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The Fourth Book of Moses

also called Numbers
(from middle English, French from the Latin)

(Part Five)


The 24th Chapter
     When Balam saw that it pleased the Lord that he should bless Israel, he went not as he did twice before to fetch soothsaying, but set his face toward the wilderness, and lifted up his eyes and looked upon Israel as he lay with his tribes, and the spirit of God came upon him. And he took up his parable and said: Balam the son of Beor has said, and the man whose eye is open has said: he has said which hears the words of God and sees the visions of the almighty, which falls down and his eyes are opened.
     How goodly are the tents of Jacob and your habitations Israel, even as the broad valleys and as gardens by the rivers side, as the tents which the Lord has pitched and as cypress trees upon the water. The water shall flow out of his bucket and his seed shall be many waters, and his king shall be higher than Agag. And his kingdom shall be exalted. God that brought him out of Egypt is as the strength of an unicorn, and he shall eat the nations that are his enemies and break their bones and pierce them through with his arrows. He couched himself and lay down as a lion and as a lioness, who shall stir him up? blessed is he that blesses you, and cursed is he that curses you.
     And Balac was wroth with Balam and smote his hands together, and said unto him: I sent for you to curse mine enemies: and behold, you have blessed them this three times, and now get you quickly unto your place. I thought that I would promote you unto honor, but the Lord has kept you back from worship. And Balam said unto Balac: told I not your messengers which you sent unto me saying: If Balac would give me his house full of silver and gold, I cannot pass the mouth of the Lord, to do either good or bad of mine own mind. What the Lord says, that must I speak. And now behold, I go unto my people: come let me show you, what this people shall do to your folk in the latter days. And he began his parable and said: Balam the son of Beor has said, and the man that has his eye open has said, and he has said that hears the words of God and has the knowledge of the most high and beholds the vision of the almighty, and when he falls down has his eyes opened. I see him but not now, I behold him but not nigh. There shall come a star of Jacob and rise a scepter of Israel, which shall smite the coasts of Moab and undermine all the children of Seth. And Edom shall be his possession, and the possession of Seir shall be their enemies, and Israel shall do manfully. And out of Jacob shall come he that shall destroy the remnant of the cities.
     And he looked on Amalek and began his parable and said: Amalek is the first of the nations, but his latter end shall perish utterly. And he looked on the Kenites, and took his parable and said: strong is your dwelling place and put your nest upon a rock. Neverthelater you shall be a burning to Kain, until Assur take you prisoner. And he took his parable and said: Alas, who shall live when God does this? The ships shall come out of the coast of Cittim and subdue Assur and subdue Eber, and he himself shall perish at the last. And Balam rose up and went and dwelt in his place: and Balac also went his way.

The 25th Chapter
     And Israel dwelt in Sittim, and the people began to commit whoredom with the daughters of Moab, which called the people unto the sacrifice of their gods. And the people ate and worshiped their gods, and Israel coupled himself unto Baal Peor. Then the Lord was angry with Israel, and said unto Moses: take all the heads of the people, and hang them up unto the Lord against the *son, that the wrath of the Lord may turn away from Israel. And Moses said unto the judges of Israel: go and slay those men that joined themselves unto *Baal Peor.
* this is the exact spelling from the text; sonne which is son, else where in the text sun is spelled sunne. I put nothing of my own understanding to this, * Baal Peor from the Hebrew is "lord of the gap" where "lord is man" as in man lording over himself.
     And behold, one of the children of Israel came and brought unto his brethren, a Madianitish wife even in the sight of Moses and in the sight of all the multitude of the children of Israel, as they were weeping in the door of the tabernacle of witness. And when Phineas the son of Eleazer the son of Aaron the priest saw it, he rose up out of the company and took a weapon in his hand, and went after the man of Israel into the whorehouse, and thrust them through: both the man of Israel and also the woman even through the belly of her. And the plague ceased from the children of Israel. And there died in the plague twenty four thousand.
     And the Lord spoke unto Moses saying: Phineas the son of Eleazer the son of Aaron the priest, has turned mine anger away from the children of Israel, because he was jealous for my sake among them, that I had not consumed the children of Israel in my jealousy. Wherefore say: behold, I give unto him my covenant of peace, and he shall have it and his seed after him, even the covenant of the priests office for ever, because he was jealous for his Gods sake and made an atonement for the children of Israel.
     The name of the Israelite which was smitten with the Madianitish wife, was Simri the son of Salu, a lord of an ancient house among the Simeonites. And the name of the Madianitish wife, was Cosbi the daughter of Zur and head over the people of an ancient house in Madian.
     And the Lord spoke unto Moses saying: vex the Madianites and smite them, for they have troubled you with their wiles with you which they have beguiled you, through Peor and through their sister Cosbi the daughter of a lord in Madian, which was slain in the day of the plague for Peors sake.

The 26th Chapter
     And after the plague, the Lord spoke unto Moses and unto Eleazer saying: take the number of all the multitude of the children of Israel from twenty years and above throughout their fathers houses, all that are able to go to war in Israel. And Moses and Eleazer the priest told them in the fields of Moab, by Jordan fast by Jericho, from twenty years and above, as the Lord commanded Moses. And the children of Israel that came of Egypt were:
     Ruben the eldest son of Israel. The children of Ruben were, Hanoch, of whom comes the kindred of the Hanochites: and of Palu, comes the kindred of the Paluites: And of Hesron, comes the kindred of the Hesronites: and of Carmi, comes the kindred of the Carmites. These are the kindreds of the Rubenites, which were in number forty three thousand seven hundred and thirty. And the sons of Palu were Eliab. And the sons of Eliab were: Nemuel, Dathan and Abiram.
     This is that Dathan and Abiram counsellors in the congregation, which strove against Moses and Aaron in the company of Corah, when they strove against the Lord. And the earth opened her mouth and swallowed them and Corah also, when the multitude died, what time the fire consumed two hundred and fifty men, and they became a sign: Notwithstanding, the children of Corah died not.
     And the children of Simeon in their kindreds were: Nemuel, of whom comes the kindred of the Nemuelites: Jamin, of whom comes the kindred of the Jaminites: Jachin, of whom comes the kindred of the Jachinites: Serah, of whom comes the kindred of the Zarahites: Saul, of whom comes the kindred of the Saulites. These are the kindreds of the Simeonites: in number twenty two thousand and two hundred.
     And the children of Gad in their kindreds were: Zephon, of whom comes the kindred of the Zephonites: and of Haggi, comes the kindred of the Haggites: and of Suni, comes the kindred of the Sunites: and of Aseni, comes the kindred of the Asenites: and of Eri comes the kindred of the Erites: and of Arod comes the kindred of the Arodites: and of Ariel comes the kindred of the Arielites. These are the kindreds of the children of Gad, in number forty thousand and five hundred.
     The children of Juda: Er and Onan, which died in the land of Canaan. But the children of Juda in their kindred were: Sela of whom comes the kindred of the Selamites: and of Phares comes the kindred of the Pharesites: and of Zerah comes the kindred of the Zerahites. And the children of Phares were Hesron, of whom comes the kindred of the Hesronites: and of Hamul comes the kindred of the Hamulites. These are the kindreds of Juda, in number seventy six thousand and five hundred.
     And the children of Isachar in their kindreds were: Thola, of whom comes the kindred of the Tholaites: and Phuva, of whom comes the kindred of the Phuvaites: and of Jasub comes the kindred of the Jasubites: and of Simron comes the kindred of the Simronites. These are the kindreds of Isachar in number sixty four thousand and three hundred.
     The children of Zabulon in their kindreds were: Sered, of whom comes the kindred of the Seredites: and Elon, of whom comes the kindred of the Elonites: and of Jahelel, comes the kindred of the Jahelelites. These are the kindreds of Zabulon: in number sixty thousand and five hundred.
     The children of Joseph in their kindreds were: Manasse and Ephraim. The children of Manasse: Machir, of whom comes the kindred of the Machirites. And Machir begat Galaad, of whom comes the kindred of the Galaadites. And these are the children of Galaad: Hieser, of whom comes the kindred of the Hieserites: and of Helech comes the kindred of the Helechites: and of Asriel the kindred of the Asrielites: and of Sichem comes the kindred of the Sichemites: and of Simida comes the kindred of the Simidites: and of Hepher comes the kindred of the Hepherites. And Zelaphead the son of Hepher had no sons but daughters. And the names of the daughters of Zelaphead were: Mahela, Noa, Hagla, Milcha and Thirza. These are the kindreds of Manasse, in number fifty two thousand and seven hundred.
     These are the children of Ephraim in their kindreds: Suthelah, of whom comes the kindred of the Suthelahites: and Becher, of whom comes the kindred of the Becherites: and of Thehe comes the kindred of the Thehenites. And these are the children of Suthelah: Eran, of whom comes the kindred of the Eranites. These are the kindreds of the children of Ephraim in number thirty two thousand and five hundred. And these are the children of Joseph in their kindreds.
     These are the children of BenJamin in their kindreds: Bela, of whom comes the kindred of the Belaites: and of Asbel comes the kindred of the Asbelites: and of Ahiram, the kindred of the Ahiramites: and of Supham the kindred of the Suphamites: and of Hupham the kindred of the Huphamites. And the children of Bela were Ard and Naaman from where come the kindreds of the Ardites and of the Naamites. These are the children of BenJamin in their kindreds, and in number forty five thousand and six hundred.
     These are the children of Dan in their kindreds: Suham, of whom comes the kindred of the Suhamites. These are the kindreds of Dan in their generations. And all the kindreds of the Suhamites were in number sixty four thousand and four hundred.
     The children of Asser in their kindreds were: Jemna, of whom comes the kindred of the Jemnites: and Jesui, of whom comes the kindred of the Jesuites: and of Bria comes the kindred of Brites. And the children of Bria were Heber, of whom comes the kindred of the Heberites: and of Malchiel came the kindred of the Malchielites. And the daughter of Aser was called Sarah. These are the kindreds of Aser in number fifty three thousand and four hundred. The children of Nephthali in their kindreds were: Jaheziel, of whom came the kindred of the Jahezielites: and Guni, of whom came the kindred of the Gunites: and of Jezer, came the kindred of the Jezerites: and of Selem the kindred of Selemites. These are the kindreds of Naphthali in their generations in number forty five thousand and four hundred. These are the numbers of the children of Israel: six hundred thousand, and a thousand seven hundred and thirty.
     And the Lord spoke unto Moses saying: unto these the land shall be divided to inherit, according to the number of names: to many you shall give the more inheritance and to few the less: to every tribe shall the inheritance be given according to the number thereof. Notwithstanding, the land shall be divided by lot, and according to the names of the tribes of their fathers, they shall inherit: and according to their lot you shall divide their land, both to the many and to the few.
     These are the sums of the Levites in their kindreds: of Gerson, came the kindred of the Gersonites: and of Cahas came the kindred of the Cahasites: and of Merari came the kindred of the Merarites. These are the kindreds of Levi: the kindred of the Libnites, the kindred of the Hebronites, the kindred of the Mahelites, the kindred of the Musites, the kindred of the Karahites. Kahas begat Amram, and Amrams wife was called Jochebed a daughter of Levi, which was born him in Egypt. And she bare unto Amram, Aaron, Moses and Miriam their sister. And unto Aaron were born, Nadab, Abihu, Eleazer and Ithamar. But Nadab and Abihu died, as they offered strange fire before the Lord. And the number of them was twenty three thousand, of all the males from a month old and above. For they were not numbered among the children of Israel, because there was no inheritance given them among the children of Israel. These are the numbers of the children of Israel which Moses and Eleazer the priest numbered in the fields of Moab, fast by Jordan near to Jericho. And among these there was not a man of the number of the children of Israel which Moses and Aaron told in the wilderness of Sinai. For the Lord said unto them, that they should die in the wilderness and that there should not be left a man of them: save Caleb the son of Jephune and Josua the son of Nun.

The 27th Chapter
     And the daughters of Zelaphead the son of Heber the son of Gilead, the son of Machir the son of Manasse, of the kindreds of Manasse the son of Joseph (whose names were Mahela, Noha, Hagla, Melcha and Thirza) came and stood before Moses and Eleazer, the priest and before the lords and all the multitude in the door of the tabernacle of witness saying: our father died in the wilderness, and was not among the company of them that gathered themselves together against the Lord in the congregation of Corah: But died in his own sin, and had no sons. Wherefore should the name of our fathers be taken away from among his kindred, because he had no son? Give unto us a possession among the brethren of our father. And Moses brought their cause before the Lord. And the Lord spoke unto Moses saying: The daughters of Zelaphead speak right: you shall give them a possession to inherit among their fathers brethren, and shall turn the inheritance of their father unto them. And speak unto the children of Israel saying: If a man die and have no son, you shall turn his inheritance unto his daughter. If he have no daughter, you shall give his inheritance unto his brethren. If he have no brethren, you shall give his inheritance unto his fathers brethren. If he have no fathers brethren, you shall give his inheritance unto him that is next to him of his kindred, and let him possess it. And this shall be unto the children of Israel an ordinance, and a law, as the Lord has commanded Moses.
     And the Lord said unto Moses: get you up into this mount Abarim, and behold, the land which I have given unto the children of Israel. And when you have seen it, you shall be gathered unto your people also, as Aaron your brother was gathered unto his people. For you were disobedient unto my mouth in the desert of Sin in the strife of the congregation, that you sanctified me not in the water before their eyes. That is the water of strife in Cades in the wilderness of Zin. And Moses spoke unto the Lord saying: let the Lord God of the spirits of all flesh, set a man over the congregation, which may go in and out before them, and to lead them in and out, that the congregation of the Lord be not as a flock of sheep without a shepherd. And the Lord said unto Moses: take Josua the son of Nun in whom there is spirit, and put your hands upon him, and set him before Eleazer the priest and before all the congregation and give him a charge in their sight. And put of your praise upon him that all the company of the children of Israel may hear. And he shall stand before Eleazar the priest which shall ask counsel for him after the manner of the judgement of *Urim before the Lord: And at the mouth of Eleazer shall both he and all the children of Israel with him and all the congregation, go in and out. the judgement of *Urim; from the Hebrew, that is of the fire and light of God.
     And Moses did as the Lord commanded him, and he took Josua and set him before Eleazer the priest and before all the congregation, and put his hands upon him and give him a charge, as the Lord commanded through the hand of Moses.

The 28th Chapter
     And the Lord spoke unto Moses saying: give the children of Israel a charge and say unto them, that they take heed to offer unto me the offering of my bread in the sacrifice of sweet savour, in his due season. And say unto them. This is the offering which you shall offer unto the Lord: two lambs of a year old without spot day by day to be a brurntoffering perpetually. One lamb you shall offer in the morning, and the other at even. And thereto the tenth part of an Epha of flour for a meatoffering mingled with beaten oil, the fourth part of an hin: which is a daily offering ordained in the mount Sinai unto a sweet savour in the sacrifice of the Lord. And the drinkoffering of the same: the fourth part of an hin unto one lamb, and pour the drinkoffering in the holy place, to be good drink unto the Lord. And the other lamb you shall offer at even, with the meatoffering and the drinkoffering after the manner of the morning: a sacrifice of a sweet savour unto the Lord. And on the Sabbath day two lambs of a year old apiece and without spot, and two tenth deals of flour for a meatoffering mingled with oil, and the drinkoffering thereto. This is the brunt offering of every Sabbath, besides the daily brurntoffering and his drinkoffering.
     And in the first day of your months, you shall offer a brurntoffering unto the Lord: two young bullocks, and a ram, and seven lambs of a year old without spot, and three tenth deals of flour for a meatoffering mingled with oil unto one bullock, and two tenth deals of flour for a meatoffering mingled with oil unto one ram. And ever more, a tenth deal of flour mingled with oil, for a meatoffering unto one lamb. That is a brurntoffering of a sweet savour in the sacrifice of the Lord. And their drink offerings shall be half an hin of wine unto one bullock, and the third part of an hin of wine unto a ram and the fourth part of an hin unto a lamb. This is the brurntoffering of every month throughout all the months of the year: and one he goat for a sinoffering unto the Lord, which shall be offered with the daily brurntoffering and his drinkoffering. And the fourteenth day of the first month shall be passover unto the Lord. And the fifteenth day of the same month shall be a feast, in which seven days men must eat unleavened bread. The first day shall be an holy feast, so that you shall do no manner of laborious work therein. And you shall offer a brurntoffering unto the Lord two bullocks, one ram, and seven lambs of a year old without spot, and their meatoffering of flour mingled with oil three tenth deals unto a bullock, and two tenth deals unto a ram, and ever more one tenth deal unto a lamb, throughout the seven lambs: and an he goat for a sinoffering to make an atonement for you.
     And you shall offer these, beside the brurntoffering in the morning that is always offered. And after this manner you shall offer throughout the seven days, the food of the sacrifice of sweet favor unto the Lord. And it shall be done beside the daily brurntoffering and his drinkoffering. And the seventh day shall be an holy feast unto you, so that you shall do no laborious work therein. And the day of your first fruits when you bring a new meatoffering unto the Lord in your weeks, shall be an holy feast unto you: so that you shall do no laborious work therein. And you shall offer a brurntoffering of a sweet savour unto the Lord: two young bullocks, and a ram, and seven lambs of a year old apiece, with their meatofferings of flour mingled with oil three tenth deals unto a bullock two tenth deals to a ram, and ever more one tenth deal unto a lamb throughout the seven lambs, and an he goat to make an atonement for you. And this you shall do besides the daily brurntoffering, and his meatoffering: and they shall be without spot, with their drinkofferings.

The 29th Chapter
     And the first day of the seventh month shall be an holy feast unto you, and you shall do no laborious work therein. It shall be a day of trumpet blowing unto you. And you shall offer a brurntoffering of a sweet savour unto the Lord: one young bullock and one ram and seven lambs of a year old apiece that are pure. And their meatofferings of flour mingled with oil: three tenth deals unto the bullock, and two unto the ram, and one tenth deal unto one lamb through the seven lambs. And an he goat for a sinoffering to make an atonement for you, beside the brurntoffering of the month and his meatoffering and beside the daily brurntoffering and his meatoffering, and the drinkofferings of the same: according unto the manner of them for a savour of sweetness in the sacrifice of the Lord.
     And the tenth day of that same seventh month shall be an holy feast unto you, and you shall humble your souls and shall do no manner work therein. And you shall offer a brurntoffering unto the Lord of a sweet savour: one bullock, and a ram, and seven lambs of a year old apiece, without fault and their meatofferings of flour mingled with oil: three tenth deals to a bullock, and two to a ram and always a tenth deal unto a lamb, throughout the seven lambs. And one he goat for a sinoffering, beside the sinoffering of atonement and the daily brurntoffering, and the meat and drinkofferings that long to the same. And the fifteenth day of the seventh month shall be holy day and you shall do no laborious work therein, and you shall keep a feast unto the Lord of seven days long. And you shall offer a brurntoffering of a sweet savour unto the Lord: thirteen bullocks two rams and fourteen lambs which are yearlings and pure, with oil, three tenth deals unto every one of the thirteen bullocks: two tenth deals to either of the rams, and one tenth deal unto each of the fourteen lambs. And one he goat unto a sinoffering, beside the daily brurntoffering with his meat and drinkofferings.
     And the second day twelve young bullocks two rams and fourteen yearling lambs without spot: and their meatofferings and drinkofferings unto the bullocks, rams and lambs, according to the number of them and after the manner. And an he goat for a sinoffering, beside the daily brurntoffering and his meat and drinkofferings. And the third day eleven bullocks two rams and fourteen yearling lambs without spot: and their meat and drinkofferings unto the bullocks, rams and lambs, after the number of them and according to the manner. And an he goat for a sinoffering, beside the daily brurntoffering and his meat and drinkofferings .
     And the fourth day ten bullocks two rams and fourteen lambs, yearlings and pure: and their meat and drinkofferings unto the bullocks, rams and lambs, according to their number and after the manner. And an he goat for a sinoffering, beside the daily brurntoffering and his meat and drinkofferings. And the fifth day nine bullocks two rams and fourteen lambs of one year old apiece without spot. And their meat and drinkofferings unto the bullocks, rams and lambs, according to the number of them and after the manner. And an he goat for a sinoffering, beside the daily brurntoffering and his meat and drinkofferings. And the sixth day eight bullocks two rams and fourteen yearling lambs without spot. And their meat and drinkofferings unto the bullocks, rams and lambs, according to the manner. And an he goat for a sinoffering, beside the daily brurntoffering and his meat and drinkofferings. And the seventh day seven bullocks two rams and thirteen lambs that are yearlings and pure. And their meat and drinkofferings unto the bullocks, rams and lambs, according to their number and to the manner. And an he goat for a sinoffering, beside the daily brurntoffering and his meat and drinkofferings.
     And the eighth day shall be the conclusion of the feast unto you, and you shall do no manner laborious work therein. And you shall offer a brurntoffering of a sweet savour unto the Lord: one bullock, one ram and seven yearling lambs without spot. And the meat and drinkofferings unto the bullock, ram and lambs, according to their numbers and according to the manner. And an he goat for a sinoffering beside the daily brurntoffering and his meat and drinkofferings.
     These things you shall do unto the Lord in your feasts: beside your vows and freewill offerings, in your brurntofferings, meatofferings, drinkofferings and peaceofferings. And Moses told the children of Israel, according to all that the Lord commanded him.

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