Ephraim is allotted its portion but is unable to dispossess the Canaanites from Gezer.
The Canaanites work for Ephraim: “The Canaanites remained in the midst of Ephraim, as is still the case. But they had to perform forced labor.” (v. 10)
III. Select Verses
4: Thus the Josephites — that is, Manasseh and Ephraim — received their portion.
10: However, they failed to dispossess the Canaanites who dwelt in Gezer; so the Canaanites remained in the midst of Ephraim, as is still the case. But they had to perform forced labor.
1-4. The southern border of the Ephraim and Manasseh
5-9. The other borders of Ephraim
10. The Canaanites remained in Gezer as forced laborers
For help with the geography, see the map on page 182 of A. F. Rainey and R S. Notley. The Sacred Bridge: Carta’s Atlas of the Biblical World. Jerusalem: Carta, 2006.
VI. Works Used
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