The tribal blessings and inheritances






Note: The order of the tribes given here is the order of their inheritance as given in Joshua, rather than by order of their birth.


Tribe
Meaning
Birth
Patriarchal blessing
Mosaic blessing
Inheritance
Notes
Inheritance under under Moses (East of Jordan)
1.
Reuben
behold a son
Gen.29:32
Gen.49:3-4
Dt.33:6
Jos.13:15-21
Reuben lost his birthright because of sin.
I Chr.5:1-2
2
Gad
a troop
Gen.30:9-11
Gen. 49:19 Dt.33:20-21 Jos.13:24-28

3
Manasseh
forgetting
see below
see below see below Jos.13:29-32 Manasseh received an inheritance on both sides of the river Jordan
Inheritance under Joshua (West of Jordan)
4
Judah
praise
Gen.29:35 Gen.49:8-12 Dt.33:7
Jos. 15:1-63
The leading tribe in the wilderness, and the first tribe to inherit west of the Jordan
5
Ephraim
fruitful

Gen.41:50-52


Gen.48:14-20


Dt.33:12-17 Jos. 16:1-10
Both children of Joseph (=He will add), and were both  born in Egypt, and the references given  need to be considered in that light. Joseph's birth: 
Gen.30:22-24
In
Rev.7:5-8  Ephraim is missing in the tribes mentioned, whereas Joseph is included.
6
Manasseh
forgetting
Jos.17:1-18
7
Benjamin
son of my right hand
Gen.35:16-20
Gen.49:27 Dt.33:12 Jos. 18:11-28
Rachel died whilst giving birth to  Benjamin.
8
Simeon
hearing
Gen.29:33 Gen.49:5-7 NONE
Jos.19:1-9
The patriarchal blessing was combined with that of Levi.
9
Zebulun
dwelling
Gen.30:19-20 Gen.49:13 Dt.33:18 Jos.19:10-16
10
Issachar
hire/wages
Gen.30:14-18 Gen.49:14-15 Dt.33:19 Jos.19:17-23
11
Asher
happy
Gen.30:12-13 Gen.49:20 Dt.33:24-25 Jos.19:24-31
12.
Napthali
my wrestling
Gen.30:7-8 Gen.49:21 Dt.33:23 Jos.19:32-39
13
Dan
judge
Gen.30:1-6 Gen.49:16-18 Dt.33:22 Jos.19:40-48 In Rev.7:5-8  Dan  is not mentioned as one of the tribes.
14
Levi
joined/associate Gen.29:34
Gen.49:5-7


Dt.33:8-11

Jos.13:14,33;
18:7a
The Levites had no inheritance in Canaan, instead God was their inheritance.  In  Rev.7:5-8  Levi is included in the tribes.