Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Joshua 17:2

So the lot was made for the rest of the sons of Manasseh according to their families: for the sons of Abiezer and for the sons of Helek and for the sons of Asriel and for the sons of Shechem and for the sons of Hepher and for the sons of Shemida; these were the male descendants of Manasseh the son of Joseph according to their families.
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Abiezer;   Asriel;   Helek;   Hepher;   Shechem;   Shemida;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Children;   Manasseh, the Tribe of;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Abiezer;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Manasseh, tribe of;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Abieezer;   Gideon;   Helek;   Shechem;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Abiezer;   Asriel;   Helek;   Jeezer;   Ophrah;   Shechem (2);   Shemida;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Abiezer;   Asriel;   Half Tribe;   Helek;   Hepher;   Iezer;   Jeezer;   Shemida(h);   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Asriel;   Helek;   Hepher;   Joshua;   Mahlah;   Manasseh;   Ophrah;   Shechem;   Shemida;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Abiezer ;   Asriel, Asrielites ;   Helek, Helekites ;   Hepher ;   Jeezer, Jeezerites ;   Shechem ;   Shemida, Shemidah, Shemidaites ;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Abiezer;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Abi-E'zer;   As'riel,;   She'chemites, the,;   Shemi'da;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Conquest of Canaan;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Abiezer;   Asriel;   Helek;   Hepher;   Iezer;   Jeezer;   Shechemites;   Shemida;   Son;   Kitto Biblical Cyclopedia - Abiezer;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Asriel;   Hepher;   Shechem;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

The rest of the children of Manasseh - That is, his grandchildren; for it is contended that Manasseh had no other son than Machir; and these were very probably the children of Gilead, the son of Machir.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Joshua 17:2". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/joshua-17.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

For the rest … - i. e. for those who were not settled on the east of Jordan.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Joshua 17:2". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/joshua-17.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

There was also a lot for the rest of the children of Manasseh by their families,.... For such that had no part in Gilead and Bashan on the other side Jordan, even for the other half tribe, whose families are particularly mentioned, as follows:

for the children of Abiezer; who is called Jeezer in Numbers 26:30; and was a son of Gilead, the son of Machir, as the rest that follow were:

and for the children of Helek, and for the children of Asriel, and for the children of Shechem, and for the children of Hepher, and for the children of Shemida; hence the families of the Jeezerites, Helekites, Asrielites, Shechemites, Hepherites, and Shemidaites, mentioned in Numbers 26:30; and for which families was the lot here spoken of:

these were the male children of Manasseh the son of Joseph by their families; which is observed for the sake of, and to lead unto what follows, otherwise in common none but males inherited; but the following is an excepted and remarkable case.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Joshua 17:2". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/joshua-17.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

There was also [a lot] for the a rest of the children of Manasseh by their families; for the children of Abiezer, and for the children of Helek, and for the children of Asriel, and for the children of Shechem, and for the children of Hepher, and for the children of Shemida: these [were] the male children of Manasseh the son of Joseph by their families.

(a) For the other half tribe had their portion beyond Jordan.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Joshua 17:2". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/joshua-17.html. 1599-1645.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

There was also a lot for the rest of the children of Manasseh by their families; for the children of Abiezer, and for the children of Helek, and for the children of Asriel, and for the children of Shechem, and for the children of Hepher, and for the children of Shemida: these were the male children of Manasseh the son of Joseph by their families.

A Lot — A distinct inheritance.

The rest — Namely, those of them which had not received their possessions beyond Jordan.

Male-children — This expression is used to bring in what follows, concerning his female children.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Joshua 17:2". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/joshua-17.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Joshua 17:2 There was also [a lot] for the rest of the children of Manasseh by their families; for the children of Abiezer, and for the children of Helek, and for the children of Asriel, and for the children of Shechem, and for the children of Hepher, and for the children of Shemida: these [were] the male children of Manasseh the son of Joseph by their families.

Ver. 2. For the rest of the children of Manasseh.] That is, for his grand-children by Gilead, [Numbers 26:29] who were yet unprovided of a portion, and were to receive it beyond Jordan in the land of Canaan.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Joshua 17:2". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/joshua-17.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

A lot, or, a portion, or distinct inheritance.

The rest of the children of Manasseh, to wit, those of them which had not received their possessions beyond Jordan, Numbers 26:29, &c.

These were the male children: this expression is used to bring in what follows, concerning his female children.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Joshua 17:2". 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

2.The rest of the children of Manasseh — That is, as the next two verses explain, the descendants of the five sons named, and also of the five daughters of Hepher, whose son Zelophehad had no male children. The western lot was thus divided into ten portions, (Joshua 17:5,) because there were claimants through five males and five females, the latter being descendants of Hepher. The claim of the latter had been at one time a matter of doubt, as the question of woman’s rights has been a matter of dispute in all countries. But Moses had very wisely carried the question to the Lord for his decision, who recognized their rights as inheritors. Numbers 27:6-7.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Joshua 17:2". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/joshua-17.html. 1874-1909.

Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible

And this lot was for the remainder of the children of Manasseh according to their families; for the children of Abiezer, and for the children of Helek, and for the children of Asriel, and for the children of Shechem, and for the children of Hepher, and for the children of Shemida. These were the male children of Manasseh, the son of Joseph, according to their families.’

These were in fact depicted as Manasseh’s great-grandchildren in Numbers 26:9-32, and as children of Gilead (see Joshua 17:3 below). Family terminology was applied loosely. ‘Son of’ can simply mean ‘descendant of’ or ‘tribally connected with’. A man ‘bore’ tribes as well as children (Compare Genesis 10:15-18). They then all became his ‘children’. Thus these were tribes connected with the name of Manasseh and connected with his descendants. There is an interesting midway between direct family inheritance and tribal inheritance reminiscent of early days.

It may be that Manasseh had a direct descendant named Shechem, or this may indicate Manasseh as taking Shechem under their umbrella and incorporating them into their tribe at a date prior to the conquest, through messengers sent to make early contact with their brother tribe who were not seen as Canaanites. Either is feasible. There was also a town in Canaan called Hepher whose king was slain by Joshua (Joshua 12:17). But duplication of names was quite common without it necessarily having any significance.

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Pett, Peter. "Commentary on Joshua 17:2". "Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible ". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pet/joshua-17.html. 2013.

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments

Joshua 17:2. A lot — A distinct inheritance. The rest — Namely, those of them which had not received their possessions beyond Jordan. Male children —

This expression is used to bring in what follows, concerning his female children.

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Benson, Joseph. "Commentary on Joshua 17:2". Joseph Benson's Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/joshua-17.html. 1857.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Children here comprises grandchildren, &c. These who are specified sprang from Galaad or from Jair, as they all dwelt on the east side of the Jordan, 1 Paralipomenon v. 23., and vii. 14. (Calmet)

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on Joshua 17:2". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/joshua-17.html. 1859.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

children = sons.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Joshua 17:2". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/joshua-17.html. 1909-1922.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

There was also a lot for the rest of the children of Manasseh by their families; for the children of Abiezer, and for the children of Helek, and for the children of Asriel, and for the children of Shechem, and for the children of Hepher, and for the children of Shemida: these were the male children of Manasseh the son of Joseph by their families.
the rest
Numbers 26:29-32
the children
Judges 6:11; 8:2; 1 Chronicles 7:18
Abiezer
Numbers 26:30
Jeezer
children of Asriel.
Numbers 26:31
children of Hepher
Numbers 26:32
Reciprocal: Numbers 36:1 - Gilead;  Joshua 17:5 - ten portions;  Judges 6:34 - Abiezer;  1 Kings 4:10 - Hepher

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Joshua 17:2". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/joshua-17.html.