Numbers 1:21

Overview - Numbers 1
God commands Moses to number the people.
The princes of the tribes.
17 The number of every tribe.
47 The Levites are exempted for the service of the Lord.
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Numbers 1:21  (King James Version)
Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Reuben, were forty and six thousand and five hundred.

That a comparative view may be easily taken of the state of the tribes, we will here produce them, compared with that of the second census, (ch. 26,) in their decreasing proportion, beginning with the greatest and proceeding to the least.
Thus we find Judah the most populous tribe, and Manasseh the least so; the difference between them being as great as 42,000. Jacob had given Judah the pre-eminence in his
prophetic blessing; and that tribe was to have the precedency in the encampments of Israel: accordingly God had increased them more than any of their brethren. Ephraim and Manasseh, according to the same prophecy, were numbered as distinct tribes, Ephraim having the superiority, as it was foretold; and Joseph indeed appears "a fruitful bough." Numbers 2:10 Numbers 2:11 26:7