Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

創世記 48

雅各祝福以法蓮和瑪拿西

1後來,有人來通知約瑟,說他父親病了,約瑟就帶著兩個兒子瑪拿西和以法蓮去探望父親。 雅各聽說約瑟來了,就強撐著從床上坐起來, 對約瑟說:「全能的上帝曾經在迦南的路斯向我顯現,賜福給我。 祂對我說,『我必使你生養眾多,子孫興旺,並把迦南賜給你和你的後裔永遠作產業。』

「我來之前,你在埃及生的兩個兒子以法蓮和瑪拿西都算我的,他們可以像呂便和西緬一樣承受我的產業。 除了他們以外,你其他子女仍然歸你,這些子女可以在他們弟兄的名下繼承產業。 我從巴旦回來的路上,拉結死在了迦南,那地方離以法他還有一段路程,我把她葬在通往以法他的路旁。」以法他就是伯利恆。

以色列看見約瑟的兩個兒子,就問:「這是誰?」 約瑟說:「是上帝在這裡賜給我的兒子。」以色列說:「把他們帶過來,我要祝福他們。」 10 以色列因為年老眼睛已經昏花。約瑟把兒子帶到他面前,他就親吻他們、擁抱他們。 11 以色列對約瑟說:「我以為再也見不到你了,上帝竟然還讓我見到了你的兒子!」 12 約瑟把兩個兒子從以色列的膝旁領開,自己向父親俯伏下拜, 13 隨後左手牽著瑪拿西,右手牽著以法蓮,把他們分別領到以色列的右邊和左邊。 14 但以色列卻兩手交叉,把右手放在約瑟次子以法蓮的頭上,左手放在約瑟長子瑪拿西的頭上。 15 他祝福約瑟說:「願我祖先亞伯拉罕和以撒敬拜的上帝,牧養我一生直到今天的上帝, 16 救我脫離一切患難的天使,賜福這兩個孩子。願我和我祖先亞伯拉罕及以撒的名字藉著他們流傳。願他們在地上子孫興旺。」

17 約瑟見父親把右手放在以法蓮的頭上,感到不悅,就把父親的右手從以法蓮的頭上挪到瑪拿西頭上, 18 對父親說:「父親,你弄錯了,這才是長子,你應該把右手按在他的頭上。」 19 他父親卻不同意,說:「我兒啊,我知道,我知道。他必發展成一個強大的民族,但他弟弟將比他更強大,他弟弟的後裔必成為多個民族。」 20 雅各那天祝福他們,說:「以色列人必引用你們的名祝福人,說,『願上帝使你們像以法蓮和瑪拿西一樣!』」他把以法蓮排在瑪拿西前面。

21 以色列對約瑟說:「我快死了,但上帝必與你們同在,帶你們回到你們祖先的土地。 22 我要把我用刀和弓從亞摩利人手上奪來的那塊地留給你,讓你比其他弟兄多得一份。」

New American Standard Bible

Genesis 48

Israel’s Last Days

1Now it came about after these things that [a]Joseph was told, “Behold, your father is sick.” So he took his two sons Manasseh and Ephraim with him. When [b]it was told to Jacob, “Behold, your son Joseph has come to you,” Israel [c]collected his strength and sat [d]up in the bed. Then Jacob said to Joseph, “[e]God Almighty appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan and blessed me, 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 [f]descendants after you for an everlasting possession.’ 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. But your offspring that [g]have been born after them shall be yours; they shall be called by the [h]names of their brothers in their inheritance. Now as for me, when I came from Paddan, Rachel died, [i]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).”

When Israel saw Joseph’s sons, he said, “Who are these?” 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.” 10 Now the eyes of Israel were so dim from age that he could not see. Then [j]Joseph brought them close to him, and he kissed them and embraced them. 11 Israel said to Joseph, “I never [k]expected to see your face, and behold, God has let me see your [l]children as well.” 12 Then Joseph [m]took them from his knees, and bowed with his face to the ground. 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. 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, [n]crossing his hands, [o]although Manasseh was the firstborn. 15 He blessed Joseph, and said,

“The God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked,
The God who has been my shepherd [p]all my life to this day,
16 The angel who has redeemed me from all evil,
Bless the lads;
And may my name [q]live on in them,
And the [r]names of my fathers Abraham and Isaac;
And may they grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.”

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. 18 Joseph said to his father, “Not so, my father, for this one is the firstborn. Place your right hand on his head.” 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 [s]descendants shall become a [t]multitude of nations.” 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. 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. 22 I give you one [u]portion more than your brothers, which I took from the hand of the Amorite with my sword and my bow.”

Notas al pie

  1. Genesis 48:1 Lit one said to Joseph
  2. Genesis 48:2 Lit one told Jacob and said
  3. Genesis 48:2 Lit strengthened himself
  4. Genesis 48:2 Lit upon the bed
  5. Genesis 48:3 Heb El Shaddai
  6. Genesis 48:4 Lit seed
  7. Genesis 48:6 Lit you have begotten
  8. Genesis 48:6 Lit name
  9. Genesis 48:7 Lit upon me
  10. Genesis 48:10 Lit he
  11. Genesis 48:11 Lit meditated, judged
  12. Genesis 48:11 Lit seed
  13. Genesis 48:12 Lit made them come out
  14. Genesis 48:14 Or consciously directing
  15. Genesis 48:14 Lit when
  16. Genesis 48:15 Lit from the continuance of me
  17. Genesis 48:16 Lit be called
  18. Genesis 48:16 Lit name
  19. Genesis 48:19 Lit seed
  20. Genesis 48:19 Lit fullness
  21. Genesis 48:22 Or ridge; lit shoulder; Heb Shechem