The sons of Joseph told to clear the forests (Josh 17:14-17:18)

“The tribe of Joseph spoke to Joshua. ‘Why have you given me but one lot and one portion as an inheritance, since we are a numerous people, whom all along Yahweh has blessed?’ Joshua said to them. ‘If you are a numerous people, go up to the forest. There clear ground for yourselves in the land of the Perizzites and the Rephaim, since the hill country of Ephraim is too narrow for you. The tribe of Joseph said. ‘The hill country is not enough for us. Yet all the Canaanites who live in the plain have chariots of iron, both those in Beth-shean with its villages and those in the Valley of Jezreel.’ Then Joshua said to the house of Joseph, to Ephraim and Manasseh. ‘You are indeed a numerous people and have great power. You shall not have one lot only, but the hill country shall be yours. Although it is a forest, you shall clear it and possess it to its farthest borders. Thus you shall drive out the Canaanites, although they have chariots of iron, and though they are strong.”

Although they got a lot of land, the Josephites still complained about not enough land. Joshua tells them to clear the mountains and get rid of the Canaanites, who seem to be still around, despite the great defeats.

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