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1 The LORD spoke to Moses. He said, 1 The LORD said to Moses,
2 "Pay the people of Midian back for what they did to the Israelites. After that, you will join the members of your family who have already died." 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, "Prepare some of your men for battle. They must go to war against Midian. They will carry out the LORD's plan to punish 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 Send 1,000 men from each of the tribes of Israel into battle." 4 Send into battle a thousand men from each of the tribes of Israel."
5 So Moses prepared 12,000 men for battle. There were 1,000 from each tribe. They came from the families of Israel. 5 So twelve thousand men armed for battle, a thousand from each tribe, were supplied from the clans of Israel.
6 Moses sent them into battle. He sent 1,000 from each tribe. The priest Phinehas went along with them. Phinehas was the son of Eleazar. Phinehas took some articles from the sacred tent with him. He also took the trumpets. The trumpet blasts would tell the people what to do and when to do it. 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 against Midian, just as the LORD had commanded Moses. They killed every man. 7 They fought against Midian, as the LORD commanded Moses, and killed every man.
8 Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur and Reba were among the men they killed. Those men were the five kings of Midian. The people of Israel also killed Balaam, the 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 They captured the women and children of Midian. They took for themselves all of the herds, flocks 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 up all of the towns where the people of Midian had settled. They also burned up all of their camps. 10 They burned all the towns where the Midianites had settled, as well as all their camps.
11 They carried off everything they had taken. That included the people and the animals. 11 They took all the plunder and spoils, including the people and animals,
12 They brought back to Israel's camp the prisoners and everything else they had taken. They took them to Moses and to the priest Eleazar. They brought them to the whole community. Israel was camped on the flatlands of Moab. They were by 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 and the priest Eleazar went to meet them outside the camp. So did all of the leaders of the community. 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 officers of the army who had returned from the battle. Some of them were the commanders of thousands of men. Others were the commanders of hundreds. 14 Moses was angry with the officers of the army--the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds--who returned from the battle.
15 "Have you let all of the women remain alive?" Moses asked them. 15 "Have you allowed all the women to live?" he asked them.
16 "The women followed Balaam's advice. They caused the people of Israel to turn away from the Lord. The people worshiped the god Baal that was worshiped at Peor. So a plague struck them. 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 of the boys. And kill every woman who has made love to a man. 17 Now kill all the boys. And kill every woman who has slept with a man,
18 But save for yourselves every woman who has never made love to a man. 18 but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.
19 "All of you who have killed anyone must stay outside the camp for seven days. And all of you who have touched anyone who was killed must do the same thing. On the third and seventh days you must make yourselves pure. You must also make your prisoners pure. 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 Make all of your clothes pure and clean. Everything that is made out of leather, goat hair or wood must be made pure." 20 Purify every garment as well as everything made of leather, goat hair or wood."
21 Then the priest Eleazar spoke to the soldiers who had gone into battle. He said, "Here is what the law the LORD gave Moses requires. 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 All of your gold, silver, bronze, iron, tin and lead 22 Gold, silver, bronze, iron, tin, lead
23 must be put through fire. So must everything else that doesn't burn up. Then those things will be 'clean.' But they must also be made pure with the special water. In fact, everything that won't burn up 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 wash your clothes. And you will be 'clean.' Then you can 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 spoke to Moses. He said, 25 The LORD said to Moses,
26 "Here is what you and the priest Eleazar and the family heads of the community must do. You must count all of the people and animals you took. 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 Divide up some of what you took with the soldiers who fought in the battle. Divide up the rest with the others in the community. 27 Divide the spoils between the soldiers who took part in the battle and the rest of the community.
28 "Set apart a gift for me. Take something from the soldiers who fought in the battle. Set apart one out of every 500 people, cattle, donkeys, sheep and goats. 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 my gift from the soldiers' half. Give it to the priest Eleazar. It is my share. 29 Take this tribute from their half share and give it to Eleazar the priest as the LORD's part.
30 "Also take something from the half that belongs to the people of Israel. Choose one out of every 50 people, cattle, donkeys, sheep, goats or other animals. Give them to the Levites. They are accountable for taking care of my 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 the priest Eleazar did just as the LORD had commanded Moses. 31 So Moses and Eleazar the priest did as the LORD commanded Moses.
32 What the soldiers took included 675,000 sheep. 32 The plunder remaining from the spoils that the soldiers took was 675,000 sheep,
33 There were also 72,000 cattle 33 72,000 cattle,
34 and 61,000 donkeys. 34 61,000 donkeys
35 And there were 32,000 women who had never made love to a man. 35 and 32,000 women who had never slept with a man.
36 Here is the half that belonged to those who had fought in the battle. There were 337,500 sheep. 36 The half share of those who fought in the battle was:
37 From among them, the LORD's gift was 675. 37 of which the tribute for the LORD was 675;
38 There were 36,000 cattle. From among them, the LORD's gift was 72. 38 36,000 cattle, of which the tribute for the LORD was 72;
39 There were 30,500 donkeys. From among them, the LORD's gift was 61. 39 30,500 donkeys, of which the tribute for the LORD was 61;
40 There were 16,000 women. From among them, the LORD's gift was 32. 40 16,000 people, of which the tribute for the LORD was 32.
41 Moses gave the gift to the priest Eleazar. It was the LORD's share. Moses did just 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 The other half belonged to the people of Israel. Moses set it apart from what belonged to the fighting men. 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, 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 and 16,000 women. 46 and 16,000 people.
47 Moses chose one out of every 50 people and animals. He gave them to the Levites. They were accountable for taking care of the LORD's holy tent. Moses did just as the LORD had commanded him. 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 army officers went to Moses. Some of them were the commanders of thousands of men. Others were the commanders of hundreds. 48 Then the officers who were over the units of the army--the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds--went to Moses
49 All of them said to Moses, "We have counted the soldiers under our command. Not a single one is missing. 49 and said to him, "Your servants have counted the soldiers under our command, and not one is missing.
50 "So we've brought an offering to the Lord. We've brought the gold articles each of us took in the battle. We've also brought armbands, bracelets, rings, earrings and necklaces. We've brought them to pay for our sin in the sight of 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 Moses and the priest Eleazar accepted the beautiful gold articles from the army officers. 51 Moses and Eleazar the priest accepted from them the gold--all the crafted articles.
52 The gold that was received from the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds weighed 420 pounds. Moses and Eleazar offered all of it as a gift to the Lord. 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 things from the battle for himself. 53 Each soldier had taken plunder for himself.
54 Moses and the priest Eleazar accepted the gold from all of the commanders. They brought it into the Tent of Meeting. It reminded the LORD of 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.