B'Midbar 30:1 - 32:42

 

Numbers 30

1 And Mosheh spoke to the heads of the tribes concerning the children of Yisra'ĕl, saying, "This is the word which יהוה has commanded:

2  "When a man vows a vow to יהוה, or swears an oath to bind himself by some agreement, he does not break his word, he does according to all that comes out of his mouth.

3 "Or if a woman vows a vow to יהוה, and binds herself by some agreement while in her father's house in her youth,

4  and her father hears her vow and the agreement by which she has bound herself, and her father has kept silent towards her, then all her vows shall stand, and every agreement with which she has bound herself stands.

5 "But if her father forbids her on the day that he hears, then none of her vows nor her agreements by which she has bound herself stand. And יהוה pardons her, because her father has forbidden her.

6  "But if she at all belongs to a husband, while bound by her vows or by a rash utterance from her lips by which she bound herself,

7  and her husband hears it, and he has kept silent towards her on the day that he hears, then her vows shall stand, and her agreements by which she bound herself do stand.

8  "But if her husband forbids her on the day that he hears it, then he has nullified her vow which she vowed, and the rash utterance of her lips by which she bound herself, and יהוה pardons her.

9 "But any vow of a widow or a divorced woman, by which she has bound herself, stands against her.

10 "And if she vowed in her husband's house, or bound herself by an agreement with an oath,

11 and her husband heard it, and has kept silent towards her and did not forbid her, then all her vows shall stand, and every agreement by which she bound herself stands.

12  "But if her husband clearly nullified them on the day he heard them, then whatever came from her lips concerning her vows or concerning the agreement binding her, it does not stand - her husband has nullified them, and יהוה pardons her.

13 "Every vow and every binding oath to afflict her being, let her husband confirm it, or let her husband nullify it.

14  "But if her husband is altogether silent at her from day to day, then he confirms all her vows or all the agreements that bind her - he confirms them, because he kept silent towards her on the day that he heard.

15 "But if he nullifies them after he has heard, then he shall bear her wickedness."

16 These are the Laws which יהוה commanded Mosheh, between a man and his wife, and between a father and his daughter in her youth in her father's house.

Numbers 31

1 And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying,

2 "Take vengeance for the children of Yisra'ĕl on the Miḏyanites. After that you are to be gathered to your people."

3 And Mosheh spoke to the people, saying, "Arm some of yourselves for the campaign, and let them go against the Miḏyanites to take vengeance for יהוה on Miḏyan.

4 "Send a thousand from each tribe of all the tribes of Yisra'ĕl for the campaign."

5 So there were supplied from the tribes of Yisra'ĕl one thousand from each tribe, twelve thousand armed ones for the campaign.

6 And Mosheh sent them on the campaign, one thousand from each tribe, them and Pineḥas son of Elʽazar the kohen on the campaign, with the qodesh utensils and the trumpets for sounding in his hand.

7 And they fought against the Miḏyanites, as יהוה commanded Mosheh, and slew all the males.

8 And they slew the sovereigns of Miḏyan with the rest of those who were pierced: Ewi, and Reqem, and Tsur, and Ḥur, and Reḇa, the five sovereigns of Miḏyan. And they slew Bilʽam son of Beʽor with the sword.

9 And the sons of Yisra'ĕl took all the women of Miḏyan captive, with their little ones, and took as spoil all their livestock, and all their possessions.

10 And they burned with fire all the cities where they dwelt, and all their settlements.

11 And they took all the spoil and all the booty, both of man and beast.

12 And they brought the captives, and the booty, and the spoil to Mosheh, and to Elʽazar the kohen, and to the congregation of the children of Yisra'ĕl, to the camp in the desert plains of Mo'aḇ by the Yardĕn of Yeriḥo.

13 And Mosheh, and Elʽazar the kohen, and all the leaders of the congregation, went to meet them outside the camp.

14 But Mosheh was wroth with the officers of the army, with the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds, who had come from the campaign.

15 And Mosheh said to them, "Have you kept all the women alive?

16 "Look, they are the ones who caused the children of Yisra'ĕl, through the word of Bilʽam, to trespass against יהוה in the matter of Peʽor, and there was a plague among the congregation of יהוה.

17 "And now, slay every male among the little ones. And every woman who has known a man by lying with a man you shall slay.

18 "But keep alive for yourselves all the female children who have not known a man by lying with a man.

19 "And you, camp outside the camp seven days. Whoever has slain any being, and whoever has touched any slain, cleanse yourselves and your captives on the third day and on the seventh day.

20 "And cleanse every garment, and every object of leather and whatever is made of goats' hair, and every object of wood."

21 And Elʽazar the kohen said to the men of the campaign who went to the battle, "This is the Law of the Torah which יהוה commanded Mosheh:

22 "Only the gold, and the silver, the bronze, the iron, the tin, and the lead,

23 every object that passes through fire, you put through the fire, and it shall be clean; only, let it be cleansed with the water for uncleanness. And whatever does not pass through fire you pass through water.

24 "And you shall wash your garments on the seventh day and be clean, and afterwards come into the camp."

25 And יהוה spoke to Mosheh, saying,

26 "Count up the plunder that was taken, of man and of beast, you and Elʽazar the kohen and the heads of the fathers of the congregation.

27 "And you shall divide the plunder into two parts, between those who took part in the battle, who went out on the campaign, and all the congregation.

28 "And put aside a levy for יהוה on the men of battle who went out on the campaign: one out of every five hundred, of man, and of the cattle, and of the donkeys, and of the sheep.

29 "Take it from their half, and give it to Elʽazar the kohen as a contribution to יהוה.

30  "And from the children of Yisra'ĕl's half you shall take one of every fifty, of man, of the cattle, of the donkeys, and of the sheep, of all the livestock, and give them to the Lĕwites guarding the duty of the Mishkan of יהוה."

31 And Mosheh and Elʽazar the kohen did as יהוה commanded Mosheh.

32 And the booty remaining from the plunder, which the people of the campaign had taken, was six hundred and seventy-five thousand sheep,

33 and seventy-two thousand cattle,

34 and sixty-one thousand donkeys,

35 and thirty-two thousand human beings in all, of women who had not known a man by lying with a man.

36 And the half, the portion for those who went out on the campaign, was in number three hundred and thirty-seven thousand five hundred sheep,

37 and the levy unto יהוה of the sheep was six hundred and seventy-five.

38 And the cattle were thirty-six thousand, of which the levy unto יהוה was seventy-two.

39 And the donkeys were thirty thousand five hundred, of which the levy unto יהוה was sixty-one.

40 And the human beings were sixteen thousand, of which the levy unto יהוה was thirty-two beings.

41 So Mosheh gave the levy which was the contribution unto יהוה to Elʽazar the kohen, as יהוה commanded Mosheh.

42 And from the children of Yisra'ĕl's half, which Mosheh divided from the men who campaigned:

43 now the half belonging to the congregation was three hundred and thirty-seven thousand five hundred sheep,

44 and thirty-six thousand cattle,

45 and thirty thousand five hundred donkeys,

46 and sixteen thousand human beings.

47 Then Mosheh took from the children of Yisra'ĕl's half: one out of every fifty, drawn from man and beast, and gave them to the Lĕwites, who guarded the duty of the Mishkan of יהוה, as יהוה commanded Mosheh.

48 And the officers who were over thousands of the campaign, the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds, came near to Mosheh,

49 and they said to Mosheh, "Your servants have taken a count of the fighting men under our command, and not a man of us is missing.

50 "So we have brought an offering for יהוה, what every man found of ornaments of gold: armlets and bracelets and signet rings and earrings and necklaces, to make atonement for ourselves before יהוה."

51 And Mosheh and Elʽazar the kohen received the gold from them, all the fashioned ornaments.

52 And all the gold of the offering that they presented to יהוה, from the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds, was sixteen thousand seven hundred and fifty sheqels.

53 The men of the campaign had taken spoil, every man for himself.

54 And Mosheh and Elʽazar the kohen received the gold from the commanders of thousands and of hundreds, and brought it into the Tent of Appointment as a remembrance for the children of Yisra'ĕl before יהוה.

Numbers 32

1 And the children of Re'uḇĕn and the children of Gaḏ had much livestock, a large number. And they saw the land of Yaʽzĕr and the land of Gilʽaḏ and saw that the place was a place for livestock.

2 So the children of Gaḏ and the children of Re'uḇĕn came and spoke to Mosheh, and to Elʽazar the kohen, and to the leaders of the congregation, saying,

3 "Ataroth, and Diḇon, and Yaʽzĕr, and Nimrah, and Ḥeshbon, and Elʽalĕh, and Seḇam, and Neḇo, and Beʽon,

4 the land which יהוה had smitten before the congregation of Yisra'ĕl, is a land for livestock, and your servants have livestock."

5 And they said, "If we have found favour in your eyes, let this land be given to your servants as a possession, and do not let us pass over the Yardĕn."

6 And Mosheh said to the children of Gaḏ and to the children of Re'uḇĕn, "Are your brothers to go into the battle while you yourselves sit here?

7 "Now why do you discourage the heart of the children of Yisra'ĕl from passing over into the land which יהוה has given them?

8 "Thus your fathers did when I sent them away from Qaḏĕsh Barnĕa to see the land.

9 "For when they went up to the wadi Eshkol and saw the land, they discouraged the heart of the children of Yisra'ĕl, so that they did not go into the land which יהוה had given them.

10 "Then the displeasure of יהוה burned on that day, and He swore an oath, saying,

11 ‘Not one of the men who came up from Mitsrayim, from twenty years old and above, is to see the land of which I swore to Aḇraham, Yitsḥaq, and Yaʽaqoḇ, because they did not follow Me completely,

12  except Kalĕḇ son of Yephunneh, the Qenizzite, and Yahoshua son of Nun, for they have followed יהוה completely.'

13  "So the displeasure of יהוה burned against Yisra'ĕl, and He made them wander in the wilderness forty years, until all the generation that had done evil in the eyes of יהוה was destroyed.

14 "And see, you have risen in your father's place, an increase of men, sinners, to add still more the burning displeasure of יהוה against Yisra'ĕl.

15 "For if you turn away from following Him, He shall once again leave them in the wilderness, and you shall destroy all these people."

16 Then they came near to him and said, "Let us build sheep-enclosures here for our livestock, and cities for our little ones,

17 but let us ourselves be armed, hastening before the children of Yisra'ĕl until we have brought them to their place. And our little ones shall dwell in the walled cities because of the inhabitants of the land.

18 "We shall not return to our homes until every one of the children of Yisra'ĕl has received his inheritance.

19 "For we shall not inherit with them on the other side of the Yardĕn and beyond, because our inheritance has fallen to us on this eastern side of the Yardĕn."

20 And Mosheh said to them, "If you make this promise: if you arm yourselves before יהוה for battle,

21 and all your armed ones pass over the Yardĕn before יהוה until He has driven out His enemies from before Him,

22 and the land has been subdued before יהוה, then afterward you shall return, and be guiltless before יהוה and before Yisra'ĕl. And this land shall be your possession before יהוה.

23 "But if you do not do so, then see, you shall sin against יהוה, and know: your sin is going to find you out.

24 "Build cities for your little ones and enclosures for your sheep, and do what you have promised."

25 And the children of Gaḏ and the children of Re'uḇĕn spoke to Mosheh, saying, "Your servants are going to do as my master commands.

26 "Our little ones, our wives, our flocks, and all our livestock are going to be there in the cities of Gilʽaḏ,

27 but your servants are passing over, every armed one of the army, before יהוה, to battle, as my master says."

28 And Mosheh gave command concerning them to Elʽazar the kohen, to Yahoshua son of Nun, and to the heads of the fathers of the tribes of the children of Yisra'ĕl.

29  And Mosheh said to them, "If the children of Gaḏ and the children of Re'uḇĕn pass over the Yardĕn with you, every man armed for battle before יהוה, and the land has been subdued before you, then you shall give them the land of Gilʽaḏ as a possession.

30 "But if they do not pass over armed with you, they shall have possessions among you in the land of Kenaʽan."

31 Then the children of Gaḏ and the children of Re'uḇĕn answered, saying, "As יהוה has said to your servants, so we do.

32  "We ourselves are passing over armed before יהוה into the land of Kenaʽan, but the possession of our inheritance remains with us beyond the Yardĕn."

33  So Mosheh gave to the children of Gaḏ, to the children of Re'uḇĕn, and to half the tribe of Menashsheh, son of Yosĕph, the reign of Siḥon sovereign of the Amorites and the reign of Oḡ sovereign of Bashan, the land with its cities within the borders, the cities of the land round about.

34 And the children of Gaḏ built Diḇon and Ataroth and Aroʽĕr,

35 and Atroth, Shophan and Yaʽzĕr and Yoḡbehah,

36 and Bĕyth Nimrah and Bĕyth Haran, walled cities, and enclosures for sheep.

37 And the children of Re'uḇĕn built Ḥeshbon and Elʽalĕh and Qiryathayim,

38 Neḇo and Baʽal Meʽon - the names being changed - and Shiḇmah. And they gave other names to the cities which they built.

39 And the sons of Maḵir son of Menashsheh went to Gilʽaḏ and took it, and dispossessed the Amorites who were in it.

40 So Mosheh gave Gilʽaḏ to Maḵir, son of Menashsheh, and he dwelt in it.

41 And Ya'ir son of Menashsheh went and took its small towns, and called them Ḥawoth Ya'ir.

42 And Noḇaḥ went and took Qenath and its villages, and he called it Noḇaḥ, after his own name.