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1 The Lord spoke to Moses and said, 1 The LORD said to Moses,
2 "Pay back the Midianites for what they did to the Israelites; after that you will die." 2 "Take vengeance on the Midianites for the Israelites. After that, you will be gathered to your people."
3 So Moses said to the people, "Get some men ready for war. The Lord will use them to pay back the Midianites. 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 Send to war a thousand men from each of the tribes of Israel." 4 Send into battle a thousand men from each of the tribes of Israel."
5 So twelve thousand men got ready for war, a thousand men from each tribe. 5 So twelve thousand men armed for battle, a thousand from each tribe, were supplied from the clans of Israel.
6 Moses sent those men to war; Phinehas son of Eleazar the priest was with them. He took with him the holy things and the trumpets for giving the alarm. 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 fought the Midianites as the Lord had commanded Moses, and they killed every Midianite man. 7 They fought against Midian, as the LORD commanded Moses, and killed every man.
8 Among those they killed were Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur, and Reba, who were the five kings of Midian. They also killed Balaam son of Beor with a 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 Israelites captured the Midianite women and children, and they took all their flocks, herds, and goods. 9 The Israelites captured the Midianite women and children and took all the Midianite herds, flocks and goods as plunder.
10 They burned all the Midianite towns where they had settled and all their camps, 10 They burned all the towns where the Midianites had settled, as well as all their camps.
11 but they took all the people and animals and goods. 11 They took all the plunder and spoils, including the people and animals,
12 Then they brought the captives, the animals, and the goods back to Moses and Eleazar the priest and all the Israelites. Their camp was on the plains of Moab near the Jordan River, across from 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 the priest, and all the leaders of the people went outside the camp to meet them. 13 Moses, Eleazar the priest and all the leaders of the community went to meet them outside the camp.
14 Moses was angry with the army officers, the commanders over a thousand men, and those over a hundred men, who returned from war. 14 Moses was angry with the officers of the army--the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds--who returned from the battle.
15 He asked them, "Why did you let the women live? 15 "Have you allowed all the women to live?" he asked them.
16 They were the ones who followed Balaam's advice and turned the Israelites from the Lord at Peor. Then a terrible sickness struck the Lord'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 Kill all the Midianite boys, and kill all the Midianite women who have had sexual relations. 17 Now kill all the boys. And kill every woman who has slept with a man,
18 But save for yourselves the girls who have not had sexual relations with a man. 18 but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.
19 "All you men who killed anyone or touched a dead body must stay outside the camp for seven days. On the third and seventh days you and your captives must make yourselves clean. 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 You must clean all your clothes and anything made of leather, goat hair, or wood." 20 Purify every garment as well as everything made of leather, goat hair or wood."
21 Then Eleazar the priest said to the soldiers who had gone to war, "These are the teachings that the Lord gave to 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 Put any gold, silver, bronze, iron, tin, or lead -- 22 Gold, silver, bronze, iron, tin, lead
23 anything that will not burn -- into the fire, and then it will be clean. But also purify those things with the cleansing water. Then they will be clean. If something cannot stand the fire, wash it with the 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 wash your clothes, and you will be clean. After that you may come into the camp." 24 On the seventh day wash your clothes and you will be clean. Then you may come into the camp."
25 The Lord said to Moses, 25 The LORD said to Moses,
26 "You, Eleazar the priest, and the leaders of the family groups should take a count of the goods, the men, and the animals that were taken. 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 Then divide those possessions between the soldiers who went to war and the rest of the people. 27 Divide the spoils between the soldiers who took part in the battle and the rest of the community.
28 From the soldiers who went to war, take a tax for the Lord of one item out of every five hundred. This includes people, 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 Take it from the soldiers' half, and give it to Eleazar the priest as the Lord's share. 29 Take this tribute from their half share and give it to Eleazar the priest as the LORD's part.
30 And from the people's half, take one item out of every fifty. This includes people, cattle, donkeys, sheep, or other animals. Give that to the Levites, who take care of the Lord's Holy Tent." 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 So Moses and Eleazar did as the Lord commanded Moses. 31 So Moses and Eleazar the priest did as the LORD commanded Moses.
32 There remained from what the soldiers had taken 675,000 sheep, 3372,000 cattle, 3461,000 donkeys, 32 The plunder remaining from the spoils that the soldiers took was 675,000 sheep,
33 33 72,000 cattle,
34 34 61,000 donkeys
35 and 32,000 women who had not had sexual relations with a man. 35 and 32,000 women who had never slept with a man.
36 The soldiers who went to war got 337,000 sheep, 36 The half share of those who fought in the battle was:
37 and they gave 675 of them to the Lord. 37 of which the tribute for the LORD was 675;
38 They got 36,000 cattle, and they gave 72 of them to the Lord. 38 36,000 cattle, of which the tribute for the LORD was 72;
39 They got 30,500 donkeys, and they gave 61 of them to the Lord. 39 30,500 donkeys, of which the tribute for the LORD was 61;
40 They got 16,000 people, and they gave 32 of them to the Lord. 40 16,000 people, of which the tribute for the LORD was 32.
41 Moses gave the Lord's share to Eleazar the priest, as the Lord had commanded him. 41 Moses gave the tribute to Eleazar the priest as the LORD's part, as the LORD commanded Moses.
42 Moses separated the people's half from the soldiers' half. 42 The half belonging to the Israelites, which Moses set apart from that of the fighting men--
43 The people got 337,500 sheep, 4436,000 cattle, 4530,500 donkeys, 43 the community's half--was 337,500 sheep,
44 44 36,000 cattle,
45 45 30,500 donkeys
46 and 16,000 people. 46 and 16,000 people.
47 From the people's half Moses took one item out of every fifty for the Lord. This included the animals and the people. Then he gave them to the Levites, who took care of the Lord's Holy Tent. This was what the Lord had commanded Moses. 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 officers of the army, the commanders of a thousand men and commanders of a hundred men, 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 They told Moses, "We, your servants, have counted our soldiers under our command, and not one of them is missing. 49 and said to him, "Your servants have counted the soldiers under our command, and not one is missing.
50 So we have brought the Lord a gift of the gold things that each of us found: arm bands, bracelets, signet rings, earrings, and necklaces. These are to remove our sins so we will belong to the Lord." 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 So Moses and Eleazar the priest took the gold from them, which had been made into all kinds of objects. 51 Moses and Eleazar the priest accepted from them the gold--all the crafted articles.
52 The commanders of a thousand men and the commanders of a hundred men gave the Lord the gold, and all of it together weighed about 420 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 each soldier had taken something for himself. 53 Each soldier had taken plunder for himself.
54 Moses and Eleazar the priest took the gold from the commanders of a thousand men and the commanders of a hundred men. Then they put it in the Meeting Tent as a memorial before the Lord for the people of Israel. 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.