17:5 Manasseh was allotted ten shares of land, 1 in addition to the land of Gilead and Bashan east of the Jordan, 17:6 for the daughters of Manasseh were assigned land among his sons. The land of Gilead belonged to the rest of the descendants of Manasseh.
17:7 The border of Manasseh went 2 from Asher to Micmethath which is near 3 Shechem. It then went south toward those who live in Tappuah. 17:8 (The land of Tappuah belonged to Manasseh, but Tappuah, located on the border of Manasseh, belonged to the tribe of Ephraim.) 17:9 The border then descended southward to the Valley of Kanah. Ephraim was assigned cities there among the cities of Manasseh, 4 but the border of Manasseh was north of the valley and ended at the sea. 17:10 Ephraim’s territory was to the south, and Manasseh’s to the north. The sea was Manasseh’s 5 western border and their territory 6 touched Asher on the north and Issachar on the east. 17:11 Within Issachar’s and Asher’s territory Manasseh was assigned Beth Shean, Ibleam, the residents of Dor, En Dor, the residents of Taanach, the residents of Megiddo, 7 the three of Napheth, 8 and the towns surrounding all these cities. 9
1 tn Heb “and the allotted portions of Manasseh fell out ten.”
2 tn Heb “was.”
3 tn Heb “in front of”; perhaps “east of.”
4 tn Heb “these cities belonged to Ephraim in the midst of the cities of Manasseh.”
5 tn Heb “his”; the referent (Manasseh) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
6 tn Heb “they”; the referent (their territory) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
8 tn Or “the third [is] Napheth”; or “Napheth-dor.” The meaning of the Hebrew phrase is uncertain.
9 tn Heb “Beth Shean and its surrounding towns, Ibleam and its surrounding towns, the residents of Dor and its surrounding towns, the residents of En Dor and its surrounding towns, the residents of Taanach and its surrounding towns, the residents of Megiddo and its surrounding towns, three of Nepheth.”