1 His ita transactis, nuntiatum est Ioseph quod aegrotaret pater suus. Et assumpsit secum duos filios Manasse et Ephraim.
2 Dictumque est seni: "Ecce filius tuus Ioseph venit ad te" Qui confortatus sedit in lectulo
3 et ingresso ad se ait: "Deus omnipotens apparuit mihi in Luza, quae est in terra Chanaan, benedixitque mihi
4 et ait: "Ego te augebo et multiplicabo et faciam te in multitudinem populorum; daboque tibi terram hanc et semini tuo post te in possessionem sempiternam".
5 Duo ergo filii tui, qui nati sunt tibi in terra Aegypti, antequam huc venirem ad te, mei erunt: Ephraim et Manasses sicut Ruben et Simeon reputabuntur mihi.
6 Reliquos autem, quos genueris post eos, tui erunt et nomine fratrum suorum vocabuntur in possessionibus suis.
7 Mihi enim, quando veniebam de Paddanaram, mortua est Rachel mater tua in terra Chanaan in ipso itinere, cum adhuc esset spatium aliquod usque ad Ephratham, et sepelivi eam iuxta viam Ephrathae, quae alio nomine appellatur Bethlehem"
8 Videns autem filios eius dixit ad eum: "Qui sunt isti?"
9 Respondit: "Filii mei sunt, quos donavit mihi Deus in hoc loco" "Adduc, inquit, eos ad me, ut benedicam illis!"
10 Oculi enim Israel caligabant prae nimia senectute, et clare videre non poterat. Applicitosque ad se deosculatus et circumplexus eos
11 dixit ad filium suum: "Non sum fraudatus aspectu tuo; insuper ostendit mihi Deus semen tuum"
12 Cumque tulisset eos Ioseph de gremio patris, adoravit pronus in terram.
13 Et posuit Ephraim ad dexteram suam, id est ad sinistram Israel, Manassen vero in sinistra sua, ad dexteram scilicet patris; applicuitque ambos ad eum.
14 Qui extendens manum dexteram, posuit super caput Ephraim minoris fratris, sinistram autem super caput Manasse, qui maior natu erat, commutans manus.
15 Benedixitque Iacob Ioseph et ait: "Deus, in cuius conspectu ambulaverunt patres mei Abraham et Isaac, Deus, qui pascit me ab adulescentia mea usque in praesentem diem,
16 Angelus, qui eruit me de cunctis malis, benedicat pueris istis! Et invocetur super eos nomen meum, nomina quoque patrum meorum Abraham et Isaac, et crescant in multitudinem super terram!"
17 Videns autem Ioseph quod posuisset pater suus dexteram manum super caput Ephraim, graviter accepit et apprehensam manum patris levare conatus est de capite Ephraim et transferre super caput Manasse.
18 Dixitque ad patrem: "Non ita convenit, pater, quia hic est primogenitus; pone dexteram tuam super caput eius!"
19 Qui renuens ait: "Scio, fili mi, scio; et iste quidem erit in populos et multiplicabitur, sed frater eius minor maior erit illo, et semen illius crescet in plenitudinem gentium"
20 Benedixitque eis in die illo dicens: "In te benedicet Israel atque dicet: "Faciat te Deus sicut Ephraim et sicut Manasse!"" Constituitque Ephraim ante Manassen.
21 Et ait ad Ioseph filium suum: "En ego morior, et erit Deus vobiscum reducetque vos ad terram patrum vestrorum.
22 Do tibi partem unam extra fratres tuos, quam tuli de manu Amorraei in gladio et arcu meo"
King James Version
1 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.
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, God 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 multitude of people; and will give this land to thy seed after thee for an everlasting possession.
5 ¶ 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.
6 And thy issue, which thou begettest after them, shall be thine, and shall be called after the name of their brethren in their inheritance.
7 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.
8 And Israel beheld Joseph's sons, and said, Who are these?
9 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.
20 And he blessed them that day, saying, In thee shall Israel bless, saying, God make thee as Ephraim and as Manasseh: and he set Ephraim before Manasseh.
21 And Israel said unto Joseph, Behold, I die: but God shall be with you, and bring you again 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 bow.