Numbers 1:21
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English Standard Version
those listed of the tribe of Reuben were 46,500.

King James Bible
Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Reuben, were forty and six thousand and five hundred.

American Standard Version
those that were numbered of them, of the tribe of Reuben, were forty and six thousand and five hundred.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Were forty-six thousand five hundred.

English Revised Version
those that were numbered of them, of the tribe of Reuben, were forty and six thousand and five hundred.

Webster's Bible Translation
Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Reuben, were forty and six thousand and five hundred.

Numbers 1:21 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Moses and Aaron, who were commanded to number, or rather to muster, the people, were to have with them "a man of every tribe, who was head-man of his fathers' houses," i.e., a tribe-prince, viz., to help them to carry out the mustering. Beth aboth ("fathers' houses"), in Numbers 1:2, is a technical expression for the subdivisions in which the mishpachoth, or families of the tribes, were arranged, and is applied in Numbers 1:4 according to its original usage, based upon the natural division of the tribes into mishpachoth and families, to the fathers' houses which every tribe possessed in the family of its first-born. In Numbers 1:5-15, these heads of tribes were mentioned by name, as in Numbers 2:3., Numbers 7:12., Numbers 10:14. In Numbers 1:16 they are designated as "called men of the congregation," because they were called to diets of the congregation, as representatives of the tribes, to regulate the affairs of the nation; also "princes of the tribes of their fathers," and "heads of the thousands of Israel:" "prince," from the nobility of their birth; and "heads," as chiefs of the alaphim composing the tribes. Alaphim is equivalent to mishpachoth (cf. Numbers 10:4; Joshua 22:14); because the number of heads of families in the mishpachoth of a tribe might easily amount to a thousand (see at Exodus 18:25). In a similar manner, the term "hundred" in the old German came to be used in several different senses (see Grimm, deutsche Rechts-alterthmer, p. 532).

Numbers 1:21 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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

Numbers 1:26 Of the children of Judah, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers...

) in their decreasing proportion, beginning with the greatest and proceeding to the least.

1st Census

2nd Census
1. Judah

74,600

76,500
2. Dan

62,700

64,400
3. Simeon

59,300

22,200
4. Zebulum

57,400

60,500
7. Reuben

46,500

43,730
8. Gad

45,650

40,500
9. Asher

41,500

53,400
10.Ephraim

40,500

32,500
11.Benjamin

35,400

45,600
12.Manasseh

32,200

52,700
Totals:

603,550

601,730

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 precedence 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 2:10,11 On the south side shall be the standard of the camp of Reuben according to their armies...

Numbers 26:7 These are the families of the Reubenites: and they that were numbered of them were forty and three thousand and seven hundred and thirty...

Cross References
Numbers 1:20
The people of Reuben, Israel's firstborn, their generations, by their clans, by their fathers' houses, according to the number of names, head by head, every male from twenty years old and upward, all who were able to go to war:

Numbers 1:22
Of the people of Simeon, their generations, by their clans, by their fathers' houses, those of them who were listed, according to the number of names, head by head, every male from twenty years old and upward, all who were able to go to war:

Numbers 26:7
These are the clans of the Reubenites, and those listed were 43,730.

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