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“And 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.”

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Genesis 48:1 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Hebrew Meaning/ Definition
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And it came to pass וַיְהִ֗י To exist, i.e., be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary) came pass
after אַֽחֲרֵי֙ Properly, the hind part; generally used as an adverb or conjunction, after (in various senses) after
these הָאֵ֔לֶּה These or those these
things, הַדְּבָרִ֣ים A word; by implication, a matter (as spoken of) or thing; adverbially, a cause things
that told וַיֹּ֣אמֶר To say (used with great latitude) told
one (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
Joseph, לְיוֹסֵ֔ף Joseph, the name of seven Israelites Joseph
Behold, הִנֵּ֥ה Lo! Behold
thy father אָבִ֖יךָ Father, in a literal and immediate, or figurative and remote application father
is (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
sick: חֹלֶ֑ה Properly, to be rubbed or worn; hence (figuratively) to be weak, sick, afflicted; or (causatively) to grieve, make sick sick
and he took וַיִּקַּ֞ח To take (in the widest variety of applications) took
with עִמּ֔וֹ Adverb or preposition, with (i.e., in conjunction with), in varied applications; specifically, equally with; often with prepositional prefix (and then usually unrepresented in English) with
him אֶת Properly, self (but generally used to point out more definitely the object of a verb or preposition, even or namely) him
his two שְׁנֵ֤י Two; also (as ordinal) twofold two
sons, בָנָיו֙ A son (as a builder of the family name), in the widest sense (of literal and figurative relationship, including grandson, subject, nation, quality or condition, etc., (like father or brother), etc.) sons
Manasseh מְנַשֶּׁ֖ה Menashsheh, a grandson of Jacob, also the tribe descended from him, and its territory Manasseh
and Ephraim. אֶפְרָֽיִם׃ Ephrajim, a son of Joseph; also the tribe descended from him, and its territory Ephraim

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  • 1  And 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,


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