1 IAfter thisII JosephIII was told, “IVYour fatherV is ill.”VI
So he tookVII with him his twoVIII sons,IX ManassehX and Ephraim.XI
2 When JacobXII was told,XIII “XIVYour son Joseph has comeXV to you,”
heXVI summoned his strengthXVII and sat upXVIII in bed.XIX
3 And Jacob said to Joseph, “GodXX AlmightyXXI appearedXXII to me at LuzXXIII
in the landXXIV of Canaan,XXV and he blessedXXVI me,
4 and said to me, ‘XXVIII am going to make you fruitfulXXVIII and increase your numbers;XXIX I will makeXXX of you a companyXXXI of peoples,XXXII
and will giveXXXIII this land to your offspringXXXIV after you for a perpetualXXXV holding.’XXXVI
5 Therefore your two sons, who were bornXXXVII to you in the land of EgyptXXXVIII before I came to you in Egypt, are now mine; Ephraim and Manasseh shall be mine, just as ReubenXXXIX and SimeonXL are.
6 As for the offspringXLI born to you after them, they shall beXLII yours. They shall be recordedXLIII under the namesXLIV of their brothersXLV with regard to their inheritance.XLVI
7 For when I came from Paddan,XLVII Rachel,XLVIII alas, diedXLIX in the land of Canaan on the way,L
while there was still someLI distanceLII to goLIII to Ephrath; and I buriedLIV her there on the way to Ephrath”LV (that is, Bethlehem).LVI
8 When IsraelLVII sawLVIII Joseph’s sons, he said, “Who are these?”
9 Joseph said to his father, “They are my sons, whom GodLIX has given me here.”
And he said, “BringLX them to me, please,LXI that I may bless them.”
10 Now the eyesLXII of Israel were dimLXIII with age,LXIV and he couldLXV not see well.
So Joseph brought them nearLXVI him; and he kissedLXVII them and embracedLXVIII them.
11 Israel said to Joseph, “I did not expectLXIX to see your face;LXX and hereLXXI GodLXXII has let me see your childrenLXXIII also.”
12 Then Joseph removedLXXIV them from his father’s knees,LXXV and he bowedLXXVI himself with his faceLXXVII to the earth.LXXVIII
13 Joseph took them both,LXXIX Ephraim in his right handLXXX toward Israel’s left,LXXXI and Manasseh in his left hand toward Israel’s right, and brought them near him.
14 But Israel stretched outLXXXII his right hand and laidLXXXIII it on the headLXXXIV of Ephraim, who was the younger,LXXXV
and his left hand on the head of Manasseh, crossingLXXXVI his hands,LXXXVII for Manasseh was the firstborn.LXXXVIII
15 He blessed Joseph, and said,
“The GodLXXXIX beforeXC whom my ancestorsXCI AbrahamXCII and IsaacXCIII walked,XCIV
the GodXCV who has been my shepherdXCVI all my life to this day,XCVII
16 the angelXCVIII who has redeemedXCIX me from all harm,C bless the boys;CI
and in them let my name be perpetuated,CII and the name of my ancestors Abraham and Isaac;
and let them growCIII into a multitudeCIV onCV the earth.”
17 When Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand on the head of Ephraim, it displeasedCVI him;CVII so he tookCVIII his father’s hand, to removeCIX it from Ephraim’s head to Manasseh’s head. 18 Joseph said to his father, “Not so,CX my father! Since this one is the firstborn, putCXI your right hand on his head.”
19 But his father refused, and said, “I know,CXII my son, I know; he also shall becomeCXIII a people, and he also shall be great.CXIV Nevertheless his youngerCXV brother shall be greater than he, and his offspring shall become a multitudeCXVI of nations.”CXVII
20 So he blessed them that day, saying,
“By you Israel will invoke blessings,CXVIII saying,
‘GodCXIX makeCXX you like Ephraim and like Manasseh.’”
So he put Ephraim ahead ofCXXI Manasseh.
21 Then Israel said to Joseph, “CXXIII am about to die, but GodCXXIII will be with you and will bring you againCXXIV to the land of your ancestors. 22 I now give to you oneCXXV portionCXXVI more than to your brothers,
the portion that I took from the hand of the AmoritesCXXVII with my swordCXXVIII and with my bow.”CXXIX
Image credit: “Jacob Blesses the Sons of Joseph (Ephraim and Manasseh” by Januarius Zick, probably 1760s.