1Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying,
2Avenge the children of Israel
of the Midianites: afterward you shall be gathered to your people.
spoke to the people, saying, Arm you men from among you for the war,
that they may go against Midian, to execute Yahweh’s vengeance on Midian.
4Of every tribe one thousand, throughout all the tribes of Israel, shall
you send to the war.
5So there were delivered, out of the thousands
of Israel, a thousand of every tribe, twelve thousand armed for war.
6Moses sent them, one thousand of every tribe, to the war, them and
Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest, to the war, with the vessels of the
sanctuary and the trumpets for the alarm in his hand.
against Midian, as Yahweh commanded Moses; and they killed every male.
8They killed the kings of Midian with the rest of their slain: Evi, and
Rekem, and Zur, and Hur, and Reba, the five kings of Midian: Balaam also the
son of Beor they killed with the sword.
9The children of Israel took
captive the women of Midian and their little ones; and all their livestock, and
all their flocks, and all their goods, they took for a prey.
cities in the places in which they lived, and all their encampments, they
burnt with fire.
11They took all the spoil, and all the prey, both of man
and of animal.
12They brought the captives, and the prey, and the spoil,
to Moses, and to Eleazar the priest, and to the congregation of the children
of Israel, to the camp at the plains of Moab, which are by the Jordan at
13Moses, and Eleazar the priest, and all the princes of the
congregation, went forth to meet them outside of the camp.
angry with the officers of the army, the captains of thousands and the
captains of hundreds, who came from the service of the war.
to them, Have you saved all the women alive?
16Behold, these caused
the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to commit trespass
against Yahweh in the matter of Peor, and so the plague was among the
congregation of Yahweh.
17Now therefore kill every male among the little
ones, and kill every woman who has known man by lying with him.
the girls, who have not known man by lying with him, keep alive for
19Encamp you outside of the camp seven days: whoever has
killed any person, and whoever has touched any slain, purify yourselves on
the third day and on the seventh day, you and your captives.
every garment, and all that is made of skin, and all work of goats’
hair, and all things made of wood, you shall purify yourselves.
21Eleazar the priest said to the men of war who went to the battle, This
is the statute of the law which Yahweh has commanded Moses:
gold, and the silver, the brass, the iron, the tin, and the lead,
23everything that may abide the fire, you shall make to go through
the fire, and it shall be clean; nevertheless it shall be purified with the
water for impurity: and all that doesn’t withstand the fire you shall
make to go through the water.
24You shall wash your clothes on the
seventh day, and you shall be clean; and afterward you shall come
into the camp.
25Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying,
26Take the sum of the
prey that was taken, both of man and of animal, you, and Eleazar the priest,
and the heads of the fathers’ houses of the congregation;
divide the prey into two parts: between the men skilled in war, who went out
to battle, and all the congregation.
28Levy a tribute to Yahweh of the
men of war who went out to battle: one soul of five hundred, both of
the persons, and of the oxen, and of the donkeys, and of the flocks:
29take it of their half, and give it to Eleazar the priest, for Yahweh’s
30Of the children of Israel’s half, you shall take one
drawn out of every fifty, of the persons, of the oxen, of the donkeys, and of
the flocks, even of all the livestock, and give them to the Levites, who
keep the charge of the tent of Yahweh.
31Moses and Eleazar the priest did
as Yahweh commanded Moses.
32Now the prey, over and above the booty which
the men of war took, was six hundred seventy-five thousand sheep,
seventy-two thousand oxen,
34and seventy-one thousand donkeys,
thirty-two thousand persons in all, of the women who had not known man by
lying with him.
36The half, which was the portion of those who went out
to war, was in number three hundred thirty-seven thousand five hundred sheep:
37and Yahweh’s tribute of the sheep was six hundred seventy-five.
38The oxen were thirty-six thousand; of which Yahweh’s tribute was
39The donkeys were thirty thousand five hundred; of which
Yahweh’s tribute was sixty-one.
40The persons were sixteen thousand; of
whom Yahweh’s tribute was thirty-two persons.
41Moses gave the tribute,
which was Yahweh’s wave offering, to Eleazar the priest, as Yahweh commanded
42Of the children of Israel’s half, which Moses divided off from
the men who warred
43(now the congregation’s half was three hundred
thirty-seven thousand five hundred sheep,
44and thirty-six thousand oxen,
45and thirty thousand five hundred donkeys,
46and sixteen thousand
47even of the children of Israel’s half, Moses took one drawn
out of every fifty, both of man and of animal, and gave them to the Levites,
who kept the charge of the tent of Yahweh; as Yahweh commanded Moses.
48The officers who were over the thousands of the army, the captains of
thousands, and the captains of hundreds, came near to Moses;
said to Moses, Your servants have taken the sum of the men of war who are
under our charge, and there lacks not one man of us.
50We have brought
Yahweh’s offering, what every man has gotten, of jewels of gold,
armlets, and bracelets, signet rings, earrings, and necklaces, to make
atonement for our souls before Yahweh.
51Moses and Eleazar the priest
took the gold of them, even all worked jewels.
52All the gold of the
wave offering that they offered up to Yahweh, of the captains of thousands,
and of the captains of hundreds, was sixteen thousand seven hundred fifty
53(For the men of war had taken booty, every man for
54Moses and Eleazar the priest took the gold of the captains of
thousands and of hundreds, and brought it into the tent of meeting, for a
memorial for the children of Israel before Yahweh.