Bible: Genesis 48:8-14

48:8 When Israel saw Joseph’s sons, he asked, “Who are these? 48:9 Joseph said to his father, “They are the 1  sons God has given me in this place.” His father 2  said, “Bring them to me so I may bless them.” 3  48:10 Now Israel’s eyes were failing 4  because of his age; he was not able to see well. So Joseph 5  brought his sons 6  near to him, and his father 7  kissed them and embraced them. 48:11 Israel said to Joseph, “I never expected 8  to see you 9  again, but now God has allowed me to see your children 10  too.”

48:12 So Joseph moved them from Israel’s knees 11  and bowed down with his face to the ground. 48:13 Joseph positioned them; 12  he put Ephraim on his right hand across from Israel’s left hand, and Manasseh on his left hand across from Israel’s right hand. Then Joseph brought them closer to his father. 13  48:14 Israel stretched out his right hand and placed it on Ephraim’s head, although he was the younger. 14  Crossing his hands, he put his left hand on Manasseh’s head, for Manasseh was the firstborn.

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