5 And the sons of Reuben, Israel’s eldest son (for he was the eldest, but at his profaning his father’s couch the status of eldest was given to the sons of Israel’s son Joseph, but the genealogy is not to follow the status. 2 For Judah rose to preeminence among his brothers, and a warden out of him; but the status of eldest belongs to Joseph)— 3 the sons of Reuben, Israel’s eldest son, were Hanoc and Pallu, Hesron and Carmi. 4 Joel’s sons were Shemaʽiah his son, Gog his son, Shimei his son, 5 Micah his son, Reajah his son, Baʽal his son, 6 Beerah his son, whom King Tiglath-Pilneser of Assyria deported; he was a prince of the Reubenites. 7 And his brothers by clans, in genealogy line by line, were Jeʽiel the chief and Zecariah 8 and Belaʽ the son of ʽAzaz the son of Shemaʽ the son of Joel—he lived at ʽAroʽer and up to Nebo and Baal-Meʽon, 9 and on the east he lived up into the wilderness in the direction of the river Euphrates, because their livestock had grown numerous in Gilead. 10 And in Saul’s days they made war with the Hagarites, and they fell by their hands, and they lived in their tents all along the east frontier of Gilead. 11 And the sons of Gad lived next them in the Bashan country up to Salcah: 12 Joel the chief, and Shapham the second, and Jaʽnai and Shaphat, in the Bashan; 13 and their brothers by their families, Micael and Meshullam and Shebaʽ and Jorai and Jaʽcan and Ziaʽ and ʽEber—seven. 14 These were the sons of Abihail the son of Huri the son of Jaroah the son of Gilead the son of Micael the son of Jeshishai the son of Jahdo the son of Buz. 15 Ahi the son of ʽAbdiel the son of Guni was chief for their families. 16 And they lived in Gilead, in the Bashan and its dependencies, and on all the downs of Sharon to the extremities of them. 17 All of them had their census taken in the time of King Jotham of Judah and of King Jeroboam of Israel: 18 of the sons of Reuben and Gadites and the half of the tribe of Manasseh, of stalwart men, men to bear shield and sword and to bend bows, and trained in fighting, there were forty-four thousand seven hundred and sixty militia. 19 And they made war with the Hagarites and Jetur and Naphish and Nodab, 20 and were helped against them, and the Hagarites and all who were with them were given into their hands, because they cried to God in the war and he let himself be invoked because they had confidence in him. 21 And they captured their livestock, fifty thousand of their camels and two hundred and fifty thousand sheep and goats and two hundred thousand donkeys, and a hundred thousand living human beings— 22 for many had fallen in the fighting, because the war was from God. And they lived in their place till the deportation. 23 And the sons of the half of the tribe of Manasseh lived in the country from Bashan to Baal-Hermon and Senir and Mount Hermon; they were numerous. 24 * And these were the heads of their families: ʽEpher and Ishei and Eliel and ʽAzriel and Jeremiah and Hodaviah and Jahdiel, solid men, men of reputation, heads of their families. 25 But they were unfaithful to their fathers’ God and prostituted themselves to go after the gods of the peoples of the country, whom God had rooted out before them; 26 and Israel’s God excited the spirit of King Pul of Assyria and of King Tiglath-Pilneser of Assyria, and he deported them, the Reubenites and the Gadites and the half of the tribe of Manasseh, and brought them to Halah and Habor and Hara and the river of Gozan, where they are to this day.
^ 5:24 Or stalwart men