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15 Joshua replied, “If you have so many people that you don’t have enough room in the hill country of Ephraim, then go into the forest that belonged to the Perizzites and the Rephaim.[a] Clear out the trees and make more room for yourselves there.”

16 “Even if we do that,” they answered, “there still won’t be enough land for us in the hill country. And we can’t move down into Jezreel Valley, because the Canaanites who live in Beth-Shan and in other parts of the valley have iron chariots.”

17 “Your tribes do have a lot of people,” Joshua admitted. “I’ll give you more land. Your tribes are powerful,

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  1. 17.15 Rephaim: See the note at 12.4.

15 “If you are so numerous,” Joshua answered, “and if the hill country of Ephraim is too small for you, go up into the forest(A) and clear land for yourselves there in the land of the Perizzites(B) and Rephaites.(C)

16 The people of Joseph replied, “The hill country is not enough for us, and all the Canaanites who live in the plain have chariots fitted with iron,(D) both those in Beth Shan(E) and its settlements and those in the Valley of Jezreel.”(F)

17 But Joshua said to the tribes of Joseph—to Ephraim and Manasseh—“You are numerous and very powerful. You will have not only one allotment(G)

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