Joshua 17:15 “If you are so numerous,” Joshua answered, “and if the hill country of Ephraim is too small for you, go up into the forest and clear land for yourselves there in the land of the Perizzites and Rephaites.”

16 The people of Joseph replied, “The hill country is not enough for us, and all the Canaanites who live in the plain have chariots fitted with iron, both those in Beth Shan and its settlements and those in the Valley of Jezreel.”

17 But Joshua said to the tribes of Joseph—to Ephraim and Manasseh—“You are numerous and very powerful. You will have not only one allotment 18 but the forested hill country as well. Clear it, and its farthest limits will be yours; though the Canaanites have chariots fitted with iron and though they are strong, you can drive them out.”

I think it's time for a map again.

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This is from the easy site.

  • The tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh wanted more land. They believed that they should have more land. They asked Joshua for more land.
  • Joshua gave them a very wise answer. They could cut trees down. This would give them more land.
  • The two tribes said that even that was not enough. Also, the people who lived there were very strong. Joshua gave them the hills. He told the two tribes that they could defeat the people.