1 The killing of the Midianites
1 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
2 ch. 25:17Avenge the children of Israel of the Midianites: afterward shalt thou ch. 27:13be gathered unto thy people.
3 And Moses spake unto the people, saying, Arm some of yourselves unto the war, and let them go against the Midianites, and avenge the Lord of Midian.
5 So there were delivered out of the thousands of Israel, a thousand of every tribe, twelve thousand armed for war.
6 And Moses sent them to the war, a thousand of every tribe, them and Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest, to the war, with the holy instruments, and ch. 10:9the trumpets to blow in his hand.
7 And they warred against the Midianites, as the Lord commanded Moses; and Deut. 20:13;Judg. 21:11;1 Sam. 27:9;1 Ki. 11:15,16they slew all the See Judg. 6:1,2,33males.
8 And they slew the kings of Midian, beside the rest of them that were slain; namely, Josh. 13:21Evi, and Rekem, and Zur, and Hur, and Reba, five kings of Midian: Josh. 13:22Balaam also the son of Beor they slew with the sword.
9 And the children of Israel took all the women of Midian captives, and their little ones, and took the spoil of all their cattle, and all their flocks, and all their goods.
10 And they burnt all their cities wherein they dwelt, and all their goodly castles, with fire.
11 And Deut. 20:14they took all the spoil, and all the prey, both of men and of beasts.
12 And they brought the captives, and the prey, and the spoil, unto Moses, and Eleazar the priest, and unto the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the camp at the plains of Moab, which are by Jordan near Jericho.
13 Purification of those who killed
13 And Moses, and Eleazar the priest, and all the princes of the congregation, went forth to meet them without the camp.
15 And Moses said unto them, Have ye saved See Deut. 20:14;1 Sam. 15:3all the women alive?
16 Behold, ch. 25:2these caused the children of Israel, through the ch. 24:14;2 Pet. 2:15;Rev. 2:14counsel of Balaam, to commit trespass against the Lord in the matter of Peor, and ch. 25:9there was a plague among the congregation of the Lord.
18 But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves.
19 And ch. 5:2do ye abide without the camp seven days: whosoever hath killed any person, and ch. 19:11whosoever hath touched any slain, purify both yourselves and your captives on the third day, and on the seventh day.
21 And Eleazar the priest said unto the men of war which went to the battle, This is the ordinance of the law which the Lord commanded Moses;
22 Only the gold, and the silver, the brass, the iron, the tin, and the lead,
23 Every thing that may abide the fire, ye shall make it go through the fire, and it shall be clean: nevertheless it shall be purified ch. 19:9,17with the water of separation: and all that abideth not the fire ye shall make go through the water.
24 Lev. 11:25And ye shall wash your clothes on the seventh day, and ye shall be clean, and afterward ye shall come into the camp.
25 The division of the prey
25 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,
27 And Josh. 22:8;1 Sam. 30:24divide the prey into two parts; between them that took the war upon them, who went out to battle, and between all the congregation:
28 And levy a tribute unto the Lord of the men of war which went out to battle: See ver. 30,47;& ch. 18:26one soul of five hundred, both of the persons, and of the beeves, and of the asses, and of the sheep:
29 Take it of their half, and give it unto Eleazar the priest, for a heave offering of the Lord.
30 And of the children of Israel's half, thou shalt take See ver. 42-47one portion of fifty, of the persons, of the beeves, of the asses, and of the [f]flocks, of all manner of beasts, and give them unto the Levites, ch. 3:7,8,25,31,36;& 18:3,4which keep the charge of the tabernacle of the Lord.
31 And Moses and Eleazar the priest did as the Lord commanded Moses.
32 And the booty, being the rest of the prey which the men of war had caught, was six hundred thousand and seventy thousand and five thousand sheep,
33 And threescore and twelve thousand beeves,
34 And threescore and one thousand asses,
35 And thirty and two thousand persons in all, of women that had not known man by lying with him.
36 And the half, which was the portion of them that went out to war, was in number three hundred thousand and seven and thirty thousand and five hundred sheep:
37 And the Lord's Lev. 25:23;Deut. 10:14;Job 41:11;Ps. 24:1;& 50:12;Prov. 3:9;Luke 20:25;1 Cor. 10:26,28tribute of the sheep was six hundred and threescore and fifteen.
38 And the beeves were thirty and six thousand; of which the Lord's tribute was threescore and twelve.
39 And the asses were thirty thousand and five hundred; of which the Lord's tribute was threescore and one.
40 And the persons were sixteen thousand; of which the Lord's tribute was thirty and two persons.
41 And Moses gave the tribute, which was the Lord's heave offering, unto Eleazar the priest, See ch. 18:8,19as the Lord commanded Moses.
42 And of the children of Israel's half, which Moses divided from the men that warred,
43 (Now the half that pertained unto the congregation was three hundred thousand and thirty thousand and seven thousand and five hundred sheep,
44 And thirty and six thousand beeves,
45 And thirty thousand asses and five hundred,
46 And sixteen thousand persons;)
47 Even ver. 30of the children of Israel's half, Moses took one portion of fifty, both of man and of beast, and gave them unto the Levites, which kept the charge of the tabernacle of the Lord; as the Lord commanded Moses.
48 And the officers which were over thousands of the host, the captains of thousands, and captains of hundreds, came near unto Moses:
50 We have therefore brought an oblation for the Lord, what every man hath [h]gotten, of jewels of gold, chains, and bracelets, rings, earrings, and tablets, Ex. 30:12,16to make an atonement for our souls before the Lord.
51 And Moses and Eleazar the priest took the gold of them, even all wrought jewels.
53 (For Deut. 20:14the men of war had taken spoil, every man for himself.)
54 And Moses and Eleazar the priest took the gold of the captains of thousands and of hundreds, and brought it into the tabernacle of the congregation, Ex. 30:16for a memorial for the children of Israel before the Lord.
55 Tribes to possess Gilead