Deut 33:17

33:17 ten thousands . . . thousands. During this period, Ephraim was smaller than Manasseh (Num. 26:34, 37), but Ephraim was to become more numerous and important (cf. Gen. 48:17–20). Because of the tribe’s importance, the name “Ephraim” later was applied to the ten tribes making up the northern kingdom of Israel (2 Chr. 25:7; Hos. 5:3, 11–14).