Genesis 48
American Standard Version
Jacob Blesses Ephraim and Manasseh

1And it came to pass after these things, that one said to Joseph, Behold, thy father is sick: and he took with him his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim. 2And one told Jacob, and said, Behold, thy son Joseph cometh unto thee: and Israel strengthened himself, and sat upon the bed. 3And Jacob said unto Joseph, God Almighty appeared unto me at Luz in the land of Canaan, and blessed me, 4and said unto me, Behold, I will make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, and I will make of thee a company of peoples, and will give this land to thy seed after thee for an everlasting possession. 5And now thy two sons, who were born unto thee in the land of Egypt before I came unto thee into Egypt, are mine; Ephraim and Manasseh, even as Reuben and Simeon, shall be mine. 6And thy issue, that thou begettest after them, shall be thine; they shall be called after the name of their brethren in their inheritance. 7And as for me, when I came from Paddan, Rachel died by me in the land of Canaan in the way, when there was still some distance to come unto Ephrath: and I buried her there in the way to Ephrath (the same is Beth-lehem).

8And Israel beheld Joseph's sons, and said, Who are these? 9And Joseph said unto his father, They are my sons, whom God hath given me here. And he said, Bring them, I pray thee, unto me, and I will bless them. 10Now 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. 11And Israel said unto Joseph, I had not thought to see thy face: and, lo, God hath let me see thy seed also. 12And Joseph brought them out from between his knees; and he bowed himself with his face to the earth. 13And 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. 14And 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 first-born.

15And he blessed Joseph, and said, The God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God who hath fed me all my life long unto this day,

16the angel who hath 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.

17And 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. 18And Joseph said unto his father, Not so, my father; for this is the first-born; put thy right hand upon his head. 19And 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: howbeit his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations.

20And he blessed them that day, saying, In thee will Israel bless, saying, God make thee as Ephraim and as Manasseh: and he set Ephraim before Manasseh.

21And Israel said unto Joseph, Behold, I die: but God will be with you, and bring you again unto the land of your fathers. 22Moreover 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.

Section Headings Courtesy INT Bible
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1. Joseph with his sons visits his sick father.
2. Jacob strengthens himself to bless them.
3. He repeats God's promise.
5. He takes Ephraim and Manasseh as his own sons.
7. He tells Joseph of his mother's grave.
8. He blesses Ephraim and Manasseh.
17. He prefers the younger before the elder.
21. He prophesies their return to Canaan.
Genesis 1: The Creation

Genesis 2: The Seventh Day: God Rests

Genesis 3: The Serpent's Deception

Genesis 4: Cain and Abel

Genesis 5: The Descendants of Adam

Genesis 6: The Wickedness of Man

Genesis 7: Entering the Ark

Genesis 8: The Ark Rests on Ararat

Genesis 9: The Covenant of the Rainbow

Genesis 10: The Japhethites

Genesis 11: The Tower of Babel

Genesis 12: The Calling of Abram

Genesis 13: Abram and Lot Part Ways

Genesis 14: The War of the Kings

Genesis 15: God's Covenant with Abram

Genesis 16: Sarah, Hagar and Ishmael

Genesis 17: Abram Named Abraham

Genesis 18: Abraham's Celestial Visitors

Genesis 19: Lot Welcomes the Angels

Genesis 20: Abraham, Sarah and Abimelech

Genesis 21: The Birth of Isaac

Genesis 22: The Offering of Isaac

Genesis 23: The Death and Burial of Sarah

Genesis 24: A Wife for Isaac

Genesis 25: Abraham and Keturah

Genesis 26: God's Promise to Isaac

Genesis 27: Jacob's Deception

Genesis 28: Jacob Flees to Laban

Genesis 29: Jacob Meets Rachel

Genesis 30: Dan and Naphtali

Genesis 31: Jacob Flees From Laban

Genesis 32: Jacob's Fear of Esau

Genesis 33: Jacob Meets Esau

Genesis 34: The Defiling of Dinah

Genesis 35: Jacob Returns to Bethel

Genesis 36: Esau's Descendants

Genesis 37: Joseph's Dreams

Genesis 38: Judah and Tamar

Genesis 39: Joseph and Potiphar's Wife

Genesis 40: The Cupbearer and the Baker

Genesis 41: The Dreams of Pharaoh

Genesis 42: Joseph's Brothers Sent to Egypt

Genesis 43: The Return to Egypt with Benjamin

Genesis 44: Benjamin and the Silver Cup

Genesis 45: Joseph Reveals his Identity

Genesis 46: Jacob's Journey to Egypt

Genesis 47: Jacob Settles in Goshen

Genesis 48: Jacob Blesses Ephraim and Manasseh

Genesis 49: Jacob Blesses his Sons

Genesis 50: Mourning and Burial for Jacob

Genesis 47
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