Bible: Num 22-36

22:1

Balaam Refuses to Curse Israel

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The Israelites traveled on 2  and camped in the plains of Moab on the side of the Jordan River 3  across from Jericho. 4  22:2 Balak son of Zippor saw all that the Israelites had done to the Amorites. 22:3 And the Moabites were greatly afraid of the people, because they were so numerous. The Moabites were sick with fear because of the Israelites.

22:4 So the Moabites said to the elders of Midian, “Now this mass of people 5  will lick up everything around us, as the bull devours the grass of the field. Now Balak son of Zippor was king of the Moabites at this time. 22:5 And he sent messengers to Balaam 6  son of Beor at Pethor, which is by the Euphrates River 7  in the land of Amaw, 8  to summon him, saying, “Look, a nation has come out of Egypt. They cover the face 9  of the earth, and they are settling next to me. 22:6 So 10  now, please come and curse this nation 11  for me, for they are too powerful for me. Perhaps I will prevail so that we may conquer them 12  and drive them out of the land. For I know that whoever you bless is blessed, 13  and whoever you curse is cursed.”

22:7 So the elders of Moab and the elders of Midian departed with the fee for divination in their hand. They came to Balaam and reported 14  to him the words of Balak. 22:8 He replied to them, “Stay 15  here tonight, and I will bring back to you whatever word the Lord may speak to me.” So the princes of Moab stayed with Balaam. 22:9 And God came to Balaam and said, “Who are these men with you? 22:10 Balaam said to God, “Balak son of Zippor, king of Moab, has sent a message to me, saying, 22:11 Look, a nation has come out 16  of Egypt, and it covers the face of the earth. Come now and put a curse on them for me; perhaps I will be able to defeat them 17  and drive them out.” 18  22:12 But God said to Balaam, “You must not go with them; you must not curse the people, 19  for they are blessed.” 20 

22:13 So Balaam got up in the morning, and said to the princes of Balak, “Go to your land, 21  for the Lord has refused to permit me to go 22  with you.” 22:14 So the princes of Moab departed 23  and went back to Balak and said, “Balaam refused to come with us.”

Balaam Accompanies the Moabite Princes

22:15 Balak again sent princes, 24  more numerous and more distinguished than the first. 25  22:16 And they came to Balaam and said to him, “Thus says Balak son of Zippor: ‘Please do not let anything hinder you from coming 26  to me. 22:17 For I will honor you greatly, 27  and whatever you tell me I will do. So come, put a curse on this nation for me.’

22:18 Balaam replied 28  to the servants of Balak, “Even if Balak would give me his palace full of silver and gold, I could not transgress the commandment 29  of the Lord my God 30  to do less or more. 22:19 Now therefore, please stay 31  the night here also, that I may know what more the Lord might say to me.” 32  22:20 God came to Balaam that night, and said to him, “If the men have come to call you, get up and go with them; but the word that I will say to you, that you must do.” 22:21 So Balaam got up in the morning, saddled his donkey, and went with the princes of Moab.

God Opposes Balaam

22:22 Then God’s anger was kindled 33  because he went, and the angel of the Lord stood in the road to oppose 34  him. Now he was riding on his donkey and his two servants were with him. 22:23 And the donkey saw the angel of the Lord standing in the road with 35  his sword drawn in his hand, so the donkey turned aside from the road and went into the field. But Balaam beat the donkey, to make her turn back to the road.

22:24 Then the angel of the Lord stood in a path 36  among the vineyards, where there was a wall on either side. 37  22:25 And when the donkey saw the angel of the Lord, she pressed herself into the wall, and crushed Balaam’s foot against the wall. So he beat her again. 38 

22:26 Then the angel of the Lord went farther, and stood in a narrow place, where there was no way to turn either to the right or to the left. 22:27 When the donkey saw the angel of the Lord, she crouched down under Balaam. Then Balaam was angry, and he beat his donkey with a staff.

22:28 Then the Lord opened the mouth of the donkey, and she said to Balaam, “What have I done to you that you have beaten me these three times? 22:29 And Balaam said to the donkey, “You have made me look stupid; I wish 39  there were a sword in my hand, for I would kill you right now.” 22:30 The donkey said to Balaam, “Am not I your donkey that you have ridden ever since I was yours until this day? Have I ever attempted 40  to treat you this way?” 41  And he said, “No.” 22:31 Then the Lord opened Balaam’s eyes, and he saw the angel of the Lord standing in the way with his sword drawn in his hand; so he bowed his head and threw himself down with his face to the ground. 42  22:32 The angel of the Lord said to him, “Why have you beaten your donkey these three times? Look, I came out to oppose you because what you are doing 43  is perverse before me. 44  22:33 The donkey saw me and turned from me these three times. If 45  she had not turned from me, I would have killed you but saved her alive.” 22:34 Balaam said to the angel of the Lord, “I have sinned, for I did not know that you stood against me in the road. 46  So now, if it is evil in your sight, 47  I will go back home.” 48  22:35 But the angel of the Lord said to Balaam, “Go with the men, but you may only speak 49  the word that I will speak to you.” 50  So Balaam went with the princes of Balak.

Balaam Meets Balak

22:36 When Balak heard that Balaam was coming, he went out to meet him at a city of Moab which was on the border of the Arnon at the boundary of his territory. 22:37 Balak said to Balaam, “Did I not send again and again 51  to you to summon you? Why did you not come to me? Am I not able to honor you? 52  22:38 Balaam said to Balak, “Look, I have come to you. Now, am I able 53  to speak 54  just anything? I must speak 55  only the word that God puts in my mouth.” 22:39 So Balaam went with Balak, and they came to Kiriath-huzoth. 22:40 And Balak sacrificed bulls and sheep, and sent some 56  to Balaam, and to the princes who were with him. 22:41 Then on the next morning Balak took Balaam, and brought him up to Bamoth Baal. 57  From there he saw the extent of the nation.

23:1

Balaam Blesses Israel

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Balaam said to Balak, “Build me seven altars here, and prepare for me here seven bulls and seven rams.” 23:2 So Balak did just as Balaam had said. Balak and Balaam then offered on each 59  altar a bull and a ram. 23:3 Balaam said to Balak, “Station yourself 60  by your burnt offering, and I will go off; perhaps the Lord will come to meet me, and whatever he reveals to me 61  I will tell you.” 62  Then he went to a deserted height. 63 

23:4 Then God met Balaam, who 64  said to him, “I have prepared seven altars, and I have offered on each altar a bull and a ram.” 23:5 Then the Lord put a message 65  in Balaam’s mouth and said, “Return to Balak, and speak what I tell you.” 66 

23:6 So he returned to him, and he was still 67  standing by his burnt offering, he and all the princes of Moab. 23:7 Then Balaam 68  uttered 69  his oracle, saying,

Balak, the king of Moab, brought me 70  from Aram,

out of the mountains of the east, saying,

‘Come, pronounce a curse on Jacob for me;

come, denounce Israel.’ 71 

23:8 How 72  can I curse 73  one whom God has not cursed,

or how can I denounce one whom the Lord has not denounced?

23:9 For from the top of the rocks I see them; 74 

from the hills I watch them. 75 

Indeed, a nation that lives alone,

and it will not be reckoned 76  among the nations.

23:10 Who 77  can count 78  the dust 79  of Jacob,

Or number 80  the fourth part of Israel?

Let me 81  die the death of the upright, 82 

and let the end of my life 83  be like theirs.” 84 

Balaam Relocates

23:11 Then Balak said to Balaam, “What have you done to me? I brought you to curse my enemies, but on the contrary 85  you have only blessed them! 86  23:12 Balaam replied, 87 Must I not be careful 88  to speak what the Lord has put in my mouth? 89  23:13 Balak said to him, “Please come with me to another place from which you can observe them. You will see only a part of them, but you will not see all of them. Curse them for me from there.”

23:14 So Balak brought Balaam 90  to the field of Zophim, to the top of Pisgah, 91  where 92  he built seven altars and offered a bull and a ram on each altar. 23:15 And Balaam 93  said to Balak, “Station yourself here 94  by your burnt offering, while I meet the Lord there. 23:16 Then the Lord met Balaam and put a message 95  in his mouth and said, “Return to Balak, and speak what I tell you.” 23:17 When Balaam 96  came to him, he was still standing by his burnt offering, along with the princes of Moab. And Balak said to him, “What has the Lord spoken?

Balaam Prophesies Again

23:18 Balaam 97  uttered 98  his oracle, and said,

Rise up, 99  Balak, and hear;

Listen to me, son of Zippor:

23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie,

nor a human being, 100  that he should change his mind.

Has he said, and will he not do it?

Or has he spoken, and will he not make it happen? 101 

23:20 Indeed, I have received a command 102  to bless;

he has blessed, 103  and I cannot reverse it. 104 

23:21 He 105  has not looked on iniquity in Jacob, 106 

nor has he seen trouble 107  in Israel.

The Lord their God is with them;

his acclamation 108  as king is among them.

23:22 God brought them 109  out of Egypt.

They have, as it were, the strength of a wild bull. 110 

23:23 For there is no spell against 111  Jacob,

nor is there any divination against Israel.

At this time 112  it must be said 113  of Jacob

and of Israel, ‘Look at 114  what God has done!’

23:24 Indeed, the people will rise up like a lioness,

and like a lion raises himself up;

they will not lie down until they eat their 115  prey,

and drink the blood of the slain.” 116 

Balaam Relocates Yet Again

23:25 Balak said to Balaam, “Neither curse them at all 117  nor bless them at all! 118  23:26 But Balaam replied 119  to Balak, “Did I not tell you, ‘All that the Lord speaks, 120  I must do?

23:27 Balak said to Balaam, “Come, please; I will take you to another place. Perhaps it will please God 121  to let you curse them for me from there.” 122  23:28 So Balak took Balaam to the top of Peor, that looks toward the wilderness. 123  23:29 Then Balaam said to Balak, “Build seven altars here for me, and prepare seven bulls and seven rams.” 23:30 So Balak did as Balaam had said, and offered a bull and a ram on each altar.

24:1

Balaam Prophesies Yet Again

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When Balaam saw that it pleased the Lord to bless Israel, 125  he did not go as at the other times 126  to seek for omens, 127  but he set his face 128  toward the wilderness. 24:2 When Balaam lifted up his eyes, he saw Israel camped tribe by tribe; 129  and the Spirit of God came upon him. 24:3 Then he uttered this oracle: 130 

“The oracle 131  of Balaam son of Beor;

the oracle of the man whose eyes are open; 132 

24:4 the oracle of the one who hears the words of God,

who sees a vision from the Almighty,

although falling flat on the ground 133  with eyes open: 134 

24:5How 135  beautiful are your tents, O Jacob,

and your dwelling places, O Israel!

24:6 They are like 136  valleys 137  stretched forth,

like gardens by the river’s side,

like aloes 138  that the Lord has planted,

and like cedar trees beside the waters.

24:7 He will pour the water out of his buckets, 139 

and their descendants will be like abundant 140  water; 141 

their king will be greater than Agag, 142 

and their kingdom will be exalted.

24:8 God brought them out of Egypt.

They have, as it were, the strength of a young bull;

they will devour hostile people 143 

and will break their bones

and will pierce them through with arrows.

24:9 They crouch and lie down like a lion,

and as a lioness, 144  who can stir him?

Blessed is the one who blesses you,

and cursed is the one who curses you!’

24:10 Then Balak became very angry at Balaam, and he struck his hands together. 145  Balak said to Balaam, “I called you to curse my enemies, and look, you have done nothing but bless 146  them these three times! 24:11 So now, go back where you came from! 147  I said that I would greatly honor you; but now the Lord has stood in the way of your honor.”

24:12 Balaam said to Balak, “Did I not also tell your messengers whom you sent to me, 24:13 If Balak would give me his palace full of silver and gold, I cannot go beyond 148  the commandment 149  of the Lord to do either good or evil of my own will, 150  but whatever the Lord tells me I must speak? 24:14 And now, I am about to go 151  back to my own people. Come now, and I will advise you as to what this people will do to your people in the future.” 152 

Balaam Prophesies a Fourth Time

24:15 Then he uttered this oracle: 153 

“The oracle of Balaam son of Beor;

the oracle of the man whose eyes are open;

24:16 the oracle of the one who hears the words of God,

and who knows the knowledge of the Most High,

who sees a vision from the Almighty,

although falling flat on the ground with eyes open:

24:17I see him, but not now;

I behold him, but not close at hand. 154 

A star 155  will march forth 156  out of Jacob,

and a scepter 157  will rise out of Israel.

He will crush the skulls 158  of Moab,

and the heads 159  of all the sons of Sheth. 160 

24:18 Edom will be a possession,

Seir, 161  his enemies, will also be a possession;

but Israel will act valiantly.

24:19 A ruler will be established from Jacob;

he will destroy the remains of the city.’ 162 

Balaam’s Final Prophecies

24:20 Then Balaam 163  looked on Amalek and delivered this oracle: 164 

“Amalek was the first 165  of the nations,

but his end will be that he will perish.”

24:21 Then he looked on the Kenites and uttered this oracle:

“Your dwelling place seems strong,

and your nest 166  is set on a rocky cliff.

24:22 Nevertheless the Kenite will be consumed. 167 

How long will Asshur take you away captive?

24:23 Then he uttered this oracle:

“O, who will survive when God does this! 168 

24:24 Ships will come from the coast of Kittim, 169 

and will afflict Asshur, 170  and will afflict Eber,

and he will also perish forever.” 171 

24:25 Balaam got up and departed and returned to his home, 172  and Balak also went his way.

25:1

Israel’s Sin with the Moabite Women

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When 174  Israel lived in Shittim, the people began to commit sexual immorality 175  with the daughters of Moab. 25:2 These women invited 176  the people to the sacrifices of their gods; then the people ate and bowed down to their gods. 177  25:3 When Israel joined themselves to Baal-peor, 178  the anger of the Lord flared up against Israel.

God’s Punishment

25:4 The Lord said to Moses, “Arrest all the leaders 179  of the people, and hang them up 180  before the Lord in broad daylight, 181  so that the fierce anger of the Lord may be turned away from Israel.” 25:5 So Moses said to the judges of Israel, “Each of you must execute those of his men 182  who were joined to Baal-peor.”

25:6 Just then 183  one of the Israelites came and brought to his brothers 184  a Midianite woman in the plain view of Moses and of 185  the whole community of the Israelites, while they 186  were weeping at the entrance of the tent of meeting. 25:7 When Phinehas son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it, 187  he got up from among the assembly, took a javelin in his hand, 25:8 and went after the Israelite man into the tent 188  and thrust through the Israelite man and into the woman’s abdomen. 189  So the plague was stopped from the Israelites. 190  25:9 Those that died in the plague were 24,000.

The Aftermath

25:10 The Lord spoke to Moses: 25:11 Phinehas son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, has turned my anger away from the Israelites, when he manifested such zeal 191  for my sake among them, so that I did not consume the Israelites in my zeal. 192  25:12 Therefore, announce: 193  ‘I am going to give 194  to him my covenant of peace. 195  25:13 So it will be to him and his descendants after him a covenant of a permanent priesthood, because he has been zealous for his God, 196  and has made atonement 197  for the Israelites.’

25:14 Now the name of the Israelite who was stabbed – the one who was stabbed with the Midianite woman – was Zimri son of Salu, a leader of a clan 198  of the Simeonites. 25:15 The name of the Midianite woman who was killed was Cozbi daughter of Zur. He was a leader 199  over the people of a clan of Midian. 200 

25:16 Then the Lord spoke to Moses: 25:17 Bring trouble 201  to the Midianites, and destroy them, 25:18 because they bring trouble to you by their treachery with which they have deceived 202  you in the matter of Peor, and in the matter of Cozbi, the daughter of a prince of Midian, 203  their sister, who was killed on the day of the plague that happened as a result of Peor.”

A Second Census Required

26:1 204 After the plague the Lord said to Moses and to Eleazar son of Aaron the priest, 205  26:2 Take a census of the whole community of Israelites, from twenty years old and upward, by their clans, 206  everyone who can serve in the army of Israel.” 207  26:3 So Moses and Eleazar the priest spoke with them in the plains of Moab, by the Jordan River 208  across from Jericho. 209  They said, 26:4 Number the people 210  from twenty years old and upward, just as the Lord commanded Moses and the Israelites who went out from the land of Egypt.”

Reuben

26:5 Reuben was the firstborn of Israel. The Reubenites: from 211  Hanoch, the family of the Hanochites; from Pallu, the family of the Palluites; 26:6 from Hezron, the family of the Hezronites; from Carmi, the family of the Carmites. 26:7 These were the families of the Reubenites; and those numbered of them were 43,730. 212  26:8 Pallu’s descendant 213  was Eliab. 26:9 Eliab’s descendants were Nemuel, Dathan, and Abiram. It was Dathan and Abiram who as leaders of the community rebelled against Moses and Aaron with the followers 214  of Korah when they rebelled against the Lord. 26:10 The earth opened its mouth and swallowed them and Korah at the time that company died, when the fire consumed 250 men. So they became a warning. 26:11 But the descendants of Korah did not die.

Simeon

26:12 The Simeonites by their families: from Nemuel, the family of the Nemuelites; from Jamin, the family of the Jaminites; from Jakin, the family of the Jakinites; 26:13 from Zerah, 215  the family of the Zerahites; and from Shaul, the family of the Shaulites. 26:14 These were the families of the Simeonites, 22,200. 216 

Gad

26:15 The Gadites by their families: from Zephon, the family of the Zephonites; from Haggi, the family of the Haggites; from Shuni, the family of the Shunites; 26:16 from Ozni, 217  the family of the Oznites; from Eri, 218  the family of the Erites; 26:17 from Arod, 219  the family of the Arodites, and from Areli, the family of the Arelites. 26:18 These were the families of the Gadites according to those numbered of them, 40,500. 220 

Judah

26:19 The descendants of Judah were Er and Onan, but Er and Onan died in the land of Canaan. 26:20 And the Judahites by their families were: from Shelah, the family of the Shelahites; from Perez, the family of the Perezites; and from Zerah, the family of the Zerahites. 26:21 And the Perezites were: from Hezron, the family of the Hezronites; from Hamul, 221  the family of the Hamulites. 26:22 These were the families of Judah according to those numbered of them, 76,500. 222 

Issachar

26:23 The Issacharites by their families: from Tola, the family of the Tolaites; from Puah, the family of the Puites; 26:24 from Jashub, the family of the Jashubites; and from Shimron, the family of the Shimronites. 26:25 These were the families of Issachar, according to those numbered of them, 64,300. 223 

Zebulun

26:26 The Zebulunites by their families: from Sered, the family of the Sardites; from Elon, the family of the Elonites; from Jahleel, the family of the Jahleelites. 26:27 These were the families of the Zebulunites, according to those numbered of them, 60,500. 224 

Manasseh

26:28 The descendants of Joseph by their families: Manasseh and Ephraim. 26:29 The Manassehites: from Machir, the family of the Machirites (now Machir became the father of Gilead); from Gilead, the family of the Gileadites. 26:30 These were the Gileadites: from Iezer, the family of the Iezerites; from Helek, the family of the Helekites; 26:31 from Asriel, the family of the Asrielites; from Shechem, the family of the Shechemites; 26:32 from Shemida, the family of the Shemidaites; from Hepher, the family of the Hepherites. 26:33 Now Zelophehad son of Hepher had no sons, but only daughters; and the names of the daughters of Zelophehad were Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah. 26:34 These were the families of Manasseh; those numbered of them were 52,700. 225 

Ephraim

26:35 These are the Ephraimites by their families: from Shuthelah, the family of the Shuthelahites; from Beker, the family of the Bekerites; from Tahan, the family of the Tahanites. 26:36 Now these were the Shuthelahites: from Eran, the family of the Eranites. 26:37 These were the families of the Ephraimites, according to those numbered of them, 32,500. 226  These were the descendants of Joseph by their families.

Benjamin

26:38 The Benjaminites by their families: from Bela, the family of the Belaites; from Ashbel, the family of the Ashbelites; from Ahiram, the family of the Ahiramites; 26:39 from Shupham, 227  the family of the Shuphamites; from Hupham, the family of the Huphamites. 26:40 The descendants of Bela were Ard 228  and Naaman. From Ard, 229  the family of the Ardites; from Naaman, the family of the Naamanites. 26:41 These are the Benjaminites, according to their families, and according to those numbered of them, 45,600. 230 

Dan

26:42 These are the Danites by their families: from Shuham, the family of the Shuhamites. These were the families of Dan, according to their families. 26:43 All the families of the Shuhahites according to those numbered of them were 64,400. 231 

Asher

26:44 The Asherites by their families: from Imnah, the family of the Imnahites; from Ishvi, the family of the Ishvites; from Beriah, the family of the Beriahites. 26:45 From the Beriahites: from Heber, the family of the Heberites; from Malkiel, the family of the Malkielites. 26:46 Now the name of the daughter of Asher was Serah. 232  26:47 These are the families of the Asherites, according to those numbered of them, 53,400. 233 

Naphtali

26:48 The Naphtalites by their families: from Jahzeel, the family of the Jahzeelites; from Guni, the family of the Gunites; 26:49 from Jezer, the family of the Jezerites; from Shillem, the family of the Shillemites. 26:50 These were the families of Naphtali according to their families; and those numbered of them were 45,400. 234 

Total Number and Division of the Land

26:51 These were those numbered of the Israelites, 601,730. 235 

26:52 Then the Lord spoke to Moses: 26:53 To these the land must be divided as an inheritance according to the number of the names. 26:54 To a larger group you will give a larger inheritance, 236  and to a smaller group you will give a smaller inheritance. 237  To each one its inheritance must be given according to the number of people in it. 238  26:55 The land must be divided by lot; and they will inherit in accordance with the names of their ancestral tribes. 26:56 Their inheritance must be apportioned 239  by lot among the larger and smaller groups.

26:57 And these are the Levites who were numbered according to their families: from Gershon, the family of the Gershonites; of Kohath, the family of the Kohathites; from Merari, the family of the Merarites. 26:58 These are the families of the Levites: the family of the Libnites, the family of the Hebronites, the family of the Mahlites, the family of the Mushites, the family of the Korahites. Kohath became the father of Amram. 26:59 Now the name of Amram’s wife was Jochebed, daughter of Levi, who was born 240  to Levi in Egypt. And to Amram she bore Aaron, Moses, and Miriam their sister. 26:60 And to Aaron were born Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar. 26:61 But Nadab and Abihu died when they offered strange fire 241  before the Lord. 26:62 Those of them who were numbered were 23,000, all males from a month old and upward, for they were not numbered among the Israelites; no inheritance was given to them among the Israelites.

26:63 These are those who were numbered by Moses and Eleazar the priest, who numbered the Israelites in the plains of Moab along the Jordan River opposite Jericho. 242  26:64 But there was not a man among these who had been 243  among those numbered by Moses and Aaron the priest when they numbered the Israelites in the wilderness of Sinai. 26:65 For the Lord had said of them, “They will surely die in the wilderness.” And there was not left a single man of them, except Caleb son of Jephunneh and Joshua son of Nun.

Special Inheritance Laws 244 

27:1 Then the daughters of Zelophehad son of Hepher, the son of Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh of the families of Manasseh, 245  the son Joseph came forward. Now these are the names of his daughters: Mahlah, Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah. 27:2 And they stood before Moses and Eleazar the priest and the leaders of the whole assembly at the entrance to the tent of meeting and said, 27:3 Our father died in the wilderness, although 246  he was not part of 247  the company of those that gathered themselves together against the Lord in the company of Korah; but he died for his own sin, 248  and he had no sons. 27:4 Why should the name of our father be lost from among his family because he had no son? Give us a possession 249  among the relatives 250  of our father.”

27:5 So Moses brought their case before the Lord. 27:6 The Lord said to Moses: 27:7 The daughters of Zelophehad have a valid claim. 251  You must indeed 252  give them possession of an inheritance among their father’s relatives, and you must transfer 253  the inheritance of their father to them. 27:8 And you must tell the Israelites, ‘If a man dies 254  and has no son, then you must transfer his inheritance to his daughter; 27:9 and if he has no daughter, then you are to give his inheritance to his brothers; 27:10 and if he has no brothers, then you are to give his inheritance to his father’s brothers; 27:11 and if his father has no brothers, then you are to give his inheritance to his relative nearest to him from his family, and he will possess it. This will be for the Israelites a legal requirement, 255  as the Lord commanded Moses.’

Leadership Change 256 

27:12 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go up this mountain of the Abarim range, 257  and see 258  the land I have given 259  to the Israelites. 27:13 When you have seen it, you will be gathered 260  to your ancestors, 261  as Aaron your brother was gathered to his ancestors. 262  27:14 For 263  in the wilderness of Zin when the community rebelled against me, you 264  rebelled against my command 265  to show me as holy 266  before their eyes over the water – the water of Meribah in Kadesh in the wilderness of Zin.”

27:15 Then Moses spoke to the Lord: 27:16 Let the Lord, the God of the spirits of all humankind, 267  appoint 268  a man over the community, 27:17 who will go out before them, and who will come in before them, 269  and who will lead them out, and who will bring them in, so that 270  the community of the Lord may not be like sheep that have no shepherd.”

27:18 The Lord replied 271  to Moses, “Take Joshua son of Nun, a man in whom is such a spirit, 272  and lay your hand on him; 273  27:19 set him 274  before Eleazar the priest and before the whole community, and commission 275  him publicly. 276  27:20 Then you must delegate 277  some of your authority 278  to him, so that the whole community of the Israelites will be obedient. 279  27:21 And he will stand before Eleazar the priest, who 280  will seek counsel 281  for him before the Lord by the decision of the Urim. 282  At his command 283  they will go out, and at his command they will come in, he and all the Israelites with him, the whole community.”

27:22 So Moses did as the Lord commanded him; he took Joshua and set 284  him before Eleazar the priest and before the whole community. 27:23 He laid his hands on him and commissioned him, just as the Lord commanded, 285  by the authority 286  of Moses.

Daily Offerings 287 

28:1 The Lord spoke to Moses: 28:2 Command the Israelites: 288  ‘With regard to my offering, 289  be sure to offer 290  my food for my offering made by fire, as a pleasing aroma to me at its appointed time.’ 291  28:3 You will say to them, ‘This is the offering made by fire which you must offer to the Lord: two unblemished lambs one year old each day for a continual 292  burnt offering. 28:4 The first lamb you must offer in the morning, and the second lamb you must offer in the late afternoon, 293  28:5 with one-tenth of an ephah 294  of finely ground flour as a grain offering mixed with one quarter of a hin 295  of pressed olive oil. 28:6 It is a continual burnt offering that was instituted on Mount Sinai as a pleasing aroma, an offering made by fire to the Lord.

28:7‘And its drink offering must be one quarter of a hin for each lamb. 296  You must pour out the strong drink 297  as a drink offering to the Lord in the holy place. 28:8 And the second lamb you must offer in the late afternoon; just as you offered the grain offering and drink offering in the morning, 298  you must offer it as an offering made by fire, as a pleasing aroma to the Lord.

Weekly Offerings

28:9‘On the Sabbath day, you must offer 299  two unblemished lambs a year old, and two-tenths of an ephah 300  of finely ground flour as a grain offering, mixed with olive oil, along with its drink offering. 28:10 This is the burnt offering for every Sabbath, 301  besides the continual burnt offering and its drink offering.

Monthly Offerings

28:11‘On the first day of each month 302  you must offer as a burnt offering to the Lord two young bulls, one ram, and seven unblemished lambs a year old, 28:12 with three-tenths of an ephah of finely ground flour mixed with olive oil as a grain offering for each bull, and two-tenths of an ephah of finely ground flour mixed with olive oil as a grain offering for the ram, 28:13 and one-tenth of an ephah of finely ground flour mixed with olive oil as a grain offering for each lamb, as a burnt offering for a pleasing aroma, an offering made by fire to the Lord. 28:14 For their drink offerings, include 303  half a hin of wine with each bull, one-third of a hin for the ram, and one-fourth of a hin for each lamb. This is the burnt offering for each month 304  throughout the months of the year. 28:15 And one male goat 305  must be offered to the Lord as a purification offering, in addition to the continual burnt offering and its drink offering.

Passover and Unleavened Bread

28:16‘On the fourteenth day of the first month is the Lord’s Passover. 28:17 And on the fifteenth day of this month is the festival. For seven days bread made without yeast must be eaten. 28:18 And on the first day there is to be a holy assembly; you must do no ordinary work 306  on it.

28:19‘But you must offer to the Lord an offering made by fire, a burnt offering of two young bulls, one ram, and seven lambs one year old; they must all be unblemished. 307  28:20 And their grain offering is to be of finely ground flour mixed with olive oil. For each bull you must offer three-tenths of an ephah, and two-tenths for the ram. 28:21 For each of the seven lambs you are to offer one-tenth of an ephah, 28:22 as well as one goat for a purification offering, to make atonement for you. 28:23 You must offer these in addition to the burnt offering in the morning which is for a continual burnt offering. 28:24 In this manner you must offer daily throughout the seven days the food of the sacrifice made by fire as a sweet aroma to the Lord. It is to be offered in addition to the continual burnt offering and its drink offering. 28:25 On the seventh day you are to have a holy assembly, you must do no regular work.

Firstfruits

28:26‘Also, on the day of the first fruits, when you bring a new grain offering to the Lord during your Feast of Weeks, you are to have a holy assembly. You must do no ordinary work. 28:27 But you must offer as the burnt offering, as a sweet aroma to the Lord, two young bulls, one ram, seven lambs one year old, 28:28 with their grain offering of finely ground flour mixed with olive oil: three-tenths of an ephah for each bull, two-tenths for the one ram, 28:29 with one-tenth for each of the seven lambs, 28:30 as well as one male goat to make an atonement for you. 28:31 You are to offer them with their drink offerings in addition to the continual burnt offering and its grain offering – they must be unblemished.

Blowing Trumpets

29:1‘On the first day of the seventh month, you are to hold a holy assembly. You must not do your ordinary work, for it is a day of blowing trumpets for you. 29:2 You must offer a burnt offering as a sweet aroma to the Lord: one young bull, one ram, and seven lambs one year old without blemish.

29:3‘Their grain offering is to be of finely ground flour mixed with olive oil, three-tenths of an ephah for the bull, two-tenths of an ephah for the ram, 29:4 and one-tenth for each of the seven lambs, 29:5 with one male goat for a purification offering to make an atonement for you; 29:6 this is in addition to the monthly burnt offering and its grain offering, and the daily burnt offering with its grain offering and their drink offerings as prescribed, as a sweet aroma, a sacrifice made by fire to the Lord.

The Day of Atonement

29:7‘On the tenth day of this seventh month you are to have a holy assembly. You must humble yourselves; 308  you must not do any work on it. 29:8 But you must offer a burnt offering as a pleasing aroma to the Lord, one young bull, one ram, and seven lambs one year old, all of them without blemish. 309  29:9 Their grain offering must be of finely ground flour mixed with olive oil, three-tenths of an ephah for the bull, two-tenths for the ram, 29:10 and one-tenth for each of the seven lambs, 29:11 along with one male goat for a purification offering, in addition to the purification offering for atonement and the continual burnt offering with its grain offering and their drink offerings.

The Feast of Temporary Shelters

29:12‘On the fifteenth day of the seventh month you are to have a holy assembly; you must do no ordinary work, and you must keep a festival to the Lord for seven days. 29:13 You must offer a burnt offering, an offering made by fire as a pleasing aroma to the Lord: thirteen young bulls, two rams, and fourteen lambs each one year old, all of them without blemish. 29:14 Their grain offering must be of finely ground flour mixed with olive oil, three-tenths of an ephah for each of the thirteen bulls, two-tenths of an ephah for each of the two rams, 29:15 and one-tenth for each of the fourteen lambs, 29:16 along with one male goat for a purification offering, in addition to the continual burnt offering with its grain offering and its drink offering.

29:17‘On the second day you must offer twelve young bulls, two rams, fourteen lambs one year old, all without blemish, 29:18 and their grain offering and their drink offerings for the bulls, for the rams, and for the lambs, according to their number as prescribed, 29:19 along with one male goat for a purification offering, in addition to the continual burnt offering with its grain offering and their drink offerings.

29:20‘On the third day you must offer 310  eleven bulls, two rams, fourteen lambs one year old, all without blemish, 29:21 and their grain offering and their drink offerings for the bulls, for the rams, and for the lambs, according to their number as prescribed, 29:22 along with one male goat for a purification offering, in addition to the continual burnt offering with its grain offering and its drink offering.

29:23‘On the fourth day you must offer ten bulls, two rams, and fourteen lambs one year old, all without blemish, 29:24 and their grain offering and their drink offerings for the bulls, for the rams, and for the lambs, according to their number as prescribed, 29:25 along with one male goat for a purification offering, in addition to the continual burnt offering with its grain offering and its drink offering.

29:26‘On the fifth day you must offer nine bulls, two rams, and fourteen lambs one year old, all without blemish, 29:27 and their grain offering and their drink offerings for the bulls, for the rams, and for the lambs, according to their number as prescribed, 29:28 along with one male goat for a purification offering, in addition to the continual burnt offering with its grain offering and its drink offering.

29:29‘On the sixth day you must offer eight bulls, two rams, and fourteen lambs one year old, all without blemish, 29:30 and their grain offering and their drink offerings for the bulls, for the rams, and for the lambs, according to their number as prescribed, 29:31 along with one male goat for a purification offering, in addition to the continual burnt offering with its grain offering and its drink offering.

29:32‘On the seventh day you must offer seven bulls, two rams, and fourteen lambs one year old, all without blemish, 29:33 and their grain offering and their drink offerings for the bulls, for the rams, and for the lambs, according to their number as prescribed, 29:34 along with one male goat for a purification offering, in addition to the continual burnt offering with its grain offering and its drink offering.

29:35‘On the eighth day you are to have a holy assembly; you must do no ordinary work on it. 29:36 But you must offer a burnt offering, an offering made by fire, as a pleasing aroma to the Lord, one bull, one ram, seven lambs one year old, all of them without blemish, 29:37 and with their grain offering and their drink offerings for the bull, for the ram, and for the lambs, according to their number as prescribed, 29:38 along with one male goat for a purification offering, in addition to the continual burnt offering with its grain offering and its drink offering.

29:39‘These things you must present to the Lord at your appointed times, in addition to your vows and your freewill offerings, as your burnt offerings, your grain offerings, your drink offerings, and your peace offerings.’ 29:40 311  So Moses told the Israelites everything, just as the Lord had commanded him. 312 

30:1

Vows Made by Men

313 

Moses told the leaders 314  of the tribes concerning the Israelites, “This is what 315  the Lord has commanded: 30:2 If a man 316  makes a vow 317  to the Lord or takes an oath 318  of binding obligation on himself, 319  he must not break his word, but must do whatever he has promised. 320 

Vows Made by Single Women

30:3If a young 321  woman who is still living 322  in her father’s house makes a vow to the Lord or places herself under an obligation, 30:4 and her father hears of her vow or the obligation to which she has pledged herself, and her father remains silent about her, 323  then all her vows will stand, 324  and every obligation to which she has pledged herself will stand. 30:5 But if her father overrules her when he hears 325  about it, then none 326  of her vows or her obligations which she has pledged for herself will stand. And the Lord will release 327  her from it, because her father overruled her.

Vows Made by Married Women

30:6And if she marries a husband while under a vow, 328  or she uttered 329  anything impulsively by which she has pledged herself, 30:7 and her husband hears about it, but remains silent about her when he hears about it, then her vows will stand and her obligations which she has pledged for herself will stand. 30:8 But if when her husband hears it he overrules her, then he will nullify 330  the vow she has taken, 331  and whatever she uttered impulsively which she has pledged for herself. And the Lord will release her from it.

Vows Made by Widows

30:9But every vow of a widow or of a divorced woman which she has pledged for herself will remain intact. 332  30:10 If she made the vow in her husband’s house or put herself under obligation with an oath, 30:11 and her husband heard about it, but remained silent about her, and did not overrule her, then all her vows will stand, and every obligation which she pledged for herself will stand. 30:12 But if her husband clearly nullifies 333  them when he hears them, then whatever she says 334  by way of vows or obligations will not stand. Her husband has made them void, and the Lord will release her from them.

30:13Any vow or sworn obligation that would bring affliction to her, 335  her husband can confirm or nullify. 336  30:14 But if her husband remains completely silent 337  about her from day to day, he thus confirms all her vows or all her obligations which she is under; he confirms them because he remained silent about when he heard them. 30:15 But if he should nullify them after he has heard them, then he will bear her iniquity.” 338 

30:16 These are the statutes that the Lord commanded Moses, relating to 339  a man and his wife, and a father and his young daughter who is still living in her father’s house.

31:1

The Midianite War

340 

The Lord spoke to Moses: 31:2 Exact vengeance 341  for the Israelites on the Midianites 342 after that you will be gathered to your people.” 343 

31:3 So Moses spoke to the people: “Arm 344  men from among you for the war, to attack the Midianites and to execute 345  the Lord’s vengeance on Midian. 31:4 You must send to the battle a thousand men from every tribe throughout all the tribes of Israel.” 346  31:5 So a thousand from every tribe, twelve thousand armed for battle in all, were provided out of the thousands of Israel.

Campaign Against the Midianites

31:6 So Moses sent them to the war, one thousand from every tribe, with Phinehas son of Eleazar the priest, who was in charge 347  of the holy articles 348  and the signal trumpets. 31:7 They fought against the Midianites, as the Lord commanded Moses, and they killed every male. 349  31:8 They killed the kings of Midian in addition to those slain – Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur, and Reba – five Midianite kings. 350  They also killed Balaam son of Beor with the sword. 351 

31:9 The Israelites took the women of Midian captives along with their little ones, and took all their herds, all their flocks, and all their goods as plunder. 31:10 They burned 352  all their towns 353  where they lived and all their encampments. 31:11 They took all the plunder and all the spoils, both people and animals. 31:12 They brought the captives and the spoils and the plunder to Moses, to Eleazar the priest, and to the Israelite community, to the camp on the plains 354  of Moab, along the Jordan River 355  across from Jericho. 356  31:13 Moses, Eleazar the priest, and all the leaders of the community went out to meet them outside the camp.

The Death of the Midianite Women

31:14 But Moses was furious with the officers of the army, the commanders over thousands and commanders over hundreds, who had come from service in the war. 31:15 Moses said to them, “Have you allowed all the women to live? 357  31:16 Look, these people through the counsel of Balaam caused the Israelites to act treacherously against the Lord in the matter of Peor – which resulted in the plague among the community of the Lord! 31:17 Now therefore kill every boy, 358  and kill every woman who has had sexual intercourse with a man. 359  31:18 But all the young women 360  who have not had sexual intercourse with a man 361  will be yours. 362 

Purification After Battle

31:19Any of you who has killed anyone or touched any of the dead, remain outside the camp for seven days; purify yourselves and your captives on the third day, and on the seventh day. 31:20 You must purify each garment and everything that is made of skin, everything made of goat’s hair, and everything made of wood.” 363 

31:21 Then Eleazar the priest said to the men of war who had gone into the battle, “This is the ordinance of the law that the Lord commanded Moses: 31:22 Only the gold, the silver, the bronze, the iron, the tin, and the lead, 31:23 everything that may stand the fire, you are to pass through the fire, 364  and it will be ceremonially clean, but it must still be purified with the water of purification. Anything that cannot withstand the fire you must pass through the water. 31:24 You must wash your clothes on the seventh day, and you will be ceremonially clean, and afterward you may enter the camp.’

The Distribution of Spoils

31:25 Then the Lord spoke to Moses: 31:26 You and Eleazar the priest, and all the family leaders of the community, take the sum 365  of the plunder that was captured, both people and animals. 31:27 Divide the plunder into two parts, one for those who took part in the war – who went out to battle – and the other for all the community.

31:28You must exact 366  a tribute for the Lord from the fighting men who went out to battle: one life out of five hundred, from the people, the cattle, and from the donkeys and the sheep. 31:29 You are to take it from their half-share and give it to Eleazar the priest for a raised offering to the Lord. 31:30 From the Israeliteshalf-share you are to take one portion out of fifty of the people, the cattle, the donkeys, and the sheep – from every kind of animal – and you are to give them to the Levites, who are responsible for the care of the Lord’s tabernacle.”

31:31 So Moses and Eleazar the priest did as the Lord commanded Moses. 31:32 The spoil that remained of the plunder which the fighting men 367  had gathered 368  was 675,000 sheep, 31:33 72,000 cattle, 31:34 61,000 donkeys, 31:35 and 32,000 young women who had never had sexual intercourse with a man. 369 

31:36 The half-portion of those who went to war numbered 337,500 sheep; 31:37 the Lord’s tribute from the sheep was 675. 31:38 The cattle numbered 370  36,000; the Lord’s tribute was 72. 31:39 The donkeys were 30,500, of which the Lord’s tribute was 61. 31:40 The people were 16,000, of which the Lord’s tribute was 32 people. 371 

31:41 So Moses gave the tribute, which was the Lord’s raised offering, to Eleazar the priest, as the Lord commanded Moses.

31:42 From the Israeliteshalf-share that Moses had separated from the fighting men, 372  31:43 there were 337,500 sheep from the portion belonging to the community, 31:44 36,000 cattle, 31:45 30,500 donkeys, 31:46 and 16,000 people.

31:47 From the Israelitesshare Moses took one of every fifty people and animals and gave them to the Levites who were responsible for the care of the Lord’s tabernacle, just as the Lord commanded Moses.

31:48 Then the officers who were over the thousands of the army, the commanders over thousands and the commanders over hundreds, approached Moses 31:49 and said to him, 373 Your servants have taken a count 374  of the men who were in the battle, who were under our authority, 375  and not one is missing. 31:50 So we have brought as an offering for the Lord what each man found: gold ornaments, armlets, bracelets, signet rings, earrings, and necklaces, to make atonement for ourselves 376  before the Lord.” 377  31:51 Moses and Eleazar the priest took the gold from them, all of it in the form of ornaments. 31:52 All the gold of the offering they offered up to the Lord from the commanders of thousands and the commanders of hundreds weighed 16,750 shekels. 378  31:53 Each soldier had taken plunder for himself. 31:54 So Moses and Eleazar the priest received the gold from the commanders of thousands and commanders 379  of hundreds and brought it into the tent of meeting as a memorial 380  for the Israelites before the Lord.

32:1

The Petition of the Reubenites and Gadites

381 

Now the Reubenites and the Gadites possessed a very large number of cattle. When they saw that the lands of Jazer and Gilead were ideal for cattle, 382  32:2 the Gadites and the Reubenites came and addressed Moses, Eleazar the priest, and the leaders of the community. They said, 32:3 Ataroth, Dibon, Jazer, Nimrah, Heshbon, Elealeh, Sebam, 383  Nebo, and Beon, 384  32:4 the land that the Lord subdued 385  before the community of Israel, is ideal for cattle, and your servants have cattle.” 32:5 So they said, “If we have found favor in your sight, 386  let this land be given to your servants for our inheritance. Do not have us cross 387  the Jordan River.” 388 

Moses’ Response

32:6 Moses said to the Gadites and the Reubenites, “Must your brothers go to war while you 389  remain here? 32:7 Why do you frustrate the intent 390  of the Israelites to cross over into the land which the Lord has given them? 32:8 Your fathers did the same thing when I sent them from Kadesh Barnea to see the land. 32:9 When 391  they went up to the Eshcol Valley and saw the land, they frustrated the intent of the Israelites so that they did not enter 392  the land that the Lord had given 393  them. 32:10 So the anger of the Lord was kindled that day, and he swore, 32:11 Because they have not followed me wholeheartedly, 394  not 395  one of the men twenty years old and upward 396  who came from Egypt will see the land that I swore to give 397  to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, 32:12 except Caleb son of Jephunneh the Kenizzite, and Joshua son of Nun, for they followed the Lord wholeheartedly.’ 32:13 So the Lord’s anger was kindled against the Israelites, and he made them wander in the wilderness for forty years, until all that generation that had done wickedly before 398  the Lord was finished. 399  32:14 Now look, you are standing in your fathersplace, a brood of sinners, to increase still further the fierce wrath of the Lord against the Israelites. 32:15 For if you turn away from following him, he will once again abandon 400  them in the wilderness, and you will be the reason for their destruction.” 401 

The Offer of the Reubenites and Gadites

32:16 Then they came very close to him and said, “We will build sheep folds here for our flocks and cities for our families, 402  32:17 but we will maintain ourselves in armed readiness 403  and go before the Israelites until whenever we have brought them to their place. Our descendants will be living in fortified towns as a protection against 404  the inhabitants of the land. 32:18 We will not return to our homes until every Israelite has his inheritance. 32:19 For we will not accept any inheritance on the other side of the Jordan River 405  and beyond, because our inheritance has come to us on this eastern side of the Jordan.”

32:20 Then Moses replied, 406 If you will do this thing, and if you will arm yourselves for battle before the Lord, 32:21 and if all your armed men cross the Jordan before the Lord until he drives out his enemies from his presence 32:22 and the land is subdued before the Lord, then afterward you may return and be free of your obligation to the Lord and to Israel. This land will then be your possession in the Lord’s sight.

32:23But if you do not do this, then look, you will have sinned 407  against the Lord. And know that your sin will find you out. 32:24 So build cities for your descendants and pens for your sheep, but do what you have said 408  you would do.”

32:25 So the Gadites and the Reubenites replied to Moses, “Your servants will do as my lord commands. 32:26 Our children, our wives, our flocks, and all our livestock will be there in the cities of Gilead, 32:27 but your servants will cross over, every man armed for war, to do battle in the Lord’s presence, just as my lord says.”

32:28 So Moses gave orders about them to Eleazar the priest, to Joshua son of Nun, and to the heads of the families of the Israelite tribes. 32:29 Moses said to them: “If the Gadites and the Reubenites cross the Jordan with you, each one equipped for battle in the Lord’s presence, and you conquer the land, 409  then you must allot them the territory of Gilead as their possession. 32:30 But if they do not cross over with you armed, they must receive possessions among you in Canaan.” 32:31 Then the Gadites and the Reubenites answered, “Your servants will do what the Lord has spoken. 410  32:32 We will cross armed in the Lord’s presence into the land of Canaan, and then the possession of our inheritance that we inherit will be ours on this side of the Jordan River.” 411 

Land Assignment

32:33 So Moses gave to the Gadites, the Reubenites, and to half the tribe of Manasseh son of Joseph the realm of King Sihon of the Amorites, and the realm of King Og of Bashan, the entire land with its cities and the territory surrounding them. 412  32:34 The Gadites rebuilt Dibon, Ataroth, Aroer, 32:35 Atroth Shophan, Jazer, Jogbehah, 32:36 Beth Nimrah, and Beth Haran as fortified cities, and constructed pens for their flocks. 32:37 The Reubenites rebuilt Heshbon, Elealeh, Kiriathaim, 32:38 Nebo, Baal Meon (with a change of name), and Sibmah. They renamed 413  the cities they built.

32:39 The descendants of Machir son of Manasseh went to Gilead, took it, and dispossessed the Amorites who were in it. 32:40 So Moses gave Gilead to Machir, son of Manasseh, and he lived there. 414  32:41 Now Jair son of Manasseh went and captured their small towns and named them Havvoth Jair. 32:42 Then Nobah went and captured Kenath and its villages and called it Nobah after his own name.

33:1

Wanderings from Egypt to Sinai

415 

These are the journeys of the Israelites, who went out of the land of Egypt by their divisions under the authority 416  of Moses and Aaron. 33:2 Moses recorded their departures 417  according to their journeys, by the commandment 418  of the Lord; now these are their journeys according to their departures. 33:3 They departed from Rameses in the first month, on the fifteenth day of the first month; on the day 419  after the Passover the Israelites went out defiantly 420  in plain sight 421  of all the Egyptians. 33:4 Now the Egyptians were burying all their firstborn, whom the Lord had killed among them; the Lord also executed judgments on their gods.

33:5 The Israelites traveled from Rameses and camped in Succoth.

33:6 They traveled from Succoth, and camped in Etham, which is on the edge of the wilderness. 33:7 They traveled from Etham, and turned again to Pi-hahiroth, which is before Baal-Zephon; and they camped before Migdal. 33:8 They traveled from Pi-hahiroth, 422  and passed through the middle of the sea into the wilderness, and went three daysjourney in the wilderness of Etham, and camped in Marah. 33:9 They traveled from Marah and came to Elim; in Elim there are twelve fountains of water and seventy palm trees, so they camped there.

33:10 They traveled from Elim, and camped by the Red Sea. 33:11 They traveled from the Red Sea and camped in the wilderness of Zin. 33:12 They traveled from the wilderness of Zin and camped in Dophkah. 33:13 And they traveled from Dophkah, and camped in Alush.

33:14 They traveled from Alush and camped at Rephidim, where there was no water for the people to drink. 33:15 They traveled from Rephidim and camped in the wilderness of Sinai.

Wanderings in the Wilderness

33:16 They traveled from the desert of Sinai and camped at Kibroth Hattaavah. 33:17 They traveled from Kibroth Hattaavah and camped at Hazeroth. 33:18 They traveled from Hazeroth and camped in Rithmah. 33:19 They traveled from Rithmah and camped at Rimmon-perez. 33:20 They traveled from Rimmon-perez and camped in Libnah. 33:21 They traveled from Libnah and camped at Rissah. 33:22 They traveled from Rissah and camped in Kehelathah. 33:23 They traveled from Kehelathah and camped at Mount Shepher. 33:24 They traveled from Mount Shepher and camped in Haradah. 33:25 They traveled from Haradah and camped in Makheloth. 33:26 They traveled from Makheloth and camped at Tahath. 33:27 They traveled from Tahath and camped at Terah. 33:28 They traveled from Terah and camped in Mithcah. 33:29 They traveled from Mithcah and camped in Hashmonah. 33:30 They traveled from Hashmonah and camped in Moseroth. 33:31 They traveled from Moseroth and camped in Bene-jaakan. 33:32 They traveled from Bene-jaakan and camped at Hor-haggidgad. 33:33 They traveled from Hor-haggidgad and camped in Jotbathah. 33:34 They traveled from Jotbathah and camped in Abronah. 33:35 They traveled from Abronah and camped at Ezion-geber. 33:36 They traveled from Ezion-geber and camped in the wilderness of Zin, which is Kadesh.

Wanderings from Kadesh to Moab

33:37 They traveled from Kadesh and camped in Mount Hor at the edge of the land of Edom. 33:38 Aaron the priest ascended Mount Hor at the command 423  of the Lord, and he died there in the fortieth year after the Israelites had come out of the land of Egypt on the first day of the fifth month. 33:39 Now Aaron was 123 years old when he died in Mount Hor. 33:40 The king of Arad, the Canaanite king who lived in the south of the land of Canaan, heard about the approach of the Israelites.

33:41 They traveled from Mount Hor and camped in Zalmonah. 33:42 They traveled from Zalmonah and camped in Punon. 33:43 They traveled from Punon and camped in Oboth. 33:44 They traveled from Oboth and camped in Iye-abarim, on the border of Moab. 33:45 They traveled from Iim 424  and camped in Dibon-gad. 33:46 They traveled from Dibon-gad and camped in Almon-diblathaim. 33:47 They traveled from Almon-diblathaim and camped in the mountains of Abarim before Nebo. 33:48 They traveled from the mountains of Abarim and camped in the plains of Moab by the Jordan River 425  across from Jericho. 426  33:49 They camped by the Jordan, from Beth-jeshimoth as far as Abel-shittim in the plains of Moab.

At the Border of Canaan

33:50 The Lord spoke to Moses in the plains of Moab by the Jordan, across from Jericho. He said: 33:51 Speak to the Israelites and tell them, ‘When you have crossed the Jordan into the land of Canaan, 33:52 you must drive out all the inhabitants of the land before you. Destroy all their carved images, all their molten images, 427  and demolish their high places. 33:53 You must dispossess the inhabitants of the land and live in it, for I have given you the land to possess it. 33:54 You must divide the land by lot for an inheritance among your families. To a larger group you must give a larger inheritance, and to a smaller group you must give a smaller inheritance. Everyone’s inheritance must be in the place where his lot falls. You must inherit according to your ancestral 428  tribes. 33:55 But if you do not drive out the inhabitants of the land before you, then those whom you allow to remain will be irritants in your eyes and thorns in your side, and will cause you trouble in the land where you will be living. 33:56 And what I intended to do to them I will do to you.”

34:1

The Southern Border of the Land

429 

Then the Lord spoke to Moses: 34:2 Give these instructions 430  to the Israelites, and tell them: ‘When you enter Canaan, the land that has been assigned to you as an inheritance, 431  the land of Canaan with its borders, 34:3 your southern border 432  will extend from the wilderness of Zin along the Edomite border, and your southern border will run eastward to the extremity of the Salt Sea, 34:4 and then the border will turn from the south to the Scorpion Ascent, 433  continue to Zin, and then its direction 434  will be from the south to Kadesh Barnea. Then it will go to Hazar Addar and pass over to Azmon. 34:5 There the border will turn from Azmon to the Brook of Egypt, and then its direction is to the sea. 435 

The Western Border of the Land

34:6‘And for a western border 436  you will have the Great Sea. 437  This will be your western border.

The Northern Border of the Land

34:7‘And this will be your northern border: From the Great Sea you will draw a line to Mount Hor; 34:8 from Mount Hor you will draw a line to Lebo Hamath, 438  and the direction of the border will be to Zedad. 34:9 The border will continue to Ziphron, and its direction will be to Hazar Enan. This will be your northern border.

The Eastern Border of the Land

34:10‘For your eastern border you will draw a line from Hazar Enan to Shepham. 34:11 The border will run down from Shepham to Riblah, on the east side of Ain, and the border will descend and reach the eastern side of the Sea of Chinnereth. 439  34:12 Then the border will continue down the Jordan River 440  and its direction will be to the Salt Sea. This will be your land by its borders that surround it.’

34:13 Then Moses commanded the Israelites: “This is the land which you will inherit by lot, which the Lord has commanded to be given 441  to the nine and a half tribes, 34:14 because the tribe of the Reubenites by their families, 442  the tribe of the Gadites by their families, and half of the tribe of Manasseh have received their inheritance. 34:15 The two and a half tribes have received their inheritance on this side of the Jordan, east of Jericho, 443  toward the sunrise.”

Appointed Officials

34:16 The Lord said to Moses: 34:17 These are the names of the men who are to allocate the land to you as an inheritance: 444  Eleazar the priest and Joshua son of Nun. 34:18 You must take one leader from every 445  tribe to assist in allocating the land as an inheritance. 446  34:19 These are the names of the men: from the tribe of Judah, Caleb son of Jephunneh; 34:20 from the tribe of the Simeonites, Shemuel son of Ammihud; 34:21 from the tribe of Benjamin, Elidad son of Kislon; 34:22 and from the tribe of the Danites, a leader, Bukki son of Jogli. 34:23 From the Josephites, Hanniel son of Ephod, a leader from the tribe of Manasseh; 34:24 from the tribe of the Ephraimites, a leader, Kemuel son of Shiphtan; 34:25 from the tribe of the Zebulunites, a leader, Elizaphan son of Parnach; 34:26 from the tribe of the Issacharites, a leader, Paltiel son of Azzan; 34:27 from the tribe of the Asherites, a leader, Ahihud son of Shelomi; 34:28 and from the tribe of the Naphtalites, a leader, Pedahel son of Ammihud.” 34:29 These are the ones whom the Lord commanded to divide up the inheritance among the Israelites in the land of Canaan.

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The Levitical Cities

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Then the Lord spoke to Moses in the Moabite plains by the Jordan near Jericho. 448  He said: 35:2 Instruct the Israelites to give 449  the Levites towns to live in from the inheritance the Israelites 450  will possess. You must also give the Levites grazing land around the towns. 35:3 Thus they will have towns in which to live, and their grazing lands will be for their cattle, for their possessions, and for all their animals. 35:4 The grazing lands around the towns that you will give to the Levites must extend to a distance of 500 yards 451  from the town wall.

35:5You must measure 452  from outside the wall of the town on the east 1,000 yards, 453  and on the south side 1,000 yards, and on the west side 1,000 yards, and on the north side 1,000 yards, with the town in the middle. 454  This territory must belong to them as grazing land for the towns. 35:6 Now from these towns that you will give to the Levites you must select six towns of refuge to which a person who has killed someone may flee. 455  And you must give them forty-two other towns.

35:7So the total of the towns you will give the Levites is forty-eight. You must give these together with their grazing lands. 35:8 The towns you will give must be from the possession of the Israelites. From the larger tribes you must give more; and from the smaller tribes fewer. Each must contribute some of its own towns to the Levites in proportion to the inheritance allocated to each.

The Cities of Refuge

35:9 Then the Lord spoke to Moses: 35:10 Speak to the Israelites and tell them, ‘When you cross over the Jordan River 456  into the land of Canaan, 35:11 you must then designate some towns as towns of refuge for you, to which a person who has killed someone unintentionally may flee. 35:12 And they must stand as your towns of refuge from the avenger in order that the killer may not die until he has stood trial before the community. 35:13 These towns that you must give shall be your six towns for refuge.

35:14You must give three towns on this side of the Jordan, and you must give three towns in the land of Canaan; they must be towns of refuge. 35:15 These six towns will be places of refuge for the Israelites, and for the foreigner, and for the settler among them, so that anyone who kills any person accidentally may flee there.

35:16But if he hits someone with an iron tool so that he dies, 457  he is a murderer. The murderer must surely be put to death. 35:17 If he strikes him by throwing a stone large enough that he could die, and he dies, he is a murderer. The murderer must surely be put to death. 35:18 Or if he strikes him with a wooden hand weapon so that he could die, and he dies, he is a murderer. The murderer must surely be put to death. 35:19 The avenger 458  of blood himself must kill the murderer; when he meets him, he must kill him.

35:20But if he strikes him out of hatred or throws something at him intentionally 459  so that he dies, 35:21 or with enmity he strikes him with his hand and he dies, the one who struck him must surely be put to death, for he is a murderer. The avenger of blood must kill the murderer when he meets him.

35:22But if he strikes him suddenly, without enmity, or throws anything at him unintentionally, 35:23 or with any stone large enough that a man could die, without seeing him, and throws it at him, and he dies, even though he was not his enemy nor sought his harm, 35:24 then the community must judge between the slayer and the avenger of blood according to these decisions. 35:25 The community must deliver the slayer out of the hand of the avenger of blood, and the community must restore him to the town of refuge to which he fled, and he must live there 460  until the death of the high priest, who was anointed with the consecrated oil. 35:26 But if the slayer at any time goes outside the boundary of the town to which he had fled, 35:27 and the avenger of blood finds him outside the borders of the town of refuge, and the avenger of blood kills the slayer, he will not be guilty of blood, 35:28 because the slayer 461  should have stayed in his town of refuge until the death of the high priest. But after the death of the high priest, the slayer may return to the land of his possessions. 35:29 So these things must be a statutory ordinance 462  for you throughout your generations, in all the places where you live.

35:30Whoever kills any person, the murderer must be put to death by the testimony 463  of witnesses; but one witness cannot 464  testify against any person to cause him to be put to death. 35:31 Moreover, you must not accept a ransom for the life of a murderer who is guilty of death; he must surely be put to death. 35:32 And you must not accept a ransom for anyone who has fled to a town of refuge, to allow him to return home and live on his own land before the death of the high priest. 465 

35:33You must not pollute the land where you live, for blood defiles the land, and the land cannot be cleansed of the blood that is shed there, except by the blood of the person who shed it. 35:34 Therefore do not defile the land that you will inhabit, in which I live, for I the Lord live among the Israelites.”

Women and Land Inheritance

36:1 Then the heads of the family groups 466  of the Gileadites, the descendant of Machir, the descendant of Manasseh, who were from the Josephite families, approached and spoke before Moses 467  and the leaders who were the heads of the Israelite families. 468  36:2 They said, “The Lord commanded my lord to give 469  the land as an inheritance by lot to the Israelites; and my lord was commanded by the Lord to give the inheritance of our brother Zelophehad to his daughters. 36:3 Now if they should be married to one of the men 470  from another Israelite tribe, their inheritance would be taken from the inheritance of our fathers and added to the inheritance of the tribe into which they marry. 471  As a result, it will be taken from the lot of our inheritance. 36:4 And when the Jubilee of the Israelites is to take place, 472  their inheritance will be added to the inheritance of the tribe into which they marry. So their inheritance will be taken away from the inheritance of our ancestral tribe.” 473 

Moses’ Decision

36:5 Then Moses gave a ruling 474  to the Israelites by the word 475  of the Lord: “What the tribe of the Josephites is saying is right. 36:6 This is what 476  the Lord has commanded for Zelophehad’s daughters: ‘Let them marry 477  whomever they think best, 478  only they must marry within the family of their father’s tribe. 36:7 In this way the inheritance of the Israelites will not be transferred 479  from tribe to tribe. But every one of the Israelites must retain the ancestral heritage. 36:8 And every daughter who possesses an inheritance from any of the tribes of the Israelites must become the wife of a man from any family in her father’s tribe, so that every Israelite 480  may retain the inheritance of his fathers. 36:9 No inheritance may pass from tribe to tribe. But every one of the tribes of the Israelites must retain its inheritance.”

36:10 As the Lord had commanded Moses, so the daughters of Zelophehad did. 36:11 For the daughters of Zelophehad – Mahlah, Tirzah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Noah – were married to the sons of their uncles. 481  36:12 They were married into the families of the Manassehites, the descendants of Joseph, and their inheritance remained in the tribe of their father’s family.

36:13 These are the commandments and the decisions that the Lord commanded the Israelites through the authority 482  of Moses, on the plains of Moab by the Jordan River 483  opposite Jericho. 484 

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