The Midianites are spoiled, and Balaam slain.
Numbers 31:1 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, Numbers 31:2 Avenge the children of Israel of the Midianites: afterward shalt thou be gathered to thy people. Numbers 31:3 And Moses spoke to the people, saying, Arm some of yourselves for the war, and let them go against the Midianites, and avenge the LORD on Midian. Numbers 31:4 Of every tribe a thousand, throughout all the tribes of Israel, shall ye send to the war. Numbers 31:5 So there were delivered out of the thousands of Israel, a thousand of [every] tribe, twelve thousand armed for war. Numbers 31:6 And Moses sent them to the war, a thousand of [every] tribe, them and Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest, to the war, with the holy instruments, and the trumpets to blow in his hand. Numbers 31:7 And they warred against the Midianites, as the LORD commanded Moses; and they slew all the males. Numbers 31:8 And they slew the kings of Midian, besides the rest of them that were slain; [namely], Evi, and Rekem, and Zur, and Hur, and Reba, five kings of Midian: Balaam also the son of Beor they slew with the sword. Numbers 31:9 And the children of Israel took [all] the women of Midian captives, and their little ones, and took the spoil of all their cattle, and all their flocks, and all their goods. Numbers 31:10 And they burnt all their cities in which they dwelt, and all their goodly castles, with fire. Numbers 31:11 And they took all the spoil, and all the prey, [both] of men and of beasts. Numbers 31:12 And they brought the captives, and the prey, and the spoil to Moses and Eleazar the priest, and to the congregation of the children of Israel, to the camp at the 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 congregation, went forth to meet them without the camp. Numbers 31:14 And Moses was wroth with the officers of the host, [with] the captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, who came from the battle. Numbers 31:15 And Moses said to them, Have ye saved all the women alive? Numbers 31:16 Behold, these caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to commit trespass against the LORD, in the matter of Peor, and there was a plague among the congregation of the LORD. Numbers 31:17 Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him. Numbers 31:18 But all the female children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves.
How the soldiers, with their captives and spoil, are to be purified.
Numbers 31:19 And do ye abide without the camp seven days: whoever hath killed any person, and whoever hath touched any slain, purify [both] yourselves and your captives on the third day, and on the seventh day. Numbers 31:20 And purify all [your] raiment, and all that is made of skins, and all work of goats' [hair], and all things made of wood.
Numbers 31:21 And Eleazar the priest said to the men of war who went to the battle, This [is] the ordinance of the law which the LORD commanded Moses; Numbers 31:22 Only the gold, and the silver, the brass, the iron, the tin, and the lead, Numbers 31:23 Every thing that may abide the fire, ye shall make [it] go through the fire, and it shall be clean: nevertheless it shall be purified with the water of separation: and all that abideth not the fire ye shall make go through the water. Numbers 31:24 And ye shall wash your clothes on the seventh day, and ye shall be clean, and afterward ye shall come into the camp.
The proportion whereby the prey is to be divided.
Numbers 31:25 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, Numbers 31:26 Take the sum of the prey that was taken, [both] of man and of beast, thou, and Eleazar the priest, and the chief fathers of the congregation: Numbers 31:27 And divide the prey into two parts; between them that took the war upon them, who went out to battle, and between all the congregation: Numbers 31:28 And levy a tribute to the LORD of the men of war who went out to battle: one soul of five hundred, [both] of the persons, and of the beeves, and of the asses, and of the sheep: Numbers 31:29 Take [it] of their half, and give [it] to Eleazar the priest, [for] a heave-offering of the LORD. Numbers 31:30 And of the children of Israel's half, thou shalt take one portion of fifty, of the persons, of the beeves, of the asses, and of the flocks, of all manner of beasts, and give them to the Levites, who keep the charge of the tabernacle of the LORD. Numbers 31:31 And Moses and Eleazar the priest did as the LORD commanded Moses. Numbers 31:32 And the booty, [being] the rest of the prey which the men of war had taken, was six hundred thousand and seventy thousand and five thousand sheep, Numbers 31:33 And seventy two thousand beeves, Numbers 31:34 And sixty one thousand asses, Numbers 31:35 And thirty and two thousand persons in all, of women that had not known man by lying with him. Numbers 31:36 And the half [which was] the portion of them that went out to war, was in number three hundred thousand and seven and thirty thousand and five hundred sheep: Numbers 31:37 And the LORD'S tribute of the sheep was six hundred and seventy five. Numbers 31:38 And the beeves [were] thirty and six thousand; of which the LORD'S tribute [was] seventy two. Numbers 31:39 And the asses [were] thirty thousand and five hundred; of which the LORD'S tribute [was] sixty one. Numbers 31:40 And the persons [were] sixteen thousand, of which the LORD'S tribute [was] thirty and two persons. Numbers 31:41 And Moses gave the tribute, [which was] the LORD'S heave-offering, to Eleazar the priest, as the LORD commanded Moses. Numbers 31:42 And of the children of Israel's half, which Moses divided from the men that warred, Numbers 31:43 (Now the half [that pertained to] the congregation was three hundred thousand and thirty thousand [and] seven thousand and five hundred sheep, Numbers 31:44 And thirty and six thousand beeves, Numbers 31:45 And thirty thousand asses and five hundred, Numbers 31:46 And sixteen thousand persons;) Numbers 31:47 Even of the children of Israel's half, Moses took one portion of fifty, [both] of man and of beast, and gave them to the Levites, who kept the charge of the tabernacle of the LORD; as the LORD commanded Moses.
The voluntary oblation unto the treasury of the LORD.
Numbers 31:48 And the officers who [were] over thousands of the hosts, the captains of thousands, and captains of hundreds, came near to Moses: Numbers 31:49 And they said to Moses, Thy servants have taken the sum of the men of war who [are] under our charge, and there lacketh not one man of us. Numbers 31:50 We have therefore brought an oblation for the LORD, what every man hath obtained of jewels of gold, chains, and bracelets, rings, ear-rings, and tablets, to make an atonement for our souls before the LORD. Numbers 31:51 And Moses and Eleazar the priest took the gold of them, [even] all wrought jewels. Numbers 31:52 And all the gold of the offering that they offered to the LORD, of the captains of thousands, and of the captains of hundreds, was sixteen thousand seven hundred and fifty shekels. Numbers 31:53 ([For] the men of war had taken spoil, every man for himself.) Numbers 31:54 And Moses and Eleazar the priest took the gold of the captains of thousands, and of hundreds, and brought it into the tabernacle of the congregation, [for] a memorial for the children of Israel before the LORD.