Joshua 17

1 There was also a lot for the tribe of Menashsheh; for he was the firstborn of Joseph (Yosef); for Machir the firstborn of Menashsheh, the father of Gilad: because he was a man of war, therefore he had Gilad and Bashan.

2 There was also a lot for the rest of the children of Menashsheh 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 Menashsheh the son of Joseph (Yosef) by their families.

3 But Zelophehad, the son of Hepher, the son of Gilad, the son of Machir, the son of Menashsheh, had no sons, but daughters; and these are the names of his daughters, Mahlah, and Noach, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah.

4 And they came near before Eleazar the priest (kohen), and before Joshua (Yehoshua) the son of Nun, and before the princes, saying, “יהוה commanded Moses (Mosheh) to give us an inheritance among our brethren.” Therefore according to the command-ment of יהוה he gave them an inheritance among the brethren of their father.

5 And there fell ten portions to Menashsheh, beside the land of Gilad and Bashan, which were on the other side Jordan (Yarden);

6 Because the daughters of Menashsheh had an inheritance among his sons: and the rest of Menashsheh’s sons had the land of Gilad.

7 And the coast of Menashsheh was from Asher to Michmethah, that lieth before Shechem; and the border went along on the right hand unto the inhabitants of Entappuah.

8 Now Menashsheh had the land of Tappuah, but Tappuah on the border of Menashsheh belonged to the children of Efrayim;

9 And the coast descended unto the river Kanah, southward of the river; these cities of Efrayim are among the cities of Menashsheh; the coast of Menashsheh also was on the north side of the river, and the outgoings of it was at the sea:

10 Southward it was Efrayim’s, and northward it was Menashsheh’s, and the sea is his border; and they met together in Asher on the north, and in Yissaskhar on the east.

11 And Menashsheh had in Yissaskhar and in Asher Beit-Shan 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 Menashsheh 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 Yisrael were waxen strong, that they put the Canaanites to tribute; but did not utterly drive them out.

14 And the children of Joseph (Yosef) spake unto Joshua (Yehoshua), saying, “Why have you given me but one lot and one portion to inherit, seeing I am a great people, forasmuch as יהוה hath blessed us thus far?”

15 And Joshua (Yehoshua) answered them, “If you be a great people, then get you up to the wood country, and cut down for yourself there in the land of the Perizzites and of the giants, if mount Efrayim be too narrow for you.”

16 And the children of Joseph (Yosef) 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 Beit-Shean and her towns, and they who are of the valley of Yizreel.”

17 And Joshua (Yehoshua) spake unto the house of Joseph (Yosef), even to Efrayim and to Menashsheh, saying, “You are a great people, and have great power; you shalt not have one lot only;

18 But the mountain shall be yours; for it is a wood, and you shalt cut it down; and the outgoings of it shall be yours; for you shalt drive out the Canaanites, though they have iron chariots, and though they be strong.”