Numbers 311 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 2 Avenge the wrongs of the children of Israel on the Midianites, and afterwards you shall be added to your people. 3 And Moses spoke to the people, saying, Arm some of yourselves for war, and set yourselves in array before the Lord against Midian, to inflict vengeance on Midian from the Lord. 4 Send a thousand of each tribe from all the tribes of the children of Israel to set themselves in array. 5 And they numbered of the thousands of Israel a thousand of each tribe, twelve thousand; these were armed for war. 6 And Moses sent them away, a thousand of every tribe with their forces, and Phinehas the son of Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest. And the holy instruments, and the signal trumpets were in their hands. 7 And they set themselves in array against Midian, as the Lord commanded Moses; and they killed every male. 8 And they killed the kings of Midian together with their slain subjects; even Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur, and Reba, the five kings of Midian; and they killed with the sword Balaam the son of Beor with their other slain. 9 And they made a prey of the women of Midian, and their store, and their cattle, and all their possessions; and they spoiled their forces. 10 And they burned with fire all their cities in the places of their habitation, and they burned their villages with fire. 11 And they took all their plunder, and all their spoils, both man and beast. 12 And they brought to Moses and to Eleazar the priest, and to all the children of Israel, the captives, and the spoils, and the plunder, to the camp to Araboth Moab, which is at the Jordan by Jericho. 13 And Moses and Eleazar the priest and all the rulers of the synagogue went forth out of the camp to meet them. 14 And Moses was angry with the captains of the army, the heads of thousands and the heads of hundreds who came from the battle array. 15 And Moses said to them, Why have you saved every female alive? 16 For they were the occasion to the children of Israel by the word of Balaam of their revolting and despising the word of the Lord, because of Peor. And there was a plague in the congregation of the Lord. 17 Now then kill every male in all the spoil, kill every woman, who has known a man intimately. 18 And as for all the captivity of women, who have not known a man intimately, keep them alive. 19 And you shall remain outside the camp for seven days; whoever has killed, and whoever has touched a dead body, shall be purified on the third day, and you and your captivity shall purify yourselves on the seventh day. 20 And you shall purify every garment and every leather utensil, and all furniture of goat skin, and every wooden vessel. 21 And Eleazar the priest said to the men of the army that came from the battle array, This is the ordinance of the law which the Lord has commanded Moses. 22 Beside the gold, the silver, the brass, the iron, the lead, and the tin, 23 everything that shall pass through the fire shall so be clean, nevertheless it shall be purified with the water of sanctification; and whatsoever will not pass through the fire shall pass through water. 24 And on the seventh day you shall wash your garments and be clean; and afterwards you shall come into the camp. 25 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 26 Take the sum of the spoils of the captivity both of man and beast, you and Eleazar the priest, and the heads of the families of the congregation. 27 And you shall divide the spoils between the warriors that went out to battle, and the whole congregation. 28 And you shall take a tribute for the Lord from the warriors that went out to battle; one soul out of five hundred, from the men and from the cattle, even from the oxen, and from the sheep, and from the donkeys; and you shall take from their half. 29 And you shall give them to Eleazar the priest as the firstfruits of the Lord. 30 And from the half belonging to the children of Israel you shall take one in fifty from the men, and from the oxen, and from the sheep, and from the donkeys, and from all the cattle; and you shall give them to the Levites that keep the charges in the tabernacle of the Lord. 31 And Moses and Eleazar the priest did as the Lord commanded Moses. 32 And that which remained of the spoil which the warriors took was six hundred and seventy-five thousand, among the sheep. 33 And oxen, seventy-two thousand; 34 and donkeys, sixty-one thousand; 35 and of women who had not known a man intimately were thirty-two thousand. 36 And the half, even the portion of them that went out to war, from the number of the sheep, was three hundred and thirty-seven thousand five hundred. 37 And the tribute to the Lord from the sheep was six hundred and seventy-five. 38 And the oxen, thirty-six thousand, and the tribute to the Lord seventy-two. 39 And donkeys, thirty thousand five hundred, and the tribute to the Lord was sixty-one. 40 And the persons were sixteen thousand, and the tribute of them to the Lord was thirty-two souls. 41 And Moses gave the tribute to the Lord, the heave offering of God, to Eleazar the priest, as the Lord commanded Moses; 42 from the half belonging to the children of Israel, whom Moses separated from the men of war. 43 And the half taken from the sheep, belonging to the congregation, was three hundred and thirty-seven thousand five hundred. 44 And the oxen, thirty-six thousand; 45 and the donkeys, thirty thousand five hundred; 46 and persons, sixteen thousand. 47 And Moses took of the half belonging to the children of Israel the fiftieth part, of men and of cattle, and he gave them to the Levites who keep the charges of the tabernacle of the Lord, as the Lord commanded Moses. 48 And all those who were appointed to be officers of thousands of the army, captains of thousands and captains of hundreds, approached Moses, and said to Moses, 49 Your servants have taken the sum of the men of war with us, and not one is missing. 50 And we have brought our gift to the Lord, every man who has found an article of gold, whether an armlet, or a chain, or a ring, or a bracelet, or a clasp for hair, to make atonement for us before the Lord. 51 And Moses and Eleazar the priest took the gold from them, even every wrought article. 52 And all the wrought gold, even the offering that they offered to the Lord, was sixteen thousand seven hundred and fifty shekels from the captains of thousands and the captains of hundreds. 53 For the men of war took plunder, every man for himself. 54 And Moses and Eleazar the priest took the gold from the captains of thousands and captains of hundreds, and brought the vessels into the tabernacle of witness, a memorial of the children of Israel before the Lord.
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