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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 17:8

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

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - Joshua 17:1-18

The Joseph tribes (16:1-17:18)Ephraim and the western half of Manasseh together occupied most of the central portion of Canaan between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea (16:1-4). The southern part of this territory belonged to Ephraim (5-10), the northern part to Manasseh (17:1). (The other half of Manasseh had already received its allotment east of Jordan.)Western Manasseh was divided between six major family groups. No details are given concerning portions received by five of these... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - Joshua 17:1-13

These verses describe the territory of the half tribe of Manasseh west of the Jordan and north of Ephraim. It extended north to the valley of Jezreel. The Manassehites also failed to exterminate all the Canaanites in their area (Joshua 17:12-13). read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - Joshua 17:1-18

The Lot of Joseph (continued)Inheritance of Western Manasseh. The Complaint of the children of Joseph, and Joshua’s Reply.1-6. The inheritance of Manasseh especially (Joshua 17:2) of the Western half-tribe. 1. The father of Gilead] The expression is rather geographical than strictly genealogical, according to Oriental usage. Cp. the table of the generations of the sons of Noah in Genesis 10.3f The daughters of Zelophehad] Their case comes up for judgment before Moses in Numbers 27:1-7 and again... read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Bible Commentary - Joshua 17:1-18

CHAPTER XXV.THE INHERITANCE OF JOSEPH.Joshua Chs. 16, 17.NEXT to Judah, the most important tribe was Joseph; that is, the double tribe to which his two sons gave names, Ephraim and Manasseh. In perpetual acknowledgment of the service rendered by Joseph to the family, by keeping them alive in the famine, it was ordained by Jacob that his two sons should rank with their uncles as founders of tribes (Genesis 48:5). It was also prophetically ordained by Jacob that Ephraim, the younger son, should... read more

Arno Clemens Gaebelein

Arno Gaebelein's Annotated Bible - Joshua 17:1-18

5. The Portion of Manasseh CHAPTER 17 1. Their names (Joshua 17:1-6 ) 2. Their border (Joshua 17:7-13 ) 3. The complaint and the answer (Joshua 17:14-18 ) Half of the tribe of Manasseh had their inheritance on the other side of Jordan, having joined themselves to Reuben and Gad. The rest of Manasseh are now named according to their families. These are: Abiezer, Helek, Asriel, Shechem, Hepher and Shemida, The son of Hepher, Zelophehad, had no sons (see Numbers 27:1-11 ); the names of the... read more

John Calvin

Geneva Study Bible - Joshua 17:8

17:8 [Now] Manasseh had the land of Tappuah: but {d} Tappuah on the border of Manasseh [belonged] to the children of Ephraim;(d) Meaning, the city itself. read more

L.M. Grant

L. M. Grant's Commentary on the Bible - Joshua 17:1-18

BOLD IDOLATRY IN ISRAEL (vv. 1-13) Samson was the last judge in Israel. The last five chapters of Judges -- 17 to 21 -- deal with conditions during the time of the Judges, so do not necessarily take place after Samson.The history of Micah and the Danites (chapters 17 and 18) illustrates the spiritual corruption (idolatry) into which Israel sank so soon after coming into their land, while chapters 19-21 emphasize the mora l corruption of the people. Certainly idolatry is the worst of these... read more

James Gray

James Gray's Concise Bible Commentary - Joshua 17:1-18

DIVISION OF THE LAND Seven chapters make a long lesson from one point of view but not from another, as the subject matter will not require the same attention as in other cases. It is about the division of the land among the tribes, and we will touch on the principal points by chapters. Joshua 13:0 Although the warfare of extermination had been carried on for some time, some think seven years, yet it was not entirely completed (Joshua 13:1 ). The Lord therefore stirs Joshua to portion out... read more

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