Now these are the names of the children of Israel, which came into Egypt; every man and his household came with Jacob.
These are the heads of their fathers' families: The sons of Reuben, the firstborn of Israel: Hanoch and Pallu, Hezron and Carmi. These are the clans of Reuben.
The sons of Simeon: Jemuel, Jamin, Ohad, Jachin, Zohar, and Shaul, the son of a Canaanite woman. These are the clans of Simeon.
These are the names of the sons of Levi according to their genealogy: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari. Levi lived 137 years.
When the LORD saw that Leah was unloved, He opened her womb; but Rachel was barren.
Leah conceived, gave birth to a son, and named him Reuben, for she said, "The LORD has seen my affliction; surely my husband will love me now."
She conceived again, gave birth to a son, and said, "The LORD heard that I am unloved and has given me this [son] also." So she named him Simeon.
She conceived again, gave birth to a son, and said, "At last, my husband will become attached to me because I have borne him three sons." Therefore he was named Levi.
And she conceived again, gave birth to a son, and said, "This time I will praise the LORD." Therefore she named him Judah. Then Leah stopped having children.
When Rachel saw that she was not bearing Jacob [any children], she envied her sister. "Give me sons, or I will die!" she said to Jacob.
Jacob became angry with Rachel and said, "Am I in God's place, who has withheld children from you?"
Then she said, "Here is my slave Bilhah. Go sleep with her, and she'll bear [children] for me so that through her I too can build [a family]."
So Rachel gave her slave Bilhah to Jacob as a wife, and he slept with her.
Bilhah conceived and bore Jacob a son.
Rachel said, "God has vindicated me; yes, He has heard me and given me a son," and she named him Dan.
Rachel's slave Bilhah conceived again and bore Jacob a second son.
Rachel said, "In [my] wrestlings with God, I have wrestled with my sister and won," and she named him Naphtali.
When Leah saw that she had stopped having children, she took her slave Zilpah and gave her to Jacob as a wife.
Leah's slave Zilpah bore Jacob a son.
Then Leah said, "What good fortune!" and she named him Gad.
When Leah's slave Zilpah bore Jacob a second son,
Leah said, "I am happy that the women call me happy," so she named him Asher.
Reuben went out during the wheat harvest and found some mandrakes in the field. When he brought them to his mother Leah, Rachel asked, "Please give me some of your son's mandrakes."
But Leah replied to her, "Isn't it enough that you have taken my husband? Now you also want to take my son's mandrakes?" "Well," Rachel said, "you can sleep with him tonight in exchange for your son's mandrakes."
When Jacob came in from the field that evening, Leah went out to meet him and said, "You must come with me, for I have hired you with my son's mandrakes." So Jacob slept with her that night.
God listened to Leah, and she conceived and bore Jacob a fifth son.
Leah said, "God has rewarded me for giving my slave to my husband," and she named him Issachar.
Then Leah conceived again and bore Jacob a sixth son.
"God has given me a good gift," Leah said. "This time my husband will honor me because I have borne him six sons," and she named him Zebulun.
Later, Leah bore a daughter and named her Dinah.
With her last breath-- for she was dying-- she named him Ben-oni, but his father called him Benjamin.
Leah's sons were Reuben (Jacob's firstborn), Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun.
Rachel's sons were Joseph and Benjamin.
The sons of Rachel's slave Bilhah were Dan and Naphtali.
The sons of Leah's slave Zilpah were Gad and Asher. These are the sons of Jacob, who were born to him in Paddan-aram.
These are the names of the Israelites, Jacob and his descendants, who went to Egypt: Jacob's firstborn: Reuben.
Reuben's sons: Hanoch, Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi.
Simeon's sons: Jemuel, Jamin, Ohad, Jachin, Zohar, and Shaul, the son of a Canaanite woman.
Levi's sons: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.
Judah's sons: Er, Onan, Shelah, Perez, and Zerah; but Er and Onan died in the land of Canaan. Perez's sons: Hezron and Hamul.
Issachar's sons: Tola, Puvah, Jashub, and Shimron.
Zebulun's sons: Sered, Elon, and Jahleel.
These were Leah's sons born to Jacob in Paddan-aram, as well as his daughter Dinah. The total number of persons: 33.
Gad's sons: Ziphion, Haggi, Shuni, Ezbon, Eri, Arodi, and Areli.
Asher's sons: Imnah, Ishvah, Ishvi, Beriah, and their sister Serah. Beriah's sons were Heber and Malchiel.
These were the sons of Zilpah-- whom Laban gave to his daughter Leah-- that she bore to Jacob: 16 persons.
The sons of Jacob's wife Rachel: Joseph and Benjamin.
Manasseh and Ephraim were born to Joseph in the land of Egypt. They were born to him by Asenath daughter of Potiphera, a priest at On.
Benjamin's sons: Bela, Becher, Ashbel, Gera, Naaman, Ehi, Rosh, Muppim, Huppim, and Ard.
These were Rachel's sons who were born to Jacob: 14 persons.
Naphtali's sons: Jahzeel, Guni, Jezer, and Shillem.
These were the sons of Bilhah, whom Laban gave to his daughter Rachel. She bore to Jacob: seven persons.
The total number of persons belonging to Jacob-- his direct descendants, not including the wives of Jacob's sons-- who came to Egypt: 66.
Reuben, you are my firstborn, my strength and the firstfruits of my virility, excelling in prominence, excelling in power.
Turbulent as water, you will no longer excel, because you got into your father's bed and you defiled it-- he got into my bed.
Simeon and Levi are brothers; their knives are vicious weapons.
May I never enter their council; may I never join their assembly. For in their anger they kill men, and on a whim they hamstring oxen.
Their anger is cursed, for it is strong, and their fury, for it is cruel! I will disperse them throughout Jacob and scatter them throughout Israel.
Judah, your brothers will praise you. Your hand will be on the necks of your enemies; your father's sons will bow down to you.
Judah is a young lion-- my son, you return from the kill-- he crouches; he lies down like a lion and like a lioness-- who wants to rouse him?
The scepter will not depart from Judah, or the staff from between his feet, until He whose right it is comes and the obedience of the peoples belongs to Him.
He ties his donkey to a vine, and the colt of his donkey to the choice vine. He washes his clothes in wine, and his robes in the blood of grapes.
His eyes are darker than wine, and his teeth are whiter than milk.
Zebulun will live by the seashore and will be a harbor for ships, and his territory will be next to Sidon.
Issachar is a strong donkey lying down between the saddlebags.
He saw that his resting place was good and that the land was pleasant, so he leaned his shoulder to bear a load and became a forced laborer.
Dan will judge his people as one of the tribes of Israel.
He will be a snake by the road, a viper beside the path, that bites the horses' heels so that its rider falls backwards.
I wait for Your salvation, LORD.
Gad will be attacked by [marauding] bands, but he will attack their heels.
Asher's food will be rich, and he will produce royal delicacies.
Naphtali is a doe set free that bears beautiful fawns.
Joseph is a fruitful vine, a fruitful vine beside a spring; its branches climb over the wall.
The archers attacked him, shot at him, and were hostile toward him.
Yet his bow remained steady, and his strong arms were made agile by the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob, by the name of the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel,
by the God of your father who helps you, and by the Almighty who blesses you with blessings of the heavens above, blessings of the deep that lies below, and blessings of the breasts and the womb.
The blessings of your father excel the blessings of my ancestors and the bounty of the eternal hills. May they rest on the head of Joseph, on the crown of the prince of his brothers.
Benjamin is a wolf; he tears [his prey.] In the morning he devours the prey, and in the evening he divides the plunder."
These were Israel's sons: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun,
Dan, Joseph, Benjamin, Naphtali, Gad, and Asher.
The numbers of the armed troops who came to David at Hebron to turn Saul's kingdom over to him, according to the LORD's word, were as follows:
From the Judahites: 6,800 armed troops bearing shields and spears.
From the Simeonites: 7,100 brave warriors ready for war.
From the Levites: 4,600
in addition to Jehoiada, leader of the house of Aaron, with 3,700 men;
and Zadok, a young brave warrior, with 22 commanders from his own ancestral house.
From the Benjaminites, the relatives of Saul: 3,000 (up to that time the majority of the Benjaminites maintained their allegiance to the house of Saul).
From the Ephraimites: 20,800 brave warriors who were famous men in their ancestral houses.
From half the tribe of Manasseh: 18,000 designated by name to come and make David king.
From the Issacharites, who understood the times and knew what Israel should do: 200 chiefs with all their relatives under their command.
From Zebulun: 50,000 who could serve in the army, trained for battle with all kinds of weapons of war, with singleness of purpose to help David.
From Naphtali: 1,000 commanders accompanied by 37,000 men with shield and spear.
From the Danites: 28,600 trained for battle.
From Asher: 40,000 who could serve in the army, trained for battle.
From across the Jordan-- from the Reubenites, Gadites, and half the tribe of Manasseh: 120,000 men equipped with all the military weapons of war.
All these warriors, lined up in battle formation, came to Hebron with wholehearted determination to make David king over all Israel. All the rest of Israel was also of one mind to make David king.
They were there with David for three days, eating and drinking, for their relatives had provided for them.
In addition, their neighbors from as far away as Issachar, Zebulun, and Naphtali came bringing food on donkeys, camels, mules, and oxen-- abundant provisions of flour, fig cakes, raisins, wine and oil, oxen, and sheep. Indeed, there was joy in Israel.
[The following were] in charge of the tribes of Israel: For the Reubenites, Eliezer son of Zichri was the chief official; for the Simeonites, Shephatiah son of Maacah;
for the Levites, Hashabiah son of Kemuel; for Aaron, Zadok;
for Judah, Elihu, one of David's brothers; for Issachar, Omri son of Michael;
for Zebulun, Ishmaiah son of Obadiah; for Naphtali, Jerimoth son of Azriel;
for the Ephraimites, Hoshea son of Azaziah; for half the tribe of Manasseh, Joel son of Pedaiah;
for half the tribe of Manasseh in Gilead, Iddo son of Zechariah; for Benjamin, Jaasiel son of Abner;
for Dan, Azarel son of Jeroham. Those were the leaders of the tribes of Israel.
And I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel:
12,000 sealed from the tribe of Judah, 12,000 from the tribe of Reuben, 12,000 from the tribe of Gad,
12,000 from the tribe of Asher, 12,000 from the tribe of Naphtali, 12,000 from the tribe of Manasseh,
12,000 from the tribe of Simeon, 12,000 from the tribe of Levi, 12,000 from the tribe of Issachar,
12,000 from the tribe of Zebulun, 12,000 from the tribe of Joseph, 12,000 sealed from the tribe of Benjamin.