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Genesis 48:1-19King James Version (KJV)

48 And it came to pass after these things, that one told Joseph, Behold, thy father is sick: and he took with him his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim.

And one told Jacob, and said, Behold, thy son Joseph cometh unto thee: and Israel strengthened himself, and sat upon the bed.

And Jacob said unto Joseph, God Almighty appeared unto me at Luz in the land of Canaan, and blessed me,

And said unto me, Behold, I will make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, and I will make of thee a multitude of people; and will give this land to thy seed after thee for an everlasting possession.

And now thy two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, which were born unto thee in the land of Egypt before I came unto thee into Egypt, are mine; as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine.

And thy issue, which thou begettest after them, shall be thine, and shall be called after the name of their brethren in their inheritance.

And as for me, when I came from Padan, Rachel died by me in the land of Canaan in the way, when yet there was but a little way to come unto Ephrath: and I buried her there in the way of Ephrath; the same is Bethlehem.

And Israel beheld Joseph's sons, and said, Who are these?

And Joseph said unto his father, They are my sons, whom God hath given me in this place. And he said, Bring them, I pray thee, unto me, and I will bless them.

10 Now the eyes of Israel were dim for age, so that he could not see. And he brought them near unto him; and he kissed them, and embraced them.

11 And Israel said unto Joseph, I had not thought to see thy face: and, lo, God hath shewed me also thy seed.

12 And Joseph brought them out from between his knees, and he bowed himself with his face to the earth.

13 And Joseph took them both, Ephraim in his right hand toward Israel's left hand, and Manasseh in his left hand toward Israel's right hand, and brought them near unto him.

14 And Israel stretched out his right hand, and laid it upon Ephraim's head, who was the younger, and his left hand upon Manasseh's head, guiding his hands wittingly; for Manasseh was the firstborn.

15 And he blessed Joseph, and said, God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God which fed me all my life long unto this day,

16 The Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.

17 And when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand upon the head of Ephraim, it displeased him: and he held up his father's hand, to remove it from Ephraim's head unto Manasseh's head.

18 And Joseph said unto his father, Not so, my father: for this is the firstborn; put thy right hand upon his head.

19 And his father refused, and said, I know it, my son, I know it: he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great: but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations.

Genesis 48:1-19Authorized (King James) Version (AKJV)

48 And it came to pass after these things, that one told Joseph, Behold, thy father is sick: and he took with him his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim. And one told Jacob, and said, Behold, thy son Joseph cometh unto thee: and Israel strengthened himself, and sat upon the bed. And Jacob said unto Joseph, God Almighty appeared unto me at Luz in the land of Canaan, and blessed me, and said unto me, Behold, I will make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, and I will make of thee a multitude of people; and will give this land to thy seed after thee for an everlasting possession. And now thy two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, which were born unto thee in the land of Egypt before I came unto thee into Egypt, are mine; as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine. And thy issue, which thou begettest after them, shall be thine, and shall be called after the name of their brethren in their inheritance. And as for me, when I came from Padan, Rachel died by me in the land of Canaan in the way, when yet there was but a little way to come unto Ephrath: and I buried her there in the way of Ephrath; the same is Beth-lehem.

And Israel beheld Joseph’s sons, and said, Who are these? And Joseph said unto his father, They are my sons, whom God hath given me in this place. And he said, Bring them, I pray thee, unto me, and I will bless them. 10 Now the eyes of Israel were dim for age, so that he could not see. And he brought them near unto him; and he kissed them, and embraced them. 11 And Israel said unto Joseph, I had not thought to see thy face: and, lo, God hath shewed me also thy seed. 12 And Joseph brought them out from between his knees, and he bowed himself with his face to the earth. 13 And Joseph took them both, Ephraim in his right hand toward Israel’s left hand, and Manasseh in his left hand toward Israel’s right hand, and brought them near unto him. 14 And Israel stretched out his right hand, and laid it upon Ephraim’s head, who was the younger, and his left hand upon Manasseh’s head, guiding his hands wittingly; for Manasseh was the firstborn.

15 And he blessed Joseph, and said, God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God which fed me all my life long unto this day, 16 the Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth. 17 And when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand upon the head of Ephraim, it displeased him: and he held up his father’s hand, to remove it from Ephraim’s head unto Manasseh’s head. 18 And Joseph said unto his father, Not so, my father: for this is the firstborn; put thy right hand upon his head. 19 And his father refused, and said, I know it, my son, I know it: he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great: but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations.

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Genesis 48:1-19Modern English Version (MEV)

Jacob Blesses Joseph’s Sons

48 After these things, Joseph was told, “Your father is sick.” So he took his two sons Manasseh and Ephraim with him. When Jacob was told, “Your son Joseph is coming to you,” Israel strengthened himself and sat up in the bed.

Jacob said to Joseph, “God Almighty appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan, and blessed me. And He said to me, ‘I will make you fruitful and multiply you, and I will make you into a multitude of people and will give this land to your descendants after you for 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; as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine. Any children you have after them will be yours and will be called by the names of their brothers in their inheritance. As for me, when I came from Paddan, Rachel died beside me in the land of Canaan on the way, when there was still some distance to get to Ephrath, and I buried her there on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem).”

Then Israel saw Joseph’s sons and said, “Whose are these?”

And Joseph said to his father, “They are my sons, whom God has given me in this place.”

And he said, “Please bring them to me, and I will bless them.”

10 Now the eyes of Israel were dim with age, so that he could not see. So Joseph brought them near to him, and he kissed them and embraced them.

11 Israel said to Joseph, “I never thought I would see your face, but here God has also shown me your children.”

12 So Joseph took them from beside his knees, and he bowed down with his face to the ground. 13 Joseph took them both, Ephraim in his right hand toward Israel’s left hand, and Manasseh in his left hand toward Israel’s right hand, and brought them near him. 14 Israel stretched out his right hand and laid it on Ephraim’s head, who was the younger, and his left hand on Manasseh’s head, crossing his hands, for Manasseh was the firstborn.

15 He blessed Joseph and said,

“God, before whom my fathers
    Abraham and Isaac walked,
the God who fed me
    all my life long to this day,
16 the angel who redeemed me from all evil,
    bless the boys;
let them be called by my name,
    and the name of my fathers, Abraham and Isaac;
and let them grow into a multitude
    in the midst of the earth.”

17 When Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand on the head of Ephraim, it displeased him, and he took hold of his father’s hand to remove it from Ephraim’s head to Manasseh’s head. 18 Joseph said to his father, “Not so, my father, for this one is the firstborn. Put your right hand on his head.”

19 His father refused and said, “I know it, my son, I know it. He will also become a people, and he will also be great, but truly his younger brother will be greater than he, and his descendants will become a multitude of nations.”

Modern English Version (MEV)

The Holy Bible, Modern English Version. Copyright © 2014 by Military Bible Association. Published and distributed by Charisma House.

Génesis 48:1-19Reina-Valera 1960 (RVR1960)

Jacob bendice a Efraín y a Manasés

48  Sucedió después de estas cosas que dijeron a José: He aquí tu padre está enfermo. Y él tomó consigo a sus dos hijos, Manasés y Efraín.

Y se le hizo saber a Jacob, diciendo: He aquí tu hijo José viene a ti. Entonces se esforzó Israel, y se sentó sobre la cama,

y dijo a José: El Dios Omnipotente me apareció en Luz en la tierra de Canaán, y me bendijo,

y me dijo: He aquí yo te haré crecer, y te multiplicaré, y te pondré por estirpe de naciones; y daré esta tierra a tu descendencia después de ti por heredad perpetua.

Y ahora tus dos hijos Efraín y Manasés, que te nacieron en la tierra de Egipto, antes que viniese a ti a la tierra de Egipto, míos son; como Rubén y Simeón, serán míos.

Y los que después de ellos has engendrado, serán tuyos; por el nombre de sus hermanos serán llamados en sus heredades.

Porque cuando yo venía de Padan-aram, se me murió Raquel en la tierra de Canaán, en el camino, como media legua de tierra viniendo a Efrata; y la sepulté allí en el camino de Efrata, que es Belén.

Y vio Israel los hijos de José, y dijo: ¿Quiénes son éstos?

Y respondió José a su padre: Son mis hijos, que Dios me ha dado aquí. Y él dijo: Acércalos ahora a mí, y los bendeciré.

10 Y los ojos de Israel estaban tan agravados por la vejez, que no podía ver. Les hizo, pues, acercarse a él, y él les besó y les abrazó.

11 Y dijo Israel a José: No pensaba yo ver tu rostro, y he aquí Dios me ha hecho ver también a tu descendencia.

12 Entonces José los sacó de entre sus rodillas, y se inclinó a tierra.

13 Y los tomó José a ambos, Efraín a su derecha, a la izquierda de Israel, y Manasés a su izquierda, a la derecha de Israel; y los acercó a él.

14 Entonces Israel extendió su mano derecha, y la puso sobre la cabeza de Efraín, que era el menor, y su mano izquierda sobre la cabeza de Manasés, colocando así sus manos adrede, aunque Manasés era el primogénito.

15 Y bendijo a José, diciendo: El Dios en cuya presencia anduvieron mis padres Abraham e Isaac, el Dios que me mantiene desde que yo soy hasta este día,

16 el Angel que me liberta de todo mal, bendiga a estos jóvenes; y sea perpetuado en ellos mi nombre, y el nombre de mis padres Abraham e Isaac, y multiplíquense en gran manera en medio de la tierra.

17 Pero viendo José que su padre ponía la mano derecha sobre la cabeza de Efraín, le causó esto disgusto; y asió la mano de su padre, para cambiarla de la cabeza de Efraín a la cabeza de Manasés.

18 Y dijo José a su padre: No así, padre mío, porque éste es el primogénito; pon tu mano derecha sobre su cabeza.

19 Mas su padre no quiso, y dijo: Lo sé, hijo mío, lo sé; también él vendrá a ser un pueblo, y será también engrandecido; pero su hermano menor será más grande que él, y su descendencia formará multitud de naciones.

Reina-Valera 1960 (RVR1960)

Versión Reina-Valera 1960 © Sociedades Bíblicas en América Latina, 1960. Renovado © Sociedades Bíblicas Unidas, 1988.

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