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Numbers 31 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Then the LORD said to Moses, 1 The LORD said to Moses,
2 "Take vengeance on the Midianites for leading the Israelites into idolatry. After that, you will die and join your ancestors." 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, "Choose some men to fight the LORD's war of vengeance against 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 From each tribe of Israel, send one thousand men into battle." 4 Send into battle a thousand men from each of the tribes of Israel."
5 So they chose one thousand men from each tribe of Israel, a total of twelve thousand men armed for battle. 5 So twelve thousand men armed for battle, a thousand from each tribe, were supplied from the clans of Israel.
6 Then Moses sent them out, a thousand men from each tribe, and Phinehas son of Eleazar the priest led them into battle. They carried along the holy objects of the sanctuary and the trumpets for sounding the charge. 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 the LORD had commanded Moses, and they killed all the men. 7 They fought against Midian, as the LORD commanded Moses, and killed every man.
8 All five of the Midianite kings -- Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur, and Reba -- died in the battle. 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 Then the Israelite army captured the Midianite women and children and seized their cattle and flocks and all their wealth 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 all the towns and villages where the Midianites had lived. 10 They burned all the towns where the Midianites had settled, as well as all their camps.
11 After they had gathered the plunder and captives, both people and animals, 11 They took all the plunder and spoils, including the people and animals,
12 they brought them all to Moses and Eleazar the priest, and to the whole community of Israel, which was camped on the plains of Moab beside 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 to meet them outside the camp. 13 Moses, Eleazar the priest and all the leaders of the community went to meet them outside the camp.
14 But Moses was furious with all the military commanders who had returned from the battle. 14 Moses was angry with the officers of the army--the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds--who returned from the battle.
15 "Why have you let all the women live?" he demanded. 15 "Have you allowed all the women to live?" he asked them.
16 "These are the very ones who followed Balaam's advice and caused the people of Israel to rebel against the LORD at Mount Peor. They are the ones who caused the plague to strike 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 Now kill all the boys and all the women who have slept with a man. 17 Now kill all the boys. And kill every woman who has slept with a man,
18 Only the young girls who are virgins may live; you may keep them for yourselves. 18 but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.
19 And all of you who have killed anyone or touched a dead body must stay outside the camp for seven days. You must 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 Also, purify all your clothing and everything 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 men who were in the battle, "The LORD has given Moses this requirement of the law: 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 Anything made of gold, silver, bronze, iron, tin, or lead -- 22 Gold, silver, bronze, iron, tin, lead
23 that is, metals that do not burn -- must be passed through fire in order to be made ceremonially pure. These metal objects must then be further purified with the water of purification. But everything that burns must be purified by the water alone. 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 you must wash your clothes and be purified. Then you may return to the camp." 24 On the seventh day wash your clothes and you will be clean. Then you may come into the camp."
25 And the LORD said to Moses, 25 The LORD said to Moses,
26 "You and Eleazar the priest and the family leaders of each tribe are to make a list of all the plunder taken in the battle, including the 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 Then divide the plunder into two parts, and give half to the men who fought the battle and half to 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 But first give the LORD his share of the captives, cattle, donkeys, sheep, and goats that belong to the army. Set apart one out of every five hundred as the LORD's share. 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 Give this share of their half to Eleazar the priest as an offering to the LORD. 29 Take this tribute from their half share and give it to Eleazar the priest as the LORD's part.
30 Also take one of every fifty of the captives, cattle, donkeys, sheep, and goats in the half that belongs to the people of Israel. Give this share to the Levites in charge of maintaining the LORD's Tabernacle." 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 the priest did as the LORD commanded Moses. 31 So Moses and Eleazar the priest did as the LORD commanded Moses.
32 The plunder remaining from the spoils that the fighting men had taken totaled 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 and 32,000 young girls. 35 and 32,000 women who had never slept with a man.
36 So the half of the plunder given to the fighting men totaled 337,500 sheep, 36 The half share of those who fought in the battle was:
37 of which 675 were the LORD's share; 37 of which the tribute for the LORD was 675;
38 36,000 cattle, of which 72 were the LORD's share; 38 36,000 cattle, of which the tribute for the LORD was 72;
39 30,500 donkeys, of which 61 were the LORD's share; 39 30,500 donkeys, of which the tribute for the LORD was 61;
40 16,000 young girls, of whom 32 were the LORD's share. 40 16,000 people, of which the tribute for the LORD was 32.
41 Moses gave all the LORD's share to Eleazar the priest, just as the LORD had directed him. 41 Moses gave the tribute to Eleazar the priest as the LORD's part, as the LORD commanded Moses.
42 The half of the plunder belonging to the people of Israel, which Moses had separated from the half belonging to the fighting men, 42 The half belonging to the Israelites, which Moses set apart from that of the fighting men--
43 amounted to 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 young girls. 46 and 16,000 people.
47 From the half-share given to the people, Moses took one of every fifty prisoners and animals and gave them to the Levites who maintained the LORD's Tabernacle. All this was done just as 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 all the military commanders 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, "Sir, we have accounted for all the men who went out to battle under our command; not one of us is missing! 49 and said to him, "Your servants have counted the soldiers under our command, and not one is missing.
50 So we are presenting the items of gold we captured as an offering to the LORD from our share of the plunder -- armbands, bracelets, rings, earrings, and necklaces. This will make atonement for our lives before 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 received the gold from all the military commanders, all kinds of jewelry and crafted objects. 51 Moses and Eleazar the priest accepted from them the gold--all the crafted articles.
52 In all, the gold that the commanders presented as a gift to the LORD 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 All the fighting men had taken some of the plunder for themselves. 53 Each soldier had taken plunder for himself.
54 So Moses and Eleazar the priest accepted the gifts from the military commanders and brought the gold to the Tabernacle as a reminder to the LORD that the people of Israel belong to him. 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.