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Numbers 31 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Vengeance on the Midianites

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:1 - The LORD said to Moses,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:2 - “Take vengeance on the Midianites for the Israelites. After that, you will be gathered to your people.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:3 - So Moses said to the people, “Arm some of your men to go to war against the Midianites so that they may carry out the LORD’s vengeance on them.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:4 - Send into battle a thousand men from each of the tribes of Israel.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:5 - So twelve thousand men armed for battle, a thousand from each tribe, were supplied from the clans of Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:6 - Moses sent them into battle, a thousand from each tribe, along with Phinehas son of Eleazar, the priest, who took with him articles from the sanctuary and the trumpets for signaling.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:7 - They fought against Midian, as the LORD commanded Moses, and killed every man.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:8 - Among their victims were Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur and Reba—the five kings of Midian. They also killed Balaam son of Beor with the sword.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:9 - The Israelites captured the Midianite women and children and took all the Midianite herds, flocks and goods as plunder.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:10 - They burned all the towns where the Midianites had settled, as well as all their camps.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:11 - They took all the plunder and spoils, including the people and animals,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:12 - and brought the captives, spoils and plunder to Moses and Eleazar the priest and the Israelite assembly at their camp on the plains of Moab, by the Jordan across from Jericho.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:13 - Moses, Eleazar the priest and all the leaders of the community went to meet them outside the camp.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:14 - Moses was angry with the officers of the army—the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds—who returned from the battle.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:15 - “Have you allowed all the women to live?” he asked them.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:16 - “They were the ones who followed Balaam’s advice and enticed the Israelites to be unfaithful to the LORD in the Peor incident, so that a plague struck the LORD’s people.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:17 - Now kill all the boys. And kill every woman who has slept with a man,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:18 - but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:19 - “Anyone who has killed someone or touched someone who was killed must stay outside the camp seven days. On the third and seventh days you must purify yourselves and your captives.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:20 - Purify every garment as well as everything made of leather, goat hair or wood.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:21 - Then Eleazar the priest said to the soldiers who had gone into battle, “This is what is required by the law that the LORD gave Moses:
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:22 - Gold, silver, bronze, iron, tin, lead
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:23 - and anything else that can withstand fire must be put through the fire, and then it will be clean. But it must also be purified with the water of cleansing. And whatever cannot withstand fire must be put through that water.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:24 - On the seventh day wash your clothes and you will be clean. Then you may come into the camp.”

Dividing the Spoils

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:25 - The LORD said to Moses,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:26 - “You and Eleazar the priest and the family heads of the community are to count all the people and animals that were captured.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:27 - Divide the spoils equally between the soldiers who took part in the battle and the rest of the community.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:28 - From the soldiers who fought in the battle, set apart as tribute for the LORD one out of every five hundred, whether people, cattle, donkeys or sheep.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:29 - Take this tribute from their half share and give it to Eleazar the priest as the LORD’s part.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:30 - From the Israelites’ half, select one out of every fifty, whether people, cattle, donkeys, sheep or other animals. Give them to the Levites, who are responsible for the care of the LORD’s tabernacle.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:31 - So Moses and Eleazar the priest did as the LORD commanded Moses.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:32 - The plunder remaining from the spoils that the soldiers took was 675,000 sheep,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:33 - 72,000 cattle,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:34 - 61,000 donkeys
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:35 - and 32,000 women who had never slept with a man.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:36 - The half share of those who fought in the battle was: 337,500 sheep,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:37 - of which the tribute for the LORD was 675;
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:38 - 36,000 cattle, of which the tribute for the LORD was 72;
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:39 - 30,500 donkeys, of which the tribute for the LORD was 61;
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:40 - 16,000 people, of whom the tribute for the LORD was 32.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:41 - Moses gave the tribute to Eleazar the priest as the LORD’s part, as the LORD commanded Moses.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:42 - The half belonging to the Israelites, which Moses set apart from that of the fighting men—
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:43 - the community’s half—was 337,500 sheep,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:44 - 36,000 cattle,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:45 - 30,500 donkeys
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:46 - and 16,000 people.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:47 - From the Israelites’ half, Moses selected one out of every fifty people and animals, as the LORD commanded him, and gave them to the Levites, who were responsible for the care of the LORD’s tabernacle.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:48 - Then the officers who were over the units of the army—the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds—went to Moses
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:49 - and said to him, “Your servants have counted the soldiers under our command, and not one is missing.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:50 - So we have brought as an offering to the LORD the gold articles each of us acquired—armlets, bracelets, signet rings, earrings and necklaces—to make atonement for ourselves before the LORD.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:51 - Moses and Eleazar the priest accepted from them the gold—all the crafted articles.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:52 - All the gold from the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds that Moses and Eleazar presented as a gift to the LORD weighed 16,750 shekels.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:53 - Each soldier had taken plunder for himself.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 31:54 - Moses and Eleazar the priest accepted the gold from the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds and brought it into the tent of meeting as a memorial for the Israelites before the LORD.
NIV Footnotes
That is, about 420 pounds or about 190 kilograms

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