20 From the descendants of Reuben(A) the firstborn son(B) of Israel:

All the men twenty years old or more who were able to serve in the army were listed by name, one by one, according to the records of their clans and families.

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“Take a census(A) of the whole Israelite community by families—all those twenty years old or more who are able to serve in the army(B) of Israel.”

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Now this is why he did so: All those who came out of Egypt—all the men of military age(A)—died in the wilderness on the way after leaving Egypt.(B)

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18 The Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh had 44,760 men ready for military service(A)—able-bodied men who could handle shield and sword, who could use a bow, and who were trained for battle.

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