Num 1:4 And with you there shall be a man of every tribe; every one head of the house of his fathers.
Each of the tribes of Israel, except the Levites were to appoint princes of the tribes, leaders or captains of the armies among the people.
Num 1:16 These were the renowned of the congregation, princes of the tribes of their fathers, heads of thousands in Israel.
These were the leaders who were called upon to number the eligible men twenty years and older for future combat, and the census was useful for genealogy when the tribes would settle in their inheritance in the promise land. The inheritance had to be fought for and faith would be required as well as courage. They were to trust in the LORD who promised to go before them.
Later on King David made a census of his troops and this got him in trouble with the LORD, because he was trusting in the numbers instead of trusting the LORD. The United States had the greatest army and equipment ever seen to fight in WW2. Pride in the great material advantage of America replaced the trust and reliance on the LORD. Stubborn politicians faced spoiled young people of privilege who believed the socialist professors and "street organizers" Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals and the morals of America fell to drugs, sex, and rebellion. The soldiers who fought for America were brave and many were killed, only to be treated with contempt when they returned home. Wealth and power without God proved to be a disaster. America is reaping the judgement of moral blindness, leaders who hate America and waste resources and a communistic lying media. It appears that most of our princes, or our leaders are serving their own interests. Will America return to the God of their fathers? There are a remnant of faithful people who trust the Prince of Peace.
Isa 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
The Lord Jesus Christ is the Prince of Peace.