And it was, after these words*, that one said to Joseph, Behold, thy father is··sick; and he took his two sons with him, Manasseh and Ephraim.
And one told Jacob, and said, Behold, thy son Joseph comes to▵ thee; and Israel strengthened himself, and sat on the bed◦.
And Jacob said to▵ Joseph, God◦ Shaddai was seen by me at Luz in the land of Canaan, and blessed me,
and He said to▵ me, Behold I will make· thee ·fruitful, and will cause thee to be multiplied, and will give thee for an assembly of peoples; and I will give this land to thy seed after thee for an eternal possession◦.
And now thy two sons, who were··born to thee in the land of Egypt, before I came to▵ thee into Egypt, they◦ are mine; Ephraim and Manasseh, as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine.
And thy begotten which thou begettest after them, shall be thine; on the name of their brothers they shall be called in their inheritance.
And I◦, in my coming from Paddan, Rachel died on me in the land of Canaan, in the way, when there was still a tract of land to come toward Ephrath; and I buried her there in the way of Ephrath, this◦ is Bethlehem.
And Israel saw the sons of Joseph, and said, Whose are these?
And Joseph said to▵ his father, These◦ are my sons, whom God has given me in this place. And he said, Take them, I pray◦, to▵ me, and I will bless them.
And the eyes of Israel were··heavy from being··old; he was· not ·able to see. And he presented them to▵ him; and he kissed them and embraced them.
And Israel said to▵ Joseph, I did not judge▵ to see thy face again; and behold, God has made me see thy seed also.
And Joseph brought· them ·out from between his knees; and he bowed· himself ·down with his face◦ to▫ the earth.
And Joseph took the two of them, Ephraim in his right··hand on Israel’s left hand, and Manasseh in his left hand on Israel’s right··hand, and presented them to▵ him.
And Israel put··forth◦ his right··hand, and put it on the head of Ephraim, and he◦ was the younger▵, and his left hand on the head of Manasseh; he put··forth his hands crosswise*, for Manasseh was the firstborn.
And he blessed Joseph, and said, The God before whom my fathers walked, Abraham and Isaac, the God who shepherds me as··long··as I am, even··until this day,
the Angel who redeems me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be called in them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow to a multitude in the midst◦ of the earth.
And Joseph saw that his father put his right hand upon the head of Ephraim, and it was··evil in his eyes; and he held◦ the hand of his father to remove it from on the head of Ephraim onto◦ the head of Manasseh.
And Joseph said to▵ his father, Not so, my father; for this is the firstborn; set thy right··hand on his head.
And his father refused, and said, I know, my son, I know; he◦ also shall be for a people, and he◦ also shall become··great; nevertheless his younger◦ brother shall be··greater than he, and his seed shall be the fullness of the nations.
And he blessed them on◦ this◦ day, saying, In thee shall Israel bless, saying, God set thee as Ephraim and as Manasseh; and he set Ephraim before Manasseh.
And Israel said to▵ Joseph, Behold, I▵ die; and God shall be with you, and shall return you to▵ the land of your fathers.
And I◦ give thee one portion* above thy brothers, which I took out··of the hand of the Amorite with my sword and with my bow.