Now the tribe of Ephraim fought against him, because he did not
take them along with him in his expedition against the Ammonites, but because
he alone had the prey, and the glory of what was done to himself. As to
which he said, first, that they were not ignorant how his kindred had fought
against him, and that when they were invited, they did not come to his
assistance, whereas they ought to have come quickly, even before they were
invited. And in the next place, that they were going to act unjustly; for
while they had not courage enough to fight their enemies, they came hastily
against their own kindred: and he threatened them that, with God's assistance,
he would inflict a punishment upon them, unless they would grow wiser.
But when he could not persuade them, he fought with them with those forces
which he sent for out of Gilead, and he made a great slaughter among them;
and when they were beaten, he pursued them, and seized on the passages
of Jordan by a part of his army which he had sent before, and slew about
forty-two thousand of them.