Descendants of Reuben

1 These are the sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel (for he was the firstborn, but because he defiled his father’s bed his birthright was given to the sons of Joseph the son of Israel, and the genealogy is not to be listed according to birthright. 2 For though Judah prevailed above his brothers, and from him came the ruler, the birthright was Joseph’s).

3 The sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel: Hanoch, Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi.

4 The sons of Joel: Shemaiah his son, Gog his son, Shimei his son, 5 Micah his son, Reaiah his son, Baal his son, 6 and Beerah his son, whom Tilgath Pilneser king of Assyria took captive.

Beerah was a leader of the Reubenites. 7 His brothers by their families, when the genealogy of their generations was listed: the chief, Jeiel, and Zechariah, 8 and Bela the son of Azaz, the son of Shema, the son of Joel, who lived in Aroer, to Nebo and Baal Meon, 9 and he lived eastward to the entrance of the wilderness from the river Euphrates because their livestock were multiplied in the land of Gilead.

10 In the days of Saul, they waged war with the Hagrites, who fell by their hand, and they lived in their tents throughout all the land east of Gilead.

Descendants of Gad

11 The descendants of Gad lived beside the Reubenites, in the land of Bashan to Salecah:

12 Joel the chief, Shapham the second, Janai, and Shaphat in Bashan.

13 Their relatives, by family: Michael, Meshullam, Sheba, Jorai, Jacan, Zia, and Eber. There were seven.

14 These were the sons of Abihail:

The son of Huri, the son of Jaroah, the son of Gilead, the son of Michael, the son of Jeshishai, the son of Jahdo, the son of Buz, 15 Ahi the son of Abdiel, the son of Guni, chief of their fathers’ houses.

16 They lived in Gilead in Bashan, and in its towns, and in all the pasture lands of Sharon, as far as their borders. 17 All these were listed by genealogies in the days of Jotham king of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam king of Israel.

Victory over the Hagarites

18 The descendants of Reuben, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh, of valiant men, men able to bear buckler and sword, and to shoot with bow, and skillful in war, were 44,760 that were able to go out to war. 19 They waged war with the Hagrites, with Jetur, and Naphish, and Nodab.

20 They were helped against them, and the Hagrites were delivered into their hand, and all who were with them, for they cried to God in battle, and he answered them because they put their trust in him. 21 They took their livestock; 50,000 of their camels, 250,000 of their sheep, and 2,000 of their donkeys; and of their men, 100,000. 22 For many fell slain because the battle belonged to God. They lived in their place until the captivity.

The Half-Tribe of Manasseh

23 The descendants of the half-tribe of Manasseh lived in the land. They increased from Bashan to Baal Hermon, Senir, and Mount Hermon. 24 These were the heads of their fathers’ houses: Epher, Ishi, Eliel, Azriel, Jeremiah, Hodaviah, and Jahdiel, mighty men of valor, famous men, heads of their fathers’ houses.

25 They trespassed against the God of their fathers and played the prostitute after the gods of the peoples of the land, whom God destroyed before them. 26 So the God of Israel stirred up the spirit of Pul king of Assyria, and the spirit of Tilgath Pilneser king of Assyria, and he carried them away, the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh, and brought them to Halah, Habor, Hara, and to the river of Gozan, to this day.

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