Genesis 48:5 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 48:5, NIV: Now then, your two sons born to you in Egypt before I came to you here will be reckoned as mine; Ephraim and Manasseh will be mine, just as Reuben and Simeon are mine.

Genesis 48:5, ESV: And now your two sons, who were born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you in Egypt, are mine; Ephraim and Manasseh shall be mine, as Reuben and Simeon are.

Genesis 48:5, KJV: And now thy two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, which were born unto thee in the land of Egypt before I came unto thee into Egypt, are mine; as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine.

Genesis 48:5, NASB: Now your two sons, who were born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you in Egypt, are mine; Ephraim and Manasseh shall be mine, as Reuben and Simeon are.

Genesis 48:5, NLT: 'Now I am claiming as my own sons these two boys of yours, Ephraim and Manasseh, who were born here in the land of Egypt before I arrived. They will be my sons, just as Reuben and Simeon are.

Genesis 48:5, CSB: Your two sons born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you in Egypt are now mine. Ephraim and Manasseh belong to me just as Reuben and Simeon do.

What does Genesis 48:5 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Joseph has brought his two oldest sons to his dying father's bedside to be blessed (Genesis 48:1–4). After reminding Joseph of God's promise to give to his descendants the land of Canaan as an "everlasting possession," Jacob now turns to blessing Joseph's sons.

As it happens, this is a tremendous blessing, indeed! In essence, Jacob formally adopts Ephraim and Manasseh as his own two sons. No longer will they be considered simply grandsons. Instead, they will be given the same generational privileges as Jacob's other sons. More than that: Jacob appears to elevate Joseph's two sons to the rank of his firstborn sons above even Reuben and Simeon.

The effect of Jacob's action is that Joseph and his family will now receive the birthright and a double portion of the family inheritance. Why would Jacob do this? As the following chapter will reveal, Jacob has not forgotten the sins of his oldest sons Reuben (Genesis 49:3–4) and Simeon (Genesis 49:5–7). But it's more than that. Jacob has remained faithful to the end in his devotion to his beloved late wife Rachel and the two sons that she bore to him (Genesis 48:7).