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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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Joshua 17:1-18

17  And the lot+ came to be for the tribe of Ma·nas′seh,+ because he was Joseph’s firstborn,+ for Ma′chir+ the firstborn of Ma·nas′seh, the father of Gil′e·ad,+ because he was one who proved to be a man of war;+ and Gil′e·ad+ and Ba′shan came to belong to him.  And there came to be [a lot]* for the sons of Ma·nas′seh who were left over according to their families, for the sons of Abi-e′zer+ and the sons of He′lek+ and the sons of As′ri·el and the sons of She′chem+ and the sons of He′pher and the sons of She·mi′da.+ These were the sons of Ma·nas′seh the son of Joseph, the males according to their families.  As for Ze·lo′phe·had+ the son of He′pher, the son of Gil′e·ad, the son of Ma′chir, the son of Ma·nas′seh, he proved to have, not sons, but daughters, and these were the names of his daughters: Mah′lah and Noah, Hog′lah, Mil′cah and Tir′zah.+  So they presented themselves before El·e·a′zar+ the priest and Joshua the son of Nun and the chieftains, saying: “Jehovah it was who commanded Moses to give us an inheritance in the midst of our brothers.”+ Accordingly he gave them, at the order of Jehovah, an inheritance in the midst of the brothers of their father.+  And there were ten allotments falling to Ma·nas′seh apart from the land of Gil′e·ad and Ba′shan, which were on the other side of the Jordan;+  for the daughters of Ma·nas′seh came into an inheritance in the midst of his sons; and the land of Gil′e·ad became the property of the sons of Ma·nas′seh who were left over.  And the boundary of Ma·nas′seh came to be from Ash′er to Mich·me′thath,+ which is in front of She′chem,+ and the boundary moved to the right to the inhabitants of En-Tap′pu·ah.  The land of Tap′pu·ah+ became Ma·nas′seh’s, but Tap′pu·ah at the boundary of Ma·nas′seh belonged to the sons of E′phra·im.  And the boundary went down to the torrent valley of Ka′nah, southward to the torrent valley of these cities+ of E′phra·im in the midst of the cities of Ma·nas′seh, and the boundary of Ma·nas′seh was on the north of the torrent valley, and its termination came to be at the sea.+ 10  To the south it was E′phra·im’s and to the north, Ma·nas′seh’s, and the sea came to be his* boundary;+ and on the north they reach to Ash′er and on the east, to Is′sa·char. 11  And there came to belong to Ma·nas′seh+ in Is′sa·char and in Ash′er Beth-she′an+ and its dependent towns and Ib′le·am+ and its dependent towns and the inhabitants of Dor+ and its dependent towns and the inhabitants of En-dor+ and its dependent towns and the inhabitants of Ta′a·nach+ and its dependent towns and the inhabitants of Me·gid′do+ and its dependent towns, three of the heights. 12  And the sons of Ma·nas′seh did not prove able to take possession of these cities,+ but the Ca′naan·ites persisted in dwelling in this land.+ 13  And it turned out that when the sons of Israel had grown strong,+ they went putting the Ca′naan·ites at forced labor,+ and they did not dispossess them entirely.+ 14  And the sons of Joseph proceeded to speak with Joshua, saying: “Why is it that you have given me as an inheritance one lot+ and one allotment, whereas I am a numerous people for the reason that Jehovah has blessed me until now?”+ 15  At this Joshua said to them: “If you are a numerous people, go your way up to the forest, and you must cut it down for yourself there in the land of the Per′iz·zites+ and the Reph′a·im,+ because the mountainous region+ of E′phra·im has become too narrow for you.” 16  Then the sons of Joseph said: “The mountainous region is not enough for us, and there are war chariots+ with iron scythes among all the Ca′naan·ites dwelling in the land of the low plain, both those who are in Beth-she′an+ and its dependent towns and those who are in the low plain of Jez′re·el.”+ 17  So Joshua said this to the house of Joseph, to E′phra·im and Ma·nas′seh: “A numerous people you are, and great power is yours.+ You ought not to get one lot,+ 18  but the mountainous region should become yours.+ Because it is a forest, you must cut it down, and it must become the termination point for you. For you should drive away the Ca′naan·ites, although they have war chariots with iron scythes* and they are strong.”+


“A lot,” inserted for sense. Lit., “it,” referring to “the lot” in vs 1.
“His,” M; LXXSy, “their.”
Lit., “war chariots of iron.”