Joseph with his sons visiteth his sick father.
Genesis 48:1 After these deades it happened, þt a messaunger sayde vnto Ioseph: thy father is sycke. And he toke wt him his .ii. sonnes, Manasses & Ephraim.
Jacob strengtheneth himself to bless them.
Genesis 48:2 Then was it sayd vnto Iacob: beholde, thy sonne Ioseph commeth vnto the. And Israel toke his strength vnto hym, & satt vp on the bedd,
He repeateth the promise.
Genesis 48:3 & Iacob sayde vnto Ioseph: God allmyghtie apeared vnto me at Lus in the lande of Canaan, & blessed me, Genesis 48:4 & sayde vnto me: beholde, I wyll make the growe, & wyll multiplye the, & wyll make a great nombre of people of the, and wyll geue thys land vnto thy seed after the vnto an euerlastyng possessyon.
He taketh Ephraim and Manasseh as his own.
Genesis 48:5 And now thy .ii. sonnes Manasses & Ephraim which were borne vnto the in þe lande of Egypte, before I came to the in to Egypte, are myne: euen as Ruben & Symeon are myne. Genesis 48:6 And the children which thou hast gotten after them, shalbe thyne awne: & shalbe called after the names of theyr brethren in theyr enheritaunce.
He telleth Joseph of his mother's grave.
Genesis 48:7 And whan I came from Mesopotamia, Rahel dyed vpon my hand in the lande of Canaan, by the waye: when ther was but a feldes brede to come vnto Ephrat. And I buryed her there in þe waye to Ephrat. The same is Bethlehem. Genesis 48:8 And Israel behelde Iosephs sonnes and sayde: what are these?
He blesseth Ephraim and Manasseh.
Genesis 48:9 Ioseph sayd vnto his father: they are my sonnes which God hathe geuen me here. And he sayde: oh, brynge them to me, & let me blesse them. Genesis 48:10 And the eyes of Israel were dymme for age, so þt he coulde not well see. And he broughte them to hym, and he kyssed them and embraced them. Genesis 48:11 And Israel sayde vnto Ioseph: I had not thought to haue sene thy face, and yet loo, God hath shewed it me and also thy seed. Genesis 48:12 And Ioseph toke them awaye from his lappe, & worshypped on the grounde before hym. Genesis 48:13 Than toke Ioseph them both: Ephraim with his ryghte hande towarde Israels left hande, & Manasses wt hys left hande, towarde Israels ryghte hande, & brought them vnto hym. Genesis 48:14 And Israel stretched out hys ryghte hande & layde it vpon Ephraims heade which was the yonger, & hys lyfte hande vpon Manasses heed, gydinge hys handes wysely, for Manasses was the elder.
Genesis 48:15 And he blessed Ioseph & sayde: God, before whome my fathers Abraham & Isahac dyd walke, God whych hath fedd me all my lyfe longe vnto thys daye, Genesis 48:16 And the angell whych hath delyuered me from all euyll, blesse these laddes: & let my name be named in them, & the name of my fathers Abraham & Isahac, & that they maye growe into a multitude in the myddes of the erth.
He preferreth the younger before the elder.
Genesis 48:17 When Ioseph sawe that hys father layde hys ryghte hande vpon þe heade of Ephraim, it displeased him. And he lyfte vp his fathers hande, to haue remoued it from Ephraims heade vnto Manasses heade, Genesis 48:18 & Ioseph sayde vnto hys father: Not so my father, for thys is the eldest. Put thy ryght hande vpon hys heade. Genesis 48:19 And hys father wolde not, but sayde: I knowe it well my sonne, I knowe it well. He shalbe also a people & shalbe great. But hys yonger brother shalbe greatter than he, and hys seed shall be full of people. Genesis 48:20 And he blessed them that daye and sayde: In the let Israel blesse & saye: God make þe as Ephraim and as Manasses. And sett Ephraim before Manasses.
He prophesieth their return to Canaan.
Genesis 48:21 And Israel sayde vnto Ioseph: beholde, I dye. And God shalbe wyth you and brynge you agayne vnto þe lande of youre fathers. Genesis 48:22 Moreouer I haue geuen vnto the, a porcyon of lande aboue thy brethren, which I gatt out of the hande of the Amorite in my swerde and in my bowe.