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.