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Genesis 48:1-22

Manasseh and Ephraim

1Some time later Joseph was told, “Your father is ill.” So he took his two sons Manasseh and Ephraim along with him. 2When Jacob was told, “Your son Joseph has come to you,” Israel rallied his strength and sat up on the bed.

3Jacob said to Joseph, “God Almighty48:3 Hebrew El-Shaddai appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan, and there he blessed me 4and said to me, ‘I am going to make you fruitful and increase your numbers. I will make you a community of peoples, and I will give this land as an everlasting possession to your descendants after you.’

5“Now then, your two sons born to you in Egypt before I came to you here will be reckoned as mine; Ephraim and Manasseh will be mine, just as Reuben and Simeon are mine. 6Any children born to you after them will be yours; in the territory they inherit they will be reckoned under the names of their brothers. 7As I was returning from Paddan,48:7 That is, Northwest Mesopotamia to my sorrow Rachel died in the land of Canaan while we were still on the way, a little distance from Ephrath. So I buried her there beside the road to Ephrath” (that is, Bethlehem).

8When Israel saw the sons of Joseph, he asked, “Who are these?”

9“They are the sons God has given me here,” Joseph said to his father.

Then Israel said, “Bring them to me so I may bless them.”

10Now Israel’s eyes were failing because of old age, and he could hardly see. So Joseph brought his sons close to him, and his father kissed them and embraced them.

11Israel said to Joseph, “I never expected to see your face again, and now God has allowed me to see your children too.”

12Then Joseph removed them from Israel’s knees and bowed down with his face to the ground. 13And Joseph took both of them, Ephraim on his right toward Israel’s left hand and Manasseh on his left toward Israel’s right hand, and brought them close to him. 14But Israel reached out his right hand and put it on Ephraim’s head, though he was the younger, and crossing his arms, he put his left hand on Manasseh’s head, even though Manasseh was the firstborn.

15Then he blessed Joseph and said,

“May the God before whom my fathers

Abraham and Isaac walked faithfully,

the God who has been my shepherd

all my life to this day,

16the Angel who has delivered me from all harm

—may he bless these boys.

May they be called by my name

and the names of my fathers Abraham and Isaac,

and may they increase greatly

on the earth.”

17When Joseph saw his father placing his right hand on Ephraim’s head he was displeased; so he took hold of his father’s hand to move it from Ephraim’s head to Manasseh’s head. 18Joseph said to him, “No, my father, this one is the firstborn; put your right hand on his head.”

19But his father refused and said, “I know, my son, I know. He too will become a people, and he too will become great. Nevertheless, his younger brother will be greater than he, and his descendants will become a group of nations.” 20He blessed them that day and said,

“In your48:20 The Hebrew is singular. name will Israel pronounce this blessing:

‘May God make you like Ephraim and Manasseh.’ ”

So he put Ephraim ahead of Manasseh.

21Then Israel said to Joseph, “I am about to die, but God will be with you48:21 The Hebrew is plural. and take you48:21 The Hebrew is plural. back to the land of your48:21 The Hebrew is plural. fathers. 22And to you I give one more ridge of land48:22 The Hebrew for ridge of land is identical with the place name Shechem. than to your brothers, the ridge I took from the Amorites with my sword and my bow.”

Asante Twi Contemporary Bible

1 Mose 48:1-22

Yakob Hyira Efraim Ne Manase

1Yei akyiri no, wɔka kyerɛɛ Yosef sɛ, “Wʼagya yare.” Enti, Yosef faa ne mmammarima baanu, Efraim ne Manase kaa ne ho kɔsraa no. 2Ɛberɛ a wɔbɔɔ Yakob amaneɛ sɛ, “Wo ba Yosef aba wo nkyɛn rebɛsra wo” no, Yakob miaa nʼani sɔre tenaa ne mpa so maa no akwaaba.

3Ɛnna Yakob ka kyerɛɛ Yosef sɛ, “Otumfoɔ Onyankopɔn yii ne ho adi kyerɛɛ me wɔ Lus a ɛwɔ Kanaan asase so. Ɛhɔ na ɔhyiraa me, 4ka kyerɛɛ me sɛ, ‘Mɛma woawo, ama wʼase afɛe. Mɛma wʼasefoɔ ayɛ ɔman kɛseɛ. Mede saa asase yi bɛma wʼasefoɔ sɛ wɔn agyapadeɛ afebɔɔ.’

5“Ɛno enti, mede wo mma baanu a wɔwoo wɔn maa wo ansa na mereba wo nkyɛn wɔ Misraim asase so ha no bɛka me mma no ho. Efraim ne Manase bɛka me mma ho, sɛdeɛ Ruben ne Simeon yɛ me mma no. 6Mma foforɔ biara a wobɛwo wɔn wɔ Efraim ne Manase akyiri no na wɔbɛyɛ wo dea. Wɔde wɔn bɛka wɔn nuanom no ho wɔ asase a wɔde bɛma wɔn sɛ wɔn agyapadeɛ no so. 7Ɛberɛ a mefiri Paddan-Aram reba no, ababaawa Rahel wuu wɔ ɛkwan mu, ma ɛyɛɛ me ya. Na aka akwansini kakra na yɛaduru Efrat. Ɛno enti, mesiee no wɔ Eufrate, a wɔfrɛ no Betlehem no kwankyɛn baabi.”

8Ɛberɛ a Israel hunuu Yosef mmammarima no, ɔbisaa sɛ, “Na yeinom yɛ ɛhefoɔ?”

9Yosef buaa nʼagya sɛ, “Wɔyɛ mmammarima a Onyankopɔn de wɔn adom me wɔ ha.”

Na Israel kaa sɛ, “Fa wɔn bra mʼanim ha na menhyira wɔn.”

10Saa ɛberɛ no, ɛsiane onyini enti, na Israel ani so ayɛ wisiwisi a, ɔnhunu adeɛ papa. Ne saa enti, Yosef de ne mma no kɔɔ ne nkyɛn pɛɛ, ma ɔyɛɛ wɔn atuu, fefee wɔn ano.

11Israel ka kyerɛɛ Yosef sɛ, “Manna mannwene sɛ mɛhunu wʼanim bio da, nanso hwɛ deɛ Onyame ayɛ. Wama me ho kwan ama mahunu wo mma nso.”

12Yosef pagyaa wɔn firii Israel kotodwe anim, ɛnna ɔno ara nso buu nkotodwe de nʼanim butuu fam. 13Ɔpagyaa ne mu no, ɔde ne nsa nifa sɔɔ Efraim mu, de no gyinaa Yakob benkum so, ɛnna ɔde ne nsa benkum sɔɔ Manase mu, de no gyinaa Yakob nifa so bɛn no pɛɛ. 14Israel tenee ne nsa nifa de too Efraim a ɔyɛ akumaa no apampam, ɛnna ɔde ne nsa benkum no too Manase nso apampam. Ɛwom sɛ na Manase yɛ abakan deɛ, nanso ɔde ne nsa benkum na ɛtoo nʼapampam.

15Ɔhyiraa Yosef sɛ,

“Onyankopɔn a mʼagyanom

Abraham ne Isak nantee nʼanim,

ne me Onyankopɔn a ɔhwɛɛ me sɛ odwanhwɛfoɔ

de bɛsi ɛnnɛ no,

16ɔsoro ɔbɔfoɔ a ɔgyee me firii ɔhaw nyinaa mu no,

ɔnhyira saa mmarimaa yi.

Wɔmfa me din ne mʼagyanom,

Abraham ne Isak edin ntoto wɔn,

na wɔn ase mfɛe

wɔ asase so.”

17Ɛberɛ a Yosef hunuu sɛ nʼagya de ne nsa nifa ato Efraim apampam no, anyɛ no dɛ. Enti, ɔyii nʼagya nsa nifa no firii Efraim apampam, kɔtoo Manase apampam. 18Yosef ka kyerɛɛ nʼagya sɛ, “Dabi, mʼagya, yei ne mʼabakan, enti fa wo nsa nifa to nʼapampam.”

19Nanso, nʼagya ampene so kaa sɛ, “Me ba, menim saa. Ɔno nso bɛyɛ ɔman, na wayɛ kɛse. Nanso, ne nua kumaa no bɛyɛ kɛse asene no, na nʼasefoɔ bɛyɛ amanaman bebree.” 20Enti ɛda no, Yakob hyiraa mmarimaa no sɛ,

“Israelfoɔ nyinaa nam mo din so bɛhyirahyira wɔn ho wɔn ho.

Wɔbɛka sɛ, ‘Onyankopɔn bɛhyirahyira mo, ama moakɔ so frɔmfrɔm te sɛ Efraim ne Manase.’ ”

Saa ɛkwan yi so na Yakob fa maa Efraim bɛdii Manase anim.

21Na Israel ka kyerɛɛ Yosef sɛ, “Merebɛwu, nanso Onyankopɔn bɛhwɛ mo so, na wasane de mo akɔ Kanaan, mo agyanom asase so bio. 22Wo a seesei woabɛyɛ wo nuanom nyinaa so panin no, mede asase a menam me sekan ne mʼagyan so gye firii Amorifoɔ nkyɛn no rema wo.”