Genesis 48:12
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New International Version
Then Joseph removed them from Israel's knees and bowed down with his face to the ground.

New Living Translation
Joseph moved the boys, who were at their grandfather's knees, and he bowed with his face to the ground.

English Standard Version
Then Joseph removed them from his knees, and he bowed himself with his face to the earth.

New American Standard Bible
Then Joseph took them from his knees, and bowed with his face to the ground.

King James Bible
And Joseph brought them out from between his knees, and he bowed himself with his face to the earth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then Joseph took them from his father's knees and bowed with his face to the ground.

International Standard Version
Joseph took them off his knees and then bowed low with his face to the ground.

NET Bible
So Joseph moved them from Israel's knees and bowed down with his face to the ground.

New Heart English Bible
Joseph brought them out from between his knees, and he bowed himself with his face to the earth.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Joseph took them off his father's lap and bowed with his face touching the ground.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Joseph brought them out from between his knees; and he fell down on his face to the earth.

New American Standard 1977
Then Joseph took them from his knees, and bowed with his face to the ground.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then Joseph brought them out from between his knees, and he bowed himself with his face to the earth.

King James 2000 Bible
And Joseph brought them out from between his knees, and he bowed himself with his face to the earth.

American King James Version
And Joseph brought them out from between his knees, and he bowed himself with his face to the earth.

American Standard Version
And Joseph brought them out from between his knees; and he bowed himself with his face to the earth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when Joseph had taken them from his father's lap, he bowed down with his face to the ground.

Darby Bible Translation
And Joseph brought them out from his knees, and bowed down with his face to the earth.

English Revised Version
And Joseph brought them out from between his knees; and he bowed himself with his face to the earth.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Joseph brought them out from between his knees, and he bowed himself with his face to the earth.

World English Bible
Joseph brought them out from between his knees, and he bowed himself with his face to the earth.

Young's Literal Translation
And Joseph bringeth them out from between his knees, and boweth himself on his face to the earth;
Study Bible
Jacob Blesses Ephraim and Manasseh
11Israel said to Joseph, "I never expected to see your face, and behold, God has let me see your children as well." 12Then Joseph took them from his knees, and bowed with his face to the ground. 13Joseph took them both, Ephraim with his right hand toward Israel's left, and Manasseh with his left hand toward Israel's right, and brought them close to him.…
Cross References
Genesis 42:6
Now Joseph was the ruler over the land; he was the one who sold to all the people of the land. And Joseph's brothers came and bowed down to him with their faces to the ground.

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

Genesis 48:13
Joseph took them both, Ephraim with his right hand toward Israel's left, and Manasseh with his left hand toward Israel's right, and brought them close to him.
Treasury of Scripture

And Joseph brought them out from between his knees, and he bowed himself with his face to the earth.

he bowed himself. Joseph thus shewed that his external greatness did not render him forgetful of the respect due his father. The Egyptians were remarkable for the reverence paid to old age: 'for if a young person meet his senior, he instantly turns aside to make way for him; if an aged person enter an apartment, the youth always rise from their seats;' and Mr. Savary observe, that the same reverence is still paid to old age in Egypt.

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Genesis 23:7 And Abraham stood up, and bowed himself to the people of the land, …

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Exodus 20:12 Honor your father and your mother: that your days may be long on …

Exodus 34:8 And Moses made haste, and bowed his head toward the earth, and worshipped.

Leviticus 19:3,32 You shall fear every man his mother, and his father, and keep my …

1 Kings 2:19 Bathsheba therefore went to king Solomon, to speak to him for Adonijah. …

2 Kings 4:37 Then she went in, and fell at his feet, and bowed herself to the …

Proverbs 31:28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and …

Ephesians 6:1 Children, obey your parents in the Lord: for this is right.

(12) He bowed himself.--The Samaritan, Syriac, and LXX. Versions regard the Hebrew verb as a contracted plural, and many modern commentators adopt this view. It would thus be Manasseh and Ephraim who stood before Jacob with faces bent towards the ground. The pronoun, however, is in favour of the verb being singular, and the sense it gives is equally satisfactory.

Verse 12. - And Joseph brought them out from between his knees (literally, from near his knees, i.e. the knees of his father, who while in the act of embracing had drawn them into that position), and he (viz. Joseph) bowed himself with his face to the earth. The reading "and they bowed themselves," i.e. Ephraim and Manasseh (Samaritan, Michaelis), and the rendering καὶ προσκύνησαν αὐτῴ (LXX.), are incorrect. And Joseph brought them out from between his knees,.... Either from between his own, where they were kneeling, as he was sitting, in order that they might be nearer his father, to receive his blessing by the putting on of his hands; or rather from between his father's knees, he, as Aben Ezra observes, sitting on the bed, having kissed and embraced them, they were still between his knees; and that they might not be burdensome to his aged father, leaning on his breast, and especially, in order to put them in a proper position for his benediction, he took them from thence, and placed them over against him to his right and left hand:

and he bowed himself with his face to the earth; in a civil way to his father, and in reverence of him; in a religious way to God, expressing his thankfulness for all favours to him and his, and as supplicating a blessing for his sons through his father, under a divine influence and direction. 48:8-22 The two good men own God in their comforts. Joseph says, They are my sons whom God has given me. Jacob says, God hath showed me thy seed. Comforts are doubly sweet to us when we see them coming from God's hand. He not only prevents our fears, but exceeds our hopes. Jacob mentions the care the Divine providence had taken of him all his days. A great deal of hardship he had known in his time, but God kept him from the evil of his troubles. Now he was dying, he looked upon himself as redeemed from all sin and sorrow for ever. Christ, the Angel of the covenant, redeems from all evil. Deliverances from misery and dangers, by the Divine power, coming through the ransom of the blood of Christ, in Scripture are often called redemption. In blessing Joseph's sons, Jacob crossed hands. Joseph was willing to support his first-born, and would have removed his father's hands. But Jacob acted neither by mistake, nor from a partial affection to one more than the other; but from a spirit of prophecy, and by the Divine counsel. God, in bestowing blessings upon his people, gives more to some than to others, more gifts, graces, and comforts, and more of the good things of this life. He often gives most to those that are least likely. He chooses the weak things of the world; he raises the poor out of the dust. Grace observes not the order of nature, nor does God prefer those whom we think fittest to be preferred, but as it pleases him. How poor are they who have no riches but those of this world! How miserable is a death-bed to those who have no well-grounded hope of good, but dreadful apprehensions of evil, and nothing but evil for ever!
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