JOSHUA 17:15



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“And Joshua answered them, If thou be a great people, then get thee up to the wood country, and cut down for thyself there in the land of the Perizzites and of the giants, if mount Ephraim be too narrow for thee.”

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Joshua 17:15 Translation & Meaning

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And Joshua יְהוֹשֻׁ֗עַ Jehoshua (i.e., Joshua), the Jewish leader Joshua
answered וַיֹּ֨אמֶר To say (used with great latitude) answered
them, If אִם Used very widely as demonstrative, lo!; interrogative, whether?; or conditional, if, although; also Oh that!, when; hence, as a negative, not If
thou אַתָּה֙ Thou and thee, or (plural) ye and you thou
be (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
a great רַ֤ב Abundant (in quantity, size, age, number, rank, quality) great
people, עַם A people (as a congregated unit); specifically, a tribe (as those of Israel); hence (collectively) troops or attendants; figuratively, a flock people
then (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
get thee up עֲלֵ֣ה To ascend, intransitively (be high) or actively (mount); used in a great variety of senses, primary and secondary, literal and figurative get up
to the wood הַיַּ֔עְרָה A copse of bushes; hence, a forest; hence, honey in the comb (as hived in trees) wood
country, (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
and cut down וּבֵֽרֵאתָ֤ (absolutely) to create; (qualified) to cut down (a wood), select, feed (as formative processes) cut down
for thyself there שָׁ֔ם There (transferring to time) then; often thither, or thence thyself
in the land בְּאֶ֥רֶץ The earth (at large, or partitively a land) land
of the Perizzites הַפְּרִזִּ֖י A Perizzite, one of the Canaanitish tribes Perizzites
and of the giants, וְהָֽרְפָאִ֑ים A giant giants
if כִּי (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed if
mount הַר A mountain or range of hills (sometimes used figuratively) mount
Ephraim אֶפְרָֽיִם׃ Ephrajim, a son of Joseph; also the tribe descended from him, and its territory Ephraim
be too narrow אָ֥ץ To press; (by implication) to be close, hurry, withdraw too narrow
for thee. אָ֥ץ To press; (by implication) to be close, hurry, withdraw for thee

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  • 13  Yet it came to pass, when the children of Israel were waxen strong, that they put the Canaanites to tribute; but did not utterly drive them out.

  • 14  And the children of Joseph spake unto Joshua, saying, Why hast thou given me but one lot and one portion to inherit, seeing I am a great people, forasmuch as the Lord hath blessed me hitherto?

  • 15  And Joshua answered them, If thou be a great people, then get thee up to the wood country, and cut down for thyself there in the land of the Perizzites and of the giants, if mount Ephraim be too narrow for thee.

  • 16  And the children of Joseph said, The hill is not enough for us: and all the Canaanites that dwell in the land of the valley have chariots of iron, both they who are of Beth-shean and her towns, and they who are of the valley of Jezreel.

  • 17  And Joshua spake unto the house of Joseph, even to Ephraim and to Manasseh, saying, Thou art a great people, and hast great power: thou shalt not have one lot only:


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