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Genesis

CHAPTER 48


1 Now after these things Joseph was told, Your father is now sick. So he took with him his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim.

2 And someone told Jacob and said, Your son Joseph is now coming to you. So Israel strengthened himself and sat up on his bed.

3 And Jacob said to Joseph, The All-sufficient God appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan and blessed me.

4 And He said to me, Behold, I am going to make you fruitful and multiply you, and I will make of you a company of peoples and will give this land to your seed after you for 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; Ephraim and Manasseh will be mine, as Reuben and Simeon are.

6 And your offspring whom you beget after them will be yours; they will be called by the name of their brothers in their inheritance.

7 And as for me, when I came from Paddan, Rachel died to my sorrow in the land of Canaan on the way, while there was still some distance to go to Ephrath; and I buried her there on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem).

8 And 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 to me here. And he said, Bring them to me, that I may bless them.

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

11 And Israel said to Joseph, I never expected to see your face, and now God has let me see your seed also.

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

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 to him.

14 But Israel stretched out his right hand and laid it upon Ephraim's head - although he was the younger - and his left hand upon Manasseh's head, guiding his hands with insight, even though Manasseh was the firstborn.

15 And he blessed Joseph and said, The God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked, The God who has shepherded me all my life to this day,

16 The Angel who has redeemed me from all evil, bless the boys; And may my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; And may they be a teeming 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 took hold of his father's hand to remove it from Ephraim's head onto Manasseh's head.

18 And Joseph said to his father, 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 will become a people, and he also will be great. However, his younger brother will become greater than he, and his seed will become a multitude of nations.

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

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

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


Genesis

CHAPTER 49


1 And Jacob called to his sons and said, Gather yourselves together that I may tell you what will happen to you in the last days.

2 Assemble yourselves, and listen, O sons of Jacob; Yes, listen to Israel your father.

3 Reuben, you are my firstborn, My might and the beginning of my strength, Preeminent in dignity and preeminent in power.

4 Boiling over like water, you will not have the preeminence, Because you went up to your father's bed; Then you defiled it - he went up to my couch.

5 Simeon and Levi are brothers; Weapons of violence are their swords.

6 Come not into their council, O my soul; Be not united with their assembly, O my glory; For in their anger they slew men, And in their self-will they hamstrung oxen.

7 Cursed be their anger, for it is fierce; And their wrath, for it is cruel: I will divide them in Jacob, And scatter them in Israel.

8 Judah, your brothers will praise you; Your hand will be on the neck of your enemies; Your father's sons will bow down before you.

9 Judah is a young lion; From the prey, my son, you have gone up. He couches, he stretches out like a lion, And like a lioness; who will rouse him up?

10 The scepter will not depart from Judah, Nor the ruler's staff from between his feet, Until Shiloh comes, And to Him shall be the obedience of the peoples.

11 Binding his foal to the vine, And his donkey's colt to the choice vine, He washes his garment in wine, And his robe in the blood of grapes.

12 Dark are his eyes with wine, And white are his teeth with milk.

13 Zebulun will dwell at the shore of the sea, And he will be a shore for ships, And his flank will be toward Sidon.

14 Issachar is a strong donkey, Couching between the sheepfolds.

15 And he saw a resting place that was good And the land that was pleasant, And he bowed his shoulder to bear, And became a task worker to bring tribute.

16 Dan will judge his people, As one of the tribes of Israel.

17 Dan will be a serpent in the way, A viper on the path, That bites the horse's heels, So that his rider falls backward.

18 I have waited for Your salvation, O Jehovah.

19 Gad, raiders will raid him, But he will raid at their heel.

20 Asher's food will be rich, And he will yield royal dainties.

21 Naphtali is a hind let loose; He gives beautiful words.

22 Joseph is a fruitful bough, A fruitful bough by a fountain; His branches run over the wall.

23 The archers bitterly attacked him, And shot at him and harassed him;

24 But his bow remained firm, And the arms of his hands were agile, By the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob - From there is the Shepherd, the stone of Israel -

25 From the God of your father, who will help you, And from the All-sufficient One, who will bless you With blessings of heaven above, Blessings of the deep that lies beneath, Blessings of the breasts and of the womb.

26 The blessings of your father surpass The blessings of my ancestors To the utmost bound of the everlasting hills. They will be on the head of Joseph, And on the crown of the head of the one who was separate from his brothers.

27 Benjamin is a ravenous wolf, In the morning devouring the prey And in the evening dividing the spoil.

28 All these are the twelve tribes of Israel, and this is what their father spoke to them when he blessed them; he blessed them, each one according to his blessing.

29 And he charged them and said to them, I am being gathered to my people. Bury me with my fathers in the cave that is in the field of Ephron the Hittite,

30 In the cave that is in the field of Machpelah, which is before Mamre in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought along with the field from Ephron the Hittite for the possession of a burial place -

31 There they buried Abraham and Sarah his wife, there they buried Isaac and Rebekah his wife, and there I buried Leah -

32 The field and the cave that is in it, purchased from the children of Heth.

33 And when Jacob had finished charging his sons, he gathered up his feet into the bed and expired, and he was gathered to his people.


Genesis

CHAPTER 50

1 Then Joseph fell upon his father's face and wept over him and kissed him.

2 And Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to embalm his father. So the physicians embalmed Israel.

3 And forty days were spent for this, for this is the time to be spent for embalming. And the Egyptians wept for him seventy days.

4 And when the days of weeping for him had passed, Joseph spoke to the house of Pharaoh, saying, If I have found favor in your eyes, please speak in the hearing of Pharaoh, saying,

5 My father made me swear, saying, Now I am about to die; in my grave which I dug for myself in the land of Canaan, there shall you bury me. Now therefore please let me go up and bury my father; then I will return.

6 And Pharaoh said, Go up, and bury your father, as he made you swear.

7 And Joseph went up to bury his father; and all the servants of Pharaoh went up with him, the elders of his house and all the elders of the land of Egypt,

8 And all the house of Joseph and his brothers and his father's household; they left only their little ones and their flocks and their herds in the land of Goshen.

9 And chariots also went up with him, as well as horsemen; and it was a very great company.

10 And they came to the threshing floor of Atad, which is beyond the Jordan, and they lamented there with a very great and grievous lamentation; and he observed seven days of mourning for his father.

11 And when the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, saw the mourning at the threshing floor of Atad, they said, This is a grievous mourning for the Egyptians. Therefore the name of it was called Abel-mizraim, which is beyond the Jordan.

12 And thus his sons did to him as he commanded them;

13 And his sons carried him into the land of Canaan and buried him in the cave of the field of Machpelah before Mamre, which Abraham had bought with the field for a possession of a burial place from Ephron the Hittite.

14 And after he had buried his father, Joseph returned into Egypt, he and his brothers and all who went up with him to bury his father.

15 And when Joseph's brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, What if Joseph bears a grudge against us and pays us back in full for all the evil which we did to him?

16 And they sent a message to Joseph, saying, Your father charged before he died, saying,

17 Thus shall you say to Joseph, Please forgive the transgression of your brothers and their sin, for they did you wrong. So now please forgive the transgression of the servants of the God of your father. And Joseph wept when they spoke to him.

18 And his brothers also went and fell down before him and said, We are here as your servants.

19 And Joseph said to them, Do not be afraid, for am I in the place of God?

20 Even though you intended evil against me, God intended it for good, to do as it is this day, to preserve alive a numerous people.

21 Now therefore do not be afraid; I will sustain you and your little ones. And he comforted them and spoke kindly to them.

22 And Joseph dwelt in Egypt, he and his father's household; and Joseph lived one hundred ten years.

23 And Joseph saw Ephraim's children of the third generation; the children of Machir the son of Manasseh were also born on Joseph's knees.

24 And Joseph said to his brothers, I am about to die, but God will surely visit you and bring you up out of this land to the land which He swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.

25 And Joseph made the children of Israel swear, saying, God will surely visit you, and you shall bring my bones up from here.

26 And Joseph died, being one hundred ten years old; and they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.