13 And Joseph took them both, Ephraim in his right hand toward Israel's left hand, and Manasseh in his left hand toward Israel's right hand, and brought [them] near unto him. 14 And Israel stretched out his right hand, and laid [it] upon Ephraim's head, who [was] the younger, and his left hand upon Manasseh's head, guiding his hands wittingly; for Manasseh [was] the firstborn.

[9] Gn 27:4, 28, 34; 28:3; 30:2; 33:5; 49:28; Dt 33:1; Ru 4:11; 1S 1:20, 27; 2:20; 1Ch 25:5; 26:4; Ps 127:3; Is 8:18; 56:3; He 11:21.
[10] Gn 27:1, 27; 31:55; 45:15; 1S 3:2; 4:15; 1K 19:20; Is 6:10; 59:1.
[11] Gn 37:33, 35; 42:36; 45:26; Ep 3:20.
[12] Gn 18:2; 19:1; 23:7; 33:3; 42:6; Ex 20:12; 34:8; Lv 19:3, 32; 1K 2:19; 2K 4:37; Pv 31:28; Ep 6:1.
[14] Gn 41:51; 46:20; 48:18, 19; Ex 15:6; Nu 8:10, 18; Dt 34:9; Ps 110:1; 118:16; Mt 6:5; 16:18; 19:13, 15; Lk 4:40; 13:13; Ac 6:6; 8:17; 13:3; 1Ti 4:14; 5:22.

15 ¶ And he blessed Joseph, and said, God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God which fed me all my life long unto this day, 16 The Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.

[15] Gn 5:22; 6:9; 17:1; 24:20; 27:4; 28:3, 20, 22; 48:16; 49:28; Dt 33:1; 1K 3:6; Ps 16:8; 23:1; 37:3; 103:4; Ec 2:24; 5:12, 18; 6:7; Is 30:21; 33:16; Jr 8:2; Mt 6:25; Lk 1:6; 1Co 10:31; 2Co 1:12; Col 2:6; 1Th 2:12; 1Ti 6:6; He 11:21.
[16] Gn 1:21; 16:7; 28:15; 31:11; 32:28; 48:5; 49:22; Ex 1:7; 3:2; 23:20; Nu 1:46; 26:28, 34, 37; Dt 28:10; 33:17; Jsh 17:17; Jg 2:1; 6:21; 13:21; 2Ch 7:14; Ps 34:2, 7, 22; 121:7; Is 47:4; 63:9; Jr 14:9; Ho 12:4; Am 9:12; Mal 3:1; Mt 6:13; Jn 17:15; Ac 7:30; 15:17; Ro 8:23; 1Co 10:4, 9; 2Ti 4:18; Tit 2:14.

He preferreth the younger before the elder.

17 And when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand upon the head of Ephraim, it displeased him: and he held up his father's hand, to remove it from Ephraim's head unto Manasseh's head. 18 And Joseph said unto his father, Not so, my father: for this [is] the firstborn; put thy right hand upon his head. 19 And his father refused, and said, I know [it], my son, I know [it]: he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great: but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations. 20 And he blessed them that day, saying, In thee shall Israel bless, saying, God make thee as Ephraim and as Manasseh: and he set Ephraim before Manasseh.

[17] Gn 28:8; 38:10; 48:14; Nu 11:1; 22:34; 1S 16:7; 1K 16:25; 1Ch 21:7; Pv 24:18; Ro 9:7, 11.
[18] Gn 19:18; 27:15; 29:26; 43:33; 49:3; Ex 10:11; Mt 25:9; Ac 10:14; 11:8.
[19] Gn 17:20; 25:28; 48:14; Nu 1:33; 2:19; Dt 1:10; 33:17; Ru 4:11; Is 7:17; Ezk 27:10; Rv 7:6, 8.
[20] Gn 24:60; 28:3; Nu 2:18; 7:48, 54; 10:22; 13:8, 11, 16; Ru 4:11.

He prophesieth their return to Canaan.

21 And Israel said unto Joseph, Behold, I die: but God shall be with you, and bring you again unto the land of your fathers. 22 Moreover I have given to thee one portion above thy brethren, which I took out of the hand of the Amorite with my sword and with my bow.

[21] Gn 12:5; 15:14; 26:3; 28:15; 37:1; 46:4; 50:24; Dt 1:1; 31:8; Jsh 1:5, 9; 3:7; 23:14; 24:1; 1K 2:2; Ps 18:46; 146:3; Zc 1:5; Lk 2:29; Ac 13:36; 2Ti 4:6; He 7:3, 8, 23; 2P 1:14.
[22] Gn 15:16; 33:19; 34:28; Dt 21:17; Jsh 17:14; 24:32; Jg 11:23; 1Ch 5:2; Ezk 47:13; Am 2:9; Jn 4:5.


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