Allotment for Ephraim and Manasseh (continued)
17:1 There was also a lot for the tribe of Manasseh;
for he was the firstborn of Joseph; to wit, for Machir the
firstborn of Manasseh, the father of Gilead: because he was
a man of war, therefore he had Gilead and Bashan.
17:2 There was also a lot for the rest of the children of
Manasseh by their families; for the children of Abiezer, and
for the children of Helek, and for the children of Asriel,
and for the children of Shechem, and for the children of
Hepher, and for the children of Shemida: these were the male
children of Manasseh the son of Joseph by their families.
17:3 But Zelophehad, the son of Hepher, the son of Gilead,
the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh, had no sons, but
daughters: and these are the names of his daughters, Mahlah,
and Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah.
17:4 And they came near before Eleazar the priest, and
before Joshua the son of Nun, and before the princes,
saying, The LORD commanded Moses to give us an inheritance
among our brethren. Therefore according to the commandment
of the LORD he gave them an inheritance among the brethren
of their father.
17:5 And there fell ten portions to Manasseh, beside the
land of Gilead and Bashan, which were on the other side
17:6 Because the daughters of Manasseh had an inheritance
among his sons: and the rest of Manasseh's sons had the land
17:7 And the coast of Manasseh was from Asher to Michmethah,
that lieth before Shechem; and the border went along on the
right hand unto the inhabitants of Entappuah.
17:8 Now Manasseh had the land of Tappuah: but Tappuah on
the border of Manasseh belonged to the children of Ephraim;
17:9 And the coast descended unto the river Kanah,
southward of the river: these cities of Ephraim are among
the cities of Manasseh: the coast of Manasseh also was on
the north side of the river, and the outgoings of it were at
17:10 Southward it was Ephraim's, and northward it was
Manasseh's, and the sea is his border; and they met together
in Asher on the north, and in Issachar on the east.
17:11 And Manasseh had in Issachar and in Asher Bethshean
and her towns, and Ibleam and her towns, and the inhabitants
of Dor and her towns, and the inhabitants of Endor and her
towns, and the inhabitants of Taanach and her towns, and the
inhabitants of Megiddo and her towns, even three countries.
17:12 Yet the children of Manasseh could not drive out the
inhabitants of those cities; but the Canaanites would dwell
in that land.
17:13 Yet it came to pass, when the children of Israel were
waxen strong, that they put the Canaanites to tribute, but
did not utterly drive them out.
17:14 And the children of Joseph spake unto Joshua, saying,
Why hast thou given me but one lot and one portion to
inherit, seeing I am a great people, forasmuch as the LORD
hath blessed me hitherto?
17:15 And Joshua answered them, If thou be a great people,
then get thee up to the wood country, and cut down for
thyself there in the land of the Perizzites and of the
giants, if mount Ephraim be too narrow for thee.
17:16 And the children of Joseph said, The hill is not
enough for us: and all the Canaanites that dwell in the land
of the valley have chariots of iron, both they who are of
Bethshean and her towns, and they who are of the valley of
17:17 And Joshua spake unto the house of Joseph, even to
Ephraim and to Manasseh, saying, Thou art a great people,
and hast great power: thou shalt not have one lot only:
17:18 But the mountain shall be thine; for it is a wood,
and thou shalt cut it down: and the outgoings of it shall be
thine: for thou shalt drive out the Canaanites, though they
have iron chariots, and though they be strong.