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Reuben

The tribe of Reuben is mentioned first in the lists given in Exodus 1:1-4; Numbers 1:5, 20, 21, but in the later lists it follows others (Num 2:10); the leadership belonged to Judah (2:3). In the line of march through the wilderness Reuben led the second division that followed the Levites, who transported the Tabernacle (Num 10:17, 18). At the time of the Conquest the tribe of Reuben along with the tribe of Gad and the half-tribe of Manasseh petitioned for the right to remain on the high plateau E of the Jordan where there was ample room for grazing cattle. The permission was granted on condition that they would give military support to the tribes on the W bank of the river until the latter had completed the subjugation of the land (Num 32:1-32; Josh 4:12, 13). In Moses’ final partition of the land this agreement was confirmed, and the E bank of the Jordan became the heritage of the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and Manasseh (Josh 13:8-23; 18:7). Severed from the other tribes by the