1. Descendants of Reuben, firstborn of Israel. He was indeed the firstborn but, when he had relations with his father's concubine, his birthright was given to the sons of Joseph son of Israel. The group of Joseph, however did not keep this firstborn right

2. because Judah proved more powerful than his brothers (and from him proceeds the Ruler), but the firstborn right belongs to the tribes of Joseph.

3. Sons of Reuben, firstborn of Israel; Hanoch, Pallu, Hezron, Carmi.

4. Sons of Joel: Shemaiah his son, Gog his son, Shimei his son,

5. Micah his son, Reaiah his son, Baal his son,

6. Beerah his son, whom Tiglath-pileser king of Assyria carried off into exile. He was a prince of the Reubenites.

7. His kinsmen, by clans, grouped according to their kinship: Jeiel, the chief, Zechariah,

8. Bela son of Azaz, son of Shema, son of Joel. These lived in Aroer as far as Nebo and Baal-Mehon.

9. These extended to the east toward the River Euphrates, reaching the desert, because their flocks had multiplied in the land of Galaad.

10. In the days of Saul they waged war against the Agarites who were defeated, and they occupied their homes east of Galaad.

11. The sons of Gad lived opposite them, in the land of Bashan, as far as Salcah.

12. First, Joel, and then Shaphan, Yani and Basat in Basan.

13. The other families of the tribe were those of Michael, Mesullam, Sheba, Joral, Jacan, Zia, and Eber.

14. These are the descendants of Abihail, whose ancestors were traced back as follows: Abihail, Huri, Jaroah, Gilead, Michael, Jeshishai, Jahdo, Buz.

15. Ahi son of Abdiel, and grandson of Guni, was head of these clans.

16. They had settled in the territory of Gilead and Bashan, in the towns there and all over the pasture lands of Sharon.

17. (All were listed in the family records in the days of king Jotham of Judah and King Jeroboam of Israel).

18. The people of Reuben, Gad, and half tribe of Manasseh, were 44,760 valiant men, well-trained in the use of shields, swords, and bows.

19. They waged war against the Hagrite tribes of Jetur, Naphish, and Nodab, and as they put their trust in God and called on him for help,

20. they were victorious over the Hagrites and all their allies.

21. They took with them from the Hagrites' livestock, 50,000 camels, 25,000 sheep, and 2,000 donkeys.

22. They took 100,000 prisoners of war, but many of the enemy had been killed for it was God's war. And they settled in what had been Hagrite territory until the exile.

23. The half tribe of Manasseh settled in the land between Bashan and Baal-hermon, Senir and Mount Hermon, and they were very numerous.

24. These are the heads of their clans: Epher, Ishi, Eliel, Azriel, Jeremiah, Hodaviah, and Jahdiel. These were famous warriors and leaders of their clans.

25. But they were unfaithful to the God of their ancestors and worshiped the gods of the peoples whom God had driven out of the land.

26. So the God of Israel brought against them the anger of Pul, king of Assyria, and of Tiglath-pileser, king of Assyria, who deported the tribes of Reuben, Gad and the half tribe of Manasseh. They were taken off to Halah near Habor and the river Gozan. They are still there today.

27. Sons of Levi: Gershom, Kohath and Merari.

28. Sons of Kohat: Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel.

29. Sons of Amram: Aaron, Moses and Mary. Sons of Aaron: Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar.

30. The descendants of Eleazar from one generation to the next are as follows: Phinehas, Abishua, Bukki, Uzzi,

31. Zerahiah, Meraioth,

32. Amariah, Ahitub,

33. Zadok, Ahimaaz,

34. Azariah, Johanan,

35. Azariah (the one who served as priest in the Temple that Solomon built in Jerusalem),

36. Amariah, Ahitub,

37. Zadok, Shallum,

38. Hilkiah, Azariah,

39. Seraiah, Jehozadak.

40. Jehozadak was deported when Yahweh, through King Nebuchadnezzar, sent into exile the people of Judah and Jerusalem.



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