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Genesis 48

   

Israel's Last Days

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Genesis 48:1
  Now it came about after these things that Joseph was told, "Behold, your father is sick." So he took his two sons Manasseh and Ephraim with him.
   
Genesis 48:2
  When it was told to Jacob, "Behold, your son Joseph has come to you," Israel collected his strength and sat up in the bed.
   
Genesis 48:3
  Then Jacob said to Joseph, "God Almighty appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan and blessed me,
   
Genesis 48:4
  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 descendants after you for an everlasting possession.'
   
Genesis 48:5
  "Now your two sons, who were born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you in Egypt, are mine; Ephraim and Manasseh shall be mine, as Reuben and Simeon are.
   
Genesis 48:6
  "But your offspring that have been born after them shall be yours; they shall be called by the names of their brothers in their inheritance.
   
Genesis 48:7
  "Now as for me, when I came from Paddan, Rachel died, to 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)."
   
Genesis 48:8
  When Israel saw Joseph's sons, he said, "Who are these?"
   
Genesis 48:9
  Joseph said to his father, "They are my sons, whom God has given me here." So he said, "Bring them to me, please, that I may bless them."
   
Genesis 48:10
  Now the eyes of Israel were so dim from age that he could not see. Then Joseph brought them close to him, and he kissed them and embraced them.
   
Genesis 48:11
  Israel said to Joseph, "I never expected to see your face, and behold, God has let me see your children as well."
   
Genesis 48:12
  Then Joseph took them from his knees, and bowed with his face to the ground.
   
Genesis 48:13
  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.
   
Genesis 48:14
  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, crossing his hands, although Manasseh was the firstborn.
   
Genesis 48:15
  He blessed Joseph, and said, "The God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked, The God who has been my shepherd all my life to this day,
   
Genesis 48:16
  The angel who has redeemed me from all evil, Bless the lads; And may my name live on in them, And the names of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; And may they grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth."
   
Genesis 48:17
  When Joseph saw that his father laid 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.
   
Genesis 48:18
  Joseph said to his father, "Not so, my father, for this one is the firstborn. Place your right hand on his head."
   
Genesis 48:19
  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 his descendants shall become a multitude of nations."
   
Genesis 48:20
  He 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.
   
Genesis 48:21
  Then Israel said to Joseph, "Behold, I am about to die, but God will be with you, and bring you back to the land of your fathers.
   
Genesis 48:22
  "I give you one portion more than your brothers, which I took from the hand of the Amorite with my sword and my bow."
     
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