Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Joshua 17:12

But the sons of Manasseh could not take possession of these cities, because the Canaanites persisted in living in that land.
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Canaanites;   Taanach;   Thompson Chain Reference - Canaanites;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Manasseh, the Tribe of;  
Dictionaries:
Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Bethshan (bethshean);   Caleb;   Foreigner;   Manasseh, tribe of;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Judges, the Book of;   Manasseh (1);   Megiddo;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Dor;   Joshua, the Book of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Israel;   Joshua;   Manasseh;   Megiddo;   Taanach;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Lots;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Canaanites, the ;   Taanach, Tanach ;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Manasseh;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Conquest of Canaan;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Megiddo;   Taanach;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Manasseh;   Megiddo;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

Could not drive out, etc. - They had neither grace nor courage to go against their enemies, and chose rather to share their territories with those whom the justice of God had proscribed, than exert themselves to expel them. But some commentators give a different turn to this expression, and translate the passage thus: But the children of Manasseh could not (resolve) to destroy those cities, but the Canaanites consented to dwell in the land. And as they were willing to pay tribute, and the others chose to tolerate them on those terms, they agreed to dwell together: but this paying of tribute seems not to have taken place till some time after, when the children of Israel were waxen strong, etc.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Joshua 17:12". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/joshua-17.html. 1832.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

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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Gill, John. "Commentary on Joshua 17:12". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/joshua-17.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

Yet the children of Manasseh g could not drive out [the inhabitants of] those cities; but the Canaanites would dwell in that land.

(g) For at first they lacked courage, and later agreed with them on condition, contrary to God's commandment.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Joshua 17:12". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/joshua-17.html. 1599-1645.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Joshua 17:12 Yet the children of Manasseh could not drive out [the inhabitants of] those cities; but the Canaanites would dwell in that land.

Ver. 12. Could not drive out.] As their fathers could not enter the promised land, so neither could they possess it, "because of unbelief."

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Joshua 17:12". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/joshua-17.html. 1865-1868.

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

Ver. 12. Yet the children of Manasseh could not drive out, &c.— They were unable through negligence, from a want of valour and confidence in the divine promises, and because God, to punish them, refused them that protection and success of which they had rendered themselves unworthy. Judges 2:19. See Waterland's Script. Vind. part 2: p. 69. To destroy a city, signifies often to destroy its inhabitants; and to be unable to do a thing is sometimes put for being unwilling to do so. So Genesis 29:8; Genesis 34:14; Genesis 34:31.

Note; (1.) If we lose the opportunity that God puts in our power, when we would afterwards succeed it is too late. (2.) Ephraim's conduct probably led them into this step; so easily do we follow the bad examples of others, and plead them for our exculpation.

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Coke, Thomas. "Commentary on Joshua 17:12". Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/joshua-17.html. 1801-1803.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

See Poole "Joshua 15:63".

Would dwell; were resolved to fight, rather than be turned out of their ancient habitations.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Joshua 17:12". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/joshua-17.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

12. Could not drive out — See on Joshua 15:63; Joshua 16:10.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Joshua 17:12". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/joshua-17.html. 1874-1909.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Could, because they would not, Judges i. 27. The children of Manasses took these cities; but not putting the inhabitants to death, the latter got possession again, as was the case with respect to many other cities taken (Calmet) and destroyed (Haydock) by Josue. Hebrew, "the Chanaanites consented to dwell," &c. The Israelites spared their lives on their paying tribute; and this prevarication was the cause of their being afterwards reduced to submit to the yoke of these nations. (Calmet) (Judges ii. 20., Deuteronomy xx. 16.) (Menochius) --- The Chanaaites dwelt with Manasses for a time; (Worthington) perhaps they were never wholly expelled. (Haydock)

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Joshua 17:12". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/joshua-17.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

could not drive out. Compare Joshua 15:63; Joshua 16:10; and see Exodus 23:31. Deuteronomy 7:2, &c.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Joshua 17:12". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/joshua-17.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

Yet the children of Manasseh could not drive out the inhabitants of those cities; but the Canaanites would dwell in that land.

Manasseh could not drive out the inhabitants of those cities. Indolence, a love of ease, perhaps a mistaken humanity, arising from a disregard or forgetfulness of the divine command, a decreasing principle of faith and zeal in the service of God, were the causes of their failure.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Joshua 17:12". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/joshua-17.html. 1871-8.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Yet the children of Manasseh could not drive out the inhabitants of those cities; but the Canaanites would dwell in that land.
15:63; 16:10; Exodus 23:29-33; Numbers 33:52-56; Judges 1:27,28; Romans 6:12-14
Reciprocal: Joshua 5:1 - Canaanites;  1 Kings 9:21 - not;  Psalm 106:34 - did not

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Joshua 17:12". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/joshua-17.html.