8 And Israel beheld Joseph’s sons, and said, Who are these?
9 And Joseph said unto his father, They are my sons, whom God hath given me in this place. And he said, Bring them, I pray thee, unto me, and I will bless them.
10 Now the eyes of Israel were dim for age, so that he could not see. And he brought them near unto him; and he 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 from 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.
K.J.V. Bible Text
In today’s reading, Jacob sees Joseph’s sons and inquires about them. As Jacob with his aged eyes does not see well, Joseph brought his sons close to him so that he could see them.
It must have been a great satisfaction to Jacob, not only to have had Joseph restored to him again after believing him lost so many years, but to see his grandchildren born of this favorite son as well.
Joseph placed his children to each side of his father, Ephraim on Jacob’s left and Manasseh on Jacob’s right hand. He then bowed down and placed his face upon the ground.
With Joseph in this attitude of homage, we will leave the narrative for the time being. Tomorrow we will discover what Jacob has to say about these grandchildren.
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