Genesis 48:6 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Genesis 48:6, NIV: Any children born to you after them will be yours; in the territory they inherit they will be reckoned under the names of their brothers.

Genesis 48:6, ESV: And the children that you fathered after them shall be yours. They shall be called by the name of their brothers in their inheritance.

Genesis 48:6, KJV: And thy issue, which thou begettest after them, shall be thine, and shall be called after the name of their brethren in their inheritance.

Genesis 48:6, NASB: But your children that you have fathered after them shall be yours; they shall be called by the names of their brothers in their inheritance.

Genesis 48:6, NLT: But any children born to you in the future will be your own, and they will inherit land within the territories of their brothers Ephraim and Manasseh.

Genesis 48:6, CSB: Children born to you after them will be yours and will be recorded under the names of their brothers with regard to their inheritance.

What does Genesis 48:6 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jacob is dying. Joseph has brought his two oldest sons to his father so that three of them may receive a blessing from him (Genesis 48:1–5). Jacob's blessings and predictions for his other sons will be recorded in the following chapter.

In the previous verse, Jacob announced he was claiming Joseph's two oldest sons, Ephraim and Manasseh (Genesis 41:50–52), as his own sons, rather than as his grandsons. In essence, Jacob was adopting them, and even elevating them to the rank of firstborn above even Reuben and Simeon. This would result in Joseph's line receiving the birthright and a double portion of the family inheritance.

Now Jacob mentions Joseph's other children. This is the first time Genesis has mentioned that Joseph has other offspring. Jacob makes clear to Joseph that he is not placing any claim on those children. They will take their place under their older brothers Ephraim and Manasseh in the inheritance, as Jacob's other grandchildren would do under their fathers. This emphasizes the fact that Jacob will truly consider Ephraim and Manasseh as his own sons, giving to each a full portion of the inheritance.