But the narrator moves right along to talk about the two (or I suppose 1 ½ tribes) of Joseph next. Verses 5 to 10 describe the territory allotted to Ephraim. We won’t read it, but it talks about the borders of Ephraim. Basically, if Judah was southernmost in Israel, Ephraim and Manasseh were to the north, about the middle of the country. The “center” of attention, if you will. And then we read verse 10.
[Joshua 16:10 And they drave not out the Canaanites that dwelt in Gezer: but the Canaanites dwell among the Ephraimites unto this day, and serve under tribute.]
Uh-oh. Here it is again. Reuben, Gad, the ½ tribe of Manasseh, Judah, and now Ephraim cannot drive out the Canaanites. This is troubling. Did you ever notice this when you read the book of Joshua? Well, we’ll keep going and find ourselves in chapter 17.