The offerings (Num 31:48-31:54)

“Then the officers who were over the thousands of the army, the captains of thousands, and the captains of hundreds, approached Moses, and said to Moses. ‘Your servants have counted the men of war who are under our command, and not one of us is missing. We have brought Yahweh’s offering, what each of us found, articles of gold, armlets and bracelets, signet rings, earrings, and pendants, to make atonement for ourselves before Yahweh.’ Moses and Eleazar the priest received the gold from them, all in the form of crafted articles. All the gold of the offering that they offered to Yahweh, from the commanders of thousands and the commanders of hundreds, was sixteen thousand seven hundred and fifty shekels. The troops had all taken plunder for themselves. So Moses and Eleazar the priest received the gold from the commanders of thousands and of hundreds. They brought it into the tent of meeting, as a memorial for the Israelites before Yahweh.”

With this great massacre, not one Israelite died, which seems incredible. So the commanders decided to make an atonement offering for their success. Moses and Eleazar accepted the golden crafted articles, armlets, bracelets, signet rings, earrings, and pendants. The total value of this gold offering was 16,750 shekels. The troops had all taken booty, every man for himself. So Moses and Eleazar the priest received the gold from the commanders of the thousands and of the hundreds. They brought all this gold into the tent of meeting as a memorial for the Israelites before Yahweh.

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