Numbers 31:1-11 NIV

Vengeance on the Midianites

1 The LORD said to Moses,

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      2 "Take vengeance on the Midianites1 for the Israelites. After that, you will be gathered to your people.2"

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      3 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.

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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,4 a thousand from each tribe, were supplied from the clans of Israel.

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          6 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.

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          7 They fought against Midian, as the LORD commanded Moses,9 and killed every man.10

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          8 Among their victims were Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur and Reba11--the five kings of Midian.12 They also killed Balaam son of Beor13 with the sword.14

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          9 The Israelites captured the Midianite women15 and children and took all the Midianite herds, flocks and goods as plunder.16

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              10 They burned17 all the towns where the Midianites had settled, as well as all their camps.18

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              11 They took all the plunder and spoils, including the people and animals,19

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