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.”
Yakobo Asabira Batabani ba Yusufu Omukisa
148:1 Lub 41:52Oluvannyuma Yusufu n’ategeezebwa nti, “Laba, kitaawo mulwadde.” Bw’atyo n’atwala batabani be Manase ne Efulayimu; 2Yakobo n’ategeezebwa nti, “Mutabani wo azze okukulaba.”
Awo Yakobo ne yeekakaba ku kitanda kye n’atuula. 348:3 a Lub 28:19 b Lub 28:13; 35:9-12N’agamba Yusufu nti, “Katonda Ayinzabyonna yandabikira e Luzi mu nsi ya Kanani n’ampa omukisa. 448:4 Lub 17:6N’aŋŋamba nti, ‘Laba, ndikwaza n’osukkirira ne nkufuula abantu abangi, era ensi eno ndigiwa ezzadde lyo okuba obutaka bwabwe ennaku zonna.’
548:5 a Lub 41:50-52; 46:20 b 1By 5:1; Yos 14:4“Kale kaakano batabani bo bombi abaakuzaalirwa mu Misiri nga sinnajja, bange; Efulayimu ne Manase baliba bange nga Lewubeeni ne Simyoni bwe bali. 6N’abo abaakuzaalirwa oluvannyuma lwabwe baliba babo, banaayitibwa amannya ga baganda baabwe mu mugabo gwabwe. 748:7 Lub 35:19Kubanga bwe najja ng’ava e Paddani, ne ndaba ennaku Laakeeri n’anfiirako mu kkubo mu nsi ya Kanani, nga nkyagenda Efulasi; ne mmuziika eyo mu kkubo erigenda Efulasi, ye Besirekemu.”
8Isirayiri bwe yalaba batabani ba Yusufu n’abuuza nti, “Bano be baani?”
948:9 a Lub 33:5 b Lub 27:4Yusufu n’addamu kitaawe nti, “Be batabani bange, Katonda b’ampeeredde wano.”
N’amugamba nti, “Nkusaba obansembereze mbasabire omukisa.”
1048:10 a Lub 27:1 b Lub 27:27Mu kiseera kino amaaso ga Isirayiri gaali gayimbadde olw’obukadde, nga takyasobola kulaba. Awo Yusufu n’abamusembereza, Yakobo n’abagwa mu kifuba n’abanywegera.
1148:11 Lub 50:23; Zab 128:6Isirayiri n’agamba Yusufu nti, “Saasuubira kulaba maaso go; era laba Katonda ansobozesezza okulaba n’abaana bo.”
12Awo Yusufu n’abaggya ku maviivi ge n’avuunama wansi. 1348:13 Zab 110:1Yusufu n’abatwala bombi, Efulayimu ng’ali mu mukono gwe ogwa ddyo, okwolekera ogwa Isirayiri ogwa kkono, ne Manase ng’ali mu mukono gwe ogwa kkono okwolekera ogwa Isirayiri ogwa ddyo, n’abamusembereza. 1448:14 Lub 41:51Isirayiri n’agolola omukono gwe ogwa ddyo n’aguteeka ku mutwe gwa Efulayimu eyali omuto, n’omukono gwe ogwa kkono n’aguteeka ku mutwe gwa Manase, n’ayisiŋŋanya emikono gye, kubanga Manase ye yasooka okuzaalibwa.
1548:15 a Lub 17:1 b Lub 49:24N’awa Yusufu omukisa, n’agamba nti,
“Katonda wa jjajjange
Ibulayimu ne kitange Isaaka gwe baatambulira mu maaso ge,
Katonda oyo ankulembedde obulamu bwange bwonna
1648:16 a Beb 11:21 b Lub 28:13Malayika oyo eyannunula okuva mu bizibu byonna,
owe omukisa abalenzi bano.
Erinnya lyange lyeyongerenga okutuumibwa mu bo
era n’erya Ibulayimu n’erya Isaaka.
Era bafuuke ekibiina ekinene
mu maaso g’ensi.”
1748:17 nny 14Yusufu bwe yalaba nga kitaawe atadde omukono gwe ogwa ddyo ku Efulayimu n’atakyagala, n’akwata omukono gwa kitaawe okuguggya ku mutwe gwa Efulayimu aguzze ku mutwe gwa Manase. 18N’agamba kitaawe nti, “Kireme kuba kityo, kitange, kubanga ono ye mubereberye, teeka omukono ogwa ddyo ku mutwe gwe.”
1948:19 a Lub 17:20 b Lub 25:23Naye kitaawe n’agaana n’agamba nti, “Mmanyi, mwana wange, mmanyi nti alifuuka eggwanga era aliba mukulu; kyokka muto we aliba mukulu okumusinga era alivaamu amawanga mangi.” 2048:20 a Kbl 2:18 b Kbl 2:20; Lus 4:11Awo n’abasabira omukisa ku lunaku olwo ng’agamba nti,
“Abaana ba Isirayiri basabiragane omukisa nga bagamba nti,
‘Katonda akuyise nga Efulayimu ne Manase.’ ”
Bw’atyo n’ateeka Efulayimu mu maaso ga Manase.
2148:21 a Lub 26:3; 46:4 b Lub 28:13; 50:24Ate Isirayiri n’agamba Yusufu nti, “Laba, nnaatera okufa, kyokka Katonda alibeera naawe era alikuzzaayo mu nsi ya bajjajjaabo. 2248:22 a Yos 24:32; Yk 4:5 b Lub 37:8Wabula ggwe nkuwadde kinene okusinga baganda bo, nkuwadde ekitundu kimu ekikkirira olusozi, kye naggya ku Bamoli n’ekitala kyange n’omutego gwange.”