NETBible KJV GRK-HEB XRef Arts Hymns
  Discovery Box

Genesis 48:17-20

Context

48:17 When Joseph saw that his father placed his right hand on Ephraim’s head, it displeased him. 1  So he took his father’s hand to move it from Ephraim’s head to Manasseh’s head. 48:18 Joseph said to his father, “Not so, my father, for this is the firstborn. Put your right hand on his head.”

48:19 But his father refused and said, “I know, my son, I know. He too will become a nation and he too will become great. In spite of this, his younger brother will be even greater and his descendants will become a multitude 2  of nations.” 48:20 So he blessed them that day, saying,

“By you 3  will Israel bless, 4  saying,

‘May God make you like Ephraim and Manasseh.’”

So he put Ephraim before Manasseh. 5 

1 tn Heb “it was bad in his eyes.”

2 tn Heb “fullness.”

3 tn The pronoun is singular in the Hebrew text, apparently elevating Ephraim as the more prominent of the two. Note, however, that both are named in the blessing formula that follows.

4 tn Or “pronounce a blessing.”

5 sn On the elevation of Ephraim over Manasseh see E. C. Kingsbury, “He Set Ephraim Before Manasseh,” HUCA 38 (1967): 129-36; H. Mowvley, “The Concept and Content of ‘Blessing’ in the Old Testament,” BT 16 (1965): 74-80; and I. Mendelsohn, “On the Preferential Status of the Eldest Son,” BASOR 156 (1959): 38-40.



TIP #01: Welcome to the NEXT Bible Web Interface and Study System!! [ALL]
created in 0.08 seconds
powered by bible.org