Reubenites

, are descended from Reuben.

At the time of the first census, the Reubenites were led by Elizur. There were 46,500 men 20 years or older able to serve in military. At the second census, 43,730 men were counted.

The Reubenites, the Gadites and the Makirites liked the lands of Jazer and Gilead and wanted to stay there. So they talked to Moses about that and Moses gave them permission to settle there. Though only under the condition, that the men of these tribes would go to war to Canaan together with the other Isrealite tribes.

The Reubenites and Gadites received the territory extending from Gilead down to the Arnon Gorge and out to the Jabbok River, the border of the Ammonites. The western border of their territory was the Jordan in the Arabah from Kinnereth to the Sea of the Arabah.

The Reubenites built and fortified Heshbon, Elealeh, Kiriathaim, Nebo, Baal Meons and Sibmah. Bezer in the desert plateau was assigned to be their city of refuge.

Moses blessed all the tribes of Israel before dying. About the Reubenites he said "Let Reuben live and not die, nor his men be few."

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