“were for the children of Machir the son of Manasseh.” The clan of Machir, the son of Manasseh, inherited the towns in the southern part of the inheritance of the half-tribe of Manasseh. Machir was the eldest of Manasseh’s two sons (Gen 50:23. Cf. Num 32:39-40, Deu 3:15; Josh. 17:1, 3).
“even for the half of the children of Machir.” Some of the descendants of Machir lived on the west side of the Jordan.