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Genesis 48:20-21

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48:20 So he blessed them that day, saying,

“By you 1  will Israel bless, 2  saying,

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

So he put Ephraim before Manasseh. 3 

48:21 Then Israel said to Joseph, “I am about to die, but God will be with you 4  and will bring you back to the land of your fathers.

1 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.

2 tn Or “pronounce a blessing.”

3 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.

4 tn The pronouns translated “you,” “you,” and “your” in this verse are plural in the Hebrew text.



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