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 (Traditional)

創世記 48

雅各祝福以法蓮和瑪拿西

1後來,有人來通知約瑟,說他父親病了,約瑟就帶著兩個兒子瑪拿西和以法蓮去探望父親。 雅各聽說約瑟來了,就強撐著從床上坐起來, 對約瑟說:「全能的上帝曾經在迦南的路斯向我顯現,賜福給我。 祂對我說,『我必使你生養眾多,子孫興旺,並把迦南賜給你和你的後裔永遠作產業。』

「我來之前,你在埃及生的兩個兒子以法蓮和瑪拿西都算我的,他們可以像呂便和西緬一樣承受我的產業。 除了他們以外,你其他子女仍然歸你,這些子女可以在他們弟兄的名下繼承產業。 我從巴旦回來的路上,拉結死在了迦南,那地方離以法他還有一段路程,我把她葬在通往以法他的路旁。」以法他就是伯利恆。

以色列看見約瑟的兩個兒子,就問:「這是誰?」 約瑟說:「是上帝在這裡賜給我的兒子。」以色列說:「把他們帶過來,我要祝福他們。」 10 以色列因為年老眼睛已經昏花。約瑟把兒子帶到他面前,他就親吻他們、擁抱他們。 11 以色列對約瑟說:「我以為再也見不到你了,上帝竟然還讓我見到了你的兒子!」 12 約瑟把兩個兒子從以色列的膝旁領開,自己向父親俯伏下拜, 13 隨後左手牽著瑪拿西,右手牽著以法蓮,把他們分別領到以色列的右邊和左邊。 14 但以色列卻兩手交叉,把右手放在約瑟次子以法蓮的頭上,左手放在約瑟長子瑪拿西的頭上。 15 他祝福約瑟說:「願我祖先亞伯拉罕和以撒敬拜的上帝,牧養我一生直到今天的上帝, 16 救我脫離一切患難的天使,賜福這兩個孩子。願我和我祖先亞伯拉罕及以撒的名字藉著他們流傳。願他們在地上子孫興旺。」

17 約瑟見父親把右手放在以法蓮的頭上,感到不悅,就把父親的右手從以法蓮的頭上挪到瑪拿西頭上, 18 對父親說:「父親,你弄錯了,這才是長子,你應該把右手按在他的頭上。」 19 他父親卻不同意,說:「我兒啊,我知道,我知道。他必發展成一個強大的民族,但他弟弟將比他更強大,他弟弟的後裔必成為多個民族。」 20 雅各那天祝福他們,說:「以色列人必引用你們的名祝福人,說,『願上帝使你們像以法蓮和瑪拿西一樣!』」他把以法蓮排在瑪拿西前面。

21 以色列對約瑟說:「我快死了,但上帝必與你們同在,帶你們回到你們祖先的土地。 22 我要把我用刀和弓從亞摩利人手上奪來的那塊地留給你,讓你比其他弟兄多得一份。」