Genesis 48:18
New International Version
Joseph said to him, "No, my father, this one is the firstborn; put your right hand on his head."

New Living Translation
"No, my father," he said. "This one is the firstborn. Put your right hand on his head."

English Standard Version
And Joseph said to his father, “Not this way, my father; since this one is the firstborn, put your right hand on his head.”

Berean Study Bible
“Not so, my father!” Joseph said. “This one is the firstborn; put your right hand on his head.”

New American Standard Bible
Joseph said to his father, "Not so, my father, for this one is the firstborn. Place your right hand on his head."

King James Bible
And Joseph said unto his father, Not so, my father: for this is the firstborn; put thy right hand upon his head.

Christian Standard Bible
Joseph said to his father, "Not that way, my father! This one is the firstborn. Put your right hand on his head."

Contemporary English Version
Joseph said, "Father, you have made a mistake. This is the older boy. Put your right hand on him."

Good News Translation
He said to his father, "Not that way, father. This is the older boy; put your right hand on his head."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Joseph said to his father, "Not that way, my father! This one is the firstborn. Put your right hand on his head."

International Standard Version
"No, father, this one is the firstborn. Place your right hand on his head."

NET Bible
Joseph said to his father, "Not so, my father, for this is the firstborn. Put your right hand on his head."

New Heart English Bible
Joseph said to his father, "Not so, my father; for this is the firstborn; put your right hand on his head."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then he said to his father, "That's not right, Father! This is the firstborn. Put your right hand on his head."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Joseph said unto his father: 'Not so, my father, for this is the first-born; put thy right hand upon his head.'

New American Standard 1977
And Joseph said to his father, “Not so, my father, for this one is the first-born. Place your right hand on his head.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Joseph said unto his father, Not so, my father, for this is the firstborn; put thy right hand upon his head.

King James 2000 Bible
And Joseph said unto his father, Not so, my father: for this is the firstborn; put your right hand upon his head.

American King James Version
And Joseph said to his father, Not so, my father: for this is the firstborn; put your right hand on his head.

American Standard Version
And Joseph said unto his father, Not so, my father; for this is the first-born; put thy right hand upon his head.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Joseph said to his father, Not so, father; for this is the first-born; lay thy right-hand upon his head.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And he said to his father: It should not be so, my father: for this is the first- born, put thy right hand upon his head.

Darby Bible Translation
And Joseph said to his father, Not so, my father, for this is the firstborn: put thy right hand on his head.

English Revised Version
And Joseph said unto his father, Not so, my father: for this is the firstborn; put thy right hand upon his head.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Joseph said to his father, Not so, my father; for this is the first-born; put thy right hand upon his head.

World English Bible
Joseph said to his father, "Not so, my father; for this is the firstborn; put your right hand on his head."

Young's Literal Translation
and Joseph saith unto his father, 'Not so, my father, for this is the first-born; set thy right hand on his head.'
Study Bible
Jacob Blesses Ephraim and Manasseh
17When Joseph saw that his father had placed his right hand on Ephraim’s head, he was displeased and took his father’s hand to move it from Ephraim’s head to Manasseh’s. 18“Not so, my father!” Joseph said. “This one is the firstborn; put your right hand on his head.” 19But his father refused. “I know, my son, I know!” he said. “He too shall become a people, and he too shall be great; nevertheless, his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his offspring shall become a multitude of nations.”…
Cross References
Genesis 48:17
When Joseph saw that his father had placed his right hand on Ephraim's head, he was displeased and took his father's hand to move it from Ephraim's head to Manasseh's.

Genesis 48:19
But his father refused. "I know, my son, I know!" he said. "He too shall become a people, and he too shall be great; nevertheless, his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his offspring shall become a multitude of nations."

Treasury of Scripture

And Joseph said to his father, Not so, my father: for this is the firstborn; put your right hand on his head.

Not so.

Genesis 19:18
And Lot said unto them, Oh, not so, my Lord:

Exodus 10:11
Not so: go now ye that are men, and serve the LORD; for that ye did desire. And they were driven out from Pharaoh's presence.

Matthew 25:9
But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.

for this.

Genesis 27:15
And Rebekah took goodly raiment of her eldest son Esau, which were with her in the house, and put them upon Jacob her younger son:

Genesis 29:26
And Laban said, It must not be so done in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn.

Genesis 43:33
And they sat before him, the firstborn according to his birthright, and the youngest according to his youth: and the men marvelled one at another.







Lexicon
“Not
לֹא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

so,
כֵ֣ן (ḵên)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 3651: So -- thus

my father!”
אָבִ֑י (’ā·ḇî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 1: Father

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

said.
וַיֹּ֧אמֶר (way·yō·mer)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

“This
זֶ֣ה (zeh)
Pronoun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2088: This, that

one is the firstborn;
הַבְּכֹ֔ר (hab·bə·ḵōr)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1060: Firstborn, chief

put
שִׂ֥ים (śîm)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7760: Put -- to put, place, set

your right hand
יְמִינְךָ֖ (yə·mî·nə·ḵā)
Noun - feminine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3225: The right hand, side, the south

on
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

his head.”
רֹאשֽׁוֹ׃ (rō·šōw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7218: The head
Verse 18. - And Joseph said unto his father, Not so, my father: for this is the firstborn; put thy right hand upon his head. "From Joseph's behavior we cannot certainly infer that, like Isaac, he loved the firstborn better than the youngest; but he was sorry that an honor was not given to the eldest which he would naturally expect, and bestowed on the youngest, who did not expect it, and who would not have been hurt by the want of it" (Lawson). 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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