The LORD said to Moses,
"Take vengeance on the Midianites1 for the Israelites. After that, you will be gathered to your people.2"
So Moses said to the people, "Arm some of your men to go to war against the Midianites and to carry out the LORD's vengeance3 on them.
Send into battle a thousand men from each of the tribes of Israel."
So twelve thousand men armed for battle,4 a thousand from each tribe, were supplied from the clans of Israel.
Moses sent them into battle,5 a thousand from each tribe, along with Phinehas6 son of Eleazar, the priest, who took with him articles from the sanctuary7 and the trumpets8 for signaling.