Joshua 17

Territory of Manasseh

1Now this was the lot for the tribe of a  Manasseh, for he was the firstborn of Joseph. To Machir the firstborn of Manasseh, the father of Gilead,
Lit and there was to him
were allotted Gilead and Bashan, because he was a man of war.
2So the lot was made for the rest of the sons of Manasseh according to their families: for the sons of Abiezer and for the sons of Helek and for the sons of Asriel and for the sons of Shechem and for the sons of Hepher and for the sons of Shemida; these were the male
Lit sons
descendants of Manasseh the son of Joseph according to their families.

3However, d  Zelophehad, the son of Hepher, the son of Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh, had no sons, only daughters; and these are the names of his daughters: Mahlah and Noah, Hoglah, Milcah and Tirzah. 4They came near before Eleazar the priest and before Joshua the son of Nun and before the leaders, saying, “The  Lord commanded Moses to give us an inheritance among our brothers.” So e  according to the
Lit mouth
command of the  Lord he gave them an inheritance among their father’s brothers.
5Thus there fell ten portions to Manasseh, besides the land of Gilead and Bashan, which is beyond the Jordan, 6because the daughters of Manasseh received an inheritance among his sons. And the g  land of Gilead belonged to the rest of the sons of Manasseh.

7The border of Manasseh
Lit was
ran from Asher to Michmethath which was east of Shechem; then the border went
Lit to the right hand
southward to the inhabitants of En-tappuah.
8The land of Tappuah belonged to Manasseh, but j  Tappuah on the border of Manasseh belonged to the sons of Ephraim. 9The k  border went down to the
Or wadi
brook of Kanah, southward of the
Or wadi
brook (these cities belonged to Ephraim among the cities of Manasseh), and the border of Manasseh was on the north side of the
Or wadi
brook and
Lit goings out of it were
it ended at the sea.
10The south side belonged to Ephraim and the north side to Manasseh, and the sea was
Lit its
their border; and they reached to Asher on the north and to Issachar on the east.
11In Issachar and in Asher q  Manasseh had Beth-shean and its towns and Ibleam and its towns, and the inhabitants of Dor and its towns, and the inhabitants of En-dor and its towns, and the inhabitants of Taanach and its towns, and the inhabitants of Megiddo and its towns, the third is r  Napheth. 12 s  But the sons of Manasseh could not take possession of these cities, because the Canaanites persisted in living in that land. 13It came about when the sons of Israel became strong t  they put the Canaanites to forced labor, but they did not
Or dispossess
drive them out completely.

14Then the v  sons of Joseph spoke to Joshua, saying, “Why have you given me only one lot and one portion for an inheritance, since I am a numerous people whom the  Lord has thus far blessed?” 15Joshua said to them, “If you are a numerous people, go
Lit up for yourself
up to the forest and
Lit cut down
clear a place for yourself there in the land of the Perizzites and of the Rephaim, since the hill country of Ephraim is too narrow for you.”
16The sons of Joseph said, “The hill country is not enough for us, and all the Canaanites who live in the valley land have y  chariots of iron, both those who are in Beth-shean and its towns and those who are in the valley of Jezreel.” 17Joshua spoke to the house of Joseph, to Ephraim and Manasseh, saying, “You are a numerous people and have great power; you shall not have one lot only, 18but the hill country shall be yours. For though it is a forest, you shall
Lit cut it down
clear it, and to its
Lit goings out
farthest borders it shall be yours; for you shall
Or dispossess
drive out the Canaanites, even though they have ac  chariots of iron and though they are strong.”
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