The Bible in Its Traditions

Numbers 31:25–47

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25  And YHWH spoke unto Moses, saying

25  And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,

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26  'Take the sum of the prey that was taken, both of man and of beast, thou, and Eleazar the priest, and the heads of the fathers' houses of the congregation;

26  “Take the sum of those things which were captured, from man even to beast, you and Eleazar the priest, and the leaders of the common people.

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27  and divide the prey into two parts: between the men skilled in war, that went out to battle, and all the congregation;

27  And ye shall divide the spoils between the warriors that went out to battle, and the whole congregation.

27  And you shall divide the prey equally, among those who went out to war and fought, and among the remainder of the multitude.

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28  and levy a tribute unto YHWH of the men of war that went out to battle: one soul of five hundred, both of the persons, and of the beeves, and of the asses, and of the flocks;

28  And ye shall take a tribute for the Lord from the warriors that went out to battle; one soul out of five hundred, from the men, and from the cattle, even from the oxen, and from the sheep, and from the asses; and ye shall take from their half.

28  And you shall separate a portion for the Lord from the portion of those who fought and were in the battle: one soul out of five hundred, as much from humans, as from oxen and donkeys and sheep.

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29  take it of their half, and give it unto Eleazar the priest, as a portion set apart for YHWH.

29  And thou shalt give them to Eleazar the priest as the first-fruits of the Lord.

29  And you shall give it to Eleazar the priest, because these are the first-fruits of the Lord.

30  And of the children of Israel's half, thou shalt take one drawn out of every fifty, of the persons, of the beeves, of the asses, and of the flocks, even of all the cattle, and give them unto the Levites, that keep the charge of the tabernacle of YHWH.'

30  And from the half belonging to the children of Israel thou shalt take one in fifty from the men, and from the oxen, and from the sheep, and from the asses, and from all the cattle; and thou shalt give them to the Levites that keep the charges in the tabernacle of the Lord.

30  Likewise, from the half of the portion belonging to the sons of Israel, you shall receive the fiftieth head of humans, and of oxen, and donkeys, and sheep, and of all living things, and you shall give these to the Levites who stand watch over the care of the tabernacle of the Lord.”

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31  And Moses and Eleazar the priest did as YHWH commanded Moses.

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32  Now the prey, over and above the booty which the men of war took, was six hundred thousand and seventy thousand and five thousand sheep,

32  And that which remained of the spoil which the warriors took, was—of the sheep, six hundred and seventy-five thousand

32  Now the prey which the army had seized was six hundred seventy-five thousand sheep,

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33  and threescore and twelve thousand beeves,

33  and oxen, seventy-two thousand

33  seventy-two thousand oxen,

34  and threescore and one thousand asses,

34  and asses, sixty-one thousand.

34  sixty-one thousand donkeys,

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35  and thirty and two thousand persons in all, of the women that had not known man by lying with him.

35  And persons of women who had not known lying with man, all the souls, thirty-two thousand.

35  and thirty-two thousand human lives, of the female sex, who had not known men.

36  And the half, which was the portion of them that went out to war, was in number three hundred thousand and thirty thousand and seven thousand and five hundred sheep.

36  And the half, even the portion of them that went out to war, from the number of the sheep, was three hundred and thirty-seven thousand and five hundred.

36  And one half of the portion was given to those who had been in the battle: three hundred thirty-seven thousand five hundred sheep.

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37  And YHWH'S tribute of the sheep was six hundred and threescore and fifteen.

37  From these, for the portion of the Lord, there were accounted: six hundred seventy-five sheep;

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38  And the beeves were thirty and six thousand, of which YHWH'S tribute was threescore and twelve.

38  And the oxen, six and thirty thousand, and the tribute to the Lord seventy-two.

38  and from the thirty-six thousand oxen, seventy-two oxen;

39  And the asses were thirty thousand and five hundred, of which YHWH'S tribute was threescore and one.

39  And asses, thirty thousand and five hundred, and the tribute to the Lord, sixty-one

39  from the thirty thousand five hundred donkeys, sixty-one donkeys.

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40  And the persons were sixteen thousand, of whom YHWH'S tribute was thirty and two persons.

40  From the sixteen thousand human souls, there fell to the portion of the Lord thirty-two souls.

41  And Moses gave the tribute, which was set apart for YHWH, unto Eleazar the priest, as the YHWH commanded Moses.

41  And Moses delivered the number of the first-fruits of the Lord to Eleazar the priest, just as had been commanded of him,

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42  And of the children of Israel's half, which Moses divided off from the men that warred--

42  from the half belonging to the children of Israel, whom Moses separated from the men of war.

42  from the one half portion belonging to the sons of Israel, which he had separated from the portion of those who had been in the battle.

43  now the congregation's half was three hundred thousand and thirty thousand and seven thousand and five hundred sheep,

43  And the half taken from the sheep, belonging to the congregation, was three hundred and thirty-seven thousand and five hundred.

43  Yet truly, from the one half portion which fell to the remainder of the multitude, that is, from the three hundred thirty-seven thousand five hundred sheep,

44  and thirty and six thousand beeves,

44  And the oxen, thirty-six thousand;

44  and from the thirty-six thousand oxen,

45  and thirty thousand and five hundred asses,

45  asses, thirty thousand and five hundred;

45  and from the thirty thousand five hundred donkeys,

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46  and sixteen thousand persons--

46  and from the sixteen thousand persons,

47  even of the children of Israel's half, Moses took one drawn out of every fifty, both of man and of beast, and gave them unto the Levites, that kept the charge of the tabernacle of YHWH; as the YHWH commanded Moses.

47  Moses took the fiftieth head, and gave it to the Levites who stand watch at the tabernacle of the Lord, just as the Lord had instructed.