Chapter 2 (Numbers 2)

The thousands of Israel, having been mustered in the former chapter, in this are marshalled, and a regular disposition is made of their camp, by a divine appointment. Here is, I. A general order concerning it, Num. 2:1; 2. II. Particular directions for the posting of each of the tribes, in four distinct squadrons, three tribes in each squadron. 1. In the van-guard on the east were posted Judah, Issachar, and Zebulun, Num. 2:3-9. 2. In the right wing, southward, Reuben, Simeon, and Gad, Num. 2:10-16. 3. In the rear, westward, Ephraim, Manasseh, and Benjamin, Num. 2:18-24. 4. In the left wing, northward, Dan, Asher, and Naphtali, Num. 2:25-31. 5. The tabernacle in the centre, Num. 2:17. III. The conclusion of this appointment, Num. 2:32

- Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary