Numbers 31:1-11 NIV

Vengeance on the Midianites

1 The LORD said to Moses,

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      2 “Take vengeance on the Midianites for the Israelites. After that, you will be gathered to your people.”

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      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.

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      4 Send into battle a thousand men from each of the tribes of Israel.”
      5 So twelve thousand men armed for battle, a thousand from each tribe, were supplied from the clans of Israel.

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          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.

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          7 They fought against Midian, as the LORD commanded Moses, and killed every man.

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          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.

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          9 The Israelites captured the Midianite women and children and took all the Midianite herds, flocks and goods as plunder.

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              10 They burned all the towns where the Midianites had settled, as well as all their camps.

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              11 They took all the plunder and spoils, including the people and animals,

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