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.