1The sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel; indeed, 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, so he is not enrolled in genealogy as the firstborn.
2Nevertheless, Judah prevailed above his brothers, and from him came a prince; but the birthright was Joseph’s.
3The sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel: Hanoch and Pallu, Hezron and Carmi.
4The sons of Joel: Shemaiah his son, Gog his son, Shimei his son,
5Micah his son, Reaiah his son, Baal his son,
6Beerah his son whom Tilgath-pilneser king of Assyria carried away captive; he was leader of the Reubenites.
7His brothers by their families, when the genealogy of their generations was reckoned: the chief, Jeiel, and Zechariah,
8and Bela the son of Azaz, the son of Shema, the son of Joel, who lived in Aroer as far as Nebo and Baal-meon,
9and they settled to the east as far as the entrance of the wilderness this side of the Euphrates River because their livestock had multiplied in the land of Gilead.
10In the days of Saul, they made war with the Hagrites, who fell by their hand, and they lived in their tents throughout all the land east of Gilead.
11The sons of Gad lived next to them in the land of Bashan as far as Salecah:
12Joel the chief, and Shapham the second, and Janai, and Shaphat in Bashan.
13Their brothers of their fathers’ houses: Michael, and Meshullam, and Sheba, and Jorai, and Jacan, and Zia, and Eber, seven.
14These 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.
15Ahi the son of Abdiel, the son of Guni, was chief of their fathers’ houses.
16They lived in Gilead in Bashan and in its towns and in all the pasturelands of the plain as far as their limits.
17All these were reckoned by genealogies in the days of Jotham king of Judah and in the days of Jeroboam king of Israel.
18The sons of Reuben and the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh, valiant ones, men able to carry shield and sword and to shoot with a bow and skillful in war, were 44,760 that were able to go out to war.
19They made war with the Hagrites and Jetur and Naphish and Nodab.
20They were helped against them, and the Hagrites and all who were with them were given into their hand, for they cried out to God in the battle and he responded to them because they put their trust in him.
21They took away their livestock: of their camels 50,000, and of sheep 250,000, and of donkeys 2,000; also, of their men 100,000.
22For many fell slain because the war was of God. And they lived there instead of them until the exile.
23The children of the half-tribe of Manasseh lived in the land; they increased from Bashan to Baal-hermon and Senir and Mount Hermon.
24These were the heads of their fathers’ houses: Epher, and Ishi, and Eliel, and Azriel, and Jeremiah, and Hodaviah, and Jahdiel, mighty men of valor, famous men, heads of their fathers’ houses.
25But they were unfaithful to the God of their fathers and prostituted themselves by going after the gods of the peoples of the land whom God had destroyed before them.
26The God of Israel stirred up the spirit of Pul king of Assyria (that is, the spirit of Tilgath-pilneser king of Assyria) and he exiled them; the Reubenites and the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh, and brought them to Halah and Habor and Hara and to the river of Gozan to this day.