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Numbers 31 :: Legacy Standard Bible (LSB)

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Vengeance on Midian

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:1 -

Then Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying,

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:2 - “Take full vengeance for the sons of Israel on the Midianites; afterward you will be gathered to your people.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:3 - And Moses spoke to the people, saying, “Arm men from among you for the war, that they may [fn]go against Midian to execute Yahweh’s vengeance on Midian.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:4 - “One thousand from each tribe of all the tribes of Israel you shall send to the war.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:5 - So there were [fn]furnished from the thousands of Israel, one thousand from each tribe, twelve thousand armed for war.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:6 - And Moses sent them, one thousand from each tribe, to the war, and Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest, to the war with them, and the holy vessels and the trumpets for the alarm in his hand.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:7 - So they made war against Midian, just as Yahweh had commanded Moses, and they killed every male.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:8 - They killed the kings of Midian along with the rest of their slain: Evi and Rekem and Zur and Hur and Reba, the five kings of Midian; they also killed Balaam the son of Beor with the sword.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:9 - And the sons of Israel captured the women of Midian and their little ones; and all their cattle and all their flocks and all their goods they plundered.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:10 - Then they burned all their cities where they lived and all their camps with fire.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:11 - And they took all the spoil and all the loot, both of man and of beast.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:12 - And they brought the captives and the loot and the spoil to Moses and to Eleazar the priest and to the congregation of the sons of Israel, to the camp at the plains of Moab, which are by the Jordan opposite Jericho.
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And Moses and Eleazar the priest and all the leaders of the congregation went out to meet them outside the camp.

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:14 - And Moses was angry with the officers of the army, the commanders of thousands and the commanders of hundreds, who had come from service in the war.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:15 - So Moses said to them, “Have you [fn]spared all the women?
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:16 - “Behold, these [fn]caused the sons of Israel, through the word of Balaam, to [fn]act unfaithfully against Yahweh in the matter of Peor, so the plague was among the congregation of Yahweh.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:17 - “So now, kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman who has known man [fn]intimately.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:18 - “But all the [fn]girls who have not known man [fn]intimately, [fn]spare for yourselves.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:19 - “And you, camp outside the camp seven days; whoever has killed any person and whoever has touched any slain, purify yourselves, you and your captives, on the third day and on the seventh day.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:20 - “And you shall purify for yourselves every garment and every article of [fn]leather and all the work of goats’ hair and all articles of wood.”
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Then Eleazar the priest said to the men of war who had gone to battle, “This is the statute of the law which Yahweh has commanded Moses:

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:22 - only the gold and the silver, the bronze, the iron, the tin and the lead,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:23 - everything that can stand the fire, you shall pass through the fire, and it shall be clean, but it shall be purified with water for impurity. But whatever cannot stand the fire you shall pass through the water.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:24 - “And you shall wash your clothes on the seventh day and be clean, and afterward you may enter the camp.”

Division of the Loot

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Then Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying,

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:26 - “You and Eleazar the priest and the heads of the fathers’ households of the congregation take a count of the loot [fn]that was captured, both of man and of animal;
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:27 - and divide the loot between the warriors who went out to battle and all the congregation.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:28 - “And you shall exact a levy for Yahweh from the men of war who went out to battle, one [fn]in five hundred of the persons and of the cattle and of the donkeys and of the sheep;
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:29 - take it from their half and give it to Eleazar the priest, as a [fn]contribution to Yahweh.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:30 - “And from the sons of Israel’s half, you shall take one drawn out of every fifty of the persons, of the cattle, of the donkeys, and of the sheep, from all the animals, and give them to the Levites who keep charge of the tabernacle of Yahweh.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:31 - Moses and Eleazar the priest did just as Yahweh had commanded Moses.
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Now the loot that remained from the plunder which the [fn]men of war had plundered was 675,000 sheep,

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:33 - and 72,000 cattle,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:34 - and 61,000 donkeys,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:35 - and of human beings, of the women who had not known man [fn]intimately, all the persons were 32,000.
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And the half, the portion of those who went out to war, was as follows: the number of sheep was 337,500;

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:37 - and the levy of Yahweh from the sheep was 675;
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:38 - and the cattle were 36,000, from which the levy of Yahweh was 72;
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:39 - and the donkeys were 30,500, from which the levy of Yahweh was 61;
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:40 - and the human beings were 16,000, from whom the levy of Yahweh was 32 persons.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:41 - And Moses gave the levy, which was the contribution to Yahweh, to Eleazar the priest, just as Yahweh had commanded Moses.
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As for the sons of Israel’s half, which Moses [fn]separated from the men who had gone to war

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:43 - now the congregation’s half was 337,500 sheep,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:44 - and 36,000 cattle,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:45 - and 30,500 donkeys,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:46 - and the human beings were 16,000
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:47 - and from the sons of Israel’s half, Moses took one drawn out of every fifty, both of man and of animals, and gave them to the Levites, who kept the responsibility of the tabernacle of Yahweh, just as Yahweh had commanded Moses.
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Then the officers who were over the thousands of the army, the commanders of thousands and the commanders of hundreds, came near to Moses,

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:49 - and they said to Moses, “Your servants have taken a census of men of war who are in our charge, and no man of us is missing.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:50 - “So we have brought near as an offering to Yahweh what each man found—articles of gold, armlets and bracelets, signet rings, earrings and necklaces—to make atonement for ourselves before Yahweh.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:51 - And Moses and Eleazar the priest took the gold from them, all kinds of crafted articles.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:52 - And all the gold from the contribution offering which they raised up in offering to Yahweh, from the commanders of thousands and the commanders of hundreds, was 16,750 [fn]shekels.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:53 - The men of war had taken plunder, every man for himself.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:54 - So Moses and Eleazar the priest took the gold from the commanders of thousands and of hundreds, and they brought it to the tent of meeting as a memorial for the sons of Israel before Yahweh.
LSB Footnotes
Lit be
Lit delivered
Lit were to
Or possibly defect from Yahweh
Lit by lying with a man
Lit female children
Lit by lying with a man
Lit keep alive
Or skin
Lit of captives
Lit soul from
Lit heave offering, so in ch
Lit people
Lit by lying with a man
Or divided
A shekel was approx. 0.4 oz. or 11 gm

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