Matthew Bible

Numbers 31

The Midianites are spoiled, and Balaam slain.

Numbers 31:1 And the Lorde spake vnto Moses saying: Numbers 31:2 aueng the chyldren of Israel of the Madianites, and afterward be geathered vnto thy people. Numbers 31:3 And Moses spake vnto the folke saying: Harnesse some of you vnto warre, & let them go vpon the Madianites and auenge the Lord of the Madianites. Numbers 31:4 Ye shal sende vnto the warre a thousand of euery trybe thorow out all the trybes of Israell. Numbers 31:5 And there were taken oute of the thousandes of Israell .xij. thousand prepared vnto warre, of euery trybe a thousande. Numbers 31:6 And Moses sent them a thousande of euery trybe, wyth Phineas the sonne of Eleazar the Preast to warre, and the holy vessels and the trompettes to blowe in hys hande. Numbers 31:7 And they warred agaynst the Madianites, as the Lord commaunded Moses, and slewe al the males. Numbers 31:8 And they slewe þe kynges of Madian amonge other that were slayne: Eui, Rehem, zur, Hur & Reba: fyue kynges of Madian. And they slew Balaam þe sonne of Beor with the swerde. Numbers 31:9 And the children of Israel toke all the wemen of Madian presoners and their chyldren, and spoyled al theyr catel, their substance and their goodes. Numbers 31:10 And they burnt al their cities wherin they dwelt, and al their castels with fyre. Numbers 31:11 And they toke all the spoyle and al they coulde catche, both of men and beastes. Numbers 31:12 And they broughte the captyues and that which they had taken and all the spoyle vnto Moses and Eleazar the Preast and vnto the company of the children of Israel, euen vnto the hoste, in the feldes of Moab by Iordan nye to Iericho.

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

Numbers 31:13 And Moses and Eleazar the Preast and al the Lordes of the congregacion went out of the hoste agaynst them. Numbers 31:14 And Moses was angrye with the offycers of the hoste, wyth the captaynes ouer thousandes and ouer hundredes, whyche came from warre & battell, Numbers 31:15 and sayd vnto them: Haue ye saued the wemen alyue? Numbers 31:16 beholde these caused the chyldren of Israel thorow Balam, to commyt trespace agaynst the Lorde, by the reason of Peor, & there folowed a plage among the congregacion of the Lorde. Numbers 31:17 Now therfore slee al the men chyldren and the wemen that haue lien with men fleshlye: Numbers 31:18 But all the wemen chyldren that haue not lyen with men, kepe a lyue for your selues.

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

Numbers 31:19 And lodge without the hoste seuen dayes al that haue kylled any persone and al that haue touched any dead body, & purifye both your selues & youre presoners the .iij. day and the .vij. Numbers 31:20 And sprynkle al your raymentes and all that is made of skynnes, and al worke of gootes here, and al thynges made of wood.

Numbers 31:21 And Eleazar the Preast sayde vnto al the men of warre which went out to battel: this is the ordinaunce of the law which the Lord commaunded Moses: Numbers 31:22 Golde, syluer, brasse, yron, tyn and leade, Numbers 31:23 and all that may abyde the fyre, ye shall make it go thorow the fyre, & then it is cleane. Neuerthelater, it shalbe sprynkled with sprynklynge water. And all that suffreth not the fyre, ye shall make goo thorow the water. Numbers 31:24 And wash youre clothes the seuenth day, and then ye are cleane. And afterward 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 pray that was taken, both of the wemen & of catell, thou & Eleazar the preast and the auncient heades of the congregacion. Numbers 31:27 And deuyde it in to two partis, betwene them that toke the warre vpon them and went out to battell and al the congregacion. Numbers 31:28 And take a porcion vnto the Lord of the men of warre which went out to battell: one of fyue hundred, of the wemen and of the oxen and of the asses and of the shepe: Numbers 31:29 and ye shal take it of their halfe and geue it vnto Eleazar the preast, an heaueofferynge vnto the Lorde. Numbers 31:30 And of the halfe of the chyldren of Israel, take one 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 Lord. Numbers 31:31 And Moses and Eleazar the preast did as the Lorde commaunded Moses. Numbers 31:32 And the botye and the praye which the men of warre had caught was .vi. hundred thousande and .lxxv. thousand shepe: Numbers 31:33 & .lxxij. thousand oxen Numbers 31:34 .lxi. thousande asses: Numbers 31:35 and .xxxij. thousand wemen that had lyen by no man. Numbers 31:36 And the halfe which was the parte of them þt went out to warre, was .iij. hundred thousande and .xxxvij. thousande and fyue hundred shepe: Numbers 31:37 And the Lordes parte of the shepe was .vi. hundred and .lxxv. Numbers 31:38 And the oxen were .xxxvi. thousande, of which the Lordes parte was .lxxij. Numbers 31:39 And the asses were .xxx. thousande and fyue hundred, of whych the Lordes parte was .lxi. Numbers 31:40 And the wemen were .xvi. thousande, of whiche the Lordes parte was .xxxij. soules. Numbers 31:41 And Moses gaue that summe which was the lordes heaueoffryng vnto Eleazar the preast: as the Lorde commaunded Moses. Numbers 31:42 And the other halfe of the chyldren of Israel which Moses separated from the men of warre Numbers 31:43 (that is to wete, the halfe that pertayned vnto the congregacion) was .iij. hundred thousande and .xxxvij. thousand and fyue hundred shepe: Numbers 31:44 & .xxxvi. thousande oxen: Numbers 31:45 and .xxx. thousand asses and fyue hundred: Numbers 31:46 & .xvi. thousande wemen. Numbers 31:47 And Moses toke of this halfe that pertayned vnto þe chyldren of Israel: one of euery fyftye, both of the wemen and of the catel, and gaue them vnto the Leuites whyche wayted vpon the habitacion 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 hoste, the captaynes ouer the thousandes and the captaynes ouer the hundredes came forth & sayd vnto Moses: Numbers 31:49 Thy seruauntes haue taken the summe of the men of warre, which were vnder oure hand, and there lacked, not one man of them. Numbers 31:50 We haue therfore brought a present vnto the Lorde what euery man found of Iewels of golde, cheynes, bracelettes, rynges, earynges and spangels, to make an attonement for our soules before the Lord. Numbers 31:51 And Moses and Eleazar toke the golde of them: Iewels of all maner facions. Numbers 31:52 And al the gold of the heaueoffring of þe Lord, of the captaynes ouer thousandes & hundredes was .xvi. thousand .vij. hundred and .l. sicles Numbers 31:53 for the men of warre had spoyled, euery man for him selfe. Numbers 31:54 And Moses & Eleazar þe preast toke the golde of the captaynes ouer þe thousandes and ouer the hundredes, and brought it into the tabernacle of wytnesse: to be a memorial vnto the children of Israel, before the Lorde.

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