1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 2 "Avenge the children of Israel of the Midianites, and afterward be gathered unto thy people."
3 And Moses spake unto the folk, saying, "Harness some of you unto war, and let them go upon the Midianites and avenge the LORD of the Midianites. 4 Ye shall send unto the war a thousand of every tribe throughout all the tribes of Israel." 5 And there were taken, out of the thousands of Israel, twelve thousand prepared unto war: of every tribe a thousand. 6 And Moses sent them - a thousand of every tribe, with Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest - to war, and the holy vessels and the trumpets to blow with, in his hand.
7 And they warred against the Midianites, as the LORD commanded Moses, and slew all the males. 8 And they slew the kings of Midian among other that were slain; Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur and Reba: five kings of Midian. And they slew Balaam the son of Beor with the sword. 9 And the children of Israel took all the women of Midian prisoners, and their children; and spoiled all their cattle, their substance and their goods. 10 And they burnt all their cities wherein they dwelt, and all their castles, with fire. 11 And they took all the spoil and all they could catch, both of men and beasts. 12 And they brought the captives, and that which they had taken, and all the spoil, unto Moses and Eleazar the priest; and unto the company of the children of Israel, even unto the host in the fields of Moab by Jordan nigh to Jericho.
13 And Moses and Eleazar the priest and all the lords of the congregation went out of the host against them. 14 And Moses was angry with the officers of the host, with the captains over thousands and over hundreds, which came from war and battle, 15 and said unto them, "Have ye saved the women alive? 16 Behold, these caused the children of Israel, through Balaam, to commit trespass against the LORD by the reason of Peor: and there followed a plague among the congregation of the LORD. 17 Now, therefore, slay all the men-children and the women that have lain with men, fleshly. 18 But all the women-children that have not lain with men, keep alive for yourselves.
19 And lodge without the host seven days, all that have killed any person and all that have touched any dead body, and purify both yourselves and your prisoners; the third day and the seventh. 20 And sprinkle all your raiments and all that is made of skins, and all work of goats' hair, and all things made of wood."
21 And Eleazar the priest said unto all the men of war which went out to battle, "This is the ordinance of the law which the LORD commanded Moses: 22 Gold, silver, brass, iron, tin and lead, 23 and all that may abide the fire, ye shall make it go through the fire, and then it is clean. Neverthelater, it shall be sprinkled with sprinkling water. And all that suffereth not the fire, ye shall make go through the water. 24 And wash your clothes the seventh day, and then ye are clean. And afterward come into the host."
25 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 26 "Take the sum of the prey that was taken, both of the women and of cattle: thou, and Eleazar the priest, and the ancient heads of the congregation. 27 And divide it into two parts, between them that took the war upon them and went out to battle and all the congregation. 28 And take a portion unto the LORD of the men of war which went out to battle, one of five hundred of the women and of the oxen and of the asses and of the sheep; 29 and ye shall take it of their half and give it unto Eleazar the priest, a heave offering unto the LORD. 30 And of the half of the children of Israel, take one of fifty of the women, of the oxen, of the asses and of the sheep, and of all manner of beasts, and give them unto the Levites which wait upon the habitation of the LORD."
31 And Moses and Eleazar the priest did as the LORD commanded Moses. 32 And the booty, and the prey which the men of war had caught, was six hundred thousand and seventy five thousand sheep; 33 and seventy two thousand oxen; 34 and sixty one thousand asses; 35 and thirty two thousand women that had lain by no man.
36 And the half which was the part of them that went out to war was: three hundred thousand and thirty seven thousand and five hundred sheep, 37 and the LORD's part of the sheep was six hundred and seventy five. 38 And the oxen were thirty six thousand, of which the LORD's part was seventy two. 39 And the asses were thirty thousand and five hundred, of which the LORD's part was sixty one. 40 And the women were sixteen thousand, of which the LORD's part was thirty two souls.
41 And Moses gave that sum which was the LORD's heave offering unto Eleazar the priest: as the LORD commanded Moses.
42 And the other half of the children of Israel which Moses separated from the men of war 43 - that is, to wit, the half that pertained unto the congregation - was three hundred thousand and thirty seven thousand and five hundred sheep; 44 and thirty six thousand oxen; 45 and thirty thousand asses and five hundred; 46 and sixteen thousand women.
47 And Moses took of this half that pertained unto the children of Israel: one of every fifty, both of the women and of the cattle, and gave them unto the Levites which waited upon the habitation of the LORD, as the LORD commanded Moses.
48 And the officers of thousands of the host, the captains over the thousands and the captains over the hundreds came forth and said unto Moses, 49 "Thy servants have taken the sum of the men of war, which were under our hand, and there lacked not one man of them. 50 We have therefore brought a present unto the LORD: what every man found of jewels of gold: chains, bracelets, rings, earrings and spangles, to make an atonement for our souls before the LORD."
51 And Moses and Eleazar took the gold of them: jewels of all manner fashions. 52 And all the gold of the heave offering of the LORD, of the captains over thousands and hundreds, was sixteen thousand seven hundred and fifty sicles, 53 which the men of war had spoiled, every man for himself. 54 And Moses and Eleazar the priest took the gold of the captains over the thousands and over the hundreds, and brought it into the tabernacle of witness: to be a memorial unto the children of Israel, before the LORD.