Ephraim preceded Manasseh.
The blessing bestowed upon his grandchildren by Jacob
was as follows: "O that it be the will of God that ye walk
in the ways of the Lord like unto my fathers Abraham and
Isaac, and may the angel that hath redeemed me from all
evil give his aid unto Joshua and Gideon, and reveal himself
unto them. May your names be named on Israel, and
like unto fishes may you grow into a multitude in the midst
of the earth, and as fishes are protected by the water, so
may you be protected by the merits of Joseph."
The words "like unto fishes" were used by Jacob for the
purpose of intimating the manner of death awaiting the
Ephraimites, the descendants of Joseph. As fish are caught