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Genesis 48:20

Context
NETBible

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 

XREF

Ge 24:60; Ge 28:3; Nu 2:18-21; Nu 7:48,54; Nu 10:22,23; Nu 13:8,11,16; Ru 4:11,12

NET © Notes

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.

tn Or “pronounce a blessing.”

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.



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