Joshua 17
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West Manasseh’s Inheritance

1This was the allotment for the tribe of Manasseha as Joseph’s firstborn. Gilead and Bashan came to Machir, the firstborn of Manasseh and the father of Gilead, who was a man of war.b 2So the allotment was for the rest of Manasseh’s descendants by their clans, for the sons of Abiezer, Helek, Asriel, Shechem, Hepher, and Shemida. These are the male descendants of Manasseh son of Joseph, by their clans.

3Now Zelophehad son of Hepher, son of Gilead, son of Machir, son of Manasseh, had no sons, only daughters. These are the names of his daughters: Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah.c 4They came before Eleazar the priest, Joshua son of Nun, and the leaders, saying, “The LORD commanded Moses to give us an inheritance among our male relatives.”d So they gave them an inheritance among their father’s brothers, in keeping with the LORD’s instruction.e 5As a result, 10 tracts fell to Manasseh, besides the land of Gilead and Bashan, which are beyond the Jordan,f 6because Manasseh’s daughters received an inheritance among his sons. The land of Gilead belonged to the rest of Manasseh’s sons.

7The border of Manasseh went from Asher to Michmethath near Shechem. It then went southward toward the inhabitants of En-tappuah. 8The region of Tappuah belonged to Manasseh, but Tappuah itself on Manasseh’s borderg belonged to the descendants of Ephraim. 9From there the border descended to the Brook of Kanah; south of the brook, cities belonged to Ephraim among Manasseh’s cities. Manasseh’s border was on the north side of the brook and ended at the Mediterranean Sea. 10Ephraim’s territory was to the south and Manasseh’s to the north, with the Sea as its border. Theyh reached Asher on the north and Issachar on the east. 11Within Issachar and Asher, Manasseh had Beth-shean with its towns, Ibleam with its towns, and the inhabitants of Dor with its towns;i the inhabitants of En-dor with its towns, the inhabitants of Taanach with its towns, and the inhabitants of Megiddo with its towns — the three cities ofj Naphath.k

12The descendants of Manasseh could not possess these cities, because the Canaanites were determined to stay in this land. 13However, when the Israelites grew stronger, they imposed forced labor on the Canaanites but did not drive them out completely.l

Joseph’s Additional Inheritance

14Joseph’s descendants said to Joshua, “Why did you give us only one tribal allotmentm as an inheritance? We have many people, because the LORD has been blessing us greatly.”

15If you have so many people,” Joshua replied to them, “go to the forest and clear an area for yourselves there in the land of the Perizzites and the Rephaim, because Ephraim’s hill country is too small for you.”

16But the descendants of Joseph said, “The hill country is not enough for us, and all the Canaanites who inhabit the valley area have iron chariots, both at Beth-shean with its towns and in the Jezreel Valley.”

17So Joshua replied to Joseph’s family (that is, Ephraim and Manasseh), “You have many people and great strength. You will not have just one allotment, 18because the hill country will be yours also. It is a forest; clear it and its outlying areas will be yours. You can also drive out the Canaanites, even though they have iron chariots and are strong.”

a. 17:1 Gn 41:51; 46:20; 48:18
b. 17:1 1Ch 28:3
c. 17:3 Nm 26:33
d. 17:4 Lit our brothers
e. 17:4 Nm 27:1-11
f. 17:5 = east of the Jordan River
g. 17:8 Jos 16:8-9
h. 17:10 The people of Manasseh, or Manasseh’s borders
i. 17:11 1Ch 7:29
j. 17:11 LXX, Vg read the third is
k. 17:11 Jos 11:2; 12:23
l. 17:13 Jdg 1:27-28
m. 17:14-17 Lit one lot and one territory
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