Joseph visiteth his father in his sickness, who adopteth his two sons Manasses and Ephraim, and blesseth them, preferring the younger before the elder.
1 After these things, it was told Joseph that his father was sick: and he set out to go to him, taking his two sons Manasses and Ephraim.
His ita transactis, nuntiatum est Joseph quod aegrotaret pater suus : qui, assumptis duobus filiis Manasse et Ephraim, ire perrexit.
2 And it was told the old man: Behold thy son Joseph cometh to thee. And being strengthened he sat on his bed.
Dictumque est seni : Ecce filius tuus Joseph venit ad te. Qui confortatus sedit in lectulo.
3 And when Joseph was come in to him, he said: God Almighty appeared to me at Luza, which is in the land of Chanaan: and he blessed me,
Et ingresso ad se ait : Deus omnipotens apparuit mihi in Luza, quae est in terra Chanaan : benedixitque mihi,
4 And he said: I will cause thee to increase and multiply, and I will make of thee a multitude of people: and I will give this land to thee, and to thy seed after thee for an everlasting possession.
et ait : Ego te augebo et multiplicabo, et faciam te in turbas populorum : daboque tibi terram hanc, et semini tuo post te in possessionem sempiternam.
5 So thy two sons who were born to thee in the land of Egypt before I came hither to thee, shall be mine: Ephraim and Manasses shall be reputed to me as Ruben and Simeon.
Duo ergo filii tui, qui nati sunt tibi in terra Aegypti antequam huc venirem ad te, mei erunt : Ephraim et Manasses, sicut Ruben et Simeon reputabuntur mihi.
6 But the rest whom thou shalt have after them, shall be thine, and shall be called by the name of their brethren in their possessions.
Reliquos autem quos genueris post eos, tui erunt, et nomine fratrum suorum vocabuntur in possessionibus suis.
7 For, when I came out of Mesopotamia, Rachel died from me in the land of Chanaan in the very journey, and it was springtime: and I was going to Ephrata, and I buried her near the way of Ephrata, which by another name is called Bethlehem.
Mihi enim, quando veniebam de Mesopotamia, mortua est Rachel in terra Chanaan in ipso itinere, eratque vernum tempus : et ingrediebar Ephratam, et sepelivi eam juxta viam Ephratae, quae alio nomine appellatur Bethlehem.
8 Then seeing his sons, he said to him: Who are these?
Videns autem filios ejus dixit ad eum : Qui sunt isti?
9 He answered: They are my sons, whom God hath given me in this place. And he said: Bring them to me that I may bless them.
Respondit : Filii mei sunt, quos donavit mihi Deus in hoc loco. Adduc, inquit, eos ad me, ut benedicam illis.
10 For Israel's eyes were dim by reason of his great age, and he could not see clearly. And when they were brought to him, he kissed and embraced them.
Oculi enim Israel caligabant prae nimia senectute, et clare videre non poterat. Applicitosque ad se, deosculatus et circumplexus eos,
11 And said to his son: I am not deprived of seeing thee: moreover God hath shewed me thy seed.
dixit ad filium suum : Non sum fraudatus aspectu tuo : insuper ostendit mihi Deus semen tuum.
12 And when Joseph had taken them from his father's lap, he bowed down with his face to the ground.
Cumque tulisset eos Joseph de gremio patris, adoravit pronus in terram.
13 And he set Ephraim on his right hand, that is, towards the left hand of Israel; but Manasses on his left hand, to wit, towards his father's right hand, and brought them near to him.
Et posuit Ephraim ad dexteram suam, id est, ad sinistram Israel : Manassen vero in sinistra sua, ad dexteram scilicet patris, applicuitque ambos ad eum.
14 But he stretching forth his right hand, put it upon the head of Ephraim the younger brother; and the left upon the head of Manasses who was the elder, changing his hands.
Qui extendens manum dexteram, posuit super caput Ephraim minoris fratris : sinistram autem super caput Manasse qui major natu erat, commutans manus.
15 And Jacob blessed the sons of Joseph, and said: God, in whose sight my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked, God that feedeth me from my youth until this day;
Benedixitque Jacob filiis Joseph, et ait : Deus, in cujus conspectu ambulaverunt patres mei Abraham, et Isaac; Deus qui pascit me ab adolescentia mea usque in praesentem diem :
16 The angel that delivereth me from all evils, bless these boys: and let my name be called upon them, and the names of my fathers Abraham, and Isaac, and may they grow into a multitude upon the earth.
angelus, qui eruit me de cunctis malis, benedicat pueris istis : et invocetur super eos nomen meum, nomina quoque patrum meorum Abraham et Isaac, et crescant in multitudinem super terram.
17 And Joseph seeing that his father had put his right hand upon the head of Ephraim, was much displeased: and taking his father's hand he tried to lift it from Ephraim's head, and to remove it to the head of Manasses.
Videns autem Joseph quod posuisset pater suus dexteram manum super caput Ephraim, graviter accepit : et apprehensam manum patris levare conatus est de capite Ephraim, et transferre super caput Manasse.
18 And he said to his father: It should not be so, my father: for this is the firstborn, put thy right hand upon his head.
Dixitque ad patrem : Non ita convenit, pater : quia hic est primogenitus, pone dexteram tuam super caput ejus.
19 But he refusing, said: I know, my son, I know: and this also shall become peoples, and shall be multiplied: but this younger brother shall be greater than he: and his seed shall grow into nations.
Qui renuens, ait : Scio, fili mi, scio : et iste quidem erit in populos, et multiplicabitur : sed frater ejus minor, major erit illo : et semen illius crescet in gentes.
20 And he blessed them at that time, saying: In thee shall Israel be blessed, and it shall be said: God do to thee as to Ephraim, and as to Manasses. And he set Ephraim before Manasses.
Benedixitque eis in tempore illo, dicens : In te benedicetur Israel, atque dicetur : Faciat tibi Deus sicut Ephraim, et sicut Manasse. Constituitque Ephraim ante Manassen.
21 And he said to Joseph his son: Behold I die, and God will be with you, and will bring you back into the land of your fathers.
Et ait ad Joseph filium suum : En ego morior, et erit Deus vobiscum, reducetque vos ad terram patrum vestrorum.
22 I give thee a portion above thy brethren, which I took out of the hand of the Amorrhite with my sword and bow.
Do tibi partem unam extra fratres tuos, quam tuli de manu Amorrhaei in gladio et arcu meo.