Then the LORDspoke to Moses, saying,
"1Takefullvengeance for the sons of Israel on the Midianites; afterward you will be 2gathered to your people."
3Mosesspoke to the people, saying, "Armmen from among you for the war, that they may agoagainstMidian to execute3the LORD'Svengeance on Midian.
"A thousand from each tribe of all the tribes of Israel you shall send to the war."
So there were bfurnished from the thousands of Israel, a thousand from each tribe, twelvethousandarmed for war.
6Mosessent them, a thousand from each tribe, to the war, and Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest, to the war with them, 4and the holyvessels and 5the trumpets for the alarm in his hand.
So they madewaragainstMidian, just as the LORD had commandedMoses, and 6they killedeverymale.
They killed the kings of Midianalong with the rest of their slain: 7Evi and Rekem and 8Zur and Hur and Reba, the fivekings of Midian; they also killed9Balaam the son of Beor with the sword.
The sons of Israelcaptured the women of Midian and their littleones; and all their cattle and all their flocks and all their goods they plundered.
Then they burnedall their citieswhere they lived and all their camps with fire.
1110They tookall the spoil and all the prey, both of man and of beast.
They brought the captives and the prey 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.
13Moses and Eleazar the priest and all the leaders of the congregationwent out to meet them outside the camp.
14Moses was angry with the officers of the army, the captains of thousands and the captains of hundreds, who had come from service in the war.
And Mosessaid to them, "Have you cspared11all the women?
"12Behold, thesedcaused the sons of Israel, through the ecounsel of 13Balaam, to ftrespass against the LORD in the matter of Peor, so the plague was among the congregation of the LORD.
"14Now therefore, killeverymale among the littleones, and killeverywoman who has knownmangintimately .
"But all the hgirlswho have not knownmaniintimately , jspare for yourselves.
"15And you, campoutside the campsevendays; whoever has killed any person and whoever has touched any slain, purify yourselves, you and your captives, on the thirdday and on the seventhday.
"You shall purify for yourselves everygarment and everyarticle of kleather and all the work of goats' hair, and allarticles of wood."
Then Eleazar the priestsaid to the men of war who had gone to battle, "This is the statute of the lawwhich the LORD has commandedMoses:
22only the gold and the silver, the bronze, the iron, the tin and the lead,
23everything that can stand the fire, you shall passthrough the fire, and it shall be clean, but it shall be purified with 16water for impurity. But whatevercannotstand the fire you shall passthrough the water.
"And you shall wash your clothes on the seventhday and be clean, and afterward you may enter the camp."
Then the LORDspoke to Moses, saying,
"You and Eleazar the priest and the heads of the fathers' households of the congregationtake a count of the bootylthat was captured, both of man and of animal;
and 17divide the bootybetween the warriors who went out to battle and all the congregation.
"18Levy a tax for the LORD from the men of war who went out to battle, onemin fivehundred of the persons and of the cattle and of the donkeys and of the sheep;
29take it from their half and give it to Eleazar the priest, as an noffering to the LORD.
"From the sons of Israel'shalf, you shall takeonedrawn 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 19keepcharge of the tabernacle of the LORD."
31Moses and Eleazar the priestdidjust as the LORD had commandedMoses.
Now the booty that remained from the spoilwhich the omen of war had plundered was 675,000sheep,
and of humanbeings, of the womenwho had not knownmanpintimately , all the persons were 32,000 .
The half, the portion of those who went out to war, was as follows: the number of sheep was 337,500 ,
and the LORD'Slevy of the sheep was 675 ;
and the cattle were 36,000 , from which the LORD'Slevy was 72 ;
and the donkeys were 30,500 , from which the LORD'Slevy was 61 ;
and the humanbeings were 16,000 , from whom the LORD'Slevy was 32persons.
41Mosesgave the levy which was the LORD'Soffering to Eleazar the priest, just20as the LORD had commandedMoses.
As for the sons of Israel'shalf, whichMosesqseparated from the men who had gone to war -
now the congregation'shalf was 337,500sheep,
and the humanbeings were 16,000 -
and from the sons of Israel'shalf, Mosestookonedrawn out of every fifty, both of man and of animals, and gave them to the Levites, who keptcharge of the tabernacle of the LORD, just as the LORD had commandedMoses.
Then the officerswho were over the thousands of the army, the captains of thousands and the captains of hundreds, approachedMoses,
and they said to Moses, "Your servants have taken a census of men of warwho are in our charge, and noman of us is missing.
"So we have brought as an offering to the LORDwhateachmanfound, articles of gold, armlets and bracelets, signetrings, earrings and necklaces, 21to makeatonement for ourselvesbefore the LORD."
51Moses and Eleazar the priesttook the gold from them, all kinds of wroughtarticles.
52All the gold of the offeringwhich they offered up to the LORD, from the captains of thousands and the captains of hundreds, was 16,750shekels.
5322The men of war had takenbooty, everyman for himself.
So Moses and Eleazar the priesttook the gold from the captains of thousands and of hundreds, and brought it to the tent of meeting as 23a memorial for the sons of Israelbefore the LORD.