Joshua 17:12

12 Yet the Manassites were not able to occupy these towns, for the Canaanites were determined to live in that region.

Read Joshua 17:12 Using Other Translations

Yet the children of Manasseh could not drive out the inhabitants of those cities; but the Canaanites would dwell in that land.
Yet the people of Manasseh could not take possession of those cities, but the Canaanites persisted in dwelling in that land.
But the descendants of Manasseh were unable to occupy these towns because the Canaanites were determined to stay in that region.

What does Joshua 17:12 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Joshua 17:12

Yet the children of Manasseh could not drive out [the
inhabitants] of these cities
Mentioned in ( Joshua 17:11 ) ; they had not strength at first to do it, or either were negligent and slothful, and suffered them to dwell among them, and did not take the advantage they might have done; and afterwards it was too late, they became too strong and numerous for them, at least for a time:

but the Canaanites would dwell in the land;
whether they would or not.

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