Within Issachar1 and Asher, Manasseh also had Beth Shan,2 Ibleam3 and the people of Dor,4 Endor,5 Taanach6 and Megiddo,7 together with their surrounding settlements (the third in the list is Naphotha ).812
Yet the Manassites were not able9 to occupy these towns, for the Canaanites were determined to live in that region.
However, when the Israelites grew stronger, they subjected the Canaanites to forced labor but did not drive them out completely.1014
The people of Joseph said to Joshua, "Why have you given us only one allotment and one portion for an inheritance? We are a numerous people and the LORD has blessed us abundantly."1115
"If you are so numerous," Joshua answered, "and if the hill country of Ephraim is too small for you, go up into the forest12 and clear land for yourselves there in the land of the Perizzites13 and Rephaites.14"
The people of Joseph replied, "The hill country is not enough for us, and all the Canaanites who live in the plain have iron chariots,15 both those in Beth Shan16 and its settlements and those in the Valley of Jezreel."1717
But Joshua said to the house of Joseph--to Ephraim and Manasseh--"You are numerous and very powerful. You will have not only one allotment1818
but the forested hill country19 as well. Clear it, and its farthest limits will be yours; though the Canaanites have iron chariots20 and though they are strong, you can drive them out."