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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 17:9

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

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

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - Joshua 17:9

Southward of the brook. It would seem as if some words had fallen away here also. The LXX . adds Jariel, translates אלה (these) by terebinth, and omits the word "cities." The cities southward of the brook belonged of course to Ephraim. But what is meant here is that Ephraim had cities north of the brook. That the border of Manasseh lay to the northward of the brook is asserted twice over in the latter part of this and the next verse. These cities of Ephraim are among (literally, ... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - Joshua 17:9

These cities ... - The text is possibly corrupt. The intention seems to be to state that the cities lying south of the river, though within the limits of Manasseh, were in fact made over to Ephraim, and were among the “separate cities” Joshua 16:9. On the contrary, the north bank of the river, both land and towns, belonged to Manasseh exclusively. read more

Joseph Benson

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments - Joshua 17:9

Joshua 17:9. The coast of Manasseh was on the north side By the coast of Manasseh is meant the cities inhabited by the Manassites; which were all on the north side of this river; as all those on the south side of it, though in the territory allotted to the Manassites: were inhabited by the children of Ephraim. 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

Robert Jamieson; A. R. Fausset; David Brown

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Joshua 17:9

9. the coast descended unto the river Kanah, southward of the river—The line which separated the possessions of the two brothers from each other ran to the south of the stream. Thus the river was in the territory of Manasseh; but the cities which were upon the river, though all were within the limits of Manasseh's possessions, were assigned partly to Ephraim, and partly to Manasseh; those on the south side being given to the former; those upon the north to the latter [KEIL]. It appears (Joshua... 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

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