Genesis 48:11 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 48:11, NIV: Israel said to Joseph, 'I never expected to see your face again, and now God has allowed me to see your children too.'

Genesis 48:11, ESV: And Israel said to Joseph, “I never expected to see your face; and behold, God has let me see your offspring also.”

Genesis 48:11, KJV: And Israel said unto Joseph, I had not thought to see thy face: and, lo, God hath shewed me also thy seed.

Genesis 48:11, NASB: And Israel said to Joseph, 'I never expected to see your face, and behold, God has let me see your children as well!'

Genesis 48:11, NLT: Then Jacob said to Joseph, 'I never thought I would see your face again, but now God has let me see your children, too!'

Genesis 48:11, CSB: Israel said to Joseph, "I never expected to see your face again, but now God has even let me see your offspring."

What does Genesis 48:11 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Joseph's two oldest sons, Ephraim and Manasseh (Genesis 41:50–52) are receiving a blessing from their grandfather, Jacob. In fact, Jacob made the two his own sons, ensuring that Joseph's family will receive a double portion of the inheritance (Genesis 48:1–10). Jacob has embraced and kissed Joseph's sons. Now he pauses to appreciate the moment.

For over 20 years, Jacob had thought Joseph was dead, killed by a wild animal (Genesis 37:31–34). He had lived in overwhelming grief (Genesis 37:35). He acknowledges that the end of all these experiences is God's great gift to him. Not only was he reunited with Joseph, but God has also allowed him to live long enough to see Joseph's offspring.