1 Chronicles 5:1-10

The Family Line of Reuben

1 Here is a list of the sons of Reuben. First, here are a few things about him. Reuben was the oldest son of Israel. But he had sex with his father's concubine. He made his father's bed "unclean." That's why his rights as the oldest son were given to the sons of Joseph, the son of Israel. So Reuben isn't listed in the family history as the one who had the rights of the oldest son.
2 Judah was the leader among his brothers. A ruler came from his family line. But the rights of the oldest son belonged to Joseph.
3 Reuben was the oldest son of Israel. Reuben's sons were Hanoch, Pallu, Hezron and Carmi.
4 The family line of Joel includes his son Shemaiah. Gog was the son of Shemaiah. Shimei was the son of Gog.
5 Micah was the son of Shimei. Reaiah was the son of Micah. Baal was the son of Reaiah.
6 And Beerah was the son of Baal. Beerah was a leader of the people of Reuben. Tiglath-Pileser took Beerah as a prisoner to another country. Tiglath-Pileser was the king of Assyria.
7 Here are the relatives of the family groups of Reuben. They are listed in their family history. They include Chief Jeiel, Zechariah
8 and Bela. Bela was the son of Azaz. Azaz was the son of Shema. Shema was the son of Joel. All of them settled in the area from Aroer to Nebo and Baal Meon.
9 To the east they settled in the land up to the edge of the desert. That desert reaches all the way to the Euphrates River. They settled there because their livestock had increased their numbers in Gilead.
10 While Saul was king, the people of Reuben went to war against the Hagrites. They won the battle over them. Then they settled down in their houses. They settled through the entire area east of Gilead.