New International Version
Joseph said to him, "No, my father, this one is the firstborn; put 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.
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.
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.'
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Joseph said - Not so, my father - Joseph supposed that his father had made a mistake in laying his right hand on the head of the youngest, because the right hand was considered as the most noble, and the instrument of conveying the highest dignities, and thus it has ever been considered among all nations, though the reason of it is not particularly obvious. Even in the heavens the right hand of God is the place of the most exalted dignity. It has been observed that Joseph spoke here as he was moved by natural affection, and that Jacob acted as he was influenced by the Holy Spirit.
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'And Jacob said unto Pharaoh, Few and evil have the days of the years of my life been.'--GENESIS xlvii. 9. 'The God which fed me all my life long unto this day; the Angel which redeemed me from all evil.' --GENESIS xlviii. 15,16. These are two strangely different estimates of the same life to be taken by the same man. In the latter Jacob categorically contradicts everything that he had said in the former. 'Few and evil,' he said before Pharaoh. 'All my life long,' 'the Angel which redeemed me from …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Blessing Children. Concerning Childlikeness.
When Joseph saw his father placing his right hand on Ephraim's head he was displeased; so he took hold of his father's hand to move it from Ephraim's head to Manasseh's head.
But his father refused and said, "I know, my son, I know. He too will become a people, and he too will become great. Nevertheless, his younger brother will be greater than he, and his descendants will become a group of nations."
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