Genesis 48:22 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 48:22, NIV: And to you I give one more ridge of land than to your brothers, the ridge I took from the Amorites with my sword and my bow.'

Genesis 48:22, ESV: Moreover, I have given to you rather than to your brothers one mountain slope that I took from the hand of the Amorites with my sword and with my bow.”

Genesis 48:22, KJV: 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.

Genesis 48:22, NASB: And I give you one portion more than your brothers, which I took from the hand of the Amorite with my sword and my bow.'

Genesis 48:22, NLT: And beyond what I have given your brothers, I am giving you an extra portion of the land that I took from the Amorites with my sword and bow.'

Genesis 48:22, CSB: Over and above what I am giving your brothers, I am giving you the one mountain slope that I took from the Amorites with my sword and bow."

What does Genesis 48:22 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jacob, on his deathbed, has just given to Joseph a double portion of his inheritance by making Joseph's two oldest sons full heirs along with his brothers (Genesis 48:14–16). Now he adds one more thing to Joseph's inheritance. Jacob bestows a specific ridge or mountain slope in Canaan. This is described using the Hebrew term for "shoulder," which is shakem, is very similar to the name of the region Shechem, where Jacob's sons had made a vengeful conquest (Genesis 34:25–27). Of course, Jacob left soon after, rather than conquering that territory.

The area Jacob mentions was, it seems, taken from the Amorites. Prior references in Genesis did not include that detail, but the same area is later known as Sychar and is the site of a well apparently dug by Jacob (John 4:4–5). This is where Jacob's remains will be buried, after Israel is liberated from Egyptian slavery (Joshua 24:32).