An Act of War

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31,1 And JEHOVAH spoke unto Moses, saying: 31,2 ‘Avenge the children of Israel of the Midianites; afterward shalt thou be gathered unto thy people.’ 31,3 And Moses spoke unto the people, saying: ‘Arm ye men from among you for the war, that they may go against Midian, to execute JEHOVAH’S vengeance on Midian. 31,4 Of every tribe a thousand, throughout all the tribes of Israel, shall ye send to the war.’ 31,5 So there were delivered, out of the thousands of Israel, a thousand of every tribe, twelve thousand armed for war. 31,6 And Moses sent them, a thousand of every tribe, to the war, them and Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest, to the war, with the holy vessels and the trumpets for the alarm in his hand. 31,7 And they warred against Midian, as JEHOVAH commanded Moses; and they slew every male. 31,8 And they slew the kings of Midian with the rest of their slain: Evi, and Rekem, and Zur, and Hur, and Reba, the five kings of Midian; Balaam also the son of Beor they slew with the sword. 31,9 And the children of Israel took captive the women of Midian and their little ones; and all their cattle, and all their flocks, and all their goods, they took for a prey. 31,10 And all their cities in the places wherein they dwelt, and all their encampments, they burnt with fire. 31,11 And they took all the spoil, and all the prey, both of man and of beast. 31,12 And they brought the captives, and the prey, and the spoil, unto Moses, and unto Eleazar the priest, and unto the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the camp, unto the plains of Moab, which are by the Jordan at Jericho.

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