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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - Joshua 17:7-13

We have here a short account of the lot of this half tribe. It reached from Jordan on the east to the great sea on the west; on the south it lay all along contiguous to Ephraim, but on the north it abutted upon Asher and Issachar. Asher lay north-west, and Issachar north-east, which seems to be the meaning of that (Josh. 17:10), that they (that is, Manasseh and Ephraim, as related to it, both together making the tribe of Joseph) met in Asher on the north and Issachar on the east, for Ephraim... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Joshua 17:7

And the coast of Manasseh was from Asher ,.... Not from the border of the tribe of Asher, as Kimchi, in which he is followed by Vatablus; for that was at too great a distance; but a city of the tribe of Manasseh; and in Jerom's F12 De loc. Heb. fol. 88. G. time a village of this name was shown fifteen miles from Neapolis or Shechem, as you go from thence to Scythopolis, near the public road: to Michmethah, that lieth before Shechem ; the same place mentioned in the description of... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Joshua 17:8

Now Manasseh had the land of Tappuah ,.... The whole territory that went by that name, from a city of note in it, next mentioned; all the fields and villages in it belonged to the tribe of Manasseh: but Tappuah on the border of Manasseh belonged to the children of Ephraim ; and was one of those separate cities they had among the inheritance of the children of Manasseh; though it seems they had only the city, not the territory adjacent to it, and which was named from it. read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Joshua 17:9

And the coast descended unto the river Kanah, southward of the river ,.... The same mentioned in the account of the coast of Ephraim, Joshua 16:8 ; which was north of that river, as Manasseh was to the south of it: these cities of Ephraim are among the cities of Manasseh ; that is, the cities before mentioned, Asher, Michmethah, Entappuah, and Tappuah; though they were in the tribe of Manasseh, yet they were inhabited by the Ephraimites: the coast of Manasseh also was on the... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Joshua 17:10

Southward it was Ephraim's, and northward it was Manasseh's ,.... As Ephraim lay to the south of Manasseh, Manasseh lay to the north of Ephraim: and the sea is his border ; the Mediterranean sea was their boundary on the west: and they met together in Asher on the north ; that is, on the northwest towards the Mediterranean sea, as, at Mount Carmel: and in Issachar on the east ; towards Jordan. read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Joshua 17:11

And Manasseh had in Issachar, and in Asher, Bethshean, and her towns ,.... As Ephraim had cities in Manasseh, so had Manasseh cities in these two tribes, which in some parts bordered on it, before described, even the cities following, and the first that is named is Bethshean: this lay in the tribe of Issachar, and was the uttermost border of Manasseh that way; it was, as Josephus F13 Antiqu l. 12. c. 8. sect. 5. says, called Scythopolis; but not from the Scythians, as Pliny F14 ... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Joshua 17:12

Yet the children of Manasseh could not drive out the inhabitants of these cities ,.... Mentioned in Joshua 17:11 ; they had not strength at first to do it, or either were negligent and slothful, and suffered them to dwell among them, and did not take the advantage they might have done; and afterwards it was too late, they became too strong and numerous for them, at least for a time: but the Canaanites would dwell in the land ; whether they would or not. read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - Joshua 17:13

Yet it came to pass, when the children of Israel were waxed strong ,.... Increased in numbers, and became superior to the Canaanites, not only those of the tribe of Manasseh, but of the other tribes also: that they put the Canaanites to tribute ; they did not take away their lives, as they were commanded to do, but made them tributaries to them, which seems to arise from a covetous disposition, and done for the sake of gain: but did not utterly drive them out ; which they were... read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Joshua 17:9

Unto the river Kanah - Literally, the river or valley of the reeds, translated by the Vulgate, vallis arundintei . The tribe of Manasseh appears to have been bounded on the north by this torrent or valley, and on the south by the Mediterranean Sea. read more

Adam Clarke

Adam Clarke's Commentary on the Bible - Joshua 17:10

They met together in Asher on the north - The tribe of Asher extended from the Mediterranean Sea to Mount Carmel, Joshua 19:26 , and the tribe of Manasseh extended to Dor and her towns, (see the following verse, Joshua 17:11 ; (note)), which were in the vicinity of Carmel; and thus it appears that these two tribes formed a junction at the Mediterranean Sea. This may serve to remove the difficulties in this verse; but still it does appear that in several cases the tribes... read more

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