1 Now it came to pass after these things that Joseph was told, Behold, your father is sick;
and he took with him his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim.
2 And Jacob was told, they said, Behold, your son Joseph is coming to you. And Israel
strengthened himself and sat up on the bed.
3 And Jacob said to Joseph: God Almighty appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan
and blessed me,
4 and said to me, Behold, I will make you fruitful and multiply you, and I will make of
you a multitude of people, and give this land to your seed after you as an enduring
5 And now your two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, who were born to you in the land of
Egypt before I came to you in Egypt, are mine; as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine.
6 Your offspring whom you beget after them shall be yours; they shall be called according
to the name of their brothers in their inheritance.
7 But as for me, when I came from Paddan, Rachel died beside me in the land of Canaan
on the way, when there was but a little distance to go to Ephrath; and I buried her there on
the way to Ephrath (which is Bethlehem).
8 And Israel saw Joseph's sons, and said, Who are these?
9 And Joseph said to his father, They are my sons, whom God has given me in this place.
And he said, Please bring them to me, and I will bless them.
10 Now the eyes of Israel had become dull with age, so that he could not see. And he
brought them near him, and he kissed them and embraced them.
11 And Israel said to Joseph, I had not thought to see your face; but lo, God has also
shown me your seed.
12 And Joseph brought them from beside his knees, and he prostrated with his face to the
13 And Joseph took them both, Ephraim with his right hand toward Israel's left hand, and
Manasseh with his left hand toward Israel's right hand, and brought them to him.
14 And Israel stretched out his right hand and laid it on Ephraim's head, who was the
younger, and his left hand on Manasseh's head, crossing his hands; for Manasseh was the
15 And he blessed Joseph, and said: God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac
walked, the God who has fed me since I was born to this day,
16 the Angel who redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; let my name be called upon
them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude
in the midst of the earth.
17 Now when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand on the head of Ephraim, it
caused his eye to quiver; so he took hold of his father's hand to remove it from Ephraim's
head onto Manasseh's head.
18 And Joseph said to his father, Not so, my father, for this one is the firstborn; put your
right hand on his head.
19 But his father refused and said, I know, my son, I know. He also shall become a
people, and he also shall be great; but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he,
and his seed shall become a multitude of nations.
20 And he blessed them that day, saying, In you Israel shall bless, saying, May God make
you as Ephraim and as Manasseh! And thus he set Ephraim before Manasseh.
21 Then Israel said to Joseph, Behold, I am dying, but God will be with you and bring you
back to the land of your fathers.
22 Moreover I have extended your shoulder above your brothers, which I took from the
hand of the Amorite with my sword and my bow.