Numbers 1, Why is the tribe of Rueben included in the census?

Question: Why is the tribe of Rueben included in the census? I thought he did not receive a blessing and would be under another tribe because he went into his father's concubine. Answer: I think you are referring to Jacob's words in Genesis 49:3-4. Jacob declares that Reuben will not excel, but not that they would cease to be a tribe of Israel. Their land inheritance was within the borders of the land given to Judah, so it was small, but it was still an inheritance in the land. -PJ

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