'Tribe' in the Bible
Now [Amram] a man of the house of Levi [the priestly tribe] went and took as his wife [Jochebed] a daughter of Levi.
See, I have called by name Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah.
And behold, I have appointed with him Aholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan; and to all who are wisehearted I have given wisdom and ability to make all that I have commanded you:
Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Whoever is on the Lord's side, let him come to me. And all the Levites [the priestly tribe] gathered together to him.
And Moses said to the Israelites, See, the Lord called by name Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah;
And God has put in Bezalel's heart that he may teach, both he and Aholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan.
Bezalel son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah, made all that the Lord commanded Moses.
With him was Aholiab son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan, an engraver, a skillful craftsman, and embroiderer in blue, purple, and scarlet [stuff], and in fine linen.
If a priest's daughter is married to an outsider [not of the priestly tribe], she shall not eat of the offering of the holy things.
The Israelite woman's son blasphemed the Name [of the Lord] and cursed. They brought him to Moses -- "his mother was Shelomith, the daughter of Dibri, of the tribe of Dan.
And with you there shall be a man [to assist you] from each tribe, each being the head of his father's house.
Those of the tribe of Reuben numbered 46,500.
Those of the tribe of Simeon numbered 59,300.
Those of the tribe of Gad numbered 45,650.
Those of the tribe of Judah numbered 74,600.
Those of the tribe of Issachar numbered 54,400.
Those of the tribe of Zebulun numbered 57,400.
Those of the tribe of Ephraim numbered 40,500.
Those of the tribe of Manasseh numbered 32,200.
Those of the tribe of Benjamin numbered 35,400.
Those of the tribe of Dan numbered 62,700.
Those of the tribe of Asher numbered 41,500.
Those of the tribe of Naphtali numbered 53,400.
But the Levites by their fathers' tribe were not numbered with them.
Only the tribe of Levi you shall not number in the census of the Israelites.
When the tabernacle is to go forward, the Levites shall take it down, and when the tabernacle is to be pitched, the Levites shall set it up. And the excluded [any not of the tribe of Levi] who approach the tabernacle shall be put to death.
Next to Judah the tribe of Issachar shall encamp, Nethanel son of Zuar being the leader of the sons of Issachar.
Then the tribe of Zebulun, Eliab son of Helon being the leader of the sons of Zebulun.
Those who encamp next to Reuben shall be the tribe of Simeon, the leader of the sons of Simeon being Shelumiel son of Zurishaddai.
Then the tribe of Gad, the leader of the sons of Gad being Eliasaph son of Reuel (Deuel).
Beside Ephraim shall be the tribe of Manasseh, the leader of the sons of Manasseh being Gamaliel son of Pedahzur.
Then the tribe of Benjamin, the leader of the sons of Benjamin being Abidan son of Gideoni.
Encamped next to Dan shall be the tribe of Asher, the leader of the sons of Asher being Pagiel son of Ochran.
Then the tribe of Naphtali, the leader of the sons of Naphtali being Ahira son of Enan.
Bring the tribe of Levi near and set them before Aaron the priest, that they may minister to him.
[Since] the tribe of the families of the Kohathites [are only Levites and not priests], do not [by exposing them to the sin of touching the most holy things] cut them off from among the Levites.
He who offered his offering on the first day was Nahshon son of Amminadab, of the tribe of Judah.
The second day Nethanel son of Zuar, leader [of the tribe] of Issachar, offered.
And over the host of the tribe of the sons of Issachar was Nethanel son of Zuar.
And over the host of the tribe of the sons of Zebulun was Eliab son of Helon.
And over the host of the tribe of the sons of Simeon was Shelumiel son of Zurishaddai.
And over the host of the tribe of the sons of Gad was Eliasaph son of Deuel.
Over the host of the tribe of the sons of Manasseh was Gamaliel son of Pedahzur.
And over the host of the tribe of the sons of Benjamin was Abidan son of Gideoni.
And over the host of the tribe of the sons of Asher was Pagiel son of Ochran.
And over the host of the tribe of the sons of Naphtali was Ahira son of Enan.
Send men to explore and scout out [for yourselves] the land of Canaan, which I give to the Israelites. From each tribe of their fathers you shall send a man, every one a leader or head among them.
Of the tribe of Judah, Caleb son of Jephunneh;
Of the tribe of Ephraim, Hoshea [that is, Joshua] son of Nun;
Of the tribe of Joseph, that is, of the tribe of Manasseh, Gaddi son of Susi;
And your brethren also of the tribe of Levi, the tribe of your [fore]father, bring with you, that they may be joined to you and minister to you; but only you and your sons with you shall come before the Tent of the Testimony [into the Holy Place where only priests may go and into the Most Holy Place which only the high priest dares enter].
To a larger tribe you shall give the greater inheritance, and to a small tribe the less inheritance; to each tribe shall its inheritance be given according to its numbers.
So there were provided out of the thousands of Israel 1,000 from each tribe, 12,000 armed for war.
And Moses sent them to the war, 1,000 from each tribe, together with Phinehas son of Eleazar, the priest, with the [sacred] vessels of the sanctuary and the trumpets to blow the alarm in his hand.
Moses gave to them, to the sons of Gad and of Reuben and to half the tribe of Manasseh son of Joseph, the kingdom of Sihon king of the Amorites and the kingdom of Og king of Bashan -- "the land with its cities and their territories, even the cities round about the country.
You shall inherit the land by lot according to your families; to the large tribe you shall give a larger inheritance, and to the small tribe you shall give a smaller inheritance. Wherever the lot falls to any man, that shall be his. According to the tribes of your fathers you shall inherit.
And [with them] you shall take one head or prince of each tribe to divide the land for inheritance.
The names of the men are: Of the tribe of Judah, Caleb son of Jephunneh;
Of the sons of Joseph: of the tribe of the sons of Manasseh a leader, Hanniel son of Ephod;
And of the tribe of the sons of Ephraim a leader, Kemuel son of Shiphtan;
And of the tribe of the sons of Zebulun a leader, Elizaphan son of Parnach;
And of the tribe of the sons of Issachar a leader, Paltiel son of Azzan;
And of the tribe of the sons of Asher a leader, Ahihud son of Shelomi;
And of the tribe of the sons of Naphtali a leader, Pedahel son of Ammihud.
As for the cities, you shall give from the possession of the Israelites, from the larger tribes you shall take many and from the smaller tribes few; each tribe shall give of its cities to the Levites in proportion to its inheritance.
But if they are married to any of the sons of the other tribes of the Israelites, then their inheritance will be taken from that of our fathers and added to the inheritance of the tribe to which they are received and belong; so it will be taken out of the lot of our inheritance.
And when the Jubilee of the Israelites comes, then their inheritance will be added to that of the tribe to which they are received and belong; so will their inheritance be taken away from that of the tribe of our fathers.
And Moses commanded the Israelites according to the word of the Lord, saying, The tribe of the sons of Joseph is right.
This is what the Lord commands concerning the daughters of Zelophehad: Let them marry whom they think best; only they shall marry within the family of the tribe of their father.
So shall no inheritance of the Israelites be transferred from tribe to tribe, for every one of the Israelites shall cling to the inheritance of the tribe of his fathers.
And every daughter who possesses an inheritance in any tribe of the Israelites shall be wife to one of the family of the tribe of her father, so that the Israelites may each one possess the inheritance of his fathers.
So shall no inheritance be transferred from one tribe to another, but each of the tribes of the Israelites shall cling to its own inheritance.
They married into the families of the sons of Manasseh son of Joseph, and their inheritance remained in the tribe of the family of their father.
The thing pleased me well, and I took twelve men of you, one for each tribe.
At that time the Lord set apart the tribe of Levi to bear the ark of the covenant of the Lord, to stand before the Lord to minister to Him and to bless in His name unto this day.
The Levitical priests and all the tribe of Levi shall have no part or inheritance with Israel; they shall eat the offerings made by fire to the Lord, and His rightful dues.
Beware lest there should be among you a man or woman, or family or tribe, whose [mind and] heart turns away this day from the Lord our God to go and serve the gods of these nations; lest there should be among you a [poisonous] root that bears gall and wormwood,
Let [the tribe of] Reuben live and not die out, but let his men be few.
And of Levi he said: Your Thummim and Your Urim [by which the priest sought God's will for the nation] are for Your pious one [Aaron on behalf of the tribe], whom You tried and proved at Massah, with whom You contended at the waters of Meribah;
So now take twelve men from the tribes of Israel, one from each tribe.
Take twelve men from among the people, one man out of every tribe,
Then Joshua called the twelve men of the Israelites whom he had appointed, a man from each tribe.
And the sons of Reuben, Gad, and half the tribe of Manasseh passed over armed before the [other] Israelites, as Moses had bidden them;
But the Israelites committed a trespass in regard to the devoted things; for Achan son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, took some of the things devoted [for destruction]. And the anger of the Lord burned against Israel.
In the morning therefore, you shall present your tribes. And the tribe which the Lord takes shall come by families; and the family which the Lord takes shall come by households; and the household which the Lord takes shall come by persons.
So Joshua rose up early in the morning and brought Israel near by their tribes, and the tribe of Judah was taken.
He brought near his household man by man, and Achan son of Carmi, the son of Zabdi, the son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah, was taken.