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Joshua 17:1-18

17*  And the lot for the tribe of Manasseh was as follows: because he was Joseph’s firstborn, Manasseh’s firstborn Makir the father of Gilead, because they were men of war, had Gilead and the Bashan. 2  And for the rest of Manasseh’s sons, clan by clan, the sons of Abiʽezer and the sons of Helek and the sons of Asriel and the sons of Shekem and the sons of Hepher and the sons of Shemidaʽ—these are the male sons of Manasseh the son of Joseph, clan by clan; 3  but Silpahad the son of Hepher the son of Gilead the son of Makir the son of Manasseh had no sons, but daughters, the names of his daughters being these, Mahlah and Noʽah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirsah, 4  and they drew near before Priest Eleazar and Joshuaʽ the son of Nun and the princes with the words “Jehovah commanded Moses to give us an estate among our brothers,” and by Jehovah’s direction he gave them an estate among their father’s brothers— 5  Manasseh’s pales fell ten of them, besides the country of Gilead and the Bashan on the other side of the Jordan, 6  because Manasseh’s daughters were assigned estate among their brothers, and the rest of Manasseh’s sons had the country of Gilead. 7  And the boundary of Manasseh was from Asher-ham-Micmethah in front of Shekem, and the boundary went to the south to the inhabitants of ʽEn-Tappuah 8  (the Tappuah country belonged to Manasseh, but Tappuah, on the boundary of Manasseh, to the sons of Ephraim), 9*  and the boundary went down to Kanah Arroyo, south of the arroyo,—these cities belonged to Ephraim in the middle of the cities of Manasseh, and the boundary of Manasseh was north of the arroyo,—and its termination was at the sea; 10  southward Ephraim’s and northward Manasseh’s, and the sea was its boundary. And they came against Asher on the north and Issacar on the east; 11  and in Issacar and Asher Manasseh had Beth-Shean and its dependencies and Ibleʽam and its dependencies and the inhabitants of Dor and its dependencies and the inhabitants of ʽEn-Dor and its dependencies and the inhabitants of Taʽanac and its dependencies and the inhabitants of Megiddo and its dependencies, the three Naphaths; 12  but the sons of Manasseh could not dispossess these cities, and the Canaanites persisted in living in this country, 13  and when the sons of Israel grew strong they put the Canaanites to forced labor; they did not dispossess them. 14  And the sons of Joseph spoke to Joshuaʽ, saying “How came you to give us an estate of a single lot and a single portion when we are a great people, Jehovah having so blessed us?” 15  And Joshuaʽ said to them “If you are a great people go up to the Badlands and cut out for yourselves there in the country of the Perizzites and the ogres, because the highland of Ephraim crowds you.” 16  And the sons of Joseph said “The highland will not suffice for us, and all the Canaanites that live in the Vale country have iron chariots among them, those in Beth-Shean and its dependencies and those in the Vale of Jezreʽel.” 17  But Joshuaʽ said to the house of Joseph, to Ephraim and Manasseh, “You are a great people and have great strength; you shall not have a single lot, 18**  because you shall have a highland; because it is badlands, you shall carve it out and have its issues, because you will dispossess the Canaanites though they do have iron chariots, because you are stronger.”


17:1 Lit. he was a man (or men) of war
17:9 (these cities) Susp. (the Hebrew is ungrammatical)
17:18 Or though it is badlands
17:18 Var. chariots, though they are strong