Joshua 16


Borders of the children of Joseph, 1-4.

The borders of the Ephraimites, 5-9.

The Canaanites dwell tributary among them, 10.


Verse 1. The children of Joseph] Ephraim and Manasseh, and their

descendants. The limits of the tribe of Ephraim extended along the

borders of Benjamin and Dan, from Jordan on the east to the

Mediterranean on the west.

Verse 2. From Bethel to Luz] From Ge 28:19 it appears that the

place which Jacob called Beth-el was formerly called Luz; see the

note there: but here they seem to be two distinct places. It is

very likely that the place where Jacob had the vision was not in

Luz, but in some place within a small distance of that city or

village, (see the note on Ge 28:12,) and that sometimes the whole

place was called Beth-el, at other times Luz, and sometimes, as in

the case above, the two places were distinguished. As we find the

term London comprises, not only London, but also the city of

Westminster and the borough of Southwark; though at other times

all three are distinctly mentioned.

Archi to Ataroth] Archi was the country of Hushai, the friend of

David, 2Sa 15:32, who is called

Hushai the Archite. Ataroth, called Ataroth-addar, Ataroth the

illustrious, Jos 16:5, and simply

Ataroth, Jos 16:7, is supposed to have been about fifteen miles

from Jerusalem.

Verse 3. Beth-horon the nether] This city was about twelve miles

from Jerusalem, on the side of Nicopolis, formerly Emmaus.-CALMET.

See Clarke on Jos 10:10.

Verse 5. Ataroth-addar] See Clarke on Jos 16:2.

Beth-horon the upper] The situation of this town is little

known. It was eastward of Beth-horon the nether, and consequently

not far from it.

Verse 8. Tappuah] This was a city in the tribe of Manasseh, and

gave name to a certain district called the land of Tappuah. See

Jos 17:8.

The sea] The Mediterranean, as before.

Verse 9. And the separate cities] That is, the cities that were

separated from the tribe of Manasseh to be given to Ephraim; see

Jos 17:9.

Verse 10. The Canaanites that dwelt in Gezer] It appears that

the Canaanites were not expelled from this city till the days of

Solomon, when it was taken by the king of Egypt his father-in-law,

who made it a present to his daughter, Solomon's queen. See

1Ki 9:16. And see the note on Jos 10:33. The Ephraimites,

however, had so far succeeded in subjecting these people as to

oblige them to pay tribute, though they could not, or at least did

not, totally expel them.

OF the names and places in this chapter, we may say the same as

of others already mentioned. See Clarke on Jos 15:1. Many of

those towns were small, and, we may rationally conclude, slightly

built, and consequently have perished perhaps more than a thousand

years ago. It would be therefore useless to look for such places

now. Several of the towns in England, a land not exposed to such

revolutions as that of Palestine has ever been, mentioned by

Caesar and other ancient writers, are no longer discernible.

Several have changed their names, and not a few their situation.

Tradition states that the city of Norwich anciently stood some

miles from its present situation; and we have the fullest proof

that this was the case with the city of Salisbury. Such changes do

not affect the truth of the ancient geography of our own country;

nor can they impeach that of the sacred historian before us.

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