Numbers - Chapter 31
1 Yahweh spoke to Moses and said,
3 Moses said to the people, 'Some of you are to take up arms for Yahweh's campaign against Midian, to carry out the vengeance of Yahweh on Midian.
4 You will put a thousand men in the field from each of the tribes of Israel.'
6 Moses put them in the field, one thousand from each tribe, with Phinehas, son of the priest Eleazar, to go with them carrying the sacred objects and the trumpets for the battle cry.
9 The Israelites took the Midianite women and their little ones captive and carried off all their cattle, all their flocks and all their goods as booty.
15 He said, 'Why have you spared the life of all the women?
17 So kill all the male children and kill all the women who have ever slept with a man;
24 'Wash your clothes on the seventh day and you will then be clean. You may then re-enter the camp.'
25 Yahweh spoke to Moses and said:
27 You will then share out the spoil, half and half, between those who fought the campaign and the rest of the community.
28 From the share of the combatants who took part in the campaign, you will set aside one out of every five hundred persons, oxen, donkeys and sheep as Yahweh's portion.
30 From the half coming to the Israelites, you will take one out of every fifty persons, oxen, donkeys, sheep, and all other animals, and give them to the Levites who are responsible for Yahweh's Dwelling.'
49 and said, 'Your servants have numbered the soldiers under their command: none of our men is missing.
50 So, as an offering for Yahweh, we have brought what each of us has found in the way of gold ornaments, armlets and bracelets, rings, earrings and breastplates, to make expiation for ourselves before Yahweh.'
52 This portion of gold given to Yahweh by the commanders of the thousands and commanders of the hundreds amounted to sixteen thousand seven hundred and fifty shekels.
54 But Moses and the priest Eleazar, having accepted the gold from the commanders of the thousands and commanders of the hundreds, brought it into the Tent of Meeting, to be a reminder of the Israelites before Yahweh.
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