Manasseh and Ephraim
1And it came to pass after these things, that one told Joseph, Behold, thy father is sick: and he took with him his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim.
2 And one told Jacob, and said, Behold, thy son Joseph cometh unto thee: and Israel strengthened himself, and sat upon the bed.
3 And Jacob said unto Joseph, God Almighty appeared unto me at Luz in the land of Canaan, and blessed me,
4 And said unto me, Behold, I will make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, and I will make of thee a multitude of people; and will give this land to thy seed after thee for an everlasting possession.
5 And now thy two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, which were born unto thee in the land of Egypt before I came unto thee into Egypt, are mine; as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine.
6 And thy issue, which thou begettest after them, shall be thine, and shall be called after the name of their brethren in their inheritance.
7 And as for me, when I came from Padan, Rachel died by me in the land of Canaan in the way, when yet there was but a little way to come unto Ephrath: and I buried her there in the way of Ephrath; the same is Bethlehem.
K.J.V. Bible Text
When Jacob became very ill, Joseph took his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim along with him and went to see him once more. Jacob rallied the strength to sit up to talk to his son.
It seems to me that with Jacob being in such a severe physical condition, he must have considered that what he wanted to tell Joseph was of the utmost importance.
He wanted Joseph to know about the time he met God in the land of Canaan and God promised him that land.
Jacob explained to Joseph that all the children of his lineage were the same as his own and that Joseph’s sons, Ephraim and Manasseh were included. He explained that all Joseph’s sons, even those not yet born, would share in the promise of possessing the land of Canaan.
Jacob also wanted Joseph to know that his wife Rachel had died in Canaan as he passed through on his return from Paddan and that he had buried her there.
As Jacob approached ever nearer to death, he apparently wanted to tie up all the loose ends and make sure Joseph knew all about his heritage even though he had lived apart from the family for so many years.
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