The men of the tribe of Manasseh complain about the size of their allotment of land. Their people were too numerous and there was not enough room for all of them to spread out. Joshua’s response is to point them to the forested area in their midst which had not yet been subdued. Joshua also reminds them of God’s command not to be afraid when outnumbered, but to courageously take what was theirs.
When you go out to battle against your enemies and see horses and chariots and people more numerous than you, do not be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, who brought you up from the land of Egypt, is with you.
This was based on God’s power and faithfulness which had already been proven by Israel’s deliverance from Egypt (John MacArthur Study Bible).
They already had what they needed but…
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