The Midianites are spoiled, and Balaam slain.
Numbers 31:1 Then spake Yahweh unto Moses, saying: Numbers 31:2 Exact thou, the avenging of the sons of Israel, from the Midianites,and, afterwards, shalt thou be withdrawn unto thy kinsfolk. Numbers 31:3 So Moses spake unto the people, saying, Arm ye from among you men, for the war,and let them go against Midian, to render the avenging of Yahweh upon Midian. Numbers 31:4 A thousand from each tribe,of all the tribes of Israel, shall ye send forth unto the war. Numbers 31:5 And there volunteered out of the thousands of Israel, a thousand of each tribe,twelve thousand, armed for war. Numbers 31:6 And Moses sent them, a thousand of each tribe, to the war,them, and Phinehas son of Eleazar the priest, to the war, with the vessels of the sanctuary, and the alarm trumpets, in his hand. Numbers 31:7 So they made war upon Midian, as Yahweh had commanded Moses,and slew every male: Numbers 31:8 and, the kings of Midian, slew they besides their other slainnamely, Evi, and Rekem, and Zur, and Hur, and Reba, five kings of Midian,Balaam also, son of Beor, slew they with the sword. Numbers 31:9 And the sons of Israel took captive the women of Midian, and their little ones,all their cattle also, and all their flocks, and all their substance, carried they off as a prey; Numbers 31:10 all their cities also, in their sites, and all their encampments, burned they up with fire. Numbers 31:11 Then took they all the spoil, and all the booty,both of man and beast; Numbers 31:12 and brought in unto Moses, and unto Eleazar the priest, and unto the assembly of the sons of Israelthe captives, and the booty, and the spoil, unto the camp,unto the waste plains of Moab, which are by Jordan, near Jericho.
Moses is wroth with the officers for saving the women alive.
Numbers 31:13 And Moses, and Eleazar the priest, and all the princes of the assembly, went forth to meet them,unto the outside, of the camp. Numbers 31:14 Then was Moses sore displeased with the officers of the force,the princes of thousands, and the princes of hundreds, who were coming in from the warring host. Numbers 31:15 And Moses said unto them,Have ye saved alive every female? Numbers 31:16 Lo! they, became unto the sons of Israel, by the advice of Balaam, the cause of daring acts of treachery against Yahweh, over the affair of Peor,and then came the plague against the assembly of Yahweh! Numbers 31:17 Now, therefore, slay ye every male among the young,every woman also that hath cohabited with man, slay ye. Numbers 31:18 But, all the young of womankind that have not cohabited with man, preserve alive for yourselves.
How the soldiers, with their captives and spoil, are to be purified.
Numbers 31:19 Ye, then, pitch outside the camp, for seven days,whosoever hath killed a person, and whoever hath touched the slain, cleanse yourselves (from sin) on the third day, and on the seventh day, ye, and your captives. Numbers 31:20 Every garment also, and every article of skin, and every thing made of goat's-hair, and every article of wood, shall ye cleanse (from sin).
Numbers 31:21 Then said Eleazar the priest unto the men of the host, who had been to the war: This, is the statute of the law, which Yahweh hath commanded Moses: Numbers 31:22 Surely, the gold, and the silver,the bronze, the iron, the tin and the lead, Numbers 31:23 whatsoever thing can go into fire, ye shall pass through fire, and it shall be clean, only, with the water of separation, shall ye cleanse it (from sin). But, whatsoever cannot go into fire, ye shall pass through water. Numbers 31:24 And ye shall wash your clothes, on the seventh day, and be clean,and, afterwards, shall ye come into the camp.
The proportion whereby the prey is to be divided.
Numbers 31:25 Then spake Yahweh unto Moses, saying: Numbers 31:26 Reckon thou up the sum of the booty that was captured, both of man and of beast,thou, and Eleazar the priest, and the ancestral heads of the assembly; Numbers 31:27 and divide the booty into two parts, between them who took upon them the war, who went out in the host,and all the [rest of the] assembly. Numbers 31:28 Then shalt thou levy a tribute unto Yahwehfrom the men of war, who went forth in the host, one living thing, out of five hundred,of the human beings, and of the herd, and of the asses, and of the flock: Numbers 31:29 out of their half, shall ye take [them],and thou shall give [them] unto Eleazar the priest, as a heave-offering unto Yahweh. Numbers 31:30 And, out of the half allotted to the sons of Israel, shalt thou take one allotted portion out of fifty, of the human beings, of the herd, of the asses and of the flock, of all the cattle,and shalt give them unto the Levites, who keep the charge of the habitation of Yahweh. Numbers 31:31 And Moses and Eleazar the priest did,As Yahweh commanded Moses. Numbers 31:32 And it came to pass that the booty, over and above the prey which the people of the host had seized, was,of the flock, six hundred and seventy-five thousand; Numbers 31:33 and, of the herd, seventy-two thousand; Numbers 31:34 and, of the asses, sixty-one thousand; Numbers 31:35 and, of the human persons, even of the woman-kind who had not cohabited with man,all the persons, thirty-two thousand. Numbers 31:36 And the half, the share of them who had gone forth in the host, was,the number of the flockthree hundred and thirty-seven thousand, and five hundred; Numbers 31:37 and so, the tribute unto Yahweh, out of the flock, wassix hundred and seventy-five; Numbers 31:38 and, the herd, thirty-six thousand,and, the tribute of them unto Yahwehseventy-two; Numbers 31:39 and, the asses, thirty thousand, and five hundred,and, the tribute of them unto Yahweh, sixty-one; Numbers 31:40 and, the human persons, sixteen thousand,and, the tribute of them unto Yahweh, thirty-two persons. Numbers 31:41 And Moses gave the tributethe heave-offering of Yahweh, unto Eleazar the priest,As Yahweh commanded Moses. Numbers 31:42 And, of the half, allotted unto the sons of Israel,which Moses halved away from the men who had gone out in the host, Numbers 31:43 the half allotted unto the assembly, wasof the flock, three hundred and thirty-seven thousand, and five hundred; Numbers 31:44 and, of the herd, six and thirty thousand; Numbers 31:45 and, of asses, thirty thousand and five hundred; Numbers 31:46 and, human persons, sixteen thousand. Numbers 31:47 So then Moses tookout of the half belonging to the sons of Israel, the allotted portion, one out of fifty, of the human beings, and of the beasts,and gave them unto the Levites, the keepers of the charge of the habitation of Yahweh, As Yahweh commanded Moses.
The voluntary oblation unto the treasury of the LORD.
Numbers 31:48 Then came near unto Moses, the officers who belonged unto the thousands of the host,the princes of thousands, and the princes of hundreds; Numbers 31:49 and said unto Moses, Thy servants, have reckoned up the sum of the men of war who are in our hand,and there is not missed from among us, a man! Numbers 31:50 Therefore have we brought near an offering unto Yahweh, what, each man, hath foundarticles of gold, ankle chains and bracelets, rings, earrings and buckles,to put a propitiatory-covering over our souls, before Yahweh. Numbers 31:51 So Moses, and Eleazar the priest took the gold, of them,all the wrought articles. Numbers 31:52 And all the gold of the heave-offering which they offered up unto Yahweh, wassixteen thousand, seven hundred and fifty shekels,of the princes of thousands, and of the princes of hundreds. Numbers 31:53 The men of the host, had taken prey, each man for himself. Numbers 31:54 So then Moses and Eleazar the priest took the gold of the princes of thousands, and hundreds,and brought it into the tent of meeting, as a memorial for the sons of Israel, before Yahweh.