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could not see well; and Joseph brought them near unto him ; and Jacob kissed them, and embraced them. And Israel said unto Joseph, I had not thought to see thy face; andlo, God hath shewed me also thy seed. And Joseph brought them out from between his knees, and he bowed himself with his face to the earth. 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. And Israel stretched out his right hand, and laid it upon Ephraim's head, who was the younger, and his left hand upon Manasseh's head; guiding his hands wittingly; for Manasseh was the first born. And he blessed Joseph, and said, God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God which fed me all my life long unto this day, the angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac ; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth. And when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand upon the head of Ephraim, it displeased him; and he held up his father's hand to remove it from Ephraim's head unto Manasseh's head. And Joseph said unto his father, Not so, my father; for this is the first born; put thy right hand upon his head. And his father refused, and said, I know it, my son, I know it ; he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great; but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations. - And he blessed them that day, saying, In thee shall Israel bless, saying, God make thee as Ephraim, and as
Manasseh and he set Ephraim before Manasseh. And
And Israel said unto Joseph, Behold, I die : but God shall be with you, and bring you again unto the land of your fathers. Moreover, I have given to thee one portion above thy brethren, which I took out of the hand of the Amorite with my sword, and with my bow. And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befal you in the last days... . . . Gather yourselves together, and hear, ye sons of Jacob ; and hearken unto Israel your father. Reuben, thou art my first-born ; the excellency of dignity, and, the excellency of power; unstable as water, thou shalt not excel. Simeon and Levi are brethren: instruments of cruelty are in their habitations : O my soul, come not thou into their secret; unto their assembly, mine honour, be not thou united ; for in their anger they slew a man, and in their self-will they digged down a wall. Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce; and their wrath, for it was cruel; I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel. Judah thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise ; thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father's children shall bow down before thee. Judah is a lion's whelp : from the prey, my son, thou art gone up ; he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up 2 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor alaw-giver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be. Binding his foal unto the vine, and his ass’s colt unto the choice wine ; he washed his garments in wine, and his clothes in the blood of grapes. -
His eyes shall be red with wine, and his teeth white with milk. Zebulun shall dwell at the haven of the sea; and he shall be for a haven of ships : and his border shall be unto Zidon. Issachar is a strong ass, couching down between two burdens. And he saw that rest was good, and the land that it was pleasant; and bowed his shoulder to bear, and be. came a servant unto tribute. " Dan shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel : . . . . . . . • * : * : Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path that biteth the horse's-heels, so that his rider shall fall backward. - on . . . . .” I have waited for thy salvation, O Lorp. Gad, a troop shall overcome him; but he shall over. come at the last. at 3 * ... Out of Asher his bread shall be fat, and he shall yield royal dainties. -- . Naphtali is a hind let loose : he giveth goodly words. .. Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall : The archers have sorely grieved him and shot at him, and hated him. - i. But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob ; from thence is the shepherd the stone of Israel ; - * * : * * : *, * * * * , ; , ; Even by the God of thy father, who shall help thee, and by the Almighty, who shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb. • . . * The blessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors, unto the utmost bound of the
the everlasting hills: they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren. * Benjamin shall raven as a wolf: in the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil. ... r All these are the twelve tribes of Israel ; and this is it that their father spake unto them, and blessed them ; every one according to his blessing, he blessed them. And he charged them, and said unto them, I am to be gathered unto my people; bury me with my fathers in the cave that is in the field of Ephron the Hittite. In the cave that is in the field of Machpelah, which is before Mamre, in the land of Canaan, which Abraham bought with the field of Ephron the Hittite, for a possession of a burying place. And when Jacob had made an end of commanding his sons, he gathered up his feet into the bed, and yielded up the ghost, and was gathered unto his people. And Joseph fell upon his father's face, and wept upon him, and kissed him.
ANNOTATIONS AND REFLECTIONS.
The Divine Promise made by the Lord to Jacob, that he would be with him whithersoever he went, was remarkably fulfilled in Egypt, in respect to the increase and prosperity of his family: but the good old patriarch's mind was fixed on Canaan, and his urgent desire to be buried there, may be considered as a proof of his belief in the Divine Promises. It was also a very prudent request to be interred in the cave of Machpelah, as it was calculated to answer the purpose of keeping up in the minds of his descendants, a wish and expectation of returning to -Canaan at God’s appointed time.
The expression Israel bowed himself upon the led's head, seems to imply that he testified his veneration for, the name of the Lo R D, by the greatest act of reverence his feeble state allowed him to use, while his son Joseph took the oath required of him. Though Joseph had obtained such an uncommon share of riches and honours in Egypt, and doubtless had great possessions to bequeath to his children, he esteemed the blessing of the Lord as the most valuable portion they could enjoy ; and with the view to obtain it for them, he took his two sons Ephraim and Manasseh with him, when in consequence of the summons he had received, he went to attend his dying father. If Jacob had not incorporated Joseph's sons into his own family, and bequeathed to their posterities an inheritance in the land of Canaan, disputes might afterwards have arisen between their descendants and those of Jacob's other sons: the latter would, in all probability, have considered the former as Egyptians. And Ephraim and Manasseh themselves might, from a predilection for their native country, have prejudiced their children in favour of it. Jacob appears to have cherished a tender remembrance of his dear wife Rachel; and he mentioned with seeming regret, that the circumstances he was in, when she died, prevented his burying her in the cave of Machpelah. In the preference given to Ephraim, we have an additional proof of the foreknowledge of the Sv P REME BEING ; for, in pronouncing the blessing on Joseph's two sons, Jacob evidently spake by Divine inspiration. This blessing related only to the temporal state of their posterities. Jacob himself was at this time in the very circumstances in which Isaac was, when be pronounced the paternal blessing on him, old and dim-sighted; the remembrance