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The Wilderness

(Category 5 of 16)

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CHAPTER 31 References

2 aNum. 25:17
bNum. 27:12,
3 aJosh. 13:21
6 aNum. 10:9
7 aDeut. 20:13;
Judg. 21:11;
1 Sam. 27:9;
1 Kin. 11:15,
16 bGen. 34:25
8 aJosh. 13:21
bNum. 25:15
cNum. 31:16;
Josh. 13:22
11 aDeut.

Vengeance on the Midianites


1 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying:
2 a“Take vengeance on the Midianites for the children of Israel. Afterward you shall bbe gathered to your people.”
3 So Moses spoke to the people, saying, “Arm some of yourselves for war, and let them go against the Midianites to take vengeance for the LORD on aMidian.
4 “A thousand from each tribe of all the tribes of Israel you shall send to the war.”
5 So there were recruited from the divisions of Israel one thousand from each tribe, twelve thousand armed for war.
6 Then Moses sent them to the war, one thousand from each tribe; he sent them to the war with Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest, with the holy articles and athe signal trumpets in his hand.
7 And they warred against the Midianites, just as the LORD commanded Moses, and athey killed all the bmales.
8 They killed the kings of Midian with the rest of those who were killed—aEvi, Rekem, bZur, Hur, and Reba, the five kings of Midian. cBalaam the son of Beor they also killed with the sword.
9 And the children of Israel took the women of Midian captive, with their little ones, and took as spoil all their cattle, all their flocks, and all their goods.
10 They also burned with fire all the cities where they dwelt, and all their forts.
11 And athey took all the spoil and all the booty—of man and beast.

Return from the War

12 Then they brought the captives, the booty, and the spoil to Moses, to Eleazar the priest, and to the congregation of the children of Israel, to the camp in the plains of Moab by the Jordan, across from Jericho.
13 And Moses, Eleazar the priest, and all the leaders of the congregation, went to meet them outside the camp.
14 But Moses was angry with the officers of the army, with the captains over thousands and captains

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over hundreds, who had come from the battle.
15 And Moses said to them: “Have you kept aall the women alive?
16 “Look, athese women caused the children of Israel, through the bcounsel of Balaam, to trespass against the LORD in the incident of Peor, and cthere was a plague among the congregation of the LORD.
17 “Now therefore, akill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman who has known a man intimately.
18 “But keep alive afor yourselves all the young girls who have not known a man intimately.
19 “And as for you, aremain outside the camp seven days; whoever has killed any person, and bwhoever has touched any slain, purify yourselves and your captives on the third day and on the seventh day.
20 “Purify every garment, everything made of leather, everything woven of goats’ hair, and everything made of wood.”
21 Then Eleazar the priest said to the men of war who had gone to the battle, “This is the 1ordinance of the law which the LORD commanded Moses:
22 “Only the gold, the silver, the bronze, the iron, the tin, and the lead,
23 “everything that can endure fire, you shall put through the fire, and it shall be clean; and it shall be purified awith the water of purification. But all that cannot endure fire you shall put through water.
24 a“And you shall wash your clothes on the seventh day and be clean, and afterward you may come into the camp.”

Division of the Plunder

25 Now the LORD spoke to Moses, saying:
26 “Count up the plunder that was 1taken—of man and beast—you and Eleazar the priest and the chief fathers of the congregation;
27 “and adivide the plunder into two parts, between those who took part in the war, who went out to battle, and all the congregation.
28 “And levy a 1tribute for the LORD on the men of war who went out to battle: aone of every five hundred of the persons, the cattle, the donkeys, and the sheep;
29 “take it from their half, and agive it to Eleazar the priest as a heave offering to the LORD.
30 “And from the children of Israel’s half you shall take aone of every fifty, drawn from the persons, the cattle, the donkeys, and the sheep, from all the livestock, and give them to the Levites bwho 1keep charge of the tabernacle of the LORD.”
31 So Moses and Eleazar the priest did as the LORD commanded Moses.

15 aDeut. 20:14
16 aNum. 25:2
bNum. 24:14;
2 Pet. 2:15;
Rev. 2:14
cNum. 25:9
17 aDeut. 7:2;
Judg. 21:11
18 aDeut.
19 aNum. 5:2
21 1statute
23 aNum. 19:9,
24 aLev. 11:25
26 1captured
27 aJosh. 22:8;
1 Sam. 30:24
28 aNum.
31:30, 47 1tax
29 aDeut.
30 aNum.
bNum. 3:7, 8,
25, 31, 36;
18:3, 4 1perform
the service
37 1tax
41 aNum. 5:9,
10; 18:8, 19
47 aNum. 31:30
50 aEx.
30:12–16 1Lit.
53 aNum.
31:32; Deut.

32 The booty remaining from the plunder, which the men of war had taken,was six hundred and seventyfive thousand sheep,
33 seventy-two thousand cattle,
34 sixty-one thousand donkeys,
35 and thirty-two thousand persons in all, of women who had not known a man intimately.
36 And the half, the portion for those who had gone out to war, was in number three hundred and thirtyseven thousand five hundred sheep;
37 and the LORD’s 1tribute of the sheep was six hundred and seventyfive.
38 The cattle were thirty-six thousand, of which the LORD’s tribute was seventy-two.
39 The donkeys were thirty thousand five hundred, of which the LORD’s tribute was sixty-one.
40 The persons were sixteen thousand, of which the LORD’s tribute was thirty-two persons.
41 So Moses gave the tribute which was the LORD’s heave offering to Eleazar the priest, aas the LORD commanded Moses.
42 And from the children of Israel’s half, which Moses separated from the men who fought—
43 now the half belonging to the congregation was three hundred and thirty-seven thousand five hundred sheep,
44 thirty-six thousand cattle,
45 thirty thousand five hundred donkeys,
46 and sixteen thousand persons—
47 and afrom the children of Israel’s half Moses took one of every fifty, drawn from man and beast, and gave them to the Levites, who kept charge of the tabernacle of the LORD, as the LORD commanded Moses.
48 Then the officers who were over thousands of the army, the captains of thousands and captains of hundreds, came near to Moses;
49 and they said to Moses, “Your servants have taken a count of the men of war who are under our command, and not a man of us is missing.
50 “Therefore we have brought an offering for the LORD, what every man found of ornaments of gold: armlets and bracelets and signet rings and earrings and necklaces, ato make 1atonement for ourselves before the LORD.”
51 So Moses and Eleazar the priest received the gold from them, all the fashioned ornaments.
52 And all the gold of the offering that they offered to the LORD, from the captains of thousands and captains of hundreds, was sixteen thousand seven hundred and fifty shekels.
53 a(The men of war had taken spoil, every man for himself.)

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54 And Moses and Eleazar the priest received the gold from the captains of thousands and of hundreds, and brought it into the tabernacle of meeting aas a memorial for the children of Israel before the LORD.

The Tribes Settling East of the Jordan


1 Now the children of Reuben and the children of Gad had a very great multitude of livestock; and when they saw the land of aJazer and the land of bGilead, that indeed the region was a place for livestock,
2 the children of Gad and the children of Reuben came and spoke to Moses, to Eleazar the priest, and to the leaders of the congregation, saying,
3 “Ataroth, Dibon, Jazer, aNimrah, bHeshbon, Elealeh, cShebam, Nebo, and dBeon,
4 “the country awhich the LORD defeated before the congregation of Israel, is a land for livestock, and your servants have livestock.”
5 Therefore they said, “If we have found favor in your sight, let this land be given to your servants as a possession. Do not take us over the Jordan.”
6 And Moses said to the children of Gad and to the children of Reuben: “Shall your brethren go to war while you sit here?
7 “Now why will you adiscourage the heart of the children of Israel from going over into the land which the LORD has given them?
8 “Thus your fathers did awhen I sent them away from Kadesh Barnea bto see the land.
9 “For awhen they went up to the Valley of Eshcol and saw the land, they discouraged the heart of the children of Israel, so that they did not go into the land which the LORD had given them.
10 a“So the LORD’s anger was aroused on that day, and He swore an oath, saying,
11 ‘Surely none of the men who came up from Egypt, afrom twenty years old and above, shall see the land of which I swore to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, because bthey have not wholly followed Me,
12 ‘except Caleb the son of Jephunneh, the Kenizzite, and Joshua the son of Nun, afor they have wholly followed the LORD.’
13 “So the LORD’s anger was aroused against Israel, and He made them awander in the wilderness forty years, until ball the generation that had done evil in the sight of the LORD was gone.
14 “And look! You have risen in your fathers’ place, a brood of sinful men, to increase still more the afierce anger of the LORD against Israel.
15 “For if you aturn away from fol-

54 aEx. 30:16

CHAPTER 32 References

1 aNum. 21:32;
Josh. 13:25;
2 Sam. 24:5
bDeut. 3:13
3 aNum. 32:36
bJosh. 13:17,
26 cNum.
32:38 dNum.
4 aNum. 21:24,
34, 35
7 aNum.
8 aNum. 13:3,
26 bDeut.
9 aNum. 13:24,
31; Deut. 1:24,
10 aNum.
14:11; Deut.
11 aNum.
14:28, 29;
Deut. 1:35
bNum. 14:24,
12 aNum.
14:6–9, 24, 30;
Deut. 1:36;
Josh. 14:8, 9
13 aNum.
bNum. 26:64,
14 aNum. 11:1;
Deut. 1:34
15 aDeut.
30:17, 18;
2 Chr. 7:19;
17 aJosh. 4:12,
18 aJosh.
22:1–4 1possessed
19 aJosh. 12:1;
20 aDeut. 3:18;
Josh. 1:14
22 aDeut. 3:20;
Josh. 11:23
bJosh. 22:4
cDeut. 3:12,
15, 16, 18;
Josh. 1:15;
13:8, 32; 22:4,
23 aGen. 4:7;
44:16; Josh.
7:1–26; Is.
59:12; [Gal.
6:7] 24 aNum. 32:16
1what you
said you
would do
26 aJosh. 1:14
27 aJosh. 4:12
28 aJosh. 1:13


lowing Him, He will once again leave them in the wilderness, and you will destroy all these people.”
16 Then they came near to him and said: “We will build sheepfolds here for our livestock, and cities for our little ones,
17 “but awe ourselves will be armed, ready to go before the children of Israel until we have brought them to their place; and our little ones will dwell in the fortified cities because of the inhabitants of the land.
18 a“We will not return to our homes until every one of the children of Israel has 1received his inheritance.
19 “For we will not inherit with them on the other side of the Jordan and beyond, abecause our inheritance has fallen to us on this eastern side of the Jordan.”
20 Then aMoses said to them: “If you do this thing, if you arm yourselves before the LORD for the war,
21 “and all your armed men cross over the Jordan before the LORD until He has driven out His enemies from before Him,
22 “and athe land is subdued before the LORD, then afterward byou may return and be blameless before the LORD and before Israel; and cthis land shall be your possession before the LORD.
23 “But if you do not do so, then take note, you have sinned against the LORD; and be sure ayour sin will find you out.
24 a“Build cities for your little ones and folds for your sheep, and do 1what has proceeded out of your mouth.”
25 And the children of Gad and the children of Reuben spoke to Moses, saying: “Your servants will do as my lord commands.
26 a“Our little ones, our wives, our flocks, and all our livestock will be there in the cities of Gilead;
27 a“but your servants will cross over, every man armed for war, before the LORD to battle, just as my lord says.”
28 So Moses gave command aconcerning them to Eleazar the priest, to Joshua the son of Nun, and to the chief fathers of the tribes of the children of Israel.
29 And Moses said to them: “If the children of Gad and the children of Reuben cross over the Jordan with you, every man armed for battle before the LORD, and the land is subdued before you, then you shall give them the land of Gilead as a possession.
30 “But if they do not cross over armed with you, they shall have possessions among you in the land of Canaan.”
31 Then the children of Gad and the

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children of Reuben answered, saying: “As the LORD has said to your servants, so we will do.
32 “We will cross over armed before the LORD into the land of Canaan, but the possession of our inheritance shall remain with us on this side of the Jordan.”
33 So aMoses gave to the children of Gad, to the children of Reuben, and to half the tribe of Manasseh the son of Joseph, bthe kingdom of Sihon king of the Amorites and the kingdom of Og king of Bashan, the land with its cities within the borders, the cities of the surrounding country.
34 And the children of Gad built aDibon and Ataroth and bAroer,
35 Atroth and Shophan and aJazer and Jogbehah,
36 aBeth Nimrah and Beth Haran, bfortified cities, and folds for sheep.
37 And the children of Reuben built aHeshbon and Elealeh and Kirjathaim,
38 aNebo and bBaal Meon c(their names being changed) and Shibmah; and they gave other names to the cities which they built.
39 And the children of aMachir the son of Manasseh went to Gilead and took it, and 1dispossessed the Amorites who were in it.
40 So Moses agave Gilead to Machir the son of Manasseh, and he dwelt in it.
41 Also aJair the son of Manasseh went and took its small towns, and called them bHavoth Jair.1
42 Then Nobah went and took Kenath and its villages, and he called it Nobah, after his own name.

33 aDeut.
3:8–17; 29:8;
Josh. 12:1–6;
13:8–31; 22:4
bNum. 21:24,
33, 35
34 aNum.
33:45, 46
bDeut. 2:36
35 aNum.
32:1, 3
36 aNum. 32:3
bNum. 32:24
37 aNum. 21:27
38 aIs. 46:1
bEzek. 25:9
cEx. 23:13;
Josh. 23:7
39 aGen. 50:23;
Num. 27:1;
36:1 1drove
40 aDeut. 3:12,
13, 15; Josh.
41 aDeut. 3:14;
Josh. 13:30
bJudg. 10:4;
1 Kin. 4:13
1Lit. Towns of

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God the Righteous Judge

A Psalm of Asaph.

1 THE aMighty One, God the LORD, Has spoken and called the earth From the rising of the sun to its going down.
2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, aGod will shine forth.
3 Our God shall come, and shall not keep silent; aA fire shall devour before Him, And it shall be very tempestuous all around Him.

4 aHe shall call to the heavens from above, And to the earth, that He may judge His people:
5 “Gather aMy saints together to Me, bThose who have 1made a covenant with Me by sacrifice.”
6 Let the aheavens declare His righteousness, For bGod Himself is Judge. Selah

7 “Hear, O My people, and I will speak, O Israel, and I will testify against you; aI am God, your God!
8 aI will not 1rebuke you bfor your sacrifices Or your burnt offerings, Which are continually before Me.
9 aI will not take a bull from your house, Nor goats out of your folds.
10 For every beast of the forest is Mine, And the cattle on a thousand hills.
11 I know all the birds of the mountains, And the wild beasts of the field are Mine.

PSALM 50 References

1 aIs. 9:6
2 aDeut. 33:2;
Ps. 80:1
3 aLev. 10:2;
Num. 16:35;
[Ps. 97:3] 4 aDeut. 4:26;
31:28; 32:1; Is.
5 aDeut. 33:3
bEx. 24:7 1Lit.
6 a[Ps. 97:6] bPs. 75:7
7 aEx. 20:2
8 aJer. 7:22 bIs.
1:11; [Hos.
6:6] 1reprove
9 aPs. 69:31
12 aEx. 19:5;
[Deut. 10:14;
Job 41:11];
1 Cor. 10:26
13 a[Ps.
51:15–17] 14 aHos. 14:2;
Heb. 13:15
bNum. 30:2;
Deut. 23:21
15 aJob 22:27;
[Zech. 13:9] 17 aNeh. 9:26;
Rom. 2:21
18 a[Rom.
1:32] b1 Tim.
5:22 1LXX,
Syr., Tg.,Vg.
19 aPs. 52:2
21 a[Rom. 2:4] b[Ps. 90:8] 22 a[Job 8:13] 23 aGal. 6:16

12 “If I were hungry, I would not tell you; aFor the world is Mine, and all its fullness.
13 aWill I eat the flesh of bulls, Or drink the blood of goats?
14 aOffer to God thanksgiving, And bpay your vows to the Most High.
15 aCall upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me.”

16 But to the wicked God says: “What right have you to declare My statutes, Or take My covenant in your mouth,
17 aSeeing you hate instruction And cast My words behind you?
18 When you saw a thief, you aconsented1 with him, And have been a bpartaker with adulterers.
19 You give your mouth to evil, And ayour tongue frames deceit.
20 You sit and speak against your brother; You slander your own mother’s son.
21 These things you have done, and I kept silent; aYou thought that I was altogether like you; But I will rebuke you, And bset them in order before your eyes.

22 “Now consider this, you who aforget God, Lest I tear you in pieces, And there be none to deliver:
23 Whoever offers praise glorifies Me; And ato him who orders his conduct aright I will show the salvation of God.




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