New International Version

Genesis 48

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. When Jacob was told, “Your son Joseph has come to you,” Israel rallied his strength and sat up on the bed.

Jacob said to Joseph, “God Almighty[a] appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan, and there he blessed me and 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.’

“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. Any children born to you after them will be yours; in the territory they inherit they will be reckoned under the names of their brothers. As I was returning from Paddan,[b] 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).

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

“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.”

10 Now 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.

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

12 Then Joseph removed them from Israel’s knees and bowed down with his face to the ground. 13 And 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. 14 But 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.

15 Then 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,
16 the 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.”

17 When 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. 18 Joseph said to him, “No, my father, this one is the firstborn; put your right hand on his head.”

19 But 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.” 20 He blessed them that day and said,

“In your[c] name will Israel pronounce this blessing:
    ‘May God make you like Ephraim and Manasseh.’”

So he put Ephraim ahead of Manasseh.

21 Then Israel said to Joseph, “I am about to die, but God will be with you[d] and take you[e] back to the land of your[f] fathers. 22 And to you I give one more ridge of land[g] than to your brothers, the ridge I took from the Amorites with my sword and my bow.”

Footnotes

  1. Genesis 48:3 Hebrew El-Shaddai
  2. Genesis 48:7 That is, Northwest Mesopotamia
  3. Genesis 48:20 The Hebrew is singular.
  4. Genesis 48:21 The Hebrew is plural.
  5. Genesis 48:21 The Hebrew is plural.
  6. Genesis 48:21 The Hebrew is plural.
  7. Genesis 48:22 The Hebrew for ridge of land is identical with the place name Shechem.

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。”