GENESIS 48:18

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“And Joseph said unto his father, Not so, my father: for this is the firstborn; put thy right hand upon his head.”

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Genesis 48:18 Translation & Meaning

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And Joseph יוֹסֵ֛ף Joseph, the name of seven Israelites Joseph
said וַיֹּ֧אמֶר To say (used with great latitude) said
unto אֶל Near, with or among; often in general, to unto
his father, אָבִ֖יו Father, in a literal and immediate, or figurative and remote application father
Not לֹא Not (the simple or abs. negation); by implication, no; often used with other particles Not
so, כֵ֣ן Properly, set upright; hence (figuratively as adjective) just; but usually (as adverb or conjunction) rightly or so (in various applications to manner, time and relation; often with other particles) so
my father: אָבִ֑י Father, in a literal and immediate, or figurative and remote application father
for כִּי (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed for
this זֶ֣ה The masculine demonstrative pronoun, this or that this
is (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
the firstborn; הַבְּכֹ֔ר First-born; hence, chief firstborn
put שִׂ֥ים To put (used in a great variety of applications, literal, figurative, inferentially, and elliptically) put
thy right hand יְמִֽינְךָ֖ The right hand or side (leg, eye) of a person or other object (as the stronger and more dexterous); locally, the south right hand
upon עַל Above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications upon
his head. רֹאשֽׁוֹ׃ The head (as most easily shaken), whether literal or figurative (in many applications, of place, time, rank, itc.) head

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  • 16  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.

  • 17  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.

  • 18  And Joseph said unto his father, Not so, my father: for this is the firstborn; put thy right hand upon his head.

  • 19  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.

  • 20  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.




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