New Amharic Standard Version

ዘፍጥረት 48:1-22

ምናሴና ኤፍሬም

1ከጥቂት ጊዜ በኋላም፣ “አባትህ ታሞአል” ተብሎ ለዮሴፍ ስለ ተነገረው ሁለቱን ልጆቹን ምናሴንና ኤፍሬምን ይዞ ሄደ። 2ለያዕቆብ፣ “ልጅህ ዮሴፍ ወደ አንተ መጥቶአል” ተብሎ በተነገረው ጊዜ፣ እስራኤል ተበረታትቶ ዐልጋው ላይ ተቀመጠ።

3ያዕቆብም ዮሴፍን እንዲህ አለው፤ “ሁሉን የሚችል አምላክ48፥3 ዕብራይስጡ ኤልሻዳይ ይላል በከነዓን ምድር ሎዛ በምትባል ቦታ ተገለጠልኝ፤ ባረከኝም፤ 4እንዲህም አለኝ፤ ‘ፍሬያማ አደርግሃለሁ፣ ይህችንም ምድር ከአንተ በኋላ ለሚነሡ ዘሮችህ የዘላለም ርስት አድርጌ እሰጣቸዋለሁ።’

5“ወደዚህ ከመምጣቴ በፊት በግብፅ የወለድሃቸው ሁለቱ ልጆችህ ከእንግዲህ የእኔ ልጆች ሆነው ይቈጠራሉ፤ ሮቤልና ስምዖን ልጆቼ እንደሆኑ ሁሉ፣ ኤፍሬምና ምናሴም ልጆቼ ይሆናሉ። 6ከእነርሱ በኋላ የሚወለዱልህ ልጆች ግን፣ የአንተ ይሁኑ፤ በርስት ድልድላቸው ግን በወንድሞቻቸው ስም ይቈጠራሉ። 7ከሰሜን ምዕራብ መስጴጦምያ መልስ ኤፍራታ ለመድረስ ጥቂት ሲቀረኝ፣ እናትህ ራሔል በከነዓን ምድር ሞታብኝ ዐዘንሁ። እኔም ወደ ኤፍራታ ማለት ወደ ቤተ ልሔም በሚወስደው መንገድ ዳር ቀበርኋት።”

8እስራኤልም የዮሴፍን ልጆች ባየ ጊዜ፣

“እነዚህ እነማን ናቸው?” ሲል ጠየቀ፤

9ዮሴፍም፣ “እነዚህ እግዚአብሔር (ኤሎሂም) የሰጠኝ ልጆች ናቸው” ብሎ ለአባቱ መለሰለት፤ እስራኤልም፣ “አቅርባቸውና ልመርቃቸው” አለ።

10በዚህ ጊዜ እስራኤል ዐይኖቹ በእርጅና ምክንያት በመድከማቸው አጥርቶ ማየት ይሳነው ነበር፤ ስለዚህ ዮሴፍ ልጆቹን አባቱ ዘንድ አቀረባቸው፤ አባቱም ስሞ ዐቀፋቸው።

11እስራኤልም ዮሴፍን፣ “ዐይንህን እንደ ገና ዐያለሁ ብዬ አላሰብኩም ነበር፤ እግዚአብሔር (ኤሎሂም) ግን ልጆችህን ጭምር ለማየት አበቃኝ” አለው።

12ዮሴፍም ልጆቹን ከእስራኤል ጒልበት ፈቀቅ በማድረግ አጐንብሶ በግንባሩ መሬት ላይ ተደፋ። 13ከዚያም ዮሴፍ ሁለቱን ልጆቹን ይዞ ኤፍሬምን ከራሱ በስተ ቀኝ፣ ከእስራኤል በስተ ግራ፣ ምናሴን ደግሞ ከራሱ በስተ ግራ፣ ከእስራኤል በስተ ቀኝ በኩል አቀረባቸው። 14እስራኤል ግን ቀኝ እጁን በታናሹ በኤፍሬም ራስ ላይ አኖረ፤ ግራ እጁንም በቀኝ እጁ ላይ አስተላልፎ በበኵሩ በምናሴ ራስ ላይ አኖረ።

15ከዚህ በኋላ ዮሴፍን ባረከ፤ እንዲህም አለው፤

“አባቶቼ አብርሃምና ይስሐቅ በፊቱ

የተመላለሱት እግዚአብሔር (ኤሎሂም)

ለእኔም እስከ ዛሬ ድረስ

በዘመኔ ሁሉ እረኛ የሆነኝ አምላክ (ኤሎሂም)

16ከጒዳትም ሁሉ የታደገኝ መልአክ፣

እርሱ እነዚህን ልጆች ይባርክ፤

እነርሱም በስሜ፣

በአባቶቼ በአብርሃምና

በይስሐቅ ስም ይጠሩ፤

በምድር ላይ እጅግ ይብዙ።

17ዮሴፍ፣ አባቱ ቀኝ እጁን በኤፍሬም ራስ ላይ ማድረጉን ሲያይ ተከፋ፤ ከኤፍሬም ራስ ላይ አንሥቶ በምናሴ ራስ ላይ ለማኖር የአባቱን እጅ ያዘ፤ 18ዮሴፍም፣ “አባቴ ሆይ፤ እንዲህ አይደለም በኵሩ ይህኛው ስለ ሆነ፣ ቀኝ እጅህን እርሱ ራስ ላይ አድርግ” አለው።

19አባቱ ግን፣ “ዐውቃለሁ፤ ልጄ ዐውቃለሁ፤ እርሱም እኮ ሕዝብ ይሆናል፤ ታላቅም ይሆናል፤ ይሁን እንጂ ታናሽ ወንድሙ ከእርሱ ይበልጣል፤ ዘሮቹም ታላቅ ሕዝቦች ይሆናሉ” ብሎ እምቢ አለው። 20በዚያን ዕለት ባረካቸው፤ እንዲህም አላቸው፤

“በአንተ ስም እስራኤል እንዲህ ብሎ ይመርቃል፤

“እግዚአብሔር (ኤሎሂም) እንደ ኤፍሬምና እንደ ምናሴ ያድርጋችሁ።”

በዚህ ሁኔታም ኤፍሬምን ከምናሴ አስቀደመው።

21ከዚህ በኋላ እስራኤል ዮሴፍን እንዲህ አለው፤ እኔ የምሞትበት ጊዜ ተቃርቦአል፤ ነገር ግን እግዚአብሔር (ኤሎሂም) ከእናንተ ጋር ይሆናል፤ ወደ አባቶቻችሁም ምድር መልሶ ያገባችኋል። 22እነሆ በሰይፌና በቀስቴ ከአሞራውያን እጅ የወሰድኳትን ዐምባ ከወንድሞችህ ድርሻ አብልጬ ለአንተ ሰጥቼሃለሁ።”48፥22 ወይም ከወንድሞችህ ድርሻ አብልጬ ለአንተ አንድ ክፍል እሰጥሃለሁ

New International Version

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.”