Vengeance on the Midianites
31:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
31:2 Avenge the children of Israel of the Midianites:
afterward shalt thou be gathered unto thy people.
31:3 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.
31:4 Of every tribe a thousand, throughout all the tribes
of Israel, shall ye send to the war.
31:5 So there were delivered out of the thousands of
Israel, a thousand of every tribe, twelve thousand armed for
31:6 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 the trumpets to blow
in his hand.
31:7 And they warred against the Midianites, as the LORD
commanded Moses; and they slew all the males.
31:8 And they slew the kings of Midian, beside the rest of
them that were slain; namely, Evi, and Rekem, and Zur, and
Hur, and Reba, five kings of Midian: Balaam also the son of
Beor they slew with the sword.
31:9 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
31:10 And they burnt all their cities wherein they dwelt,
and all their goodly castles, with fire.
31:11 And they took all the spoil, and all the prey, both
of men and of beasts.
31:12 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.
31:13 And Moses, and Eleazar the priest, and all the
princes of the congregation, went forth to meet them without
31:14 And Moses was wroth with the officers of the host,
with the captains over thousands, and captains over
hundreds, which came from the battle.
31:15 And Moses said unto them, Have ye saved all the women
31:16 Behold, these caused the children of Israel, through
the counsel of Balaam, to commit trespass against the LORD
in the matter of Peor, and there was a plague among the
congregation of the LORD.
31:17 Now therefore kill every male among the little ones,
and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him.
31:18 But all the women children, that have not known a man
by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves.
31:19 And do ye abide without the camp seven days:
whosoever hath killed any person, and whosoever hath touched
any slain, purify both yourselves and your captives on the
third day, and on the seventh day.
31:20 And purify all your raiment, and all that is made of
skins, and all work of goats' hair, and all things made of
31:21 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;
31:22 Only the gold, and the silver, the brass, the iron,
the tin, and the lead,
31:23 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 with the water of separation: and all that
abideth not the fire ye shall make go through the water.
31:24 And ye shall wash your clothes on the seventh day,
and ye shall be clean, and afterward ye shall come into the
Dividing the Spoils
31:25 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
31:26 Take the sum of the prey that was taken, both of man
and of beast, thou, and Eleazar the priest, and the chief
fathers of the congregation:
31:27 And divide the prey into two parts; between them that
took the war upon them, who went out to battle, and between
all the congregation:
31:28 And levy a tribute unto the LORD of the men of war
which went out to battle: one soul of five hundred, both of
the persons, and of the beeves, and of the asses, and of the
31:29 Take it of their half, and give it unto Eleazar the
priest, for an heave offering of the LORD.
31:30 And of the children of Israel's half, thou shalt take
one portion of fifty, of the persons, of the beeves, of the
asses, and of the flocks, of all manner of beasts, and give
them unto the Levites, which keep the charge of the
tabernacle of the LORD.
31:31 And Moses and Eleazar the priest did as the LORD
31:32 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,
31:33 And threescore and twelve thousand beeves,
31:34 And threescore and one thousand asses,
31:35 And thirty and two thousand persons in all, of women
that had not known man by lying with him.
31:36 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:
31:37 And the LORD's tribute of the sheep was six hundred
and threescore and fifteen.
31:38 And the beeves were thirty and six thousand; of which
the LORD's tribute was threescore and twelve.
31:39 And the asses were thirty thousand and five hundred;
of which the LORD's tribute was threescore and one.
31:40 And the persons were sixteen thousand; of which the
LORD's tribute was thirty and two persons.
31:41 And Moses gave the tribute, which was the LORD's
heave offering, unto Eleazar the priest, as the LORD
31:42 And of the children of Israel's half, which Moses
divided from the men that warred,
31:43 (Now the half that pertained unto the congregation
was three hundred thousand and thirty thousand and seven
thousand and five hundred sheep,
31:44 And thirty and six thousand beeves,
31:45 And thirty thousand asses and five hundred,
31:46 And sixteen thousand persons;)
31:47 Even of 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.
31:48 And the officers which were over thousands of the
host, the captains of thousands, and captains of hundreds,
came near unto Moses:
31:49 And they said unto Moses, Thy servants have taken the
sum of the men of war which are under our charge, and there
lacketh not one man of us.
31:50 We have therefore brought an oblation for the LORD,
what every man hath gotten, of jewels of gold, chains, and
bracelets, rings, earrings, and tablets, to make an
atonement for our souls before the LORD.
31:51 And Moses and Eleazar the priest took the gold of
them, even all wrought jewels.
31:52 And all the gold of the offering that they offered up
to the LORD, of the captains of thousands, and of the
captains of hundreds, was sixteen thousand seven hundred and
31:53 (For the men of war had taken spoil, every man for
31:54 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, for a memorial for the
children of Israel before the LORD.