The sons of Reuben1 the firstborn of Israel (he was the firstborn, but when he defiled his father's marriage bed,2 his rights as firstborn were given to the sons of Joseph3 son of Israel;4 so he could not be listed in the genealogical record in accordance with his birthright,5
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and though Judah6 was the strongest of his brothers and a ruler7 came from him, the rights of the firstborn8 belonged to Joseph)--
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the sons of Reuben9 the firstborn of Israel: Hanoch, Pallu,10 Hezron11 and Carmi.
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The descendants of Joel: Shemaiah his son, Gog his son, Shimei his son,
Micah his son, Reaiah his son, Baal his son,
and Beerah his son, whom Tiglath-Pileser12 king of Assyria took into exile. Beerah was a leader of the Reubenites.
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Their relatives by clans,13 listed according to their genealogical records: Jeiel the chief, Zechariah,
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and Bela son of Azaz, the son of Shema, the son of Joel. They settled in the area from Aroer14 to Nebo15 and Baal Meon.16
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To the east they occupied the land up to the edge of the desert that extends to the Euphrates17 River, because their livestock had increased in Gilead.18
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During Saul's reign they waged war against the Hagrites19, who were defeated at their hands; they occupied the dwellings of the Hagrites throughout the entire region east of Gilead.
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