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 48:19
 48:20
48:19 His father refused and said, 'I know, my son, I know. [The older one] will also become a nation. He too will attain greatness. But his younger brother will become even greater, and his descendants will become full-fledged nations.'
Vayema'en aviv vayomer yadati vni yadati gam-hu yihyeh-le'am vegam-hu yigdal ve'ulam achiv hakaton yigdal mimenu vezar'o yihyeh melo-hagoyim.
48:20 On that day [Jacob] blessed them. He said, '[In time to come] Israel will use you as a blessing. They will say, 'May God make you like Ephraim and Manasseh.' ' He [deliberately] put Ephraim before Manasseh.
Vayevarechem bayom hahu lemor becha yevarech Yisra'el lemor yesimcha Elohim ke'Efrayim vechiMenasheh vayasem et-Efrayim lifney Menasheh.



Commentary:

full-fledged nations
  (Saadia). Or, 'famous nations;' 'many nations' (Targum Yonathan; Ibn Ezra); 'world-filling nations' (Rashi; Radak); 'rulers of nations' (Onkelos); 'destroyers of nations' (Lekach Tov); or 'famous among nations.'

May God make you...
  This blessing is still used today.





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