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Bamidbar/Numbers  30:2 - 32:42

Chapter 30

2 Moses spoke to the heads of the tribes of the Children of Israel, saying - This is the thing that Hashem has commanded.  3 If a man takes a vow to Hashem or swears an oath to establish a prohibition upon himself, he shall not desecrate his word; according to whatever comes from his mouth shall he do.

4 But if a woman will take a vow to Hashem or establish a prohibition in her father's home in her youth,  5 and her father heard of her vow or the prohibition that she established upon herself, and her father was silent about her, then all her vows shall stand, and any prohibition that she established upon herself shall stand.  6 But if her father restrained her on the day of his hearing, all her vows or prohibitions that she established upon herself shall not stand; and Hashem will forgive her, for her father had restrained her.

7 If she shall be married to a man and her vows were upon her, or an utterance of her lips by which she had prohibited something upon herself,  8 and her husband heard, and on the day he heard he was silent about her — then her vows shall stand and her prohibition that she established upon herself shall stand.  9 But if on the day of her husband's hearing he shall restrain her and he shall revoke the vow that is upon her or the utterance of her lips by which she had prohibited something upon herself — then Hashem will forgive her.

10 The vow of a widow or a divorcee — anything she had prohibited upon herself — shall remain upon her.

11 But if she vowed in her husband's home, or she established a prohibition upon herself through an oath,  12 and her husband heard about it and was silent about her — he did not restrain her — then all her vows shall stand and any prohibition she established upon herself shall stand.  13 But if her husband shall revoke them on the day of his hearing, anything that came out of her mouth regarding her oaths or the prohibition upon herself shall not stand; her husband had revoked them and Hashem will forgive her.  14 Any vow and any oath-prohibition to cause personal affliction, her husband may let it stand and her husband may revoke it.  15 If her husband shall be silent about her from day to day — he will have let stand all her vows; or all the prohibitions that are upon her, he will have let them stand, for he was silent about her on the day of his hearing.  16 But if he shall revoke them after his having heard, he shall bear her iniquity.

17 These are the decrees that God commanded Moses, between a man and his wife, between a father and his daughter in her youth, in her father's house.

Chapter 31

1 Hashem spoke to Moses, saying:  2 "Take vengeance for the Children of Israel against the Midianites; afterward you will be gathered unto your people."

3 Moses spoke to the people, saying, "Arm men from among yourselves for the legion that they may be against Midian to inflict Hashem's vengeance against Midian.  4 A thousand from a tribe, a thousand from a tribe, for all the tribes of Israel shall you send to the legion."

5 So there were delivered from the thousands of the Children of Israel, a thousand from each tribe, twelve thousand armed for the legion.  6 Moses sent them — a thousand from each tribe for the legion — them and Phineas son of Elazar the Kohen to the legion, and the sacred vessels and the trumpets for sounding in his hand.  7 They massed against Midian, as Hashem had commanded Moses, and they killed every male.  8 They killed the kings of Midian along with their slain ones - Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur, and Reba, the five kings of Midian; and Balaam son of Beor they slew with the sword.  9 The Children of Israel took captive the women of Midian and their young children; and all their cattle and flocks and all their wealth they took as spoils.  10 All the cities of their habitations and all their palaces they burned in fire.  11 They took all the booty and all the captives of people and animals.  12 They brought to Moses, to Elazar the Kohen, and to the assembly of the Children of Israel the captives, the animals, and the booty to the camp, at the plains of Moab, which was by the Jordan near Jericho.

13 Moses, Elazar the Kohen, and all the leaders of the assembly went out to meet them outside the camp.  14 Moses was angry with the commanders of the army, the officers of the thousands and the officers of the hundreds, who came from the legion of the battle.

15 Moses said to them, "Did you let every female live?  16 Behold! — they caused the Children of Israel, by the word of Balaam, to commit a betrayal against Hashem regarding the matter of Peor; and the plague occurred in the assembly of Hashem.  17 So now, kill every male among the young children, and every woman fit to know a man by lying with a male, you shall kill.  18 But all the young children among the women who have not known lying with a male, you may keep alive for yourselves.  19 And as for you, encamp outside the camp for a seven-day period; whoever killed a person or touched a corpse shall purify yourselves on the third day and on the seventh day — you and your captives.  20 And every garment, every vessel of hide, everything made of goat's hair, and every vessel of wood, you shall purify."

21 Elazar the Kohen said to the men of the legion who came to the battle, "This is the decree of the Torah, which Hashem commanded Moses.  22 Only the gold and the silver, the copper, the iron, the tin, and the lead,  23 everything that comes into the fire — you shall pass through the fire; but it must be purified with the water of sprinkling; and everything that would not come in the fire, you shall pass through the water.  24 You shall immerse your garments on the seventh day and become purified; afterward you may enter the camp.

25 Hashem said to Moses, saying:  26 Calculate the total of the captured spoils, of people and animals, you, Elazar the Kohen, and the heads of the fathers of the assembly.  27 Divide the spoils in half, between those who undertook the battle, who go out to the legion, and the entire assembly.  28 You shall raise up a tribute to Hashem from the men of war who go out to the legion, one living being of five hundred, from the people, from the cattle, from the donkeys, and from the flock.  29 You shall take it from their half and give it to Elazar the Kohen, as a portion of Hashem.  30 And from the half of the Children of Israel you shall take one drawn from fifty, from the people, from the cattle, from the donkeys, from the flock — from all the animals — and you shall give them to the Levites, the guardians of the charge of Hashem's Tabernacle.

31 Moses and Elazar the Kohen did as Hashem had commanded Moses.  32 The animal booty, beyond the spoils that the people of the legion looted - the flock, six hundred and seventy-five thousand,  33 and cattle, seventy-two thousand,  34 and donkeys, sixty-one thousand,  35 and human beings, the women who had not known lying with a male, all the souls, thirty-two thousand.  36 The half, which was the share of those who went out to the legion, was - the count of the flock, three hundred and thirty-seven thousand, five hundred,  37 the tribute of Hashem from the flock, six hundred and seventy-five,  38 and the cattle, thirty-six thousand — and their tribute to Hashem, seventy-two,  39 and the donkeys, thirty thousand, five hundred — and their tribute to Hashem, sixty-one,  40 and the human beings, sixteen thousand — and their tribute to Hashem, thirty-two people.  41 Moses gave the tribute that was raised up for Hashem to Elazar the Kohen, as Hashem had commanded Moses.

42 From the half of the Children of Israel that Moses had divided from the men of the legions,  43 the half of the assembly was - of the flock, three hundred and thirty-seven thousand, five hundred,  44 and the cattle, thirty-six thousand,  45 and the donkeys, thirty thousand five hundred,  46 and the human beings, sixteen thousand.  47 Moses took from the half of the Children of Israel the one drawn from the fifty, from the people and the animals, and gave them to the Levites, the guardians of the charge of Hashem's Tabernacle, as Hashem had commanded Moses.

48 The commanders of the thousands in the legions, the officers of the thousands and the officers of the hundreds, approached Moses.  49 They said to Moses, "Your servants took a census of the men of war under our command, and not a man of us is missing.  50 So we have brought an offering for Hashem - what any man found of gold vessels, anklet and bracelet, ring, earring, and clasp, to atone for our souls before Hashem."  51 Moses and Elazar the Kohen took the gold from them, every fashioned vessel.  52 All the gold that was raised up, which they set apart for Hashem, was sixteen thousand, seven hundred and fifty shekel, from the officers of the thousands and the officers of the hundreds.  53 As for the men of the legion, each man looted for himself.  54 Moses and Elazar the Kohen took the gold from the officers of the thousands and the hundreds and brought it to the Tent of Meeting, a remembrance for the Children of Israel before Hashem.

Chapter 32

1 The children of Reuben and the children of Gad had abundant livestock — very great. They saw the land of Jazer and the land of Gilead, and behold! — it was a place for livestock.  2 The children of Gad and the children of Reuben came and said to Moses, to Elazar the Kohen, and to the leaders of the assembly, saying:  3 "Ataroth, and Dibon, and Jazer, and Nimrah, and Heshbon, and Elealeh, and Sebam, and Nebo, and Beon,  4 the land that Hashem smote before the assembly of Israel — it is a land for livestock, and your servants have livestock."

5 They said, "If we have found favor in your eyes, let this land be given to your servants as a heritage; do not bring us across the Jordan."

6 Moses said to the children of Gad and the children of Reuben, "Shall your brothers go out to battle while you settle here?  7 Why do you dissuade the heart of the Children of Israel from crossing to the Land that Hashem has given them?  8 This is what your fathers did, when I sent them from Kadesh-barnea to see the Land.  9 They went up to the valley of Eshcol and saw the Land and they dissuaded the heart of the Children of Israel, not to come to the Land that Hashem has given them.  10 The wrath of Hashem burned on that day, and He swore saying:  11 'If these men who came up from Egypt — from the age of twenty years and above — will see the ground that I swore to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob... for they have not followed Me fully,  12 except for Caleb son of Jephunneh, the Kenizzite, and Joshua son of Nun, for they followed Hashem fully.'  13 The wrath of Hashem burned against Israel and He made them wander in the Wilderness for forty years, until the generation that did evil in the eyes of Hashem was consumed.  14 Behold! — you have risen up in place of your fathers, a society of sinful people, to add more to the burning wrath of Hashem against Israel.  15 For if you will turn away from after Him, He will again let it rest in the Wilderness, and you will destroy this entire people."

16 They approached him and said, "Pens for the flock shall we build here for our livestock and cities for our small children.  17 We shall arm ourselves swiftly in the vanguard of the Children of Israel until we will have brought them to their place, and our small children will dwell in the fortified cities before the inhabitants of the land.  18 We shall not return to our homes until the Children of Israel will have inherited — every man his inheritance,  19 for we shall not inherit with them across the Jordan and beyond, for our inheritance has come to us on the east bank of the Jordan."

20 Moses said to them, "If you do this thing, if you arm yourselves before Hashem for the battle,  21 and every armed man among you shall cross the Jordan before Hashem, until He drives out His enemies before Him,  22 and the Land shall be conquered before Hashem, and then you shall return — then you shall be vindicated from Hashem and from Israel, and this Land shall be a heritage for you before Hashem.  23 But if you do not do so, behold! — you will have sinned to Hashem; know your sin that will encounter you.  24 Build for yourselves cities for your small children and pens for your flock, and what has come from your mouth shall you do."

25 The children of Gad and the children of Reuben said to Moses, saying, "Your servants shall do as my lord commands.  26 Our small children, our wives, our livestock, and all our animals will be there in the cities of the Gilead.  27 And your servants shall cross over — every armed person of the legion — before Hashem, to do battle, as my lord speaks."

28 Concerning them, Moses commanded Elazar the Kohen, Joshua son of Nun, and the heads of the fathers of the tribes of Israel.  29 Moses said to them, "If the children of Gad and children of Reuben will cross the Jordan with you — everyone armed for battle before Hashem, and the Land is conquered before you — you shall give them the land of Gilead as a heritage.  30 But if they do not cross over, armed, with you, then they will take [their] heritage among you in the land of Canaan."

31 The children of Gad and the children of Reuben spoke up, saying, "As Hashem has spoken to your servants, so shall we do.  32 We shall cross over, armed, before Hashem to the land of Canaan, and ours shall be the heritage of our inheritance across the Jordan."

33 So Moses gave to them — to the children of Gad, and the children of Reuben, and half the tribe of Manasseh son of Joseph — the kingdom of Sihon king of the Amorite, and the kingdom of Og king of the Bashan; the land with its cities in the boundaries, and the cities of the surrounding land.

34 The children of Gad built Dibon, and Ataroth, and Aroer,  35 and Atroth-shophan, and Jazer, and Jogbehah,  36 and Beth-nimrah, and Beth-haran — fortified cities and pens for the flock.  37 The children of Reuben built Heshbon, and Elealeh, and Kiriathaim,  38 and Nebo and Baal-meon with altered names, and Sibmah; and they called [them] by [other] names [instead of] the names of the cities that they built.  39 The children of Machir son of Manasseh went to Gilead and occupied it, and drove out the Amorite who were in it.  40 Moses gave the Gilead to Machir son of Manasseh and he settled in it.  41 Jair son of Manasseh went and occupied their villages, and called them Havvoth-jair.  42 Nobah went and occupied Kenath and her suburbs, and called it Nobah, after his name.

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