Joseph with his sons visiteth his sick father.
Genesis 48:1 And it came to pass, after these things, that one said to Joseph, Lo! thy father, is sick. So he took his two sons with him, Manasseh and Ephraim.
Jacob strengtheneth himself to bless them.
Genesis 48:2 And one told Jacob, and saidLo! thy son Joseph, coming in unto thee. So Israel strengthened himself, and sat up on the couch.
He repeateth the promise.
Genesis 48:3 Then said Jacob, unto Joseph, GOD Almighty, appeared unto me in Luz, in the land of Canaan,and blessed me; Genesis 48:4 and said unto meBehold me! about to make thee fruitful, so will I multiply thee, and give thee to become a multitude of peoples,so will I give this land to thy seed after thee, as an age-abiding possession.
He taketh Ephraim and Manasseh as his own.
Genesis 48:5 Now, therefore, thy two sons who were born to thee in the land of Egypt, before I came in unto thee in Egypt, are mine! Ephraim and Manasseh, like Reuben and Simeon, shall be mine. Genesis 48:6 But, thine offspring which thou hast begotten after them, thine own, shall they be,after the name of their brethren, shall they be called, in their inheritance.
He telleth Joseph of his mother's grave.
Genesis 48:7 But, as for me, when I came in from Padan, Rachel died by me, in the land of Canaan, in the way, while yet there was a stretch of country to come into Ephrath,so I buried her there, in the way to Ephrath, the same, is Bethlehem. Genesis 48:8 Then Israel saw Joseph's sons,and saidWho are these?
He blesseth Ephraim and Manasseh.
Genesis 48:9 And Joseph said unto his father, My sons, they are, whom God hath given me, in this place. And he saidBring them, I pray thee, unto me, that I may bless them. Genesis 48:10 Now, the eyes of Israel, had become dim from old age,he could not see,so he drew them near unto him, and kissed them, and embraced them. Genesis 48:11 And Israel said unto Joseph, To see thine own face, had I not thought,and lo! God hath caused me to see, even thy seed! Genesis 48:12 And Joseph brought them out from beside his knees, and bowed himself down with his face towards the earth. Genesis 48:13 And Joseph took them both,Ephraim in his right hand, on Israel's left hand, and Manasseh in his left hand, on Israel's right hand,and drew them near unto him. Genesis 48:14 Then Israel put forth his right hand, and laid it upon the head of Ephraim, though, he, was the younger, and his left hand, upon the head of Manasseh,crossing his hands, although, Manasseh, was the first-born.
Genesis 48:15 Thus blessed he Joseph, and said,God himselfbefore whom walked my fathers, Abraham and Isaac, God himselfwho hath been my shepherd, since I came into being until this day; Genesis 48:16 The Messengerwho hath been my redeemer from all evilbless the lads! And may there be called upon them, my name, and the name of my fathers, Abraham and Isaac; And may they swarm into a multitude in the midst of the earth!
He preferreth the younger before the elder.
Genesis 48:17 And Joseph saw that his father had laid his right hand on the head of Ephraim, and it was displeasing in his eyes,so he took hold of his father's hand, to remove it from off the head of Ephraim, on to the head of Manasseh. Genesis 48:18 And Joseph said unto his fatherNot so, my father! for, this, is the firstborn, lay thy right hand upon his head. Genesis 48:19 And his father refused, and saidI knowmy son, I know! He also, shall become a people, and, he also, shall become great,but nevertheless, his younger brother, shall become greater than he, and, his seed, shall become a filling up of the nations. Genesis 48:20 And he blessed them on that day, sayingIn thee, let Israel bless himself, saying, God set thee as Ephraim, and as Manasseh! So he set Ephraim before Manasseh.
He prophesieth their return to Canaan.
Genesis 48:21 And Israel said unto Joseph: Lo! I, am about to die,but it shall come to pass that, God, will be, with you, and will take you back into the land of your fathers. Genesis 48:22 But, I, have given to thee one mountain-track, above thy brethren,which I took out of the hand of the Amorite, with my sword and with my bow.