The Bible in Its Traditions

Numbers 31:48–54

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48  And the officers that were over the thousands of the host, the captains of thousands, and the captains of hundreds, came near unto Moses;

48  And all those who were appointed to be officers of thousands of the host, captains of thousands and captains of hundreds, approached Moses, and said to Moses,

48  And when the leaders of the army, and the tribunes, and the centurions had approached Moses, they said

49  and they said unto Moses: 'Thy servants have taken the sum of the men of war that are under our charge, and there lacketh not one man of us.

49  Thy servants have taken the sum of the men of war with us, and not one is missing.

49  “We, your servants, have taken a census of the number of the fighting men, whom we had under our hand, and indeed not one was lacking.

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50  And we have brought YHWH'S offering, what every man hath gotten, of jewels of gold, armlets, and bracelets, signet-rings, ear-rings, and girdles, to make atonement for our souls before the YHWH.'

50  For this reason, we offer as gifts to the Lord whatever gold each one was able to find amid the spoils, in anklets and arm bands, rings and bracelets, and little chains, so that you may intercede for us to the Lord.”

50  We have therefore brought as an offering for the LORD what every man has found, articles of gold, ankle chains, and bracelets, rings, earrings, and necklaces, to make atonement for our souls before the LORD.

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51  And Moses and Eleazar the priest took the gold of them, even all wrought jewels.

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52  And all the gold of the gift that they set apart for YHWH, of the captains of thousands, and of the captains of hundreds, was sixteen thousand seven hundred and fifty shekels.--

52  weighing sixteen thousand seven hundred fifty shekels, from the tribunes and the centurions.

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53  For the men of war had taken booty, every man for himself.--

53  For whatever each one had taken away in the spoils was his own.

53  ( For the men of war had taken spoil, every man for himself.)

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54  And Moses and Eleazar the priest took the gold of the captains of thousands and of hundreds, and brought it into the tent of meeting, for a memorial for the children of Israel before YHWH.

54  And having been accepted, they took it into the tabernacle of the testimony, as a memorial of the sons of Israel before the Lord.