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JOSHUA XVI—EPHRAIM'S BORDER
3 And goeth down westward to the coast of Japhleti, unto the coast of Beth-horon the nether, and to Gezer: and the goings out. thereof are at the sea.
4 So the children of Joseph, Manasseh and Ephraim, took their inheritance.
5 | And the border of the children of Ephraim according to their families was thus: even the border of their inheritance on the east side was Ataroth-addar, unto Beth-horon the upper;
6 And the border went out toward the sea to Michmethah on the north side; and the border went about eastward unto Taanathshiloh, and passed by it on the east to Janohah;
7 And it went down from Janohah to Ataroth, and to Naarath, and came to Jericho, and went out at Jordan.
8 The border went out from Tappuah westward unto the river Kanah; and the goings out thereof were at the sea. This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Ephraim by their families.
9. And the separate cities for the children of Ephraim were among the inheritance of the children of Manasseh, all the cities with their villages.
10 And they drave not out the Canaanites that dwelt in Gezer: but the Canaanites dwell among the Ephraimites unto this day, and serve under tribute.
Chapter 17 1 The lot of Manasseh. 7 His Coast. 12 The Canaanites not driven out. 14 The children of Joseph obtain another lot.
HERE was also a lot for the tribe of Manasseh; for he was the
firstborn of Joseph; to wit, for Machir the firstborn of Manas
seh, the father of Gilead: because he was a man of war, therefore he had Gilead and Bashan.
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.
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.
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, .
JOSHUA XVII—MANASSEH'S INHERITANCE
5 And there fell ten portions to Manasseh, beside the land of Gilead and Bashan, which were on the other side Jordan;
6 Because the daughters of Manasseh had an inheritance among his sons: and the rest of Manasseh's sons had the land of Gilead.
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 En-tappuah.
8 Now Manasseh had the land of Tappuah: but Tappuah on the border of Manasseh belonged to the children of Ephraim;
9 And the coast descended unto the river Kanah, southward of he 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 the sea:
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.
11 And Manasseh had in Issachar and in Asher Beth-shean 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.
12 Yet the children of Manasseh could not drive out the inhabitants of those cities; but the Canaanites would dwell in that land.
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.
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 ?
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 gaints, if mount Ephraim be too narrow for thee.
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 Beth-shean and her towns, and they who are of the valley of Jezreel.
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:
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
The Gibeonites' Craft
“And these our garments and our shoes are become old by reason of the very long journey.”—Jos., 9, 13.
(OW easily is man set aglow with self. confidence
and empty vanity! The lesson of the defeat at
Ai was soon forgotten by the Israelites. On the very next occasion when judgment was required, they again neglected their precious privilege of consultation with God, again assumed to judge and decide by their own wit. Israel had returned to the encampment at Gilgal, and to it there came a party of men with tattered clothes, worn-out shoes and moldy provisions. They were come, they said, as ambassadors from the far off land of Gibeon, wishing to make a friendly treaty with the Hebrews. In reality Gibeon was a city. close at hand, and the crafty emissaries had dressed themselves on purpose to deceive; for they knew the Hebrews were commanded by God to make no peace and have no intercourse with the people of Canaan.
At first the Hebrew leaders were suspicious that the strangers might be Canaanites. Soon however they were beguiled into a treaty of friendship. Later when they learned where Gibeon really was, they were puzzled, and adopted a middle course; the Gibeonites were not destroyed, but were made servants or slaves, “hewers of wood and drawers of water." Thus it was that Israel was lured into the forbidden intercourse with the Canaan. ites, and learned all the evil of the land. In time these evil practices were adopted by many Hebrews,
and the race became alienated from God.