Bishops' Bible

Numbers 31

The Midianites are spoiled, and Balaam slain.

Numbers 31:1 And the Lorde spake vnto Moyses, saying: Numbers 31:2 Auenge the children of Israel of the Madianites, & afterwarde shalt thou be gathered vnto thy people. Numbers 31:3 And Moyses spake vnto the folke, saying: Harnesse some of you vnto warre, and let them go vpon the Madianites, & auenge the Lorde of the Madianites. Numbers 31:4 Of euery tribe a thousande, throughout all the tribes of Israel, shal ye sende to the warre. Numbers 31:5 And there were deliuered out of the thousandes of Israel, twelue thousand prepared vnto warre, of euery tribe a thousande. Numbers 31:6 And Moyses sent the to ye warre, euen a thousande of euery tribe, & with them Phinees the sonne of Eleazar the priest to the warre, and the holy vessels, & the trumpets to blowe were in his hande. Numbers 31:7 And they warred agaynst the Madianites as the Lord comaunded Moyses, and slue all the males. Numbers 31:8 And they slue the kynges of Madian among other that were slayne: Namelye, Eui, and Rekem, Zur, & Hur, and Reba: fiue kynges of Madian, with Balaam the sonne of Beor, whom they slue with the sworde. Numbers 31:9 And the children of Israel toke all the women of Madian prisoners, and their children, and spoyled all their cattel, and all their flockes, and all their goodes. Numbers 31:10 And they burnt all their cities wherin they dwelt, and all their goodly dwellynges, with fire: Numbers 31:11 And they toke all the spoyle, and all the bootie, both of men and beastes. Numbers 31:12 And they brought the captiues, and that which they had taken, and the spoyle, vnto Moyses and Eleazar the priest, and vnto the companie of the children of Israel, euen vnto the hoast that were in the fieldes of Moab by Iordane, ouer agaynst Iericho:

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

Numbers 31:13 And Moyses and Eleazar the priest, and all the lordes of the congregation, went out of the hoast to meete them. Numbers 31:14 And Moyses was angrie with the officers of the hoast, with the captaynes ouer thousandes, and ouer hundredes, which came from the warre & battayle. Numbers 31:15 And Moyses sayde vnto them: Haue ye saued all the women alyue? Numbers 31:16 Beholde, these caused the children of Israel through the councel of Balaam, to commit trespasse agaynst the Lorde in the businesse of Peor, and there folowed a plague among the congregation of the Lorde. Numbers 31:17 Nowe therfore, slay all the men children, and kyl the women that haue lien with men fleshly. Numbers 31:18 But all the women children that haue not lien with men carnally, kepe alyue for your selues.

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

Numbers 31:19 And ye shall remayne without the hoast seuen dayes, all that haue kylled any person, and all that haue touched any dead body, and purifie both your selues and your prisoners the thirde day and the seuenth. Numbers 31:20 And purifie all your raymentes, and that is made of skinnes, and all worke of goates heere, and all thinges made of wood.

Numbers 31:21 And Eleazar the priest sayde vnto the men of warre which went to the battayle: This is the ordinauce of the lawe which the Lorde comaunded Moyses: Numbers 31:22 As for golde, siluer, brasse, and iron, tinne, and lead, Numbers 31:23 And all that may abide the fire, ye shal make it go through the fire, and it shalbe cleane: Neuerthelesse, it shalbe purified with water of seperation: And all that suffereth not the fire, ye shall make go through the water: Numbers 31:24 And washe your clothes the seuenth day, and ye shalbe cleane, and afterwarde come into the hoast.

The proportion whereby the prey is to be divided.

Numbers 31:25 And the Lorde spake vnto Moyses, saying: Numbers 31:26 Take the summe of the pray that was taken, both of the persons and of cattell, thou and Eleazar the priest, and the chiefe fathers of the congregation: Numbers 31:27 And deuide the pray into two partes, betweene them that toke the warre vpon them and went out to battayle, and all the congregation. Numbers 31:28 And take a tribute vnto the Lorde of the men of warre which went out to battayle: one soule of fiue hundred, both of the persons, and of the beefes, and of the asses, and of the sheepe. Numbers 31:29 And ye shall take it of their halfe, and geue it vnto Eleazar the priest, as an heaue offeryng of the Lorde. Numbers 31:30 And of the halfe of the children of Israel, thou shalt take one portion of fiftie, of the persons, and of the beefes, of the asses, and of the sheepe, and of al maner of beastes, and geue them vnto the Leuites which wayte vpon the charge of the tabernacle of the Lorde. Numbers 31:31 And Moyses and Eleazar the priest, dyd as the Lorde comaunded Moyses. Numbers 31:32 And the bootie, and the rest of the pray which the men of warre had caught, was sixe hundred thousande, and three sore and fifteene thousande sheepe, Numbers 31:33 And three score and twelue thousande of beefes, Numbers 31:34 And three score & one thousande asses, Numbers 31:35 And thirtie & two thousande persons in all, of women that had lyen by no man. Numbers 31:36 And the halfe, which was the part of them that went out to warre, was in number three hundred thousande, and seuen and thirtie thousande, & fiue hundred, sheepe. Numbers 31:37 And the Lordes part of the sheepe, was sixe hundred & threescore & fifteene. Numbers 31:38 And the beefes were thirtie and sixe thousande, of which the Lordes part was threescore and twelue. Numbers 31:39 And the asses were thirtie thousande and fiue hundred, of which the Lordes part was threescore and one. Numbers 31:40 And the persons were sixteene thousande, of which the Lordes part was thirtie and two persons. Numbers 31:41 And Moyses gaue the tribute, which was the Lordes heaue offeryng, vnto Eleazar the priest, as the Lorde commaunded Moyses: Numbers 31:42 And the other halfe of the children of Israel which Moyses deuided from the men of warre, Numbers 31:43 [That is to wit] the halfe that pertayned vnto the congregation, was three hundred thousande, and thirtie & seuen thousande, and fiue hundred, sheepe: Numbers 31:44 And thirtie and sixe thousande beefes: Numbers 31:45 And thirtie thousande asses, and fiue hundred: Numbers 31:46 And sixteene thousande persons. Numbers 31:47 And Moyses toke of the halfe that pertayned vnto the children of Israel, one portion of fiftie, both of the persons and of the cattell, and gaue them vnto the Leuites which wayted vpon the charge of the tabernacle of the Lorde, as the Lorde commaundded Moyses.

The voluntary oblation unto the treasury of the LORD.

Numbers 31:48 And the officers of thousandes of the hoast, ye captaynes ouer the thousandes, and the captaynes ouer the hundredes, came foorth, Numbers 31:49 And sayde vnto Moyses: Thy seruauntes haue taken the summe of the men of warre which are vnder our aucthoritie, and there lacketh not one man of vs: Numbers 31:50 We haue therfore brought a present vnto the Lord what euery man found, of iewels of golde, bracelets, chaynes, rynges, eare rynges, and spangles, to make an attonement for our soules before the Lorde. Numbers 31:51 And Moyses and Eleazar the priest, toke the golde of them, all the wrought iewels. Numbers 31:52 And all the golde of the heaue offering that they heaued vp to the Lorde, of the captaynes ouer thousandes & hundredes, was sixteene thousande, seuen hundred and fiftie sicles. Numbers 31:53 (For the men of warre had spoyled, euery man for hym selfe.) Numbers 31:54 And Moyses and Eleazar the priest toke the golde of the captaynes ouer the thousandes & hundredes, and brought it into the tabernacle of the congregation, for a memoriall of the children of Israel before the Lorde.

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