All these were the children of Asher, heads of their father's house, choice and mighty men of valour, chief of the princes. And the number throughout the genealogy of them that were apt to the war and to battle was twenty and six thousand men.
Each of these descendants of Asher was the head of an ancestral clan. They were all select men—mighty warriors and outstanding leaders. The total number of men available for military service was 26,000, as listed in their genealogical records.
All these were the children of Asher, heads of their
Principal men in their tribe, and respective families:
choice and mighty men of valour;
these were some selected from others, being eminent for their
courage and valour:
chief of the princes;
or chief princes; the Vulgate Latin version is, dukes of dukes,
they were heads of their fathers' families:
[and] the number throughout the genealogy that were apt to
war, and to battle, [was] twenty and six thousand [men];
that is, in the days of David, ( 1 Chronicles
7:4 ) , this was the number, not of their chief men, nor of
all the people in the tribe, but of their militia.