1 And it happened after these things, that [one] told Joseph, Behold, your father [is] sick. And he took with him his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim.
2 And [one] spoke to Jacob, and said, Behold, your son Joseph comes to you. And Israel strengthened himself, and sat on the bed.
3 And Jacob said to Joseph, God Almighty appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan, and blessed me.
4 And He said to me, Behold, I will make you fruitful and multiply you. And I will make of you a multitude of people, and will give this land to your seed after you [for] an everlasting possession.
5 And now your two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, who are born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you into Egypt, [are] mine; like Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine.
6 And your issue, which you father after them, shall be yours, and shall be called after the name of their brothers in their inheritance.
7 And as for me, when I came from Padan, Rachel died beside me in the land of Canaan in the way, when [there was] still but a little way to come to Ephrath. And I buried her there in the way of Ephrath; it [is] Bethlehem.
8 And Israel beheld Joseph's sons, and said, Who [are] these?
9 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 And the eyes of Israel were dim for age; he could not see. And he brought them near him, and he kissed them and embraced them.
11 And Israel said to Joseph, I had not thought I would see your face, and, lo, God has showed me also your seed.
12 And Joseph brought them out from between his knees, and he bowed his face to the earth.
13 And Joseph took them both, Ephraim in his right hand toward Israel's left, and Manasseh in his left toward Israel's right hand. And he brought [them] near to him.
14 And Israel stretched out his right hand, and laid [it] on Ephraim's head, who [was] the younger, and his left on Manasseh's head, crossing his hands. For Manasseh [was] the first-born.
15 And he blessed Joseph and said, May God, [before] whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked, the God who fed me all my life to this day,
16 the Angel who 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 like the fishes into a multitude in the midst of the earth.
17 And Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand on the head of Ephraim, and it was evil in his eyes. And he held up his father's hand to remove it from Ephraim's head to Manasseh's head.
18 And Joseph said to his father, Not so, my father. For this [is] the first-born. Put your right hand on his head.
19 And his father refused and said, I know, my son, I know. He also shall become a people, and he also shall be great, but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he is, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations.
20 And he blessed them that day, saying, In you shall Israel bless, saying, God make you as Ephraim and as Manasseh. And he put Ephraim before Manasseh.
21 And Israel said to Joseph, Behold, I die. But God shall be with you, and bring you again into the land of your fathers.
22 And I have given to you one portion above your brothers, which I took out of the hand of the Amorite with my sword and with my bow.