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.
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.
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.
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.
And there fell ten portions to Manasseh, beside the land of Gilead and
Bashan, which were on the other side Jordan;
Because the daughters of Manasseh had an inheritance among his sons: and
the rest of Manasseh's sons had the land of Gilead.
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
Now Manasseh had the land of Tappuah: but Tappuah on the border of
Manasseh belonged to the children of Ephraim;
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 the sea:
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.
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.
Yet the children of
Manasseh could not drive out the inhabitants of those cities; but the Canaanites
would dwell in that land.
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.
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?
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.
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
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:
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.