Bible: Numbers 31:1-12


The Midianite War


The Lord spoke to Moses: 31:2 Exact vengeance 2  for the Israelites on the Midianites 3 after that you will be gathered to your people.” 4 

31:3 So Moses spoke to the people: “Arm 5  men from among you for the war, to attack the Midianites and to execute 6  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.” 7  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 8  of the holy articles 9  and the signal trumpets. 31:7 They fought against the Midianites, as the Lord commanded Moses, and they killed every male. 10  31:8 They killed the kings of Midian in addition to those slain – Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur, and Reba – five Midianite kings. 11  They also killed Balaam son of Beor with the sword. 12 

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 13  all their towns 14  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 15  of Moab, along the Jordan River 16  across from Jericho. 17 

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