Joshua 17

1 Then the lot fell for the tribe of Manasʹseh, because he was Joseph’s firstborn. Since Maʹchir, the firstborn of Manasʹseh and the father of Gilʹead, was a man of war, he received Gilʹead and Baʹshan.

2 And the lot fell for the rest of the descendants of Manasʹseh according to their families, for the sons of Abi-eʹzer, the sons of Heʹlek, the sons of Asʹriel, the sons of Sheʹchem, the sons of Heʹpher, and the sons of Shemiʹda. These were the descendants of Manasʹseh the son of Joseph, the males according to their families.

3 But Zeloʹphehad the son of Heʹpher, the son of Gilʹead, the son of Maʹchir, the son of Manasʹseh, did not have sons, only daughters, and these were the names of his daughters: Mahʹlah, Noah, Hogʹlah, Milʹcah, and Tirʹzah.

4 So they presented themselves before Eleaʹzar the priest, Joshua the son of Nun, and the chieftains, saying: “It was Jehovah who commanded Moses to give us an inheritance among our brothers.” So at the order of Jehovah, he gave them an inheritance among the brothers of their father.

5 There were also ten allotments that fell to Manasʹseh apart from the land of Gilʹead and Baʹshan, which were on the other side of the Jordan,

6 for the daughters of Manasʹseh received an inheritance along with his sons, and the land of Gilʹead became the property of the rest of the descendants of Manasʹseh.

7 And the boundary of Manasʹseh was from Ashʹer to Michmeʹthath, which faces Sheʹchem, and the boundary continued toward the south to the land of the inhabitants of En-Tapʹpuah.

8 The land of Tapʹpuah became Manasʹseh’s, but Tapʹpuah on Manasʹseh’s boundary belonged to the descendants of Eʹphraim.

9 And the boundary went down to the Wadi Kaʹnah, south of the wadi. There were cities of Eʹphraim among the cities of Manasʹseh, and the boundary of Manasʹseh was on the north of the wadi, and it ended at the sea.

10 To the south it belonged to Eʹphraim, and to the north it belonged to Manasʹseh, and the sea was his boundary, and on the north they reached to Ashʹer, and on the east, to Isʹsachar.

11 In the territories of Isʹsachar and Ashʹer, Manasʹseh was given Beth-sheʹan and its dependent towns, Ibʹleam and its dependent towns, the inhabitants of Dor and its dependent towns, the inhabitants of En-dor and its dependent towns, the inhabitants of Taʹanach and its dependent towns, and the inhabitants of Megidʹdo and its dependent towns, three of the heights.

12 But the descendants of Manasʹseh were not able to take possession of these cities; the Caʹnaanites persisted in dwelling in this land.

13 When the Israelites grew strong, they subjected the Caʹnaanites to forced labor, but they did not drive them out entirely.

14 The descendants of Joseph said to Joshua: “Why have you given us as an inheritance only one lot and one allotment? We are a numerous people, for Jehovah has blessed us until now.”

15 Joshua replied to them: “If you are such a numerous people, go up to the forest and clear out a place for yourself there in the land of the Perʹizzites and the Rephʹaim, since the mountainous region of Eʹphraim is too cramped for you.”

16 Then the descendants of Joseph said: “The mountainous region is not enough for us, and all the Caʹnaanites who are dwelling in the land of the valley have war chariots with iron scythes, both those in Beth-sheʹan and its dependent towns and those in the Valley of Jezʹreel.”

17 So Joshua said this to the house of Joseph, to Eʹphraim and Manasʹseh: “You are a numerous people, and you have great power. You will not receive only one lot,

18 but the mountainous region will also be yours. Although it is a forest, you will clear it, and it will be the extremity of your territory. For you will drive away the Caʹnaanites, even though they are strong and have war chariots with iron scythes.”

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