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Numbers 31

The Midianites are spoiled, and Balaam slain.

Numbers 31:1 And the Lorde spake vnto Moses, sayinge: Numbers 31:2 auenge the chyldren of Israel of the Madianites, and afterwarde shalt thou be gathered vnto thy people. Numbers 31:3 And Moses spake vnto þe folke sayinge. Harnesse some of you vnto warre, and let them go vpon the Madianites, and auenge the Lorde of the Madianites. Numbers 31:4 Lett there be chosen a thousande out of euery tribe of Israel, that out of all þe tribes ye may send some to the warre. Numbers 31:5 And there were taken out of the thousandes of Israel, twelue thousande prepared vnto warre, of euery trybe a thousande. Numbers 31:6 And Moses sent them to the warre, euen a thousande of euery trybe, and with them, Phineas the sonne of Eleazar the preaste, and the holy vesselles: and the trompettes to blowe were in hys hande. Numbers 31:7 And they warred agaynst the Madianites, as the Lorde commaunded Moses, & slue all the males. Numbers 31:8 And they slue the kinges of Madian amonge other that were sleyne: Namely Eui, and Rekem, Zur and Hur and Reba: fyue kinges of Madian wt Balaam the sonne of Beor, whom they slue wt the sweard: Numbers 31:9 And the chyldren of Israel toke all the wemen of Madian presoners, & their chyldren: and spoiled all their catell, and all their flockes, and all their goodes. Numbers 31:10 And they burnt al their cityes wherin they dwelt, and all their castels with fier. Numbers 31:11 And they toke all þe spoyle and all that they coulde catch both of men and beastes. Numbers 31:12 And they brought the captiues and that which they had taken and the spoile vnto Moses and Eleazar the preaste, and vnto the company of the children of Israel, euen vnto the hoost þt were in the feldes of Moab by Iordan, oueragaynst Iericho.

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

Numbers 31:13 And Moses and Eleazar the preast, and all the lordes of the congregacion went out of the hoost against them. Numbers 31:14 And Moses was angrye with the officers of the hoost, with þe captaynes ouer thousandes and ouer hundredes, which came from the warre and battayll: Numbers 31:15 and Moses sayde vnto them: Haue ye saued all the wemen alyue? Numbers 31:16 beholde, these caused the children of Israel thorow the councell of Balaam, to commyt trespace against the Lorde, in the busynes of Peor, & there folowed a plage among the congregacion of the Lorde. Numbers 31:17 Nowe therfore, sleye all the men children, and the wemen þt haue lien with men fleshly. Numbers 31:18 But all the wemen children that haue not lyen with men, 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 hoost seuen dayes, all þt haue kylled any persone: & all that haue touched any deed body, and purify both your selues and your presoners, the .iij. daye & the .vij. Numbers 31:20 And sprynkle all your raymentes and all that is made of skinnes, and al worke of goates heer, and all thinges made of wodd.

Numbers 31:21 And Eleazar the preaste sayde vnto the men of warre, which came from the battayll: this is the ordinaunce of the lawe which the Lorde commaunded Moses: Numbers 31:22 Golde, syluer, brasse, and yron tyn and lead, Numbers 31:23 and all that maye abyde the fier, ye shall make it go thorowe the fier, and it shalbe cleane. Neuerthelesse, it shalbe sprynked with sprynkling water. And all that suffreth not the fier ye shall make go thorowe the water. Numbers 31:24 And washe youre clothes the seuenth daye, and ye shalbe cleane. And afterwarde come into the hooste.

The proportion whereby the prey is to be divided.

Numbers 31:25 And þe Lorde spake vnto Moses, saying: Numbers 31:26 take the summe of the praye that was taken both of the wemen and of catell, thou & Eleazar the preaste, and the auncient fathers of of the congregacyon. Numbers 31:27 And deuyde it into two partes, betwene them þt toke the warre vpon them, and went out to battayll: and all the congregacion. Numbers 31:28 And take a porcyon vnto the Lorde of the men of warre, which went out to battayll: one soule of fyue hundred, both of the wemen and of the oxen, and of the asses, and of the shepe: Numbers 31:29 and ye shall take it of theyr halfe, and geue it vnto Eeleazar the preast, as an heueoffering of þe Lord. Numbers 31:30 And of the halfe of the chyldren of Israel, þu shalt take one porcion of fyfty, of the wemen, of the oxen, of the asses and of the shepe, and of all maner of beastes: and geue them vnto the Leuites, which wayte vpon the habitacyon of the Lorde. Numbers 31:31 And Moses and Eleazar the preaste dyd as the Lorde commaunded Moses. Numbers 31:32 And the botye and the praye which the men of warre had caught, was syxe hundred thousande, and .lxxv. thousande shepe: Numbers 31:33 and .lxxij. thousande oxen Numbers 31:34 .lxj. thousande asses: Numbers 31:35 and .xxxij. thousande soules of wemen, that had lyen by no man. Numbers 31:36 And the halfe which was the parte of them that went out to warre, was thre hundred thousande and seuen and thirtye thousande and .v. hundred shepe. Numbers 31:37 And the Lordes part of the shepe was syxe hundred and .lxxv. Numbers 31:38 And the oxen were .xxxvi. thousande, of which þe Lordes parte was .lxxii. Numbers 31:39 And the asses were .xxx. thousande and fyue hundred, of which the Lordes parte was .lxi. Numbers 31:40 And the soules of wemen were .xvi. thousande, of whyche þe Lordes parte was .xxxij. soules. Numbers 31:41 And Moses gaue that summe which was the Lordes heue offeryng, vnto Eleazar the preaste: as the Lorde commaunded Moses. Numbers 31:42 And the other halfe of the chyldren of Israel whiche Moses separated from the men of warre, Numbers 31:43 (þt is to wete the halfe þt perteyned vnto the congregacion) was .iij. hundred thousande, and .xxxvij. thousande & fyue hundred shepe: Numbers 31:44 and .xxxvi. thousande oxen: Numbers 31:45 and .xxx. thousand asses, and fyue hundred: Numbers 31:46 and .xvi. thousande soules of wemen. Numbers 31:47 And Moses toke of his halfe that perteyned vnto the children of Israel, one porcyon of fyftye, both of þe wemen and of the catell, and gaue them vnto þe Leuites, which wayted vpon the habitacyon of the Lorde, as the Lorde commaunded Moses.

The voluntary oblation unto the treasury of the LORD.

Numbers 31:48 And the offycers of thousandes of the hooste, the captaynes ouer the thousandes, and the captaynes ouer the hundredes came forth, and sayde vnto Moses: Numbers 31:49 Thy seruauntes haue taken the summe of þe men of warre, which are vnder oure auctoryte, and there lacketh not one man of vs. Numbers 31:50 We haue therfore brought a present vnto the Lorde what euery man founde of iewels of golde, cheyns, bracellettes, rynges, earynges and spangels, to make an atonement for our soules before the Lorde. Numbers 31:51 And Moses and Eleazar toke the golde of them, iewels of all maner fashions. Numbers 31:52 And all the golde of the heueoffering that they heued vp to the Lorde, (of the captaynes ouer thousandes and hundredes) was .xvi. thousande .vij. hundred and fyftye sycles, Numbers 31:53 for the men of warre had spoyled, euery man for him selfe. Numbers 31:54 And Moses and Eleazar the prest toke the golde of the captaynes ouer þe thousandes and of the captaynes ouer the hundredes, & brought it into the tabernacle of witnes, for a memoriall of the children of Israel before the Lorde.

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