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Genesis 48:8–50:26

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And Israel beheld Joseph’s sons, and said, Who are these? And Joseph said unto his father, hThey are my sons, whom God hath given me in this place. And he said, Bring them, I pray thee, unto me, and iI will bless them. 10 Now kthe eyes of Israel were dim for age, so that he could not see. And he brought them near unto him; and lhe 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 mfrom 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, nguiding his hands wittingly; for Manasseh was the firstborn. 15 And he blessed Joseph, and said, God, obefore whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God which fed me all my life long unto this day, 16 pThe Angel which qredeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let rmy 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, sI know it, my son, I know it: he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great: but truly this younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations. 20 And he blessed them that day, saying, uIn 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 xGod shall be with you, and bring you again unto the land of your fathers. 22 Moreover I have given to ythee one portion above thy brethren, which I took out of the hand of the Amorite with my sword and with my bow.

49 aAnd Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you bin the last days.

Gather yourselves together, and hear, ye sons of Jacob;

And hearken unto Israel your father.

Reuben, thou art cmy firstborn,

My might, dand the beginning of my strength,

The excellency of edignity, and the excellency of power:

Unstable as water, thou shalt not excel;

Because thou fwentest up to thy father’s bed;

Then defiledst thou it: ||he went up to my couch.

gSimeon and Levi are brethren;

||Instruments of cruelty are in their habitations.

O my soul, come not thou into htheir secret;

Unto their assembly, imine honour, be not thou united:

For in their anger they slew a man,

And in their selfwill they ||digged down a wall.

Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce;

And their wrath, for it was cruel:

I will kdivide them in Jacob,

And scatter them in Israel.

Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall lpraise:

Thy hand shall be in mthe neck of thine enemies;

nThy father’s children shall bow down before thee.

Judah is oa lion’s whelp:

From the prey, my son, thou art gone up:

pHe stooped down, he couched as a lion,

And as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?

10  qThe sceptre shall not depart from Judah,

Nor ra lawgiver from between his feet,

Until sShiloh come;

And unto him shall tthe gathering of the people be.

11  Binding his foal uunto the vine,

And his ass’s colt unto the choice vine;

He washed his garments in wine,

And his clothes in the blood of grapes:

12  His xeyes shall be red with wine,

And his teeth white with milk.

13  yZebulun shall dwell at the zhaven of the sea;

And he shall be for an haven of ships;

And his border shall be unto Zidon.

14  Issachar is a strong ass

Couching down between atwo burdens:

15  And he saw that rest was good,

And the land that it was pleasant;

And bowed bhis shoulder to bear,

And became a servant cunto tribute.

16  Dan shall djudge his people,

As one of the tribes of Israel.

17  Dan shall be a serpent by the way,

An adder in the path,

That biteth the horse heels,

So that his rider shall fall backward.

18  I ehave waited for thy salvation, O Lord.

19  Gad, fa troop shall overcome him:

But he shall overcome at the last.

20  Out of Asher his bread shall be fat,

And he shall yield royal dainties.

21  Naphtali is a hind let loose:

He giveth goodly words.

22  Joseph is a fruitful bough,

Even a fruitful bough by a well;

Whose branches run over the wall:

23  gThe archers have hsorely grieved him,

And ishot at him, and khated him:

24  But his lbow abode in strength,

And the arms of his hands were made strong

By the hands of mthe mighty God of Jacob;

(From thence is nthe shepherd, nthe stone of Israel:)

25  oEven by the God of thy father, who shall help thee;

And by the Almighty, who shall bless thee

With blessings of heaven above,

Blessings of the deep that lieth under,

Blessings of the breasts, and of the womb:

26  The blessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors

Unto the utmost bound pof the everlasting hills:

They shall be qon the head of Joseph,

And on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren.

27  Benjamin shall rravin as a wolf:

In the morning he shall devour the prey,

And at night she shall divide the spoil.

28 All these are the twelve tribes of Israel: and this is it that their father spake unto them, and blessed them; every one according to his blessing he blessed them. 29 And he charged them, and said unto them, I tam to be gathered unto my people: ubury me with my fathers xin 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, ywhich Abraham bought with the field of Ephron the Hittite for a possession of a buryingplace. 31 zThere they buried Abraham and Sarah his wife; athere they buried Isaac and Rebekah his wife; and there I buried Leah. 32 The purchase of the field and of the cave that is therein was from the children of Heth. 33 And when Jacob had made an end of commanding his sons, he gathered up his feet into the bed, and yielded up the ghost, and bwas gathered unto his people.

50 And Joseph afell upon his father’s face, and wept upon him, and kissed him. And Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to bembalm his father: and the physicians embalmed Israel. And forty days were fulfilled for him; for so are fulfilled the days of those which are embalmed: and the Egyptians mourned for him cthreescore and ten days. And when the days of his mourning were past, Joseph spake unto the house of Pharaoh, saying, dIf now I have found grace in your eyes, speak, I pray you, in the ears of Pharaoh, saying, My father made me swear, saying, Lo, I die: in my grave ewhich I have digged for me in the land of Canaan, there shalt thou bury me. Now therefore let me go up, I pray thee, and bury my father, and I will come again. And Pharaoh said, Go up, and bury thy father, according as he made thee swear. And Joseph went up to bury his father: and with him went up all the servants of Pharaoh, the elders of his house, and all the elders of the land of Egypt, And all the house of Joseph, and his brethren, and his father’s house: only their little ones, and their flocks, and their herds, they left fin the land of Goshen. And there went up with him both chariots and horsemen: and it was a very great company. 10 And they came to the threshingfloor of Atad, which is beyond Jordan, and there they mourned with a great and very sore lamentation: and he made a mourning for his father seven days. 11 And when the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, saw the mourning in the floor of Atad, they said, This is a grievous mourning to the Egyptians: wherefore the name of it was called ||Abel-mizraim, which is beyond Jordan. 12 And his sons did unto him according as he commanded them: 13 For ghis sons carried him into the land of Canaan, and buried him in the cave of the field of Machpelah, which Abraham hbought with the field for a possession of a buryingplace of Ephron the Hittite, before Mamre. 14 And Joseph returned into Egypt, he, and his brethren, and all that went up with him to bury his father, after he had buried his father.

15 And when Joseph’s brethren saw that their father was dead, they said, Joseph will peradventure ihate us, and will certainly requite us all the evil which we did unto him. 16 And they sent a messenger unto Joseph, saying, Thy father did command before he died, saying, 17 So shall ye say unto Joseph, Forgive, I pray thee now, the trespass of thy brethren, and their sin; for they did unto thee evil: and now, we pray thee, forgive the trespass of the servants of kthe God of thy father. And Joseph wept when they spake unto him. 18 And his brethren also went and fell down before his face; and they said, Behold, we be thy servants. 19 And Joseph said unto them, Fear not: lfor am I in the place of God? 20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but mGod meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive. 21 Now therefore fear ye not: nI will nourish you, and your little ones. And he comforted them, and spake kindly unto them.

22 And Joseph dwelt in Egypt, he, and his father’s house: and Joseph lived an hundred and ten years. 23 And Joseph saw Ephraim’s children of the third generation: othe children also of Machir the son of Manasseh were brought up upon Joseph’s knees. 24 And Joseph said unto his brethren, I die: and pGod will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land unto the land qwhich he sware to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. 25 And rJoseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you, and ye shall carry up my bones from hence. 26 So

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h

So ch. 33:5.

i

ch. 27:4. & 49:25, 26. Heb. 11:21.

k

ch. 27:1.

Heb. heavy.

l

ch. 27:27.

m

Comp. ver. 10.

n

ver. 19.

o

ch. 17:1. & 24:40.

p

ch. 28:13, 15. & 31:11, 13, 24. See ch. 18:2.

q
r

Heb. as fishes do increase. Comp. Num. 26:34, 37.

||

[was evil in his eyes.] So ch. 28:8. & 38:10 marg.

s

ver. 14.

t

Heb. fulness.

u
x

ch. 46:4. & 50:24.

y
a

To ver. 27, Deut. 33:6–25.

b

Num. 24:14 (Heb.). Deut. 4:30 (Heb.). Isai. 2:2. Jer. 23:20 (Heb.). Dan. 2:28 (Heb.).

c

ch. 29:32.

d
e

ch. 4:7 marg. (& Heb.).

Heb. do not thou excel.

f
||

Or, my couch is gone.

g

ch. 29:33, 34.

||

Or, their swords are weapons of violence. Comp. ch. 34:26.

h
i

Ps. 16:9. & 57:8 (Heb.).

||

Or, houghed oxen. Josh. 11:6, 9.

k
l

ch. 29:35 marg. Comp. ch. 27:29.

m
n
o
p
q
r

Ps. 60:7. & 108:8. So also Deut. 28:57.

s
t

Prov. 30:17 (Heb.).

u

2 Kin. 18:32. Isai. 5:2. Jer. 2:21 (Heb.). Comp. Judg. 16:4 (Heb.) with Num. 13:23.

x
y
z
a
b

1 Sam. 10:9 (Heb.).

c
d

Gen. 30:6 marg.

Heb. an arrow-snake. Comp. Judg. 18:27.

e
f

Gen. 30:11 marg.

Heb. daughters.

g

ch. 37:19 marg.

h

ch. 37:24, 28. & 39:20.

i
k

ch. 27:41. & 50:15.

l
m
n
n
o

ch. 35:3. & 50:17. See ch. 17:1.

p
q

Deut. 33:16. Imitated or cited. Comp. Num. 6:2, &c.

r
s
t

ver. 33. ch. 25:8.

u

ch. 47:30.

x

ch. 23:9. & 50:13.

y

ch. 23:16, 17.

z

ch. 23:19. & 25:9.

a

ch. 35:29.

b

ver. 29.

a
b

Heb. wept.

c
d

ch. 47:29. So ch. 32:5. & 33:8, 10, 15.

e
f

See ch. 45:10.

||

That is, The mourning of the Egyptians. Comp. Josh. ch. 2. & 9.

g

ch. 49:29, 30. Comp. Acts 7:16.

h

ch. 23:16.

i

ch. 49:23.

Heb. charged. Comp. ver. 17, 18.

k

ch. 49:25.

l

ch. 30:2. Comp. 2 Kin. 5:7.

m

ch. 45:5, 7.

n

So ch. 47:12.

Heb. to their hearts. So ch. 34:3 marg.

o

Heb. born. So ch. 30:3. Ruth 4:17. 2 Sam. 21:8.

p

ch. 15:14. & 46:4. & 48:21. Ex. 3:16, 17. Comp. Heb. 11:22.

q

ch. 15:18. & 26:3. & 35:12

r

Ex. 13:19. Josh. 24:32. B. C. 1635 Heb. 1754? Gr.