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Numbers 31

The Midianites are spoiled, and Balaam slain.

Numbers 31:1 And the Lorde spake vnto Moses, saying, Numbers 31:2 Reuenge the children of Israel of the Midianites, and afterwarde shalt thou be gathered vnto thy people. Numbers 31:3 And Moses spake to the people, saying, Harnesse some of you vnto warre, and let them goe against Midian, to execute the vengeance of the Lord against Midian. Numbers 31:4 A thousande of euery tribe throughout all the tribes of Israel, shall ye sende to the warre. Numbers 31:5 So there were taken out of the thousands of Israel, twelue thousande prepared vnto warre, of euery tribe a thousand. Numbers 31:6 And Moses sent them to the warre, euen a thousand of euery tribe, and sent them with Phinehas the sonne of Eleazar the Priest to the warre: and the holy instruments, that is, the trumpets to blow were in his hand. Numbers 31:7 And they warred against Midian, as the Lorde had commaunded Moses, and slue all the males. Numbers 31:8 They slue also the Kings of Midian among them that were slaine: Eui and Rekem, and Zur, and Hur and Reba fiue kings of Midian, and they slue Balaam the sonne of Beor with the sworde: Numbers 31:9 But the children of Israel tooke the women of Midian prisoners, and their children, and spoyled all their cattell, and all their flockes, and all their goods. Numbers 31:10 And they burnt all their cities, wherein they dwelt, and all their villages with fire. Numbers 31:11 And they tooke all the spoyle and all the pray both of men and beastes. Numbers 31:12 And they brought the captiues and that which they had taken, and the spoyle vnto Moses and to Eleazar the Priest, and vnto the Congregation of the children of Israel, into ye campe in the playne of Moab, which was by Iorden toward Iericho.

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

Numbers 31:13 Then Moses and Eleazar the Priest, and all the princes of the Congregation went out of the campe to meete them. Numbers 31:14 And Moses was angry with the captaines of the hoste, with the captaines ouer thousands, and captaines ouer hundreds, which came from the warre and battel. Numbers 31:15 And Moses sayde vnto them, What? haue ye saued all the women? Numbers 31:16 Behold, these caused the children of Israel through the counsell of Balaam to commit a trespasse against the Lorde, as concerning Peor, and there came a plague among the Congregation of the Lorde. Numbers 31:17 Now therefore, slay all the males among the children, and kill all the women that haue knowen man by carnall copulation. Numbers 31:18 But all the women children that haue not knowen carnall copulation, keepe aliue for your selues.

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

Numbers 31:19 And ye shal remaine without the host seuen dayes, all that haue killed any person, and all that haue touched any dead, and purifie both your selues and your prisoners the third day and the seuenth. Numbers 31:20 Also ye shall purifie euery garment and all that is made of skins & al worke of goates heare, and all things made of wood.

Numbers 31:21 And Eleazar ye Priest sayd vnto the men of warre, which went to the battel, This is the ordinance of the law which the Lorde commanded Moses, Numbers 31:22 As for gold, and siluer, brasse, yron, tynne, and lead: Numbers 31:23 Euen all that may abide the fire, yee shall make it goe through the fire, and it shalbe cleane: yet, it shalbe purified with the water of purification: and all that suffereth not the fire, yee shall cause to passe by the water. Numbers 31:24 Ye shal wash also your clothes the seuenth day, and ye shalbe cleane: and afterward ye shal come into the Hoste.

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 praie that was taken, both of persons and of cattell, thou and Eleazar the Priest, and the chiefe fathers of the Congregation. Numbers 31:27 And deuide the praye betweene the souldiers that went to the warre, and all the Congregation. Numbers 31:28 And thou shalt take a tribute vnto ye Lord of the men of warre, which went out to battel: one person of fiue hundreth, both of the persons, and of the beeues, & of the asses, & of the sheepe. Numbers 31:29 Yee shall take it of their halfe and giue it vnto Eleazar the Priest, as an heaue offring of the Lorde. Numbers 31:30 But of the halfe of the children of Israel thou shalt take one, taken out of fiftie, both of the persons, of the beeues, of the asses, and of the sheepe, euen of all the cattel: and thou shalt giue them vnto the Leuites, which haue the charge of the Tabernacle of the Lord. Numbers 31:31 And Moses and Eleazar the priest did as the Lord had commanded Moses. Numbers 31:32 And the bootie, to wit, the rest of the praie which the men of warre had spoyled, was sixe hundreth seuentie and fiue thousand sheepe, Numbers 31:33 And seuentie and two thousand beeues, Numbers 31:34 And three score and one thousand asses, Numbers 31:35 And two and thirtie thousande persons in all, of women that had lyen by no man. Numbers 31:36 And the halfe, to wit, the part of them that went out to warre touching the nomber of sheepe, was three hundreth seuen and thirtie thousand, and fiue hundreth. Numbers 31:37 And the Lordes tribute of the sheepe was sixe hundreth and seuentie and fiue: Numbers 31:38 And the beeues were six & thirty thousad, whereof the Lordes tribute was seuentie & two. Numbers 31:39 And the asses were thirtie thousande and fiue hundreth, whereof the Lordes tribute was three score and one: Numbers 31:40 And of persons sixtene thousand, whereof the Lordes tribute was two and thirtie persons. Numbers 31:41 And Moses gaue the tribute of the Lordes offring vnto Eleazar the Priest, as the Lorde had commanded Moses. Numbers 31:42 And of the halfe of the children of Israel, which Moses deuided from the men of warre, Numbers 31:43 (For the halfe that perteined vnto the Congregation, was three hundreth thirtie and seuen thousand sheepe and fiue hundreth, Numbers 31:44 And sixe and thirtie thousand beeues, Numbers 31:45 And thirtie thousand asses, & fiue hudreth, Numbers 31:46 And sixteene thousande persons) Numbers 31:47 Moses, I say, tooke of the halfe that perteined vnto the children of Israel, one taken out of fiftie, both of the persons, and of the cattell, and gaue them vnto the Leuites, which haue the charge of the Tabernacle of the Lorde, as the Lorde had commanded Moses.

The voluntary oblation unto the treasury of the LORD.

Numbers 31:48 Then the captaines which were ouer thousandes of the hoste, the captaines ouer the thousandes, and the captaines ouer the hundreds came vnto Moses: Numbers 31:49 And saide to Moses, Thy seruants haue taken the summe of the men of warre which are vnder our authoritie, and there lacketh not one man of vs. Numbers 31:50 We haue therefore brought a present vnto the Lorde, what euery man found of iewels of golde, bracelets, and cheines, rings, eare ringes, and ornaments of the legges, to make an atonement for our soules before the Lorde. Numbers 31:51 And Moses and Eleazar the Priest tooke the golde of them, and all wrought iewels, Numbers 31:52 And all the golde of the offring that they offered vp to the Lorde (of the captaines ouer thousands and hundreds) was sixteene thousande seuen hundreth and fiftie shekels, Numbers 31:53 (For the men of warre had spoyled, euery man for him selfe) Numbers 31:54 And Moses and Eleazar the Priest tooke the golde of the captaines ouer the thousandes, and ouer the hundreds, and brought it into the Tabernacle of the Congregation, for a memoriall of the children of Israel before the Lorde.

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