Coverdale Bible

Numbers 31

The Midianites are spoiled, and Balaam slain.

Numbers 31:1 And the LORDE spake vnto Moses, & sayde: Numbers 31:2 Auenge the childre of Israel of the Madianites, yt thou mayest afterwarde be gathered vnto yi people. Numbers 31:3 The spake Moses vnto the people, & sayde: Harnesse some men amonge you to the warre agaynst the Madianites (yt they maye auenge ye LORDE vpon the Madianites) Numbers 31:4 out of euery trybe a thousande, yt out of euery trybe of Israel ye maye sende some to the battayll. Numbers 31:5 And from amonge the thousandes of Israel they toke one thousande out of euery tribe, euen twolue thousande prepared vnto the battayll. Numbers 31:6 And Moses sent them with Phineas the sonne of Eleasar the prest in to the battayll, and the holy vessels and ye trompettes to blowe in his hande. Numbers 31:7 And they fought agaynst ye Madianites as ye LORDE comaunded Moses, & slew all ye males, Numbers 31:8 & the kynge of the Madianites slew they also amonge the other that were slaine namely, Eui, Rekem, Zur, Hur and Reba, the fyue kynges of the Madianites. And they slew Balaam the sonne of Beor wt the swerde. Numbers 31:9 And ye children of Israel toke the wemen of the Madianites presoners, & their childre: all their catell, all their substaunce, and all their goodes spoiled they, Numbers 31:10 and all their cities of their dwellynges & castels burnt they wt fyre. Numbers 31:11 And they toke all ye spoyles, & all yt they coulde catche men & catell, Numbers 31:12 and brought the vnto Moses & to Eleasar the prest, and to ye congregacion of the children of Israel (namely ye presoners, and the catell yt were take, and the good that was spoyled) in to the hoost in the felde of the Moabites, which lyeth besyde Iordane ouer against Iericho.

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

Numbers 31:13 And Moses and Eleasar the prest and all the captaines of ye congregacion, wete out of the hoost to mete the. Numbers 31:14 And Moses was angrie at the officers of the hoost, which were captaynes ouer thousandes and hudreds, yt came from the battayll, Numbers 31:15 and sayde vnto the: Haue ye saued all ye wemen alyue? Numbers 31:16 Beholde, haue not they (thorow Balaams busynes) turned awaye ye childre of Israel to synne agaynst the LORDE vpo Peor, & their came a plage ouer the whole cogregacion of ye LORDE? Numbers 31:17 Now therfore slaie all the males amoge ye childre, & kyll all ye wemen yt haue knowne men & lyen wt them. Numbers 31:18 But all the wemen chidren yt haue knowne no me ner lien wt them, kepe those alyue for youre selues.

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

Numbers 31:19 And lodge ye without the hoost, all yt haue slayne any man, or touched the slayne, that on the thirde and seuenth daie ye maie purifie yor selues and those whom ye haue taken presoners. Numbers 31:20 And all the clothes, and all stuffe that is made of skynnes, and all maner furres, and all vessels of wod shal ye purifie.

Numbers 31:21 And Eleasar the prest sayde vnto ye captaynes of the hoost, yt wente out to the battayll: This is the statute of the lawe, which the LORDE comaunded Moses: Numbers 31:22 Golde, siluer brasse, yron, tynne and leed, Numbers 31:23 and all that suffreth the fyre, shall ye cause to go thorow the fyre, and clense it, that it maye be purified with ye sprencklynge water. As for all soch as suffreth not the fyre, ye shal cause it to go thorow ye water, Numbers 31:24 and shal washe yor clothes vpon the seuenth daye. and the shall ye be cleane. After that shall ye come in to the hooste.

The proportion whereby the prey is to be divided.

Numbers 31:25 And the LORDE spake vnto Moses, and sayde: Numbers 31:26 Take the summe of the spoyle of those that are taken, both of wemen and of catell, thou and Eleasar the prest, and the chefe fathers of the congregacion, Numbers 31:27 and geue ye halfe vnto those that toke the warre vpon them, and wente out to the battayll, and ye other halfe to the congregacion. Numbers 31:28 And of the men of warre that wente out to ye battayll, thou shalt heue vnto the LORDE one soule of fyue hundreth, both of the wemen, oxen, Asses and shepe: Numbers 31:29 Of their halfe parte shalt thou take it, and geue it vnto Eleasar the prest for an Heueofferynge vnto the LORDE. Numbers 31:30 But of the children of Israels halfe parte, thou shalt take one heade of fyftie, both of the wemen, oxen, Asses and shepe, and of all the catell, and shalt geue them vnto the Leuites, that wayte vpon the habitacio of the LORDE. Numbers 31:31 And Moses and Eleasar the prest dyd as the LORDE commaunded Moses. Numbers 31:32 And the spoyle and praye which ye men of warre had spoyled, was sixe hundreth thousande and fyue and seuentye thousande shepe, Numbers 31:33 two and seuentye thousande oxen, Numbers 31:34 one & thre score thousande Asses: Numbers 31:35 and the wemen yt had knowne no men ner lyen wt them, were two and thirtie thousande soules. Numbers 31:36 And the halfe parte which belonged vnto them that wente to the warre, was in nobre thre hundreth thousande, and seuen and thirtie thousande, and fyue hundreth shepe: Numbers 31:37 of the which the LORDE had sixe hundreth, & fyue and seuentye shepe. Numbers 31:38 Item sixe and thirtie thousande oxen: wherof the LORDE had two & seuentye. Numbers 31:39 Item thirtie thousande fyue hundreth Asses: wherof the LORDE had one & thre score. Numbers 31:40 Item sixtene thousande soules of wemen: wherof the LORDE had two & thirtie. Numbers 31:41 And Moses gaue this heueofferynge of the LORDE vnto Eleasar the prest, as the LORDE commaunded him. Numbers 31:42 As for the other halfe which Moses deuyded vnto the children of Israel fro thorne; men of warre Numbers 31:43 (namely ye halfe that fell to the congregacion) it was also thre hundreth thousande, and seuen and thyrtie thousande, & fyue hundreth shepe, Numbers 31:44 sixe and thirtie thousande oxen, Numbers 31:45 thyrtie thousande & fyue hundreth Asses, Numbers 31:46 and sixtene thousande wemen soules. Numbers 31:47 And of this halfe of the childre of Israel toke Moses one of euery fyftie, both of the catell & of the wemen, and gaue them vnto ye Leuites, that waited vpon the habitacio of the LORDE, as ye LORDE comauded Moses.

The voluntary oblation unto the treasury of the LORD.

Numbers 31:48 And the captaynes ouer ye thousandes of the hoost, namely they that were ouer thousandes and ouer hundreds, came forth vnto Moses, and sayde vnto him: Numbers 31:49 Thy seruauntes haue taken ye summe of ye men of warre, that were vnder oure hande, and there lacked not one: Numbers 31:50 therfore brynge we a present vnto the LORDE, what euery one hath foude of Iewels of golde, cheynes, bracelettes, rynges, earinges, and taches, that oure soules maye be reconcyled before the LORDE. Numbers 31:51 And Moses and Eleasar ye prest toke of them ye golde of all maner ornamentes. Numbers 31:52 And all the golde of the Heueofferynge that they Heued vnto the LORDE, was sixtene thousande and seuen hundreth and fyftye Sycles, of the captaynes ouer thousandes and hundreds. Numbers 31:53 For loke what euery one had spoyled, that was his awne. Numbers 31:54 And Moses wt Eleasar the prest toke the golde of the captaynes ouer thousandes and hundreds, and broughte it in to the Tabernacle of witnesse for a remembraunce of the children of Israel before the LORDE.

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