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Covenant with Abraham

(Category 2 of 16)

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CHAPTER 48 References

1 aGen. 41:51,
56; 46:20;
50:23; Josh.
2 1Collected
his strength
3 aGen. 43:14;
49:25 bGen.
28:13, 19;
35:6, 9
4 aGen. 46:3
bGen. 35:12;
Ex. 6:8 cGen.
5 aGen. 41:50;
46:20; 48:8;
Josh. 13:7;
6 1children
2Who are
born to you
7 aGen. 35:9,
16, 19, 20

Jacob Blesses Joseph’s Sons


1 Now it came to pass after these things that Joseph was told, “Indeed your father is sick”; and he took with him his two sons, aManasseh and Ephraim.
2 And Jacob was told, “Look, your son Joseph is coming to you”; and Israel 1strengthened himself and sat up on the bed.
3 Then Jacob said to Joseph: “God aAlmighty appeared to me at bLuz in the land of Canaan and blessed me,
4 “and said to me, ‘Behold, I will amake you fruitful and multiply you, and I will make of you a multitude of people, and bgive this land to your descendants after you cas an everlasting possession.’
5 “And now your atwo sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, who were born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you in Egypt, are mine; as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine.
6 “Your 1offspring 2whom you beget after them shall be yours; they will be called by the name of their brothers in their inheritance.
7 “But as for me, when I came from Padan, aRachel died beside me in the land of Canaan on the way, when there was but a little distance to go to Ephrath; and I buried her

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there on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem).”
8 Then Israel saw Joseph’s sons, and said, “Who are these?”
9 And Joseph said to his father, “They are my sons, whom God has given me in this place.” And he said, “Please bring them to me, and aI will bless them.”
10 Now athe eyes of Israel were dim with age, so that he could not see. Then Joseph brought them near him, and he bkissed them and embraced them.
11 And Israel said to Joseph, a“I had not thought to see your face; but in fact, God has also shown me your offspring!”
12 So Joseph brought them from beside his knees, and he bowed down with his face to the earth.
13 And Joseph took them both, Ephraim with his right hand toward Israel’s left hand, and Manasseh with his left hand toward Israel’s right hand, and brought them near him.
14 Then Israel stretched out his right hand and alaid it on Ephraim’s head, who was the younger, and his left hand on Manasseh’s head, bguiding his hands knowingly, for Manasseh was the cfirstborn.
15 And ahe blessed Joseph, and said:

“God, bbefore whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked, The God who has fed me all my life long to this day,
16 The Angel awho has redeemed me from all evil, Bless the lads; Let bmy name be named upon them, And the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; And let them cgrow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.”

17 Now when Joseph saw that his father alaid his right hand on the head of Ephraim, it displeased him; so he took hold of his father’s hand to remove it from Ephraim’s head to Manasseh’s head.
18 And Joseph said to his father, “Not so,my father, for this one is the firstborn; put your right hand on his head.”
19 But his father refused and said, a“I know, my son, I know. He also shall become a people, and he also shall be great; but truly bhis younger brother shall be greater than he, and his descendants shall become a multitude of nations.”
20 So he blessed them that day, saying, a“By you Israel will bless, saying, ‘May God make you as Ephraim and as Manasseh!’ ” And thus he set Ephraim before Manasseh.

9 aGen. 27:4;
10 aGen. 27:1
bGen. 27:27;
45:15; 50:1
11 aGen. 45:26
14 aMatt. 19:15
bGen. 48:19
cJosh. 17:1
15 a[Heb.
11:21] bGen.
17:1; 24:40
16 aGen. 22:11,
31:11 bAmos
9:12 cNum.
26:34, 37
17 aGen. 48:14
19 aGen. 48:14
bNum. 1:33,
20 aRuth 4:11,
21 aGen. 28:15;
46:4; 50:24
22 aJosh. 24:32
bGen. 34:28
1Lit. shoulder

CHAPTER 49 References

1 aDeut. 33:1,
6–25 bIs. 2:2;
3 aGen. 29:32
4 aGen. 35:22
5 1violence
6 aProv. 1:15,
16 bPs. 26:9
cGen. 34:26
7 aJosh. 19:1,
9; 21:1–42
8 aDeut. 33:7
bPs. 18:40
c1 Chr. 5:2
9 a[Rev. 5:5] bNum. 23:24;
24:9 1couches
10 aNum. 24:17;
bPs. 60:7 cIs.
11:1 dPs.
2:6–9; 72:8–11
1A symbol of


Jacob’s Last Words to His Sons


1 And Jacob called his sons and said, “Gather together, that I may atell you what shall befall you bin the last days:

2 “Gather together and hear, you sons of Jacob, And listen to Israel your father.

3 “Reuben, you are amy firstborn, My might and the beginning of my strength, The excellency of dignity and the excellency of power.
4 Unstable as water, you shall not excel, Because you awent up to your father’s bed; Then you defiled it— He went up to my couch.

5 “Simeon and Levi are brothers; Instruments of 1cruelty are in their dwelling place.
6 aLet not my soul enter their council; Let not my honor be united bto their assembly; cFor in their anger they slew a man, And in their self-will they 1hamstrung an ox. 7 Cursed be their anger, for it is fierce; And their wrath, for it is cruel! aI will divide them in Jacob And scatter them in Israel.

8 “Judah,a you are he whom your brothers shall praise; bYour hand shall be on the neck of your enemies; cYour father’s children shall bow down before you.
9 Judah is aa lion’s whelp; From the prey, my son, you have gone up. bHe 1bows down, he lies down as a lion; And as a lion, who shall rouse him?
10 aThe 1scepter shall not depart from Judah, Nor ba lawgiver from between his feet, cUntil Shiloh comes; dAnd to Him shall be the obedience of the people.
11 Binding his donkey to the vine, And his donkey’s colt to the choice vine,

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He washed his garments in wine, And his clothes in the blood of grapes.
12 His eyes are darker than wine, And his teeth whiter than milk.
13 “Zebuluna shall dwell by the haven of the sea; He shall become a haven for ships, And his border shall badjoin Sidon.

14 “Issachara is a strong donkey, Lying down between two burdens;
15 He saw that rest was good, And that the land was pleasant; He bowed ahis shoulder to bear a burden, And became a band of slaves.

16 “Dana shall judge his people As one of the tribes of Israel.
17 aDan shall be a serpent by the way, A viper by the path, That bites the horse’s heels So that its rider shall fall backward.
18 aI have waited for your salvation, O LORD!

19 “Gad,a1 a troop shall 2tramp upon him, But he shall 2triumph at last.

20 “Bread from aAsher shall be rich, And he shall yield royal dainties.

21 “Naphtalia is a deer let loose; He uses beautiful words.

22 “Joseph is a fruitful bough, A fruitful bough by a well; His branches run over the wall.
23 The archers have abitterly grieved him, Shot at him and hated him.
24 But his abow remained in strength, And the arms of his hands were 1made strong By the hands of bthe Mighty God of Jacob c(From there dis the Shepherd, ethe Stone of Israel),
25 aBy the God of your father who will help you, bAnd by the Almighty cwho will bless you With blessings of heaven above, Blessings of the deep that lies beneath, Blessings of the breasts and of the womb.
26 The blessings of your father Have excelled the blessings of my ancestors,

13 aDeut.
33:18, 19
bGen. 10:19
14 a1 Chr.
15 a1 Sam.
16 aDeut.
17 aJudg. 18:27
18 aIs. 25:9
19 aDeut.
33:20 1Lit.
Troop 2Lit.
20 aDeut.
21 aDeut.
23 aGen. 37:4,
24 aJob 29:20
bPs. 132:2, 5
cGen. 45:11;
47:12 d[Ps.
23:1; 80:1] eIs.
28:16 1Or
25 aGen. 28:13;
32:9; 35:3;
43:23; 50:17
bGen. 17:1;
35:11 cDeut.
26 aDeut.
33:15 bDeut.
27 aJudg.
20:21, 25
bZech. 14:1
29 aGen. 15:15;
25:8; 35:29
bGen. 47:30
30 aGen.
31 aGen. 23:19,
20; 25:9 bGen.
35:29; 50:13

CHAPTER 50 References

1 aGen. 46:4,
29 b2 Kin.
2 aGen. 50:26
3 aDeut. 34:8
1Lit. wept
4 aEsth. 4:2
5 aGen.
bIs. 22:16

aUp to the utmost bound of the everlasting hills. bThey shall be on the head of Joseph, And on the crown of the head of him who was separate from his brothers.

27 “Benjamin is a aravenous wolf; In the morning he shall devour the prey, bAnd at night he shall divide the spoil.”

28 All these are the twelve tribes of Israel, and this is what their father spoke to them. And he blessed them; he blessed each one according to his own blessing.

Jacob’s Death and Burial

29 Then he charged them and said to them: “I aam to be gathered to my people; bbury me with my fathers cin the cave that is in the field of Ephron the Hittite,
30 “in the cave that is in the field of Machpelah, which is before Mamre in the land of Canaan, awhich Abraham bought with the field of Ephron the Hittite as a possession for a burial place.
31 a“There they buried Abraham and Sarah his wife, bthere they buried Isaac and Rebekah his wife, and there I buried Leah.
32 “The field and the cave that is there were purchased from the sons of Heth.”
33 And when Jacob had finished commanding his sons, he drew his feet up into the bed and breathed his last, and was gathered to his people.


1 Then Joseph afell on his father’s face, and bwept over him, and kissed him.
2 And Joseph commanded his servants the physicians to aembalm his father. So the physicians embalmed Israel.
3 Forty days were required for him, for such are the days required for those who are embalmed; and the Egyptians amourned1 for him seventy days.
4 Now when the days of his mourning were past, Joseph spoke to athe household of Pharaoh, saying, “If now I have found favor in your eyes, please speak in the hearing of Pharaoh, saying,
5 a‘My father made me swear, saying, “Behold, I am dying; in my grave bwhich I dug for myself in the land of Canaan, there you shall bury me.” Now therefore, please let me go up and bury my father, and I will come back.’ ”
6 And Pharaoh said, “Go up and bury your father, as he made you swear.”
7 So Joseph went up to bury his father; and with him went up all the

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servants of Pharaoh, the elders of his house, and all the elders of the land of Egypt,
8 as well as all the house of Joseph, his brothers, and his father’s house. Only their little ones, their flocks, and their herds they left in the land of Goshen.
9 And there went up with him both chariots and horsemen, and it was a very great gathering.
10 Then they came to the threshing floor of Atad, which is beyond the Jordan, and they amourned there with a great and very solemn lamentation. bHe observed seven days of mourning for his father.
11 And when the inhabitants of the land, the Canaanites, saw the mourning at the threshing floor of Atad, they said, “This is a deep mourning of the Egyptians.” Therefore its name was called 1Abel Mizraim, which is beyond the Jordan.
12 So his sons did for him just as he had commanded them.
13 For ahis sons carried him to the land of Canaan, and buried him in the cave of the field of Machpelah, before Mamre, which Abraham bbought with the field from Ephron the Hittite as property for a burial place.
14 And after he had buried his father, Joseph returned to Egypt, he and his brothers and all who went up with him to bury his father.

Joseph Reassures His Brothers

15 When Joseph’s brothers saw that their father was dead, athey said, “Perhaps Joseph will hate us, and may 1actually repay us for all the evil which we did to him.”
16 So they sent messengers to Joseph, saying, “Before your father died he commanded, saying,

10 aActs 8:2
b1 Sam. 31:13
11 1Lit.
Mourning of
13 aActs 7:16
15 a[Job 15:21] 1fully
17 a[Prov.
28:13] bGen.
18 aGen.
41:43; 44:14
19 aGen. 45:5
b2 Kin. 5:7
20 aPs. 56:5
3:13–15] 21 a[Matt.
5:44] 1Lit. to
their hearts
23 aJob 42:16
bNum. 26:29;
32:39 cGen.
24 aEx. 3:16,
17 bGen. 26:3;
35:12; 46:4
25 aEx. 13:19
bDeut. 1:8;
30:1–8 cEx.
13:19 1give
attention to


17 ‘Thus you shall say to Joseph: “I beg you, please forgive the trespass of your brothers and their sin; afor they did evil to you.” ’ Now, please, forgive the trespass of the servants of bthe God of your father.” And Joseph wept when they spoke to him.
18 Then his brothers also went and afell down before his face, and they said, “Behold,we are your servants.”
19 Joseph said to them, a“Do not be afraid, bfor am I in the place of God?
20 a“But as for you, you meant evil against me; but bGod meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.
21 “Now therefore, do not be afraid; aI will provide for you and your little ones.” And he comforted them and spoke 1kindly to them.

Death of Joseph

22 So Joseph dwelt in Egypt, he and his father’s household. And Joseph lived one hundred and ten years.
23 Joseph saw Ephraim’s childrenato the third generation. bThe children of Machir, the son of Manasseh, cwere also brought up on Joseph’s knees.
24 And Joseph said to his brethren,“I am dying; but aGod will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land to the land bof which He swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob.”
25 Then aJoseph took an oath from the children of Israel, saying, “God will surely 1visit you, and byou shall carry up my cbones from here.”
26 So Joseph died, being one hundred and ten years old; and they embalmed him, and he was put in a coffin in Egypt.

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The Hope of the Faithful, and the Messiah’s Victory

A aMichtam of David.

1 PRESERVE1 me, O God, for in You I put my trust.
2 O my soul, you have said to the LORD, “You are my Lord, aMy goodness is nothing apart from You.”
3 As for the saints who are on the earth, “They are the excellent ones, in awhom is all my delight.”

4 Their sorrows shall be multiplied who hasten after another god; Their drink offerings of ablood I will not offer, bNor take up their names on my lips.

5 O LORD, You are the portion of my inheritance and my cup; You 1maintain my lot.

PSALM 16 References

title aPs.
1 1Watch over
2 aJob 35:7
3 aPs. 119:63
4 aPs. 106:37,
38 b[Ex.
23:13]; Josh.
5 1Lit. uphold
7 1Mind, lit.
8 a[Acts
2:25–28] 9 1Or dwell securely

10 aPs. 49:15;
86:13; Acts
2:31, 32; Heb.
13:20 1The
abode of
the dead

11 aPs. 139:24;
[Matt. 7:14]

6 The lines have fallen to me in pleasant places; Yes, I have a good inheritance.

7 I will bless the LORD who has given me counsel; My 1heart also instructs me in the night seasons.
8 aI have set the LORD always before me; Because He is at my right hand I shall not be moved.

9 Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; My flesh also will 1rest in hope.
10 aFor You will not leave my soul in 1Sheol, Nor will You allow Your Holy One to 2see corruption.
11 You will show me the apath of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore.




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