1611 King James Bible

Numbers 31

The Midianites are spoiled, and Balaam slain.

Numbers 31:1 And the LORD spake vnto Moses, saying, Numbers 31:2 Auenge the children of Israel of the Midianites: afterward shalt thou be gathered vnto thy people. Numbers 31:3 And Moses spake vnto the people, saying, Arme some of your selues vnto the warre, and let them goe against the Midianites, and auenge the LORD of Midian. Numbers 31:4 Of euery tribe a thousand, throughout all the tribes of Israel, shall ye send to the warre. Numbers 31:5 So there were deliuered out of the thousands of Israel, a thousand of [euery] tribe, twelue thousand armed for warre. Numbers 31:6 And Moses sent them to the warre, a thousand of [euery] tribe, them and Phinehas the sonne of Eleazar the Priest, to the warre, with the holy instruments, and the trumpets to blow, in his hand. Numbers 31:7 And they warred against the Midianites, as the LORD commanded Moses, and they slew all the males. Numbers 31:8 And they slew the Kings of Midian, beside the rest of them that were slaine; [namely] Eui, and Rekem, and Zur, and Hur, and Reba, fiue Kings of Midian; Balaam also the sonne of Beor they slew with the sword. Numbers 31:9 And the children of Israel tooke all the women of Midian captiues, and their little ones, and tooke the spoile of all their cattell, and all their flocks, and all their goods. Numbers 31:10 And they burnt all their cities wherein they dwelt, and all their goodly castles with fire: Numbers 31:11 And they tooke all the spoile, and all the pray, both of men and of beasts. Numbers 31:12 And they brought the captiues, and the pray, and the spoile vnto Moses and Eleazar the Priest, and vnto the Congregation of the children of Israel, vnto the campe at the plaines of Moab, which [are] by Iordan neere Iericho.

Moses is wroth with the officers for saving the women alive.

Numbers 31:13 And Moses and Eleazar the Priest, and all the Princes of the Congregation went foorth to meete them without the campe. Numbers 31:14 And Moses was wroth with the officers of the hoste, [with] the captaines ouer thousands, and captaines ouer hundreds, which came from the battel. Numbers 31:15 And Moses said vnto them, Haue ye saued all the women aliue? Numbers 31:16 Behold, these caused the children of Israel, through the counsell of Balaam, to commit trespasse against the LORD in the matter of Peor, and there was a plague among the Congregation of the LORD. Numbers 31:17 Now therefore kill euery male among the little ones, and kill euery woman that hath knowen man, by lying with him. Numbers 31:18 But all the women children that haue not knowen a man by lying with him, keepe aliue for your selues.

How the soldiers, with their captives and spoil, are to be purified.

Numbers 31:19 And doe yee abide without the campe seuen dayes: whosoeuer hath killed any person, and whosoeuer hath touched any slaine, purifie both your selues, and your captiues, on the third day, and on the seuenth day. Numbers 31:20 And purifie all [your] raiment, and all that is made of skinnes, and all worke of goates [haire], and all things made of wood.

Numbers 31:21 And Eleazar the Priest said vnto the men of warre which went to the battell, This [is] the ordinance of the law which the LORD commaunded Moses. Numbers 31:22 Onely the gold, and the siluer, the brasse, the yron, the tinne, and the lead, Numbers 31:23 Euery thing that may abide the fire, yee shall make it goe through the fire, and [it] shall be cleane: neuerthelesse, it shall be purified with the water of separation: and all that abideth not the fire, yee shall make goe through the water. Numbers 31:24 And ye shall wash your clothes on the seuenth day, and ye shalbe cleane, and afterward yee shall come into the campe.

The proportion whereby the prey is to be divided.

Numbers 31:25 And the LORD spake vnto Moses, saying, Numbers 31:26 Take the summe of the pray, that was taken, both of man and of beast, thou and Eleazar the Priest, and the chiefe fathers of the Congregation: Numbers 31:27 And diuide the pray into two parts, betweene them that tooke the warre vpon them, who went out to battell, and betweene all the Congregation. Numbers 31:28 And leuie a tribute vnto the LORD of the men of warre which went out to battell: one soule of fiue hundred, both of the persons, and of the beeues, and of the asses, and of the sheepe. Numbers 31:29 Take [it] of their halfe, and giue it vnto Eleazar the Priest, for an heaue offering of the LORD. Numbers 31:30 And of the children of Israels halfe, thou shalt take one portion of fiftie, of the persons, of the beeues, of the asses, and of the flockes, of all maner of beasts, and giue them vnto the Leuites, which keepe the charge of the Tabernacle of the LORD. Numbers 31:31 And Moses and Eleazar the Priest did as the LORD commanded Moses. Numbers 31:32 And the bootie [being] the rest of the pray which the men of war had caught, was six hundred thousand, and seuenty thousand, and fiue thousand sheepe, Numbers 31:33 And threescore and twelue thousand beeues, Numbers 31:34 And threescore and one thousand asses: Numbers 31:35 And thirtie and two thousand persons in all, of women that had not knowen man by lying with him. Numbers 31:36 And the halfe [which was] the portion of them that went out to warre, was in number three hundred thousand, and seuen and thirtie thousand, and fiue hundred sheepe. Numbers 31:37 And the LORDS tribute of the sheepe was sixe hundred and threescore and fifteene. Numbers 31:38 And the beeues [were] thirtie and sixe thousand, of which the LORDS tribute [was] threescore and twelue. Numbers 31:39 And the asses [were] thirtie thousand and fiue hundred, of which the LORDS tribute [was] threescore and one. Numbers 31:40 And the persons [were] sixteene thousand, of which the LORDS tribute [was] thirtie and two persons. Numbers 31:41 And Moses gaue the tribute [which was] the LORDS heaue offering, vnto Eleazar the Priest, as the LORD commanded Moses. Numbers 31:42 And of the children of Israels halfe, which Moses diuided from the men that warred: Numbers 31:43 (Now the halfe that perteined vnto the Congregation, [was] three hundred thousand, and thirtie thousand, [and] seuen thousand, and fiue hundred sheepe: Numbers 31:44 And thirtie and sixe thousand beeues: Numbers 31:45 And thirtie thousand asses, and fiue hundred: Numbers 31:46 And sixteene thousand persons) Numbers 31:47 Euen of the children of Israels halfe, Moses tooke one portion of fiftie, both of man and of beast, and gaue them vnto the Leuites, which kept the charge of the Tabernacle of the LORD, as the LORD commanded Moses.

The voluntary oblation unto the treasury of the LORD.

Numbers 31:48 And the officers which were ouer thousands of the hoste, the captaines of thousands, and captaines of hundreds came neere vnto Moses. Numbers 31:49 And they said vnto Moses, Thy seruants haue taken the summe of the men of warre which are vnder our charge, and there lacketh not one man of vs. Numbers 31:50 Wee haue therefore brought an oblation for the LORD, what euerie man hath gotten, of iewels of golde chaines, and bracelets, rings, earerings, and tablets, to make an atonement for our soules before the LORD. Numbers 31:51 And Moses and Eleazar the Priest tooke the gold of them: [euen] all wrought iewels. Numbers 31:52 And all the gold of the offring that they offered vp to the LORD, of the captaines of thousands, and of the captaines of hundreds, was sixteene thousand, seuen hundred and fiftie shekels. Numbers 31:53 ([For] the men of warre had taken spoile, euery man for himselfe.) Numbers 31:54 And Moses and Eleazar the Priest tooke the gold of the captaines, of thousands, and of hundreds, and brought it into the Tabernacle of the Congregation, for a memoriall for the children of Israel before the LORD.

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