And with them, by their generations, after the house of their
fathers, were bands of soldiers for war
Companies of men of military courage and skill, who could and did go out to war upon occasion: six and thirty thousand [men];
besides the 22,600 Tolaites, ( 1 Chronicles 7:2 ) , for they had many wives and sons;
having many wives, they had many sons; polygamy was the cause of their large numbers; and that they gave into for the sake of the multiplication of Abraham's seed, according to the divine promise.