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The Allotment of Ephraim and Manasseh

16 The allotment of the descendants[a] of Joseph went from the Jordan by Jericho, at the waters of Jericho to the east, into the wilderness, going up from Jericho into the hill country to Bethel; it continues from Bethel to Luz, and it passes along to the territory of the Arkites[b] at Ataroth. Then it goes down, to the west, to the territory of the Japhletites,[c] up to the territory of Lower Beth-horon, then to Gezer, and it ends[d] at the sea.

And the descendants[e] of Joseph, Manasseh and Ephraim, received their inheritance. This was the border of the descendants[f] of Ephraim according to their families: the border of their inheritance to the east was Ataroth Addar, up to Upper Beth-horon. The border continues to the sea; from Micmethath to the north, the border turns to the east to Taanath Shiloh, and it passes along it from the east to Janoah. Then it goes down from Janoah to Ataroth and to Naarah; it touches Jericho and ends at the Jordan; from Tappuah the border goes to the west, to the wadi[g] of Kanah, and it ends[h] at the sea. This is the inheritance of the tribe of the descendants[i] of Ephraim according to their families, with the cities that were set apart for the descendants[j] of Ephraim in the midst of the inheritance of the descendants[k] of Manasseh, all the cities and their villages. 10 But they did not drive out the Canananites[l] who were dwelling in Gezer, and so the Canaanites[m] live in the midst of Ephraim to this day, but they became forced laborers.


  1. Joshua 16:1 Or “sons”
  2. Joshua 16:2 Hebrew “Arkite”
  3. Joshua 16:3 Hebrew “Japhletite”
  4. Joshua 16:3 Literally “the goings out of it were”
  5. Joshua 16:4 Or “sons”
  6. Joshua 16:5 Or “sons”
  7. Joshua 16:8 A valley that is dry most of the year, but contains a stream during the rainy season
  8. Joshua 16:8 Literally “the goings out of it were”
  9. Joshua 16:8 Or “sons”
  10. Joshua 16:9 Or “sons”
  11. Joshua 16:9 Or “sons”
  12. Joshua 16:10 Hebrew “Canaanite”
  13. Joshua 16:10 Hebrew “Canaanite”