Yakob Hyira Efraim Ne Manase
1Mmere bi akyi no, wɔka kyerɛɛ Yosef se, “Wʼagya yare.” Enti Yosef faa ne mmabarima baanu, Efraim ne Manase kaa ne ho kɔsraa no. 2Bere a wɔbɔɔ Yakob amanneɛ se, “Wo ba Yosef aba wo nkyɛn rebɛsra wo” no, Yakob miaa nʼani sɔre tenaa ne mpa so.
3Yakob ka kyerɛɛ Yosef se, “Otumfo Nyankopɔn yii ne ho adi kyerɛɛ me wɔ Lus a ɛwɔ Kanaan asase so. Ɛhɔ na ohyiraa me, 4ka kyerɛɛ me se, ‘Mɛma woawo, ama wʼase afɛe. Mɛma wʼasefo ayɛ ɔman kɛse. Mede saa asase yi bɛma wʼasefo afebɔɔ sɛ wɔn agyapade.’
5“Ɛno nti, 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, sɛnea Ruben ne Simeon yɛ me mma no. 6Mma foforo biara a wobɛwo wɔn wɔ Efraim ne Manase akyi no na wɔbɛyɛ wo de. Wɔde wɔn bɛka wɔn nuanom no ho wɔ asase a wɔde bɛma wɔn sɛ wɔn agyapade no so. 7Bere a mifi Paddan-Aram reba no, ababaa Rahel wuu wɔ ɔkwan mu ma ɛyɛɛ me yaw. Na aka akwansin kakraa bi na yɛadu Efrat. Ɛno nti, misiee no wɔ Eufrate, a wɔfrɛ no Betlehem no kwankyɛn baabi.”
8Bere a Israel huu Yosef mmabarima no, obisae se, “Na eyinom yɛ hefo?”
9Yosef buaa nʼagya se, “Wɔyɛ mmabarima a Onyankopɔn de wɔn adom me wɔ ha.”
Na Israel kae se, “Fa wɔn bra mʼanim ha na minhyira wɔn.”
10Saa bere no, esiane onyin nti, na Israel ani so ayɛ wusiwusi a onhu ade papa. Ne saa nti, Yosef de ne mma no kɔɔ ne nkyɛn pɛɛ ma ɔyɛɛ wɔn atuu, fifew wɔn ano.
11Israel ka kyerɛɛ Yosef se, “Manna mannwene sɛ mehu wʼanim bio da, nanso hwɛ nea Onyame ayɛ. Wama me ho kwan ama mahu wo mma nso.”
12Yosef maa wɔn so fii Israel kotodwe anim, na ɔno ara nso buu nkotodwe de nʼanim butuw fam. 13Ɔsɔre no, ɔde ne nsa nifa soo Efraim mu, de no gyinaa Yakob benkum so, na ɔde ne nsa benkum soo Manase mu, de no gyinaa Yakob nifa so bɛn no pɛɛ. 14Israel teɛɛ ne nsa nifa de too Efraim a ɔyɛ akumaa no apampam, na ɔde ne nsa benkum no too Manase nso apampam. Ɛwɔ mu sɛ na Manase yɛ abakan de, nanso ɔde ne nsa benkum na ɛtoo nʼapampam.
15Ohyiraa Yosef se,
“Onyankopɔn a mʼagyanom
Abraham ne Isak nantew nʼanim,
ne me Nyankopɔn a ɔhwɛɛ me sɛ oguanhwɛfo
de besi nnɛ no,
16ɔsoro bɔfo a ogyee me fii ɔhaw nyinaa mu no,
onhyira saa mmarimaa yi.
Wɔmfa me din ne mʼagyanom,
Abraham ne Isak din ntoto wɔn,
na wɔn ase mfɛe
wɔ asase so.”
17Bere a Yosef huu sɛ nʼagya de ne nsa nifa ato Efraim apampam no, anyɛ no dɛ. Enti oyii nʼagya nsa nifa no fii Efraim apampam, kɔtoo Manase apampam. 18Yosef ka kyerɛɛ nʼagya se, “Dabi, mʼagya, oyi ne mʼabakan, nti fa wo nsa nifa to nʼapampam.”
19Nanso nʼagya ampene so kae se, “Me ba, minim saa. Ɔno nso bɛyɛ ɔman, na wayɛ ɔkɛse. Nanso ne nua kumaa no bɛyɛ ɔkɛse asen no, na nʼasefo bɛyɛ aman bebree.” 20Enti da no, Yakob hyiraa mmarimaa no se,
“Israelfo nyinaa nam mo din so behyirahyira wɔn ho wɔn ho.
Wɔbɛka se, ‘Onyankopɔn behyirahyira mo, ama moakɔ so frɔmfrɔm te sɛ Efraim ne Manase.’ ”
Saa ɔkwan yi so na Yakob fa maa Efraim bedii Manase anim.
21Na Israel ka kyerɛɛ Yosef se, “Merebewu, nanso Onyankopɔn bɛhwɛ mo so, na wasan de mo akɔ Kanaan, mo agyanom asase so bio. 22Wo a mprempren woabɛyɛ wo nuanom nyinaa so panyin no, mede asase a menam me afoa ne mʼagyan so gye fii Amorifo nkyɛn no rema wo.”
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, North-west 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 that 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 towards Israel’s left hand and Manasseh on his left towards 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.’