Joseph with his sons visiteth his sick father.
Genesis 48:1 After these deades, tydynges were brought vnto Ioseph, þt his father was sycke. And he toke with him his two sonnes, Manasses & Ephraim.
Jacob strengtheneth himself to bless them.
Genesis 48:2 Then was it sayde vnto Iacob: beholde, thy sonne Ioseph commeth vnto the. And Israel toke hys strength vnto him, and sat vp on þe bedd,
He repeateth the promise.
Genesis 48:3 & sayd vnto Ioseph: God almyghtie apeared vnto me at Lus in the land of Canaan, and blessed me, Genesis 48:4 and sayd vnto me: beholde, I wyl make the growe and wyl multiplye the, and wyll make a great nombre of people of the, and wyl geue this lande vnto the & vnto thy seed after the vnto an euerlastyng possession.
He taketh Ephraim and Manasseh as his own.
Genesis 48:5 Now therfore, thy two sonnes Manasses & Ephraim, which were borne vnto the before I came to the, into Egypte, shalbe myne: euen as Ruben and Symeon shal they be vnto me. Genesis 48:6 And the children which thou getest after them, shalbe thyne owne: but shalbe called wyth þe names of their brethren in their inheritaunces.
He telleth Joseph of his mother's grave.
Genesis 48:7 And after I came from Mesopotamia, Rahel dyed vpon my hand in the land of Canaan, by the waye: when I had but a feldes brede to goo vnto Ephrat. And I buried her there in the waye to Ephrat whyche is nowe called Bethlehem. Genesis 48:8 And Israhel behelde Iosephs sonnes and sayde: what are these?
He blesseth Ephraim and Manasseh.
Genesis 48:9 And Ioseph sayde vnto his father: they are my sonnes, which god hath geuen me here. And he sayde: brynge them to me, and let me blesse them. Genesis 48:10 And the eyes of Israel were dymme for age, so that he coulde not well see. And he brought them to hym, and he kyssed them and embraced them. Genesis 48:11 And Israell 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, and they fell on the grounde before hym. Genesis 48:13 Than toke Ioseph them both: Ephraim in hys ryghte hande towarde Israels lefte hand & Manasses in his left hande, towarde Israels ryghte hande, and brought them vnto hym. Genesis 48:14 And Israel stretched oute hys ryghte hand & layd it vpon Ephraims head which was the yonger, and hys lyft hande vpon Manasses heed, crossynge hys handes, for Manasses was the elder.
Genesis 48:15 And he blessed Ioseph saying: God before whome my fathers Abraham and Isaac dyd walke, and the god whyche had fedde me all my lyfe longe vnto thys day, Genesis 48:16 And the augell which hath delyuered me from al euyll, blesse these laddes: that they may be called after my name, and after my father Abraham and Isaac, and that they may growe & multiplye vpon the erth.
He preferreth the younger before the elder.
Genesis 48:17 When Ioseph sawe that hys father layde his ryght hand vpon the heade of Ephraim, it displeased him. And he lyfte vp his fathers hande, to haue remoued it from Ephrayms head vnto Manasses head, Genesis 48:18 and sayde vnto hys father: Not so my father, for thys is the eldest. Put thy ryght hande vpon hys head. Genesis 48:19 And hys father wold not: but sayd: I knowe it well my sonne, I knowe it well. He shalbe also a people & shalbe great. But of a truth hys yonger brother shalbe greatter than he, and hys seed shall be full of people. Genesis 48:20 And he blessed them sayinge. At the ensample of these, the Israelites shal blesse and say: God make the as Ephraim and as manasses. Thus sett he Ephraim before Manasses.
He prophesieth their return to Canaan.
Genesis 48:21 And Israel sayde vnto Ioseph: beholde, I dye. And God shalbe with you & brynge you agayn vnto the land of your fathers. Genesis 48:22 Moreouer I geue vnto the, a porcyon of lande aboue thy brethren, whiche I gat oute of the handes of the Amorytes wyth my swerde & wyth my bowe.