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48 1 The time came when Joseph was told that his father was ill, so he took with him his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim. 48 2 Jacob heard that his son Joseph was coming to him, and he summoned his strength and sat up on the bed. 48 3 Jacob said to Joseph, 'God Almighty appeared to me at Luz in Canaan and blessed me. 48 4 He said to me, "I will make you fruitful and increase your descendants until they become a host of nations. I will give this land to your descendants after you as a perpetual possession." 48 5 Now, your two sons, who were born to you in Egypt before I came here, shall be counted as my sons; Ephraim and Manasseh shall be mine as Reuben and Simeon are. 48 6 Any children born to you after them shall be counted as yours, but in respect of their tribal territory they shall be reckoned under their elder brothers' names. 48 7 As I was coming from Paddan-aram I was bereaved of Rachel your mother on the way, in Canaan, whilst there was still some distance to go to Ephrath, and I buried her there by the road to Ephrath, that is Bethlehem.'

48 8 When Israel saw Joseph's sons, he said, 'Who are these?' 48 9 Joseph replied to his father, 'They are my sons whom God has given me here.' Israel said, 'Bring them to me, I beg you, so that I may take them on my knees Or may bless them? 48 10 Now Israel's eyes were dim with age, and he could not see; so Joseph brought the boys close to his father, and he kissed them and embraced them. 48 11 He said to Joseph, 'I had not expected to see your face again, and now God has granted me to see your sons also.' 48 12 Joseph took them from his father's knees and bowed to the ground. 48 13 Then he took the two of them, Ephraim on his right at Israel's left and Manasseh on his left at Israel's right, and brought them close to him. 48 14 Israel stretched out his right hand and laid it on Ephraim's head, although he was the younger, and, crossing his hands, laid his left hand on Manasseh's head ; but Manasseh was the elder. 48 15 He blessed Joseph and said: