Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary

Revelation 7:8

from the tribe of Zebulun twelve thousand, from the tribe of Joseph twelve thousand, from the tribe of Benjamin, twelve thousand were sealed.
New American Standard Version

Bible Study Resources

Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Benjamin;   Ephraim;   Israel;   Vision;   Zebulun;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Seals;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Zebulun;   Charles Buck Theological Dictionary - Order;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Zabulon;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Zebulun;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Revelation, the Book of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Revelation, Book of;   Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament - Israel;   Seal ;   Tribes ;   Type;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Benjamin ;   Dan;   Genealogies;   Israel ;   Sealing;   Zebulun ;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Zab'ulon,;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Revelation of John:;   Zabulon;  

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand,.... Which signifies "dwelling", Genesis 30:20; and was the tribe in which Christ had his dwelling, and where he much conversed; and may denote his gracious inhabitation, as well as that of God the Father, md of the Spirit, among the saints and sealed ones.

Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand; whose name signifies "adding", Genesis 30:24; and may intend the additions both of numbers, and of gifts and graces to the churches of those times.

Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand; this word signifies "the Son of the right hand", Genesis 35:18; showing, that these sealed ones are as a signet on God's right hand, and are as near and dear unto him as a man's right hand is to him; see Psalm 80:17. Now twelve thousand out of each tribe make just the number of a hundred forty and four thousand, Revelation 7:4; the tribe of Dan is not mentioned, it may be because of the apostasy of that tribe, one of Jeroboam's golden calves being set up there; showing that God had no sealed ones of that sort, and instead of him Levi is reckoned; though that tribe had no part in the division of the land of Israel, yet had a part in Christ, and is therefore mentioned in this mystical account. Nor is the name of Ephraim used, it may be for the same reason; there having been a great defection in that tribe from the pure worship of God, and instead of him the name of Joseph appears.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on Revelation 7:8". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/revelation-7.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

Of the tribe of Zabulon [were] sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of c Joseph [were] sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin [were] sealed twelve thousand.

(c) Of Ephraim, who was Joseph's other son, and had the birthright given him, of which he is called Joseph.
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on Revelation 7:8". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/revelation-7.html. 1599-1645.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.

Of the tribe of Joseph — Or Ephraim; perhaps not mentioned by name, as having been, with Dan, the most idolatrous of all the tribes. It is farther observable of Dan, that it was very early reduced to a single family; which family itself seems to have been cut off in war, before the time of Ezra; for in the Chronicles, where the posterity of the patriarchs is recited, Dan is wholly omitted.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on Revelation 7:8". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/revelation-7.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

8 Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.

Ver. 8. Of Joseph] That is, of Ephraim, who, though Joseph’s younger son, yet had the first birthright. Ephraim is not named (though tacitly intended here) because joined to idols; let him alone therefore, saith God, Hosea 4:17.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Revelation 7:8". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/revelation-7.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

See Poole on "Revelation 7:4"

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on Revelation 7:8". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/revelation-7.html. 1685.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.
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Reciprocal: Genesis 30:24 - And she;  Genesis 48:19 - I know it;  Judges 1:22 - the house

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Revelation 7:8". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/revelation-7.html.