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,”
So Saul 1 crossed through the hill country of Ephraim, passing through the land of Shalisha, but they did not find them. So they crossed through the land of Shaalim, but they were not there. Then he crossed through the land of Benjamin, and still they did not find them.
That’s not the way things are. There is a man from the hill country of Ephraim named Sheba son of Bicri. He has rebelled 1 against King David. Give me just this one man, and I will leave the city.” The woman said to Joab, “This very minute 2 his head will be thrown over the wall to you!”
King Jehoash of Israel captured King Amaziah of Judah, son of Jehoash son of Ahaziah, in Beth Shemesh. He 1 attacked 2 Jerusalem and broke down the wall of Jerusalem from the Gate of Ephraim to the Corner Gate – a distance of about six hundred feet. 3
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.
King Joash of Israel captured King Amaziah of Judah, son of Joash son of Jehoahaz, in Beth Shemesh and brought him to Jerusalem. He broke down the wall of Jerusalem from the Gate of Ephraim to the Corner Gate – a distance of about six hundred feet. 1
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
They went to Hilkiah the high priest and gave him the silver that had been brought to God’s temple. The Levites who guarded the door had collected it from the people of 1 Manasseh and Ephraim and from all who were left in Israel, as well as from all the people of 2 Judah and Benjamin and the residents of 3 Jerusalem.
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.’”
The Ephraimites 1 did not conquer the Canaanites living in Gezer. The Canaanites live among the Ephraimites to this very day and do hard labor as their servants.
The Ephraimites said to him, “Why have you done such a thing to us? You did not summon us 1 when you went to fight the Midianites!” They argued vehemently with him.
The Ephraimites assembled 1 and crossed over to Zaphon. They said to Jephthah, “Why did you go and fight 2 with the Ammonites without asking 3 us to go with you? We will burn your house down right over you!” 4
The Danites sent out from their whole tribe five representatives, 1 capable men 2 from Zorah and Eshtaol, to spy out the land and explore it. They said to them, “Go, explore the land.” They came to the Ephraimite hill country and spent the night at Micah’s house. 3
The Levite 1 said to him, “We are traveling from Bethlehem 2 in Judah to the remote region of the Ephraimite hill country. That’s where I’m from. I had business in Bethlehem in Judah, but now I’m heading home. 3 But no one has invited me into their home.
He answered, “Everything is fine. 1 My master sent me with this message, ‘Look, two servants of the prophets just arrived from the Ephraimite hill country. 2 Please give them a talent 3 of silver and two suits of clothes.’”
When Asa heard these words and the prophecy of Oded the prophet, he was encouraged. 1 He removed the detestable idols from the entire land of Judah and Benjamin and from the cities he had seized in the Ephraimite hill country. He repaired the altar of the Lord in front of the porch of the Lord’s temple. 2
“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.’
tell them, ‘This is what the sovereign Lord says: Look, I am about to take the branch of Joseph which is in the hand of Ephraim and the tribes of Israel associated with him, and I will place them on the stick of Judah, 1 and make them into one stick – they will be one in my hand.’ 2
I will remove 1 the chariot from Ephraim and the warhorse from Jerusalem, and the battle bow will be removed. Then he will announce peace to the nations. His dominion will be from sea to sea and from the Euphrates River 2 to the ends of the earth.