The number of men from each tribe who were at least twenty years old and strong enough to fight in Israel’s army was as follows: 46,500 from Reuben, the oldest son of Jacob, 59,300 from Simeon, 45,650 from Gad, 74,600 from Judah, 54,400 from Issachar, 57,400 from Zebulun, 40,500 from Ephraim, 32,200 from Manasseh, 35,400 from Benjamin, 62,700 from Dan, 41,500 from Asher, 53,400 from Naphtali. The total number of men registered by Moses, Aaron, and the twelve leaders was 603,550.
The men twenty years old or older who were fit for military service were registered by name according to clan and family, beginning with the tribe of Reuben, Jacob's oldest son. The totals were as follows: Tribe Number Reuben 46,500 Simeon 59,300 Gad 45,650 Judah 74,600 Issachar 54,400 Zebulun 57,400 Ephraim 40,500 Manasseh 32,200 Benjamin 35,400 Dan 62,700 Asher 41,500 Naphtali 53,400 Total: 603,550
Here is the final tabulation: Tribe Total Reuben (the oldest son of Jacob) 46,500 Simeon 59,300 Gad 45,650 Judah 74,600 Issachar 54,400 Zebulun 57,400 Joseph: Ephraim (son of Joseph) 40,500 Joseph: Manasseh (son of Joseph) 32,200 Benjamin 35,400 Dan 62,700 Asher 41,500 Naphtali 53,400 Grand Total: 603,550
The line of Reuben, Israel’s firstborn: The men were counted off head by head, every male twenty years and older who was able to fight in the army, registered by tribes according to their ancestral families. The tribe of Reuben numbered 46,500.
This is the tally of the twelve clans by extended family, identifying those for battle (20 years old and older): from Reuben’s tribe (Reuben was the firstborn of Jacob, whom God renamed “Israel”)—46,500;
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