Numbers 31:25-54 NIV

Dividing the Spoils

25 The LORD said to Moses,

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      26 "You and Eleazar the priest and the family heads1 of the community are to count all the people2 and animals that were captured.3

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          27 Divide4 the spoils between the soldiers who took part in the battle and the rest of the community.

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          28 From the soldiers who fought in the battle, set apart as tribute for the LORD 5 one out of every five hundred, whether persons, cattle, donkeys, sheep or goats.

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              29 Take this tribute from their half share and give it to Eleazar the priest as the LORD's part.
              30 From the Israelites' half, select one out of every fifty, whether persons, cattle, donkeys, sheep, goats or other animals. Give them to the Levites, who are responsible for the care of the LORD's tabernacle.6"

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              31 So Moses and Eleazar the priest did as the LORD commanded Moses.
              32 The plunder remaining from the spoils7 that the soldiers took was 675,000 sheep,

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                  33 72,000 cattle,
                  34 61,000 donkeys
                  35 and 32,000 women who had never slept with a man.
                  36 The half share of those who fought in the battle was:
                  37 of which the tribute for the LORD 8 was 675;

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                      38 36,000 cattle, of which the tribute for the LORD was 72;
                      39 30,500 donkeys, of which the tribute for the LORD was 61;
                      40 16,000 people, of which the tribute for the LORD was 32.
                      41 Moses gave the tribute to Eleazar the priest as the LORD's part,9 as the LORD commanded Moses.10

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                          42 The half belonging to the Israelites, which Moses set apart from that of the fighting men--
                          43 the community's half--was 337,500 sheep,
                          44 36,000 cattle,
                          45 30,500 donkeys
                          46 and 16,000 people.
                          47 From the Israelites' half, Moses selected one out of every fifty persons and animals, as the LORD commanded him, and gave them to the Levites, who were responsible for the care of the LORD's tabernacle.
                          48 Then the officers11 who were over the units of the army--the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds--went to Moses

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                              49 and said to him, "Your servants have counted12 the soldiers under our command, and not one is missing.13

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                              50 So we have brought as an offering to the LORD the gold articles each of us acquired--armlets, bracelets, signet rings, earrings and necklaces--to make atonement for ourselves14 before the LORD."

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                              51 Moses and Eleazar the priest accepted from them the gold--all the crafted articles.
                              52 All the gold from the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds that Moses and Eleazar presented as a gift to the LORD weighed 16,750 shekels.a

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                                • b 31:52 - That is, about 420 pounds (about 190 kilograms)
                                  53 Each soldier had taken plunder15 for himself.

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                                  54 Moses and Eleazar the priest accepted the gold from the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds and brought it into the Tent of Meeting16 as a memorial17 for the Israelites before the LORD.

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