Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

创世记 48

雅各祝福以法莲和玛拿西

1后来,有人来通知约瑟,说他父亲病了,约瑟就带着两个儿子玛拿西和以法莲去探望父亲。 雅各听说约瑟来了,就强撑着从床上坐起来, 对约瑟说:“全能的上帝曾经在迦南的路斯向我显现,赐福给我。 祂对我说,‘我必使你生养众多,子孙兴旺,并把迦南赐给你和你的后裔永远作产业。’

“我来之前,你在埃及生的两个儿子以法莲和玛拿西都算我的,他们可以像吕便和西缅一样承受我的产业。 除了他们以外,你其他子女仍然归你,这些子女可以在他们弟兄的名下继承产业。 我从巴旦回来的路上,拉结死在了迦南,那地方离以法他还有一段路程,我把她葬在通往以法他的路旁。”以法他就是伯利恒。

以色列看见约瑟的两个儿子,就问:“这是谁?” 约瑟说:“是上帝在这里赐给我的儿子。”以色列说:“把他们带过来,我要祝福他们。” 10 以色列因为年老眼睛已经昏花。约瑟把儿子带到他面前,他就亲吻他们、拥抱他们。 11 以色列对约瑟说:“我以为再也见不到你了,上帝竟然还让我见到了你的儿子!” 12 约瑟把两个儿子从以色列的膝旁领开,自己向父亲俯伏下拜, 13 随后左手牵着玛拿西,右手牵着以法莲,把他们分别领到以色列的右边和左边。 14 但以色列却两手交叉,把右手放在约瑟次子以法莲的头上,左手放在约瑟长子玛拿西的头上。 15 他祝福约瑟说:“愿我祖先亚伯拉罕和以撒敬拜的上帝,牧养我一生直到今天的上帝, 16 救我脱离一切患难的天使,赐福这两个孩子。愿我和我祖先亚伯拉罕及以撒的名字借着他们流传。愿他们在地上子孙兴旺。”

17 约瑟见父亲把右手放在以法莲的头上,感到不悦,就把父亲的右手从以法莲的头上挪到玛拿西头上, 18 对父亲说:“父亲,你弄错了,这才是长子,你应该把右手按在他的头上。” 19 他父亲却不同意,说:“我儿啊,我知道,我知道。他必发展成一个强大的民族,但他弟弟将比他更强大,他弟弟的后裔必成为多个民族。” 20 雅各那天祝福他们,说:“以色列人必引用你们的名祝福人,说,‘愿上帝使你们像以法莲和玛拿西一样!’”他把以法莲排在玛拿西前面。

21 以色列对约瑟说:“我快死了,但上帝必与你们同在,带你们回到你们祖先的土地。 22 我要把我用刀和弓从亚摩利人手上夺来的那块地留给你,让你比其他弟兄多得一份。”

Amplified Bible

Genesis 48

Israel’s Last Days

1Now some time after these things happened, Joseph was told, “Your father is sick.” So he took his two sons Manasseh and Ephraim with him [to go to Goshen]. And when Jacob (Israel) was told, “Look now, your son Joseph has come to you,” Israel strengthened himself and sat up on the bed. Then Jacob said to Joseph, “[a]God Almighty appeared to me at Luz (Bethel) in the land of Canaan and blessed me, and said to me, ‘Behold, I will make you fruitful and numerous, and I will make you a great company of people, and will give this land to your descendants after you as an everlasting possession.’ Now your two sons [Ephraim and Manasseh], who were born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you in Egypt, are mine; [b]Ephraim and Manasseh shall be mine [that is, adopted as my heirs and sons as surely], as Reuben and Simeon are my sons. But other sons who were born to you after them shall be your own; they shall be called by the names of their [two] brothers in their inheritance. Now as for me, when I came from Paddan [in Mesopotamia], Rachel died beside me 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 [who was almost blind] saw Joseph’s sons, he said, “Who are these?” Joseph said to his father, “They are my sons, whom God has given me here [in Egypt].” So he said, “Please bring them to me, so that I may bless them.” 10 Now Israel’s eyes were so dim from age that he could not see [clearly]. Then Joseph brought them close to him, and he kissed and embraced them. 11 Israel said to Joseph, “I never expected to see your face, but see, God has shown me your children as well.” 12 Then Joseph took the boys [from his father’s embrace], and he bowed [before him] with his face to the ground. 13 Then 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 reached out his right hand and laid it on the head of Ephraim, who was the younger, and his left hand on Manasseh’s head, [c]crossing his hands [intentionally], even though Manasseh was the firstborn. 15 Then Jacob (Israel) blessed Joseph, and said,

“The God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked [in faithful obedience],
The God who has been my Shepherd [leading and caring for me] all my life to this day,
16 
The [d]Angel [that is, the Lord Himself] who has redeemed me [continually] from all evil,
Bless the boys;
And may my name live on in them [may they be worthy of having their names linked with mine],
And the names of my fathers Abraham and Isaac;
And may they grow into a [great] 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 [because he was not the firstborn]; and he grasped his father’s hand to move it from Ephraim’s head to Manasseh’s head. 18 Joseph said to his father, “Not so, my father, for this is the firstborn; place your right hand on Manasseh’s head.” 19 But his father refused and said, “I know, my son, I know; Manasseh also will become a people and he will be great; but his younger brother shall be [e]greater than he, and his descendants shall become a multitude of nations.” 20 Then Jacob blessed them that day, saying,

“By you Israel will pronounce a blessing, saying,
‘May God make you like Ephraim and Manasseh.’”

And 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 [Canaan] the land of your fathers. 22 Moreover, I have given you [the [f]birthright,] one portion [Shechem, one mountain ridge] more than any of your brothers, which I took [reclaiming it] from the hand of the Amorites with my sword and with my bow.”

Footnotes

  1. Genesis 48:3 Heb El Shaddai.
  2. Genesis 48:5 This act of adoption effectively gave Joseph the birthright and a double allotment of the territory of the promised land when it was apportioned by Joshua (Josh 16; 17). The second son, Ephraim, was named before his older brother because Jacob planned to give him the primary blessing.
  3. Genesis 48:14 God acts independently of priority based on birth order when He chooses men. He too “crossed His hands” in the case of Seth whom He chose over Cain; of Shem over Japheth; of Isaac over Ishmael; of Jacob over Esau; of Judah and Joseph over Reuben; of Moses over Aaron; and of David over all his brothers.
  4. Genesis 48:16 See note 16:7.
  5. Genesis 48:19 This prophecy begins to be fulfilled during the time of the judges, as the tribe of Ephraim increased in prominence and became the head of the northern ten tribes. Joshua, whom Israel regarded as their ruler, was an Ephraimite. The ark of the covenant was placed in Shiloh in the territory of Ephraim, which also increased the tribe’s prestige. By its fulfillment, Jacob’s prophecy proved to be divinely inspired.
  6. Genesis 48:22 See note 49:3.