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5 The sons of Reubenv the firstborn of Israel (he was the firstborn, but when he defiled his father’s marriage bed,w his rights as firstborn were given to the sons of Josephx son of Israel;y so he could not be listed in the genealogical record in accordance with his birthright,z 2 and though Judaha was the strongest of his brothers and a rulerb came from him, the rights of the firstbornc belonged to Joseph)—3 the sons of Reubend the firstborn of Israel:
Shemaiah his son, Gog his son,
Reaiah his son, Baal his son,
7 Their relatives by clans,h listed according to their genealogical records:
Jeiel the chief, Zechariah, 8 and Bela son of Azaz, the son of Shema, the son of Joel. They settled in the area from Aroeri to Neboj and Baal Meon.k 9 To the east they occupied the land up to the edge of the desert that extends to the Euphratesl River, because their livestock had increased in Gilead.m
10 During Saul’s reign they waged war against the Hagritesn, who were defeated at their hands; they occupied the dwellings of the Hagrites throughout the entire region east of Gilead.
Michael, Meshullam, Sheba, Jorai, Jakan, Zia and Eber—seven in all.
18 The Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh had 44,760 men ready for military services—able-bodied men who could handle shield and sword, who could use a bow, and who were trained for battle. 19 They waged war against the Hagrites, Jetur,t Naphish and Nodab. 20 They were helpedu in fighting them, and God delivered the Hagrites and all their allies into their hands, because they criedv out to him during the battle. He answered their prayers, because they trustedw in him. 21 They seized the livestock of the Hagrites—fifty thousand camels, two hundred fifty thousand sheep and two thousand donkeys. They also took one hundred thousand people captive, 22 and many others fell slain, because the battlex was God’s. And they occupied the land until the exile.y
24 These were the heads of their families: Epher, Ishi, Eliel, Azriel, Jeremiah, Hodaviah and Jahdiel. They were brave warriors, famous men, and heads of their families. 25 But they were unfaithfulb to the God of their ancestors and prostitutedc themselves to the gods of the peoples of the land, whom God had destroyed before them. 26 So the God of Israel stirred up the spiritd of Pule king of Assyria (that is, Tiglath-Pileserf king of Assyria), who took the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh into exile. He took them to Halah,g Habor, Hara and the river of Gozan, where they are to this day.
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