Joshua chapter 16

The portion for Ephraim.





VERSE 1. The lot came out for the children of Joseph from the Jordan at Jericho, at the waters of Jericho on the east, even the wilderness, going up from Jericho through the hill country to Bethel.

the children of Joseph. The powerful house of Joseph is made up of the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh. They are sometimes referred to as “the half-tribes.”

at the waters of Jericho on the east. The land for Ephraim stretched from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean.

It included the sites of some of Joshua’s battles. And it included Shiloh, where the tabernacle will remain for about 300 years.


VERSE 2. It went out from Bethel to Luz, and passed along to the border of the Archites to Ataroth;


VERSE 3. and it went down westward to the border of the Japhletites, to the border of Beth Horon the lower, and on to Gezer; and ended at the sea.


VERSE 4. The children of Joseph, Manasseh and Ephraim, took their inheritance.


VERSE 5. This was the border of the children of Ephraim according to their families. The border of their inheritance eastward was Ataroth Addar, to Beth Horon the upper.


VERSE 6. The border went out westward at Michmethath on the north. The border turned about eastward to Taanath Shiloh, and passed along it on the east of Janoah.


VERSE 7. It went down from Janoah to Ataroth, to Naarah, reached to Jericho, and went out at the Jordan.


VERSE 8. From Tappuah the border went along westward to the brook of Kanah; and ended at the sea. This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Ephraim according to their families;


VERSE 9. together with the cities which were set apart for the children of Ephraim in the middle of the inheritance of the children of Manasseh, all the cities with their villages.


VERSE 10. They didn’t drive out the Canaanites who lived in Gezer; but the Canaanites dwell in the territory of Ephraim to this day, and have become servants to do forced labor.

didn’t drive out the Canaanites. Ephraim, like Judah, did not completely drive out the Canaanites from their region.

servants to do forced labor. Ephraim chose to get rich by turning the Canaanites into slaves. This is a terrible mistake.


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