But the Amorites would dwell in Mount Heres in Aijalon, and
And they would not suffer the Danites to dwell in the valley, a fruitful and delightful part of their country, terrifying them with their iron chariots, which in the vale they could make use of to great advantage; so neither would they let them dwell alone in the mountainous part of their tribe, but would dwell with them, particularly in three places mentioned: where Mount Heres was is not certain; it signifies the "sun"; very probably it had its name from the worship of the sun on it, or from the sun standing still near it; for Aijalon, where that miracle was wrought, is next mentioned. Perhaps it might be near to Timnathheres, which was in Mount Ephraim, ( Judges 2:9 ) ; since Ephraim assisted in making these places tributaries; of the two cities, Aijalon and Shaalbim, see ( Joshua 19:42 ) ;
yet the hand of the house of Joseph prevailed, so that they became
or "the hand of [it] became heavy" F24; by which it does not clearly appear whether the hand of Joseph was made heavy, and to hang down, by the Amorites; or whether it was heavy upon them, and so prevailed over them, as our version; but the Septuagint puts it out of doubt, reading the words,
``and the hand of the house of Joseph was heavy upon the Amorites;''the Ephraimites being near to the tribe of Dan, and observing how they were pressed by the Amorites, took up arms in their favour, and obliged the Canaanites of the above places to become tributaries to the Danites.
F24 (dy dbkty) "et aggravata est manus", V. L. Paginus Montanus.