Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Joshua 17:9

The border went down to the brook of Kanah, southward of the brook (these cities belonged to Ephraim among the cities of Manasseh), and the border of Manasseh was on the north side of the brook and it ended at the sea.
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Ephraim;   Kanah;   Manasseh;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Manasseh, the Tribe of;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Kanah;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Manasseh, tribe of;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Dor;   Kanah;   Kibzaim;   Sharon;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Kanah;   Rivers and Waterways in the Bible;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Joshua;   Kanah;   Manasseh;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Lots;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Kanah, River;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - Kanah;   Manasseh;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Ka'nah;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Conquest of Canaan;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Kanah;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Ephraim;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

Unto the river Kanah - Literally, the river or valley of the reeds, translated by the Vulgate, vallis arundintei. The tribe of Manasseh appears to have been bounded on the north by this torrent or valley, and on the south by the Mediterranean Sea.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on Joshua 17:9". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/joshua-17.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

These cities … - The text is possibly corrupt. The intention seems to be to state that the cities lying south of the river, though within the limits of Manasseh, were in fact made over to Ephraim, and were among the “separate cities” Joshua 16:9. On the contrary, the north bank of the river, both land and towns, belonged to Manasseh exclusively.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on Joshua 17:9". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/joshua-17.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

And the coast descended unto the river Kanah, southward of the river,.... The same mentioned in the account of the coast of Ephraim, Joshua 16:8; which was north of that river, as Manasseh was to the south of it:

these cities of Ephraim are among the cities of Manasseh; that is, the cities before mentioned, Asher, Michmethah, Entappuah, and Tappuah; though they were in the tribe of Manasseh, yet they were inhabited by the Ephraimites:

the coast of Manasseh also was on the north side of the river; of the river Kanah, as well as on the south of it; it had cities there, though possessed by the tribe of Ephraim:

and the outgoings of it were at the sea; the Mediterranean sea.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Joshua 17:9". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/joshua-17.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

And the coast descended unto the river Kanah, southward of the river: these cities of Ephraim [are] among the cities of Manasseh: the coast of Manasseh also [was] on the north side of the river, and the outgoings of it were at the e sea:

(e) That is, toward the main sea.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Joshua 17:9". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/joshua-17.html. 1599-1645.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

the coast descended unto the river Kanah, southward of the river — The line which separated the possessions of the two brothers from each other ran to the south of the stream. Thus the river was in the territory of Manasseh; but the cities which were upon the river, though all were within the limits of Manasseh‘s possessions, were assigned partly to Ephraim, and partly to Manasseh; those on the south side being given to the former; those upon the north to the latter [Keil]. It appears (Joshua 17:10) that Manasseh was still further interlaced with other neighboring tribes.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Joshua 17:9". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/joshua-17.html. 1871-8.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

And the coast descended unto the river Kanah, southward of the river: these cities of Ephraim are among the cities of Manasseh: the coast of Manasseh also was on the north side of the river, and the outgoings of it were at the sea:

Three cities — Tappuah, and the cities upon the coast descending to the river, etc. last mentioned.

Among the cities of Manasseh — That is, are intermixed with their cities, which was not strange nor unfit, these two being linked together by a nearer alliance than the rest.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Joshua 17:9". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/joshua-17.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

Joshua 17:9 And the coast descended unto the river Kanah, southward of the river: these cities of Ephraim [are] among the cities of Manasseh: the coast of Manasseh also [was] on the north side of the river, and the outgoings of it were at the sea:

Ver. 9. See Joshua 17:8; and take heed of unnatural wars and bickerings.

Nullos habitura triumphos.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Joshua 17:9". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/joshua-17.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

These cities of Ephrain; Tappuah, and the cities upon the coast descending to the river, &c., last mentioned. Are among the cities of Manasseh, i.e. are intermixed with their cities, which was not strange nor unfit, these two being linked together by a nearer alliance than the rest.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Joshua 17:9". 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

9.Cities of Ephraim are among the cities of Manasseh — Compare Joshua 16:8, note. “The line which separated the possessions of the two brothers ran to the south of the river Kenath, but the cities which were upon the river were assigned partly to Ephraim and partly to Manasseh; those upon the south being assigned to the former, and those upon the north to the latter.” — Masius. In Joshua 17:10 we find Manasseh interlaced with other border tribes.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on Joshua 17:9". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/joshua-17.html. 1874-1909.

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments

Joshua 17:9. The coast of Manasseh was on the north side — By the coast of Manasseh is meant the cities inhabited by the Manassites; which were all on the north side of this river; as all those on the south side of it, though in the territory allotted to the Manassites: were inhabited by the children of Ephraim.

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Benson, Joseph. "Commentary on Joshua 17:9". Joseph Benson's Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/joshua-17.html. 1857.

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

outgoings = utmost limits. English idiom.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Joshua 17:9". "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

And the coast descended unto the river Kanah, southward of the river: these cities of Ephraim are among the cities of Manasseh: the coast of Manasseh also was on the north side of the river, and the outgoings of it were at the sea:

The coast descended unto the river Kanah, southward of the river. The line which separated the possessions of the two brothers from each other ran to the south of the stream, and thus the river was in the territory of Manasseh; but the cities which were upon the river, though all were within the limits of Manasseh's possessions, were assigned partly to Ephraim and portly to Manasseh-those on the south side being given to the former; these upon the north to the latter (Keil). It appears (Joshua 17:10) that Manasseh was still further interlaced with other neighbouring tribes.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Joshua 17:9". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/joshua-17.html. 1871-8.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And the coast descended unto the river Kanah, southward of the river: these cities of Ephraim are among the cities of Manasseh: the coast of Manasseh also was on the north side of the river, and the outgoings of it were at the sea:
river Kanah
or, brook of reeds. The brook Kanah seem to be what is now called Nahr el Kasab, which falls into the Mediterranean a few miles south of Cæsarea of Palestine, mentioned by the Hon. C. L. Irby, and J. Mangles.
16:8
these cities
16:9
the out-goings
16:3,8; 19:29
the sea
The Mediterranean.
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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Joshua 17:9". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/joshua-17.html.