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1 God spoke to Moses: 1 The LORD said to Moses,
2 "Avenge the People of Israel on the Midianites. Afterward you will go to be with your dead ancestors." 2 "Take vengeance on the Midianites for the Israelites. After that, you will be gathered to your people."
3 Moses addressed the people: "Recruit men for a campaign against Midian, to exact God's vengeance on Midian, 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 vengeance on them.
4 a thousand from each tribe of Israel to go to war." 4 Send into battle a thousand men from each of the tribes of Israel."
5 A fighting force of a thousand from each tribe of Israel - twelve thousand in all - was recruited. 5 So twelve thousand men armed for battle, a thousand from each tribe, were supplied from the clans of Israel.
6 Moses sent them off to war, a thousand from each tribe, and also Phinehas son of Eleazar, who went as priest to the army, in charge of holy vessels and the signaling bugles. 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.
7 They attacked Midian, just as God had commanded Moses, and killed every last man. 7 They fought against Midian, as the LORD commanded Moses, and killed every man.
8 Among the fallen were Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur, and Reba - the five kings of Midian. They also killed Balaam son of Beor with the sword. 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.
9 The People of Israel took the Midianite women and children captive and took all their animals and herds and goods as plunder. 9 The Israelites captured the Midianite women and children and took all the Midianite herds, flocks and goods as plunder.
10 They burned to the ground all the towns in which Midianites lived and also their tent camps. 10 They burned all the towns where the Midianites had settled, as well as all their camps.
11 They looted and plundered everything and everyone - stuff and people and animals. 11 They took all the plunder and spoils, including the people and animals,
12 They took it all - captives and booty and plunder - back to Moses and Eleazar the priest and the company of Israel where they were camped on the Plains of Moab, at Jordan-Jericho. 12 and brought the captives, spoils and plunder to Moses and Eleazar the priest and the Israelite assembly at their camp on the plains of Moab, by the Jordan across from Jericho.
13 Moses, Eleazar, and all the leaders of the congregation went to meet the returning army outside the camp. 13 Moses, Eleazar the priest and all the leaders of the community went to meet them outside the camp.
14 Moses was furious with the army officers - the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds - as they came back from the battlefield: 14 Moses was angry with the officers of the army--the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds--who returned from the battle.
15 "What's this! You've let these women live! 15 "Have you allowed all the women to live?" he asked them.
16 They're the ones who, under Balaam's direction, seduced the People of Israel away from God in that mess at Peor, causing the plague that hit God's people. 16 "They were the ones who followed Balaam's advice and were the means of turning the Israelites away from the LORD in what happened at Peor, so that a plague struck the LORD's people.
17 Finish your job: kill all the boys. Kill every woman who has slept with a man. 17 Now kill all the boys. And kill every woman who has slept with a man,
18 The younger women who are virgins you can keep alive for yourselves. 18 but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.
19 "Now here's what you are to do: Pitch tents outside the camp. All who have killed anyone or touched a corpse must stay outside the camp for seven days. Purify yourselves and your captives on the third and seventh days. 19 "All of you who have killed anyone or touched anyone who was killed must stay outside the camp seven days. On the third and seventh days you must purify yourselves and your captives.
20 Purify every piece of clothing and every utensil - everything made of leather, goat hair, or wood." 20 Purify every garment as well as everything made of leather, goat hair or wood."
21 Eleazar the priest then spoke to the soldiers who had fought in the battle: "This is the ruling from the Revelation that God gave Moses: 21 Then Eleazar the priest said to the soldiers who had gone into battle, "This is the requirement of the law that the LORD gave Moses:
22 Gold, silver, bronze, iron, tin, and lead 22 Gold, silver, bronze, iron, tin, lead
23 - and anything else that can survive fire - must be passed through the fire; then it will be ritually purified. It must also be ritually washed in the Water-of-Cleansing. Further, whatever cannot survive fire must be put through that water. 23 and anything else that can withstand fire must be put through the fire, and then it will be clean. But it must also be purified with the water of cleansing. And whatever cannot withstand fire must be put through that water.
24 On the seventh day scrub your clothes; you will be ritually clean. Then you can return to camp." 24 On the seventh day wash your clothes and you will be clean. Then you may come into the camp."
25 God said to Moses, 25 The LORD said to Moses,
26 "I want you and Eleazar the priest and the family leaders in the community to count the captives, people and animals. 26 "You and Eleazar the priest and the family heads of the community are to count all the people and animals that were captured.
27 Split the plunder between the soldiers who fought the battle and the rest of the congregation. 27 Divide the spoils between the soldiers who took part in the battle and the rest of the community.
28 "Then tax the booty that goes to the soldiers at the rate of one life out of five hundred, whether humans, cattle, donkeys, or sheep. 28 From the soldiers who fought in the battle, set apart as tribute for the LORD one out of every five hundred, whether persons, cattle, donkeys, sheep or goats.
29 It's a God-tax taken from their half-share to be turned over to Eleazar the priest on behalf of God. 29 Take this tribute from their half share and give it to Eleazar the priest as the LORD's part.
30 Tax the congregation's half-share at the rate of one life out of fifty, whether persons, cattle, donkeys, sheep, goats, or other animals. Give this to the Levites who are in charge of the care of God's Dwelling." 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."
31 Moses and Eleazar followed through with what God had commanded Moses. 31 So Moses and Eleazar the priest did as the LORD commanded Moses.
32 The rest of the plunder taken by the army: 675,000 sheep 32 The plunder remaining from the spoils that the soldiers took was 675,000 sheep,
33 72,000 cattle 33 72,000 cattle,
34 61,000 donkeys 34 61,000 donkeys
35 32,000 women who were virgins 35 and 32,000 women who had never slept with a man.
36 The half-share for those who had fought in the war: 36 The half share of those who fought in the battle was:
37 with a tax of 675 for God 37 of which the tribute for the LORD was 675;
38 36,000 cattle, with a tax of 72 for God 38 36,000 cattle, of which the tribute for the LORD was 72;
39 30,500 donkeys, with a tax of 61 for God 39 30,500 donkeys, of which the tribute for the LORD was 61;
40 16,000 people, with a tax of 32 for God 40 16,000 people, of which the tribute for the LORD was 32.
41 Moses turned the tax over to Eleazar the priest as God's part, following God's instructions to Moses. 41 Moses gave the tribute to Eleazar the priest as the LORD's part, as the LORD commanded Moses.
42 The other half-share for the Israelite community that Moses set apart from what was given to the men who fought the war was: 42 The half belonging to the Israelites, which Moses set apart from that of the fighting men--
43 337,500 sheep 43 the community's half--was 337,500 sheep,
44 36,000 cattle 44 36,000 cattle,
45 30,500 donkeys 45 30,500 donkeys
46 16,000 people 46 and 16,000 people.
47 From the half-share going to the People of Israel, Moses, just as God had instructed him, picked one out of every fifty persons and animals and gave them to the Levites, who were in charge of maintaining God's Dwelling. 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 The military officers - commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds - came to Moses 48 Then the officers who were over the units of the army--the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds--went to Moses
49 and said, "We have counted the soldiers under our command and not a man is missing. 49 and said to him, "Your servants have counted the soldiers under our command, and not one is missing.
50 We've brought offerings to God from the gold jewelry we got - armlets, bracelets, rings, earrings, ornaments - to make atonement for our lives before God." 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 ourselves before the LORD."
51 Moses and Eleazar the priest received the gold from them, all that fine-crafted jewelry. 51 Moses and Eleazar the priest accepted from them the gold--all the crafted articles.
52 In total, the gold from the commanders of thousands and hundreds that Moses and Eleazar offered as a gift to God weighed about six hundred pounds, 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.
53 all donated by the soldiers who had taken the booty. 53 Each soldier had taken plunder for himself.
54 Moses and Eleazar took the gold from the commanders of thousands and hundreds and brought it to the Tent of Meeting, to serve as a reminder for the People of Israel before God. 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 Meeting as a memorial for the Israelites before the LORD.