1 And it came to pass after these things, that one said to
Joseph: 'Behold, thy father is sick.' And he took with him his two sons,
Manasseh and Ephraim.
2 And one told Jacob, and said: 'Behold, thy son Joseph
cometh unto thee.' And Israel strengthened himself, and sat upon the bed.
3 And Jacob said unto Joseph: 'G-d Almighty appeared unto me
at Luz in the land of Canaan, and blessed me,
4 and said unto me: Behold, I will make thee fruitful, and
multiply thee, and I will make of thee a company of peoples; and will give this
land to thy seed after thee for an everlasting possession.
5 And now thy two sons, who were born unto thee in the land
of Egypt before I came unto thee into Egypt, are mine; Ephraim and Manasseh,
even as Reuben and Simeon, shall be mine.
6 And thy issue, that thou begettest after them, shall be
thine; they shall be called after the name of their brethren in their
7 And as for me, when I came from Paddan, Rachel died unto me
in the land of Canaan in the way, when there was still some way to come unto
Ephrath; and I buried her there in the way to Ephrath--the same is Beth-lehem.'
8 And Israel beheld Joseph's sons, and said: 'Who are these?'
9 And Joseph said unto his father: 'They are my sons, whom
G-d hath given me here.' 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
11 And Israel said unto Joseph: 'I had not thought to see thy
face; and, lo, G-d hath let me see thy seed also.'
12 And Joseph brought them out from between his knees; and he
fell down on 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 first-born.
15 And he blessed Joseph, and said: 'The G-d before whom my
fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the G-d who hath been my shepherd all my
life long unto this day,
16 the angel who hath redeemed me from all evil, bless the
lads; and let my name be named in 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 was laying 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 first-born; 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; howbeit his
younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude
20 And he blessed them that day, saying: 'By thee shall
Israel bless, saying: G-d make thee as Ephraim and as Manasseh.' And he set
Ephraim before Manasseh.
21 And Israel said unto Joseph: 'Behold, I die; but G-d will
be with you, and bring you back unto the land of your fathers.
22 Moreover I have given to thee one portion above thy
brethren, which I took out of the hand of the Amorite with my sword and with my
Sources: Portions copyright © 1997 by Benyamin Pilant, All Rights Reserved
JPS Electronic Edition, based on the 1917 JPS translation, Copyright © 1998 by Larry Nelson, All Rights Reserved