Genesis 48:18
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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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Clarke'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.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Not so.

Genesis 19:18 And Lot said to them, Oh, not so, my LORD:

Exodus 10:11 Not so: go now you that are men, and serve the LORD; for that you 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 you rather to them that sell...

Acts 10:14 But Peter said, Not so, Lord; for I have never eaten any thing that is common or unclean.

Acts 11:8 But I said, Not so, Lord: for nothing common or unclean has at any time entered into my mouth.

for this.

Genesis 27:15 And Rebekah took goodly raiment of her oldest son Esau, which were with her in the house, and put them on 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...

Genesis 49:3 Reuben, you are my firstborn, my might, and the beginning of my strength, the excellency of dignity, and the excellency of power:

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Two Retrospects of one Life
'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.
(in Peræa.) ^A Matt. XIX. 13-15; ^B Mark X. 13-16; ^C Luke XVIII. 15-17. ^a 13 Then were there brought ^b 13 And they were bringing ^a unto him little children, { ^c also their babes,} that he should touch them: ^a that he should lay his hands on them, and pray [According to Buxtorf, children were often brought to the presidents of the synagogue in order that they might pray over them. The prayers of a good man in our behalf have always been regarded as a blessing; no wonder, then, that the
J. W. McGarvey—The Four-Fold Gospel

Cross References
Genesis 48:17
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.

Genesis 48:19
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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