Joshua 16

Chapter 16

The Tribe of Ephraim.[a] 1 The allotment for the descendants of Joseph ran from the Jordan by Jericho, east of the waters of Jericho, and ran up into the hill country of Bethel. 2 It went from Bethel (that is, Luz) over to the boundary of the Arkites in Ataroth. 3 It then descended westward to the territory of the Japhletites up to the territory of lower Beth-horon and on to Gezer, ending at the sea. 4 Manasseh and Ephraim, the sons of Joseph, received their inheritance.

5 This is the territory of the Ephraimites, divided according to its clans. The boundary of the inheritance went from Ataroth-addar in the east to upper Beth-horon 6 and it continued on to the sea. From Micmethath in the north it curved eastward to Taanath-shiloh, passing by it to the east of Janoah. 7 It went down from Janoah to Ataroth and Naarah, arriving at Jericho and then ending at the Jordan. 8 From Tappuah the boundary reached eastward to the Kanah River and from there it went to the sea. This was the inheritance of the tribe of the Ephraimites, divided according to its clans. 9 It included all of the cities that were set aside for the Ephraimites in the inheritance of the Manassehites, the cities and their dependent towns. 10 They did not drive out the Canaanites who were living in Gezer. The Canaanites live among the Ephraimites up to the present and they serve them doing forced labor.


  1. Joshua 16:1 None of the 12 tribes is named for Joseph, the eldest of Jacob’s sons. Instead, the largest and most ideal area is reserved for Joseph’s two sons Ephraim and Manasseh.

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