Numbers 29:12-40

‘Then on the fifteenth day of the seventh month you shall have a holy [summoned] assembly; you shall do no laborious work, and you shall observe a Feast [of Booths] to the Lord for seven days. You shall present a burnt offering, an offering by fire as a sweet and soothing aroma to the Lord: thirteen bulls, two rams, and fourteen male lambs one year old, which are without blemish; and their grain offering, fine flour mixed with oil, three-tenths [of an ephah] for each of the thirteen bulls, two-tenths for each of the two rams, and a tenth [of an ephah] for each of the fourteen lambs; also one male goat as a sin offering, in addition to the continual burnt offering, its grain offering and its drink offering.

‘Then on the second day [of the Feast of Booths]: twelve bulls, two rams, fourteen male lambs one year old without blemish, with their grain offering and their drink offerings for the bulls, the rams, and the lambs, by their number according to the ordinance, also one male goat as a sin offering, in addition to the continual burnt offering, its grain offering, and their drink offerings.

‘Then on the third day [of the Feast of Booths]: eleven bulls, two rams, fourteen male lambs one year old without blemish, with their grain offering and drink offerings for the bulls, the rams, and the lambs, by their number according to the ordinance, and one male goat as a sin offering, in addition to the continual burnt offering, its grain offering, and its drink offering.

‘Then on the fourth day [of the Feast of Booths]: ten bulls, two rams, and fourteen male lambs one year old without blemish; their grain offering and their drink offerings for the bulls, the rams, and the lambs, by their number according to the ordinance, and one male goat as a sin offering, besides the continual burnt offering, its grain offering, and its drink offering.

‘Then on the fifth day [of the Feast of Booths]: nine bulls, two rams, and fourteen male lambs one year old without blemish, and their grain offering and drink offerings for the bulls, the rams, and the lambs, by their number according to the ordinance; and one male goat as a sin offering, in addition to the continual burnt offering, and its grain offering, and its drink offering.

‘Then on the sixth day [of the Feast of Booths]: eight bulls, two rams, and fourteen male lambs one year old without blemish; and their grain offering and their drink offerings for the bulls, the rams, and the lambs, by their number according to the ordinance, and one male goat as a sin offering, in addition to the continual burnt offering, its grain offering, and its drink offerings.

‘Then on the seventh day [of the Feast of Booths]: seven bulls, two rams, and fourteen male lambs one year old without blemish, and their grain offering and drink offerings for the bulls, the rams, and the lambs, by their number according to the ordinance; and one male goat as a sin offering, in addition to the continual burnt offering, and its grain offering, and its drink offering.

‘On the eighth day you shall have a solemn assembly [to mark the end of the feast]; you shall do no laborious work. You shall present a burnt offering, an offering by fire, as a sweet and soothing aroma to the Lord: one bull, one ram, seven male lambs one year old without blemish; their grain offering and drink offerings for the bull, the ram, and the lambs, by their number according to the ordinance, and one male goat as a sin offering, in addition to the continual burnt offering, and its grain offering, and its drink offering.

‘You shall present these to the Lord at your appointed times, in addition the offerings you have vowed and your freewill offerings, as your burnt offerings, grain offerings, drink offerings, and as your peace offerings.’” [a]So Moses spoke to the Israelites in accordance with everything that the Lord had commanded him.


Footnotes
  1. Numbers 29:40 In the Hebrew text this is v 1 of ch 30.

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Numbers 30

The Law of Vows

Then Moses spoke to the leaders of the tribes of the Israelites, saying, “This is the thing which the Lord has commanded: If a man makes a vow to the Lord or swears an oath to bind himself with a pledge [of abstinence], he shall not break (violate, profane) his word; he shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth.

“Also if a woman makes a vow to the Lord and binds herself by a pledge [of abstinence], while living in her father’s house in her youth, and her father hears her vow and her pledge by which she has bound herself, and he offers no objection, then all her vows shall stand and every pledge by which she has bound herself shall stand. But if her father disapproves of her [making her vow] on the day that he hears about it, none of her vows or her pledges by which she has bound herself shall stand; and the Lord will forgive her because her father has disapproved of her [making the vow].

“But if she marries while under her vows or if she has bound herself by a rash statement, and her husband hears of it and says nothing about it on the day he hears it, then her vows shall stand and her pledge by which she bound herself shall stand. But if her husband disapproves of her [making her vow or pledge] on the day that he hears of it, then he shall annul her vow which she is under and the rash statement of her lips by which she bound herself; and the Lord will forgive her.

“But the vow of a widow or of a divorced woman, everything by which she has bound herself, shall stand against her. However, if she vowed in her husband’s house or bound herself by a pledge with an oath, and her husband heard it, but said nothing to her and did not disapprove of her [making the vow], then all her vows and every pledge by which she bound herself shall stand. But if her husband absolutely annuls them on the day he heard them, then whatever proceeds from her lips concerning her vows or concerning her pledge shall not stand. Her husband has annulled them, and the Lord will forgive her.

“Every vow and every binding oath to humble herself, her husband may confirm it or her husband may annul it. But if her husband says nothing to her [concerning the matter] from day to day, then he confirms all her vows or all her pledges which are on her. He has confirmed them because he said nothing to her on the day he heard them. But if he indeed nullifies them after he hears of them, then he shall be responsible for and bear her guilt [for breaking her promise].”

These are the statutes which the Lord commanded Moses, between a man and his wife, and between a father and his daughter while she is a youth in her father’s house.

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Numbers 31:1-24

The Slaughter of Midian

The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Take vengeance for the Israelites on the Midianites; afterward you will be gathered to your people [in death].” Moses spoke to the people, saying, “Arm men from among you for war, so that they may go against Midian to execute the Lord’s vengeance on Midian [for seducing Israel to participate in idolatry]. A thousand [fighting men] from each tribe of all the tribes of Israel you shall send to the war.” So out of the thousands of Israel, a thousand from each tribe were selected, twelve thousand armed for war. Moses sent them, a thousand from each tribe, to the war, and Phinehas the son of Eleazar the priest, to war with them, and the sacred vessels [of the sanctuary] and the trumpets to blow the alarm in his hand. They made war against Midian, just as the Lord had commanded Moses, and they killed every male. They killed the kings of Midian along with the rest of their slain: Evi and Rekem and Zur [the father of Cozbi] and Hur and Reba, the five kings of Midian; also Balaam the son of Beor they killed with the sword. The sons of Israel captured the women of Midian and their children; and all their cattle, all their livestock, and all their property they took as spoil [of war]. They burned all the cities where they lived, and all their encampments with fire. They took all the plunder and all the spoils of war, both people and livestock. Then they brought the captives, the spoils, and the plunder to Moses and to Eleazar the priest and to the congregation of the Israelites at the camp on the plains of Moab by the Jordan [River] across from Jericho.

Moses and Eleazar the priest and all the leaders of the congregation went out to meet them outside the camp. But Moses was angry with the officers of the army, the commanders of thousands and of hundreds, who served in the war. And Moses said to them, “Have you let all the women live? Look, these [are the women who] caused the Israelites, by the counsel of Balaam, to trespass against the Lord in the matter of Peor, and so a plague came among the congregation of the Lord. Now therefore, kill every male among the children, and kill every woman who is not a virgin. But all the young girls who have not known a man intimately, keep alive for yourselves [to marry]. Camp outside the camp for seven days; whoever has killed any person and whoever has touched any dead body, purify yourselves and your captives, on the third day and on the seventh day. You shall purify every garment and every article made of leather and all the things made of goats’ hair, and every article made of wood.”

Then Eleazar the priest said to the men of war who had gone to battle, “This is the statute of the law which the Lord has commanded Moses: only the gold, the silver, the bronze, the iron, the tin, and the lead, everything that can stand fire, you shall pass through fire, and it shall be clean. Nevertheless, it shall also be purified with the water of purification [to remove its impurity]; and all that cannot stand fire [such as fabrics] you shall pass through water. And you shall wash your clothes on the seventh day and be clean, and afterward you may come into the camp.”

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