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1, 2 :

All Israel was divided into tribes, each tribe into clans, and each clan into ancestral houses.

1, 16 :

Troops: literally “thousands”; this division of the Israelites, with its subdivisions of “hundreds, fifties and tens,” was primarily for military and judicial purposes. Cf Ex 18, 21: 2 Sm 18, 1 .

1, 47 :

The Levites were not enrolled in this census, which was principally for military purposes, but a separate census was made of them. Cf Nm 3, 15f. 39 .

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