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Genesis 48 :: New American Standard Bible (NASB)

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Israel's Last Days

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 48:1 - Now it came about after these things that [fn]Joseph was told, “Behold, your father is sick.” So he took his two sons Manasseh and Ephraim with him.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 48:2 - When [fn]it was told to Jacob, “Behold, your son Joseph has come to you,” Israel [fn]collected his strength and sat [fn]up in the bed.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 48:3 - Then Jacob said to Joseph, “[fn]God Almighty appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan and blessed me,

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 48:4 - and He said to me, ‘Behold, I will make you fruitful and numerous, and I will make you a company of peoples, and will give this land to your [fn]descendants after you for an everlasting possession.’

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 48:5 - “Now your two sons, who were born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you in Egypt, are mine; Ephraim and Manasseh shall be mine, as Reuben and Simeon are.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 48:6 - “But your offspring that [fn]have been born after them shall be yours; they shall be called by the [fn]names of their brothers in their inheritance.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 48:7 - “Now as for me, when I came from Paddan, Rachel died, [fn]to my sorrow, in the land of Canaan on the journey, when there was still some distance to go to Ephrath; and I buried her there on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem).”

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 48:8 - When Israel saw Joseph’s sons, he said, “Who are these?”

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 48:9 - Joseph said to his father, “They are my sons, whom God has given me here.” So he said, “Bring them to me, please, that I may bless them.”

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 48:10 - Now the eyes of Israel were so dim from age that he could not see. Then [fn]Joseph brought them close to him, and he kissed them and embraced them.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 48:11 - Israel said to Joseph, “I never [fn]expected to see your face, and behold, God has let me see your [fn]children as well.”

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 48:12 - Then Joseph [fn]took them from his knees, and bowed with his face to the ground.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 48:13 - Joseph took them both, Ephraim with his right hand toward Israel’s left, and Manasseh with his left hand toward Israel’s right, and brought them close to him.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 48:14 - But Israel stretched out his right hand and laid it on the head of Ephraim, who was the younger, and his left hand on Manasseh’s head, [fn]crossing his hands, [fn]although Manasseh was the firstborn.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 48:15 - He blessed Joseph, and said,
“The God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked,
The God who has been my shepherd [fn]all my life to this day,

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 48:16 - The angel who has redeemed me from all evil,
Bless the lads;
And may my name [fn]live on in them,
And the [fn]names of my fathers Abraham and Isaac;
And may they grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.”

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 48:17 - When Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand on Ephraim’s head, it displeased him; and he grasped his father’s hand to remove it from Ephraim’s head to Manasseh’s head.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 48:18 - Joseph said to his father, “Not so, my father, for this one is the firstborn. Place your right hand on his head.”

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 48:19 - But his father refused and said, “I know, my son, I know; he also will become a people and he also will be great. However, his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his [fn]descendants shall become a [fn]multitude of nations.”

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 48:20 - He blessed them that day, saying,
“By you Israel will pronounce blessing, saying,
‘May God make you like Ephraim and Manasseh!’”
Thus he put Ephraim before Manasseh.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 48:21 - Then Israel said to Joseph, “Behold, I am about to die, but God will be with you, and bring you back to the land of your fathers.

Unchecked Copy BoxGen 48:22 - “I give you one [fn]portion more than your brothers, which I took from the hand of the Amorite with my sword and my bow.”
NASB Footnotes
Literally: one said to Joseph
Literally: one told Jacob and said
Literally: strengthened himself
Literally: upon the bed
Hebrew: El Shaddai
Literally: seed
Literally: you have begotten
Literally: name
Literally: upon me
Literally: he
Literally: meditated, judged
Literally: seed
Literally: made them come out
Or, consciously directing
Literally: when
Literally: from the continuance of me
Literally: be called
Literally: name
Literally: seed
Literally: fullness
Or, ridge; lit shoulder; Heb Shechem
NASB

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