May the firstborn of his bull bring him honor, and may his horns be those of a wild ox; with them may he gore all peoples, all the far reaches of the earth. They are the ten thousands of Ephraim, 1 and they are the thousands of Manasseh.
Joshua replied to them, “Since you have so many people, 1 go up into the forest and clear out a place to live in the land of the Perizzites and Rephaites, for the hill country of Ephraim is too small for you.”
They came from Ephraim, who uprooted Amalek, 1 they follow 2 after you, Benjamin, with your soldiers. From Makir leaders came down, from Zebulun came 3 the ones who march carrying 4 an officer’s staff.
The Gileadites captured the fords of the Jordan River 1 opposite Ephraim. 2 Whenever an Ephraimite fugitive 3 said, “Let me cross over,” the men of Gilead asked 4 him, “Are you an Ephraimite?” If he said, “No,”
He assembled all Judah and Benjamin, as well as the settlers 1 from Ephraim, Manasseh, and Simeon who had come to live with them. Many people from Israel had come there to live 2 when they saw that the Lord his God was with him.
Hezekiah sent messages throughout Israel and Judah; he even wrote letters to Ephraim and Manasseh, summoning them to come to the Lord’s temple in Jerusalem 1 and observe a Passover celebration for the Lord God of Israel.
The majority of the many people from Ephraim, Manasseh, Issachar, and Zebulun were ceremonially unclean, yet they ate the Passover in violation of what is prescribed in the law. 1 For Hezekiah prayed for them, saying: “May the Lord, who is good, forgive 2
So the people went out and brought these things 1 back and constructed temporary shelters for themselves, each on his roof and in his courtyard and in the courtyards of the temple 2 of God and in the plaza of the Water Gate and the plaza of the Ephraim Gate.
They will come back shedding tears of contrition. I will bring them back praying prayers of repentance. 1 I will lead them besides streams of water, along smooth paths where they will never stumble. 2 I will do this because I am Israel’s father; Ephraim 3 is my firstborn son.’”
I have indeed 1 heard the people of Israel 2 say mournfully, ‘We were like a calf untrained to the yoke. 3 You disciplined us and we learned from it. 4 Let us come back to you and we will do so, 5 for you are the Lord our God.
“As for you, son of man, take one branch, and write on it, ‘For Judah, and for the Israelites associated with him.’ Then take another branch and write on it, ‘For Joseph, the branch of Ephraim and all the house of Israel associated with him.’
The people of the Negev 1 will take possession 2 of Esau’s mountain, and the people of the Shephelah 3 will take possession 4 of the land of 5 the Philistines. They will also take possession of the territory of Ephraim and the territory of Samaria, and the people of Benjamin will take possession 6 of Gilead. 7
From Tappuah it went westward to the Valley of Kanah and ended at the sea. This is the land assigned to the tribe of Ephraim 1 by its clans.
Zikri, an Ephraimite warrior, killed the king’s son Maaseiah, Azrikam, the supervisor of the palace, and Elkanah, the king’s second-in-command.
And I will drive you out of my sight just like I drove out your relatives, the people of Israel.’” 1
The Ephraimites will be like warriors and will rejoice as if they had drunk wine. Their children will see it and rejoice; they will celebrate in the things of the Lord.
“Now, as for your two sons, who were born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you in Egypt, they will be mine. 1 Ephraim and Manasseh will be mine just as Reuben and Simeon are.
I will be like a lion to Ephraim, like a young lion to the house of Judah. I myself will tear them to pieces, then I will carry them off, and no one will be able to rescue them!