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Genesis 48
2 When Jacob was told, Your son Joseph has come to you, Israel collected his strength and sat up 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 said to me, Behold, I will make you fruitful and multiply you, and I will make you a multitude of people and will give this land to your descendants after you as an everlasting possession.

5 And now your two sons, , who were born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you in Egypt, are mine. as Reuben and Simeon, shall be mine.

6 But other sons who may be born after them shall be your own; and they shall be called after the names of these brothers and reckoned as belonging to them into their inheritance.

7 And as for me, when I came from Padan, Rachel died at my side in the land of Canaan on the way, when yet there was but a little way to come to Ephrath; and I buried her there on the way to Ephrath, that is, Bethlehem.

8 When Israel saw Joseph's sons, he 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, Bring them to me, I pray you, that I may bless them.

10 Now Israel's eyes were dim from age, so that he could not see. And Joseph brought them near to him, and he kissed and embraced them.

11 Israel said to Joseph, I had not thought that I would see your face, but see, God has shown me your offspring also.

12 Then Joseph took from and he bowed with his face to the earth.

13 Then Joseph took both , Ephraim with his right hand toward Israel's left, and Manasseh with his left hand toward Israel's right, and brought them close to him.

14 And Israel reached out his right hand and laid it on the head of Ephraim, who was the younger, and his left hand on Manasseh's head, God acts independently of the claims of priority based on time of birth when He chooses men. He too ``crossed His hands" in the case of Seth whom He chose over Cain; of Shem over Japheth; of Isaac over Ishmael; of Jacob over Esau; of Judah and Joseph over Reuben; of Moses over Aaron; of David over all his brothers; and of Mary over Martha.crossing his hands intentionally, for Manasseh was the firstborn.

15 Then blessed Joseph and said, God , before Whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac lived and walked habitually, God , Who has fed me from the time I came into being until this day,

16 The The ``Angel of the Lord" is here identified as Christ Himself. See also the footnote on Gen. 16:7.redeeming Angel Who has redeemed me continually from every evil, bless the lads! And let my name be perpetuated in them , and the names of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them become a multitude in the midst of the earth.

17 When Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand on Ephraim's head, it displeased him; and he held up his father's hand to move it to Manasseh's head.

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

19 But his father refused and said, I know, my son, I know. He also shall become a people and shall be great; but his younger brother shall be This prophecy begins to be fulfilled ``from the days of the judges onward, as the tribe of Ephraim in power and compass so increased that it became the head of the northern ten tribes, and its name became of like significance with that of Israel; although, in the time of Moses, Manasseh still outnumbered Ephraim by 20,000" (Karl F. Keil and F. Delitzsch, Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament). Joshua, whom Israel so long regarded as their ruler, was an Ephraimite. The ark of the covenant was placed in Shiloh in the territory of Ephraim, which increased the tribe's prestige. How could Jacob have prophesied Ephraim's supremacy so positively except by divine inspiration?greater than he, and his offspring shall become a multitude of nations.

20 And he blessed them that day, saying, By you shall Israel bless , saying, May God make you like Ephraim and like Manasseh. And he set Ephraim before Manasseh.

21 And Israel said to Joseph, Behold, I die, but God will be with you and bring you again to the land of your fathers.

22 Moreover, I have given to you one portion more than any of your brethren, which I took out of the hand of the Amorites with my sword and with my bow.