Genesis 48:12
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.

Berean Study Bible
Then Joseph took them from his father’s knees and bowed down with his face to the ground.

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.

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

Contemporary English Version
Then Joseph made his sons move away from Jacob's knees, and Joseph bowed down in front of him with his face to the ground.

Good News Translation
Then Joseph took them from Jacob's lap and bowed down before him with his face to the ground.

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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Joseph brought them out from between his knees, and they did reverence to him, with their face to the ground.

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
11“I never expected to see your face again,” Israel said to Joseph, “but now God has let me see your children as well.” 12Then Joseph took them from his father’s knees and bowed down with his face to the ground. 13And Joseph took both of them—with Ephraim in his right hand toward Israel’s left hand, and Manasseh in his left hand toward Israel’s right hand—and brought them close to him.…
Cross References
Genesis 42:6
Now Joseph was the ruler of the land, who sold grain to all its people. So when his brothers arrived, they bowed down before him with their faces to the ground.

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

Genesis 48:13
And Joseph took both of them--with Ephraim in his right hand toward Israel's left hand, and Manasseh in his left hand toward Israel's right hand--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.

Genesis 18:2
And he lift up his eyes and looked, and, lo, three men stood by him: and when he saw them, he ran to meet them from the tent door, and bowed himself toward the ground,

Genesis 19:1
And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground;

Genesis 23:7
And Abraham stood up, and bowed himself to the people of the land, even to the children of Heth.







Lexicon
Then Joseph
יוֹסֵ֛ף (yō·w·sêp̄)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3130: Joseph -- 'he increases', a son of Jacob, also the name of several Israelites

took
וַיּוֹצֵ֥א (way·yō·w·ṣê)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3318: To go, bring, out, direct and proxim

them from
מֵעִ֣ם (mê·‘im)
Preposition-m
Strong's Hebrew 5973: With, equally with

his father’s knees
בִּרְכָּ֑יו (bir·kāw)
Noun - fdc | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1290: The knee

and bowed down
וַיִּשְׁתַּ֥חוּ (way·yiš·ta·ḥū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hitpael - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7812: To depress, prostrate

with his face
לְאַפָּ֖יו (lə·’ap·pāw)
Preposition-l | Noun - mdc | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 639: The nose, nostril, the face, a person, ire

to the ground.
אָֽרְצָה׃ (’ā·rə·ṣāh)
Noun - feminine singular | third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 776: Earth, land
(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. 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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