Jacob blesses Ephraim and Manasseh

"Double fruitfulness." The second son of Joseph, so named "for God had made him fruitful in the land of his affliction."1 The first incident recorded regarding him is his being placed, along with his brother Manasseh, before their grandfather, Jacob, that he might bless them.2 The intention of Joseph was that the right hand of the aged patriarch should be placed on the head of the elder of the two; but Jacob set Ephraim the younger before his brother, "guiding his hands wittingly." Before Joseph's death, Ephraim's family had reached the third generation.3



  1. Gen. 41:52; 46:20.
  2. 48:10; comp. 27:1.
  3. Gen. 50:23.


  • Easton, M.G. (1897). Easton's Bible Dictionary. New York: Harper & Brothers.

This article incorporates text from Easton’s Bible Dictionary (1897) by M.G. Easton, which is in the public domain.