Genesis 48:14

Hebrew Bible

12 So Joseph moved them from Israel’s knees and bowed down with his face to the ground. 13 Joseph positioned them; he put Ephraim on his right hand across from Israel’s left hand, and Manasseh on his left hand across from Israel’s right hand. Then Joseph brought them closer to his father. 14 Israel stretched out his right hand and placed it on Ephraim’s head, although he was the younger. Crossing his hands, he put his left hand on Manasseh’s head, for Manasseh was the firstborn. 15 Then he blessed Joseph and said, “May the God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked—the God who has been my shepherd all my life long to this day, 16 the angel who has protected me from all harm—bless these boys. May my name be named in them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac. May they grow into a multitude on the earth.”

Matthew 25:33

New Testament

31 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be assembled before him, and he will separate people one from another like a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left. 34 Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,

 Notes and References

"... Joseph positions his older son closest to Jacob’s right hand – the suitable place, it would seem, for receiving the greater blessing.44 But the reaction of the old patriarch shows that not only was his inner sight stronger than his physical sight, but also that he did not need Ephraim on his right side in order to bestow on him greater blessing: Israel crosses his hands (Gen 48:14), and pronounces the following blessing (The importance of the “right hand,” for example, is echoed in the parable of the sheep and the goats in Matthew’s Gospel (Mt 25:31-46), where the sheep, the righteous ones, are positioned on the right hand of the Son of Man (Mt 25:32), symbolizing their status as inheritors of the promised kingdom (Mt 25:34). See also the place of honor on the right hand in Ps 110:1) ..."

Sykora, Josef The Unfavored: Judah and Saul in the Narratives of Genesis and 1 Samuel (pp. 72-74) Durham University, 2016

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