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(Gen 48:1) 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.
(Gen 48:2) And {one} told Jacob, and said, Behold, thy son Joseph cometh unto thee: and Israel strengthened himself, and sat upon the bed.
(Gen 48:3) And Jacob said unto Joseph, God Almighty appeared unto me at Luz in the land of Canaan, and blessed me,
(Gen 48:4) 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.
(Gen 48:5) 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.
(Gen 48:6) And thy issue, which thou begettest after them, shall be thine, {and} shall be called after the name of their brethren in their inheritance.
(Gen 48:7) 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.
(Gen 48:8) And Israel beheld Joseph's sons, and said, Who {are} these?
(Gen 48:9) 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.
(Gen 48:10) 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.
(Gen 48:11) And Israel said unto Joseph, I had not thought to see thy face: and, lo, God hath shewed me also thy seed.
(Gen 48:12) And Joseph brought them out from between his knees, and he bowed himself with his face to the earth.
(Gen 48:13) 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.
(Gen 48:14) 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.
(Gen 48:15) 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,
(Gen 48:16) 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.
(Gen 48:17) 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.
(Gen 48:18) And Joseph said unto his father, Not so, my father: for this {is} the firstborn; put thy right hand upon his head.
(Gen 48:19) 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.
(Gen 48:20) 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.
(Gen 48:21) And Israel said unto Joseph, Behold, I die: but God shall be with you, and bring you again unto the land of your fathers.
(Gen 48:22) 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.
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