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            Numbers


Chapter 1



The children of Israel are numbered: the Levites are designed to serve

the tabernacle.


1:1. And the Lord spoke to Moses in the desert of Sinai in the

tabernacle of the covenant, the first day of the second month, the

second year of their going out of Egypt, saying:


1:2. Take the sum of all the congregation of the children of Israel by

their families, and houses, and the names of every one, as many as are

of the male sex,


1:3. From twenty years old and upwards, of all the men of Israel fit

for war, and you shall number them by their troops, thou and Aaron.


1:4. And there shall be with you the princes of the tribes, and of the

houses in their kindreds,


1:5. Whose names are these: Of Ruben, Elisur the son of Sedeur.


1:6. Of Simeon, Salamiel the son of Surisaddai.


1:7. Of Juda, Nahasson the son of Aminadab.


1:8. Of Issachar, Nathanael the son of Suar.


1:9. Of Zabulon, Eliab the son of Helon.


1:10. And of the sons of Joseph: of Ephraim, Elisama the son of Ammiud:

of Manasses, Gamaliel the son of Phadassur.


1:11. Of Benjamin, Abidan the son of Gedeon.


1:12. Of Dan, Ahiezer the son of Ammisaddai.


1:13. Of Aser, Phegiel the son of Ochran.


1:14. Of Gad, Eliasaph the son of Duel.


1:15. Of Nephtali, Ahira the son of Enan.


1:16. These are the most noble princes of the multitude by their tribes

and kindreds, and the chiefs of the army of Israel:


1:17. Whom Moses and Aaron took with all the multitude of the common

people:


1:18. And assembled them on the first day of the second month,

reckoning them up by the kindreds, and houses, and families, and heads,

and names of every one from twenty years old and upward,


1:19. As the Lord had commanded Moses. And they were numbered in the

desert of Sinai.


1:20. Of Ruben the eldest son of Israel, by their generations and

families and houses and names of every head, all that were of the male

sex, from twenty years old and upward, that were able to go forth to

war,


1:21. Were forty-six thousand five hundred.


1:22. Of the sons of Simeon by their generations and families, and

houses of their kindreds, were reckoned up by the names and heads of

every one, all that were of the male sex, from twenty years old and

upward, that were able to go forth to war,


1:23. Fifty-nine thousand three hundred.


1:24. Of the sons of Gad, by their generations and families and houses

of their kindreds were reckoned up by the names of every one from

twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war,


1:25. Forty-five thousand six hundred and fifty.


1:26. Of the sons of Juda, by their generations and families and houses

of their kindreds, by the names of every one from twenty years old and

upward, all that were able to go forth to war,


1:27. Were reckoned up seventy-four thousand six hundred.


1:28. Of the sons of Issachar, by their generations and families and

houses of their kindreds, by the names of every one from twenty years

old and upward, all that could go forth to war,


1:29. Were reckoned up fifty-four thousand four hundred.


1:30. Of the sons of Zabulon, by the generations and families and

houses of their kindreds, were reckoned up by the names of every one

from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to

war,


1:31. Fifty-seven thousand four hundred.


1:32. Of the sons of Joseph, namely, of the sons of Ephraim, by the

generations and families and houses of their kindreds, were reckoned up

by the names of every one, from twenty years old and upward, all that

were able to go forth to war,


1:33. Forty thousand five hundred.


1:34. Moreover of the sons of Manasses, by the generations and families

and houses of their kindreds, were reckoned up by the names of every

one from twenty years old and upward, all that could go forth to war,


1:35. Thirty-two thousand two hundred.


1:36. Of the sons of Benjamin, by their generations and families and

houses of their kindreds, were reckoned up by the names of every one

from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to

war,


1:37. Thirty-five thousand four hundred.


1:38. Of the sons of Dan, by their generations and families and houses

of their kindreds, were reckoned up by the names of every one from

twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war,


1:39. Sixty-two thousand seven hundred.


1:40. Of the sons of Aser, by their generations and families and houses

of their kindreds, were reckoned up by the names of every one from

twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war,


1:41. Forty-one thousand and five hundred.


1:42. Of the sons of Nephtali, by their generations and families and

houses of their kindreds, were reckoned up by the names of every one

from twenty years old and upward, were able to go forth to war,


1:43. Fifty-three thousand four hundred.


1:44. These are they who were numbered by Moses and Aaron, and the

twelve princes of Israel, every one by the houses of their kindreds.


1:45. And the whole number of the children of Israel by their houses

and families, from twenty years old and upward, that were able to go to

war,


1:46. Were six hundred and three thousand five hundred and fifty men.


1:47. But the Levites in the tribes of their families were not numbered

with them.


1:48. And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:


1:49. Number not the tribe of Levi, neither shalt thou put down the sum

of them with the children of Israel:


1:50. But appoint them over the tabernacle of the testimony, and all

the vessels thereof, and whatsoever pertaineth to the ceremonies. They

shall carry the tabernacle and all the furniture thereof: and they

shall minister, and shall encamp round about the tabernacle.


1:51. When you are to go forward, the Levites shall take down the

tabernacle: when you are to camp, they shall set it up. What stranger

soever cometh to it, shall be slain.


1:52. And the children of Israel shall camp every man by his troops and

bands and army.


1:53. But the Levites shall pitch their tents round about the

tabernacle, lest there come indignation upon the multitude of the

children of Israel, and they shall keep watch, and guard the tabernacle

of the testimony.


1:54. And the children of Israel did according to all things which the

Lord had commanded Moses.




Numbers Chapter 2



The order of the tribes in their camp.


2:1. And the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying:


2:2. All the children of Israel shall camp by their troops, ensigns,

and standards, and the houses of their kindreds, round about the

tabernacle of the covenant.


2:3. On the east Juda shall pitch his tents by the bands of his army:

and the prince of his sons; shall be Nahasson the son of Aminadab.


2:4. And the whole sum of the fighting men of his stock, were

seventy-four thousand six hundred.


2:5. Next unto him they of the tribe of Issachar encamped, whose prince

was Nathanael, the son of Suar.


2:6. And the whole number of his fighting men were fifty-four thousand

four hundred.


2:7. In the tribe of Zabulon the prince was Eliab the son of Helon.


2:8. And all the army of fighting men of his stock, were fifty-seven

thousand four hundred.


2:9. All that were numbered in the camp of Juda, were a hundred and

eighty-six thousand four hundred: and they by their troops shall march

first.


2:10. In the camp of the sons of Ruben, on the south side, the prince

shall be Elisur the son of Sedeur:


2:11. And the whole army of his fighting men, that were numbered, were

forty-six thousand five hundred.


2:12. Beside him camped they of the tribe of Simeon: whose prince was

Salamiel the son of Surisaddai.


2:13. And the whole army of his fighting men, that were numbered, were

fifty-nine thousand three hundred.


2:14. In the tribe of Gad the prince was Eliasaph the son of Duel.


2:15. And the whole army of his righting men that were numbered, were

forty-five thousand six hundred and fifty.


2:16. All that were reckoned up in the camp of Ruben, were a hundred

and fifty-one thousand four hundred and fifty, by their troops: they

shall march in the second place.


2:17. And the tabernacle of the testimony shall be carried by the

officers of the Levites and their troops. As it shall be set up, so

shall it be taken down. Every one shall march according to their

places, and ranks.


2:18. On the west side shall be the camp of the sons of Ephraim, whose

prince was Elisama the son of Ammiud.


2:19. The whole army of his fighting men, that were numbered, were

forty thousand five hundred.


2:20. And with them the tribe of the sons of Manasses, whose prince was

Gamaliel the son of Phadassur.


2:21. And the whole army of his fighting men, that were numbered, were

thirty-two thousand two hundred.


2:22. In the tribe of the sons of Benjamin the prince was Abidan the

son of Gedeon.


2:23. And the whole army of fighting men, that were reckoned up, were

thirty-five thousand four hundred.


2:24. All that were numbered in the camp of Ephraim, were a hundred and

eight-thousand one hundred by their troops: they shall march in the

third place.


2:25. On the north side camped the sons of Dan: whose prince was

Ahiezar the son of Ammisaddai.


2:26. The whole army of his fighting men, that were numbered, were

sixty-two thousand seven hundred.


2:27. Beside him they of the tribe of Aser pitched their tents: whose

prince was Phegiel the son of Ochran.


2:28. The whole army of his fighting men, that were numbered, were

forty-one thousand five hundred.


2:29. Of the tribe of the sons of Nephtali the prince was Ahira the son

of Enan.


2:30. The whole army of his fighting men, were fifty-three thousand

four hundred.


2:31. All that were numbered in the camp of Dan, were a hundred and

fifty-seven thousand six hundred: and they shall march last.


2:32. This is the number of the children of Israel, of their army

divided according to the houses of their kindreds and their troops, six

hundred and three thousand five hundred and fifty.


2:33. And the Levites were not numbered among the children of Israel:

for so the Lord had commanded Moses.


2:34. And the children of Israel did according to all things that the

Lord had commanded. They camped by their troops, and marched by the

families and houses of their fathers.




Numbers Chapter 3



The Levites are numbered and their offices distinguished. They are

taken in the place of the firstborn of the children of Israel.


3:1. These are the generations of Aaron and Moses in the day that the

Lord spoke to Moses in mount Sinai.


3:2. And these the names of the sons of Aaron: his firstborn Nadab,

then Abiu, and Eleazar, and Ithamar.


3:3. These the names of the sons of Aaron the priests that were

anointed, and whose hands were filled and consecrated, to do the

functions of priesthood.


3:4. Now Nadab and Abiu died, without children, when they offered

strange fire before the Lord, in the desert of Sinai: and Eleazar and

Ithamar performed the priestly office in the presence of Aaron their

father.


3:5. And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:


3:6. Bring the tribe of Levi, and make them stand in the sight of Aaron

the priest to minister to him, and let them watch,


3:7. And observe whatsoever appertaineth to the service of the

multitude before the tabernacle of the testimony,


3:8. And let them keep the vessels of the tabernacle, serving in the

ministry thereof.


3:9. And thou shalt give the Levites for a gift,


3:10. To Aaron and to his sons, to whom they are delivered by the

children of Israel. But thou shalt appoint Aaron and his sons over the

service of priesthood. The stranger that approacheth to minister, shall

be put to death.


3:11. And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:


3:12. I have taken the Levites from the children of Israel, for every

firstborn that openeth the womb among the children of Israel, and the

Levites shall be mine.


3:13. For every firstborn is mine: since I struck the firstborn in the

land of Egypt: I have sanctified to myself whatsoever is firstborn in

Israel both of man and beast, they are mine: I am the Lord.


3:14. And the Lord spoke to Moses in the desert of Sinai, saying:


3:15. Number the sons of Levi by the houses of their fathers and their

families, every male from one month and upward.


3:16. Moses numbered them as the Lord had commanded.


3:17. And there were found sons of Levi by their names, Gerson and

Caath Merari.


3:18. The sons of Gerson: Lebni and Semei.


3:19. The sons of Caath: Amram, and Jesaar, Hebron and Oziel:


3:20. The sons of Merari, Moholi and Musi.


3:21. Of Gerson were two families, the Lebnites, and the Semeites:


3:22. Of which were numbered, people of the male sex from one month and

upward, seven thousand five hundred.


3:23. These shall pitch behind the tabernacle on the west,


3:24. Under their prince Eliasaph the son of Lael.


3:25. And their charge shall be in the tabernacle of the covenant:


3:26. The tabernacle itself and the cover thereof, the hanging that is

drawn before the doors of the tabernacle of the covenant, and the

curtains of the court: the hanging also that is hanged in the entry of

the court of the tabernacle, and whatsoever belongeth to the rite of

the altar, the cords of the tabernacle, and all the furniture thereof.


3:27. Of the kindred of Caath come the families of the Amramites and

Jesaarites and Hebronites and Ozielites. These are the families of the

Caathites reckoned up by their names:


3:28. All of the male sex from one month and upward, eight thousand six

hundred: they shall have the guard of the sanctuary,


3:29. And shall camp on the south side.


3:30. And their prince shall be Elisaphan the son of Oziel:


3:31. And they shall keep the ark, and the table and the candlestick,

the altars, and the vessels of the sanctuary, wherewith they minister,

and the veil, and all the furniture of this kind.


3:32. And the prince of the princes of the Levites, Eleazar, the son of

Aaron the priest, shall be over them that watch for the guard of the

sanctuary.


3:33. And of Merari are the families of the Moholites, and Musites,

reckoned up by their names:


3:34. All of the male kind from one month and upward, six thousand two

hundred.


3:35. Their prince Suriel the son of Abihaiel: their shall camp on the

north side.


3:36. Under their custody shall be the boards of the tabernacle, and

the bars, and the pillars and their sockets, and all things that

pertain to this kind of service:


3:37. And the pillars of the court round about with their sockets, and

the pins with their cords.


3:38. Before the tabernacle of the covenant, that is to say on the east

side shall Moses and Aaron camp, with their sons, having the custody of

the sanctuary, in the midst of the children of Israel. What stranger

soever cometh unto it, shall be put to death.


3:39. All the Levites, that I Moses and Aaron numbered according to the

precept of the Lord, by their f families, of the male kind from one

month and upward, were twenty-two thousand.


3:40. And the Lord said to Moses: Number the firstborn of the male sex

of the children of Israel, from one month and upward, and thou shalt

take the sum of them.


3:41. And thou shalt take the Levites to me for all the firstborn of

the children of Israel, I am the Lord: and their cattle for all the

firstborn of the cattle of the children of Israel:


3:42. Moses reckoned up, as the Lord had commanded, the firstborn of

the children of Israel:


3:43. And the males by their names, from one month and upward, were

twenty-two thousand two hundred and seventy-three.


3:44. And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:


3:45. Take the Levites for the firstborn of the children of Israel, and

the cattle of the Levites for their cattle, and the Levites shall be

mine. I am the Lord.


3:46. But for the price of the two hundred and seventy-three, of the

firstborn of the children of Israel, that exceed the number of the

Levites,


3:47. Thou shalt take five sicles for every bead, according to the

weight of the sanctuary. A sicle hath twenty obols.


3:48. And thou shalt give the money to Aaron and his sons, the price of

them that are above.


3:49. Moses therefore took the money of them that were above, and whom

they had redeemed from the Levites,


3:50. For the firstborn of the children of Israel, one thousand three

hundred and sixty-five sicles, according to the weight of the

sanctuary,


3:51. And gave it to Aaron and his sons according to the word that the

Lord had commanded him.




Numbers Chapter 4



The age and time of the Levites' service: their offices and burdens.


4:1. And the Lord spoke to Moses, and Aaron, saying:


4:2. Take the sum of the sons of Caath from the midst of the Levites,

by their houses and families.


4:3. From thirty years old and upward, to fifty years old, of all that

go in to stand and to minister in the tabernacle of the covenant.


4:4. This is the service of the sons of Caath:


4:5. When the camp is; to set forward, Aaron and his sons shall go into

the tabernacle of the covenant, and the holy of holies, and shall take

down the veil that hangeth before the door, and shall wrap up the ark

of the testimony in it,


4:6. And shall cover it again with a cover of violet skins, and shall

spread over it a cloth all of violet, and shall put in the bars.


4:7. They shall wrap up also the table of proposition in a cloth of

violet, and shall put with it the censers and little mortars, the cups

and bowls to pour out the libations: the loaves shall be always on it:


4:8. And they shall spread over it a cloth of scarlet, which again they

shall cover with a covering of violet skins, and shall put in the bars.


4:9. They shall take also a cloth of violet wherewith they shall cover

the candlestick with the lamps and tongs thereof and the snuffers and

all the oil vessels, which are necessary for the dressing of the lamps:


4:10. And over all they shall put a cover of violet skins and put in

the bars.


4:11. And they shall wrap up the golden altar also in a cloth of

violet, and shall spread over it a cover of violet skins, and put in

the bars.


4:12. All the vessels wherewith they minister in the sanctuary, they

shall wrap up in a cloth of violet, and shall spread over it a cover of

violet skins, and put in the bars.


4:13. They shall cleanse the altar also from the ashes, and shall wrap

it up in a purple cloth,


4:14. And shall put it with all the vessels that they use in the

ministry thereof, that is to say, firepans, fleshhooks and forks,

pothooks and shovels. They shall cover all the vessels of the altar

together with a covering of violet skins, and shall put in the bars.


4:15. And when Aaron and his sons have wrapped up the sanctuary and the

vessels thereof at the removing of the camp, then shall the sons of

Caath enter in to carry the things wrapped up: and they shall not touch

the vessels of the sanctuary, lest they die. These are the burdens of

the sons of Caath: in the tabernacle of the covenant:


4:16. And over them shall be Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest, to

whose charge pertaineth the oil to dress the lamps, and the sweet

incense, and the sacrifice, that is always offered, and the oil of

unction, and whatsoever pertaineth to the service of the tabernacle,

and of all the vessels that are in the sanctuary.


4:17. And the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying:


4:18. Destroy not the people of Caath from the midst of the Levites:


4:19. But do this to them, that they may live, and not die, by touching

the holies of holies. Aaron and his sons shall go in, and they shall

appoint every man his work, and shall divide the burdens that every man

is to carry.


4:20. Let not others by any curiosity see the things that are in the

sanctuary before they be wrapped up, otherwise they shall die.


4:21. And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:


4:22. Take the sum of the sons of Gerson also by their houses and

families and kindreds.


4:23. From thirty years old and upward, unto fifty years old. Number

them all that go in and minister in the tabernacle of the covenant.


4:24. This is the office of the family of the Gersonites:


4:25. To carry the curtains of the tabernacle and the roof of the

covenant, the other covering, and the violet covering over all, and the

hanging that hangeth in the entry of the tabernacle of the covenant,


4:26. The curtains of the court, and the veil in the entry that is

before tabernacle. All things that pertain to the altar, the cords and

the vessels of the ministry,


4:27. The sons of Gerson shall carry, by the commandment of Aaron and

his sons: and each man shall know to what burden he must be assigned.


4:28. This is the service of the family of the Gersonites in the

tabernacle of the covenant, and they shall be under the hand of Ithamar

the son of Aaron the priest.


4:29. Thou shalt reckon up the sons of Merari also by the families and

houses of their fathers,


4:30. From thirty years old and upward, unto fifty years old, all that

go in to the office of their ministry, and to the service of the

covenant of the testimony.


4:31. These are their burdens: They shall carry the boards of the

tabernacle and the bars thereof, the pillars and their sockets,


4:32. The pillars also of the court round about, with their sockets and

pins and cords. They shall receive by account all the vessels and

furniture, and so shall carry them.


4:33. This is the office of the family of the Merarites, and their

ministry in the tabernacle of the covenant: and they shall be under the

hand of Ithamar the son of Aaron the priest.


4:34. So Moses and Aaron and the princes of the synagogue reckoned up

the sons of Caath, by their kindreds and the houses of their fathers,


4:35. From thirty years old and upward, unto fifty years old, all that

go in to the ministry of the tabernacle of the covenant:


4:36. And they were found two thousand seven hundred and fifty.


4:37. This is the number of the people of Caath that go in to the

tabernacle of the covenant: these did Moses and Aaron number according

to the word of the Lord by the hand of Moses.


4:38. The sons of Gerson also were numbered by the kindreds and houses

of their fathers,


4:39. From thirty years old and upward, unto fifty years old, all that

go in to minister in the tabernacle of the covenant:


4:40. And they were found two thousand six hundred and thirty.


4:41. This is the people of the Gersonites, whom Moses and Aaron

numbered according to the word of the Lord.


4:42. The sons of Merari also were numbered by the kindreds and houses

of their fathers,


4:43. From thirty years old and upward, unto fifty years old, all that

go in to fulfil the rites of the tabernacle of the covenant:


4:44. And they were found three thousand two hundred.


4:45. This is the number of the sons of Merari, whom Moses and Aaron

reckoned up according to the commandment of the Lord by the hand of

Moses.


4:46. All that were reckoned up of the Levites, and whom Moses and

Aaron and the princes of Israel took by name, by the kindreds and

houses of their fathers,


4:47. From thirty years old and upward, until fifty years old, that go

into the ministry of the tabernacle, and to carry the burdens,


4:48. Were in all eight thousand five hundred and eighty.


4:49. Moses reckoned them up according to the word of the Lord, every

one according to their office and burdens, as the Lord had commanded

him.




Numbers Chapter 5



The unclean are removed out of the camp: confession of sins, and

satisfaction: firstfruits and oblations belonging to the priests: trial

of jealousy.


5:1. And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:


5:2. Command the children of Israel, that they cast out of the camp

every leper, and whosoever hath an issue of seed, or is defiled by the

dead:


5:3. Whether it be man or woman, cast ye them out of the camp, lest

they defile it when I shall dwell with you,


5:4. And the children of Israel did so, and they cast them forth

without the camp, as the Lord had spoken to Moses.


5:5. And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:


5:6. Say to the children of Israel: When a man or woman shall have

committed any of all the sins that men are wont to commit, and by

negligence shall have transgressed the commandment of the Lord, and

offended,


5:7. They shall confess their sin, and restore the principal itself,

and the fifth part over and above, to him against whom they have

sinned.


Shall confess. . .This confession and satisfaction, ordained in the Old

Law, was a figure of the sacrament of penance.


5:8. But if there be no one to receive it, they shall give it to the

Lord, and it shall be the priest's, besides the ram that is offered for

expiation, to be an atoning sacrifice.


5:9. All the firstfruits also, which the children of Israel offer,

belong to the priest:


5:10. And whatsoever is offered into the sanctuary by every one, and is

delivered into the hands of the priest, it shall be his.


5:11. And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:


5:12. Speak to the children of Israel, and thou shalt say to them: The

man whose wife shall have gone astray, and contemning her husband,


5:13. Shall have slept with another man, and her husband cannot

discover it, but the adultery is secret, and cannot be proved by

witnesses, because she was not found in the adultery:


5:14. If the spirit of jealousy stir up the husband against his wife,

who either is defiled, or is charged with false suspicion,


The spirit of jealousy, etc. . .This ordinance was designed to clear the

innocent, and to prevent jealous husbands from doing mischief to their

wives: as likewise to give all a horror of adultery, by punishing it in

so remarkable a manner.


5:15. He shall bring her to the priest, and shall offer an oblation for

her, the tenth part of a measure of barley meal: he shall not pour oil

thereon, nor put frankincense upon it: because it is a sacrifice of

jealousy, and an oblation searching out adultery.


5:16. The priest therefore shall offer it, and set it before the Lord.


5:17. And he shall take holy water in an earthen vessel, and he shall

cast a little earth of the pavement of the tabernacle into it.


5:18. And when the woman shall stand before the Lord, he shall uncover

her head, and shall put on her hands the sacrifice of remembrance, and

the oblation of jealousy: and he himself shall hold the most bitter

waters, whereon he hath heaped curses with execration.


5:19. And he shall adjure her, and shall say: If another man hath not

slept with thee, and if thou be not defiled by forsaking thy husband's

bed, these most bitter waters, on which I have heaped curses, shall not

hurt thee.


5:20. But if thou hast gone aside from thy husband, and art defiled,

and hast lain with another man:


5:21. These curses shall light upon thee: The Lord make thee a curse,

and an example for all among his people: may he make thy thigh to rot,

and may thy belly swell and burst asunder.


5:22. Let the cursed waters enter into thy belly, and may thy womb

swell and thy thigh rot. And the woman shall answer, Amen, amen.


5:23. And the priest shall write these curses in a book, and shall wash

them out with the most bitter waters, upon which he hath heaped the

curses,


5:24. And he shall give them her to drink. And when she hath drunk them

up,


5:25. The priest shall take from her hand the sacrifice of jealousy,

and shall elevate it before the Lord, and shall put it upon the altar:

yet so as first,


5:26. To take a handful of the sacrifice of that which is offered, and

burn it upon the altar: and so give the most bitter waters to the woman

to drink.


5:27. And when she hath drunk them, if she be defiled, and having

despised her husband be guilty of adultery, the malediction shall go

through her, and her belly swelling, her thigh shall rot: and the woman

shall be a curse, and an example to all the people.


5:28. But if she be not defiled, she shall not be hurt, and shall bear

children.


5:29. This is the law of jealousy. If a woman hath gone aside from her

husband, and be defiled,


5:30. And the husband stirred up by the spirit of jealousy bring her

before the Lord, and the priest do to her according to all things that

are here written:


5:31. The husband shall be blameless, and she shall bear her iniquity.




Numbers Chapter 6



The law of the Nazarites: the form of blessing the people.


6:1. And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:


6:2. Speak to the children of Israel, and thou shalt say to them: When

a man, or woman, shall make a vow to be sanctified, and will consecrate

themselves to the Lord:


6:3. They shall abstain from wine, and from every thing that may make a

man drunk. They shall not drink vinegar of wine, or of any other drink,

nor any thing that is pressed out of the grape: nor shall they eat

grapes either fresh or dried.


6:4. All the days that they are consecrated to the Lord by vow: they

shall eat nothing that cometh of the vineyard, from the raisin even to

the kernel.


6:5. All the time of his separation no razor shall pass over his head,

until the day be fulfilled of his consecration to the Lord. He shall be

holy, and shall let the hair of his head grow.


6:6. All the time of his consecration he shall not go in to any dead,


6:7. Neither shall he make himself unclean, even for his father, or for

his mother, or for his brother, or for his sister, when they die,

because the consecration of his God is upon his head.


6:8. All the days of his separation he shall be holy to the Lord.


6:9. But if any man die suddenly before him: the head of his

consecration shall be defiled: and he shall shave it forthwith on the

same day of his purification, and again on the seventh day.


6:10. And on the eighth day he shall bring two turtles, or two young

pigeons to the priest in the entry of the covenant of the testimony.


6:11. And the priest shall offer one for sin, and the other for a

holocaust, and shall pray for him, for that he hath sinned by the dead:

and he shall sanctify his head that day:


6:12. And shall consecrate to the Lord the days of his separation,

offering a lamb of one year for sin: yet so that the former days be

made void, because his sanctification was profaned.


6:13. This is the law of consecration. When the days which he had

determined by vow shall be expired, he shall bring him to the door of

the tabernacle of the covenant,


6:14. And shall offer his oblation to the Lord: one he lamb of a year

old without blemish for a holocaust, and one ewe lamb of a year old

without blemish for a sin offering, and one ram without blemish for a

victim of peace offering,


6:15. A basket also of unleavened bread, tempered with oil, and wafers

without leaven anointed with oil, and the libations of each:


6:16. And the priest shall present them before the Lord, and shall

offer both the sin offering and the holocaust.


6:17. But the ram he shall immolate for a sacrifice of peace offering

to the Lord, offering at the same time the basket of unleavened bread,

and the libations that are due by custom.


6:18. Then shall the hair of the consecration of the Nazarite, be

shaved off before the door of the tabernacle of the covenant: and he

shall take his hair, and lay it upon the fire, which is under the

sacrifice of the peace offerings.


6:19. And shall take the boiled shoulder of the ram, and one unleavened

cake out of the basket, and one unleavened wafer, and he shall deliver

them into the hands of the Nazarite, after his head is shaven.


6:20. And receiving them again from him, he shall elevate them in the

sight of the Lord: and they being sanctified shall belong to the

priest, as the breast, which was commanded to be separated, and the

shoulder. After this the Nazarite may drink wine.


6:21. This is the law of the Nazarite, when he hath vowed his oblation

to the Lord in the time of his consecration, besides those things which

his hand shall find, according to that which he had vowed in his mind,

so shall he do for the fulfilling of his sanctification.


6:22. And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:


6:23. Say to Aaron and his sons: Thus shall you bless the children of

Israel, and you shall say to them:


6:24. The Lord bless thee, and keep thee.


6:25. The Lord shew his face to thee, and have mercy on thee.


6:26. The Lord turn his countenance to thee, and give thee peace.


6:27. And they shall invoke my name upon the children of Israel, and I

will bless them.




Numbers Chapter 7



The offerings of the princes at the dedication of the tabernacle. God

speaketh to Moses from the propitiatory.


7:1. And it came to pass in the day that Moses had finished the

tabernacle, and set it up, and had anointed and sanctified it with all

its vessels, the altar likewise and all the vessels thereof,


7:2. The princes of Israel and the heads of the families, in every

tribe, who were the rulers of them who had been numbered, offered


7:3. Their gifts before the Lord, six wagons covered, and twelve oxen.

Two princes offered one wagon, and each one an ox, and they offered

them before the tabernacle.


7:4. And the Lord said to Moses:


7:5. Receive them from them to serve in the ministry of the tabernacle,

and thou shalt deliver them to the Levites according to the order of

their ministry.


7:6. Moses therefore receiving the wagons and the oxen, delivered them

to the Levites.


7:7. Two wagons and four oxen he gave to the sons of Gerson, according

to their necessity.


7:8. The other four wagons, and eight oxen he gave to the sons of

Merari, according to their offices and service, under the hand of

Ithamar the son of Aaron the priest.


7:9. But to the sons of Caath he gave no wagons or oxen: because they

serve in the sanctuary and carry their burdens upon their own

shoulders.


7:10. And the princes offered for the dedication of the altar on the

day when it was anointed, their oblation before the altar.


7:11. And the Lord said to Moses: Let each of the princes one day after

another offer their gifts for the dedication of the altar.


7:12. The first day Nahasson the son of Aminadab of the tribe of Juda

offered his offering:


7:13. And his offering was a silver dish weighing one hundred and

thirty sicles, a silver bowl of seventy sicles according to the weight

of the sanctuary, both full of flour tempered with oil for a sacrifice:


7:14. A little mortar of ten sicles of gold full of incense:


7:15. An ox of the herd, and a ram, and lamb of a year old for a

holocaust:


7:16. And a buck goat for sin:


7:17. And for the sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams,

five he goats, five lambs of a year old. This was the offering of

Nahasson the son of Aminadab.


7:18. The second day Nathanael the son of Suar, prince of the tribe of

Issachar, made his offering,


7:19. A silver dish weighing one hundred and thirty sicles, a silver

bowl of seventy sicles, according to the weight of the sanctuary, both

full of flour tempered with oil for a sacrifice:


7:20. A little mortar of gold weighing ten sicles full of incense:


7:21. An ox of the herd, and a ram, and a lamb of a year old for a

holocaust:


7:22. And a buck goat for sin:


7:23. And for the sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams,

five buck goats, five lambs of a year old. This was the offering of

Nathanael the son of Suar.


7:24. The third day the prince of the sons of Zabulon, Eliab the son of

Helon,


7:25. Offered a silver dish weighing one hundred and thirty sicles, a

silver bowl of seventy sicles by the weight of the sanctuary, both full

of flour tempered with oil for a sacrifice:


7:26. A little mortar of gold weighing ten sicles full of incense:


7:27. An ox of the herd, and a ram, and a lamb of a year old for a

holocaust:


7:28. And a buck goat for sin:


7:29. And for the sacrifice of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams,

five buck goats, five lambs of a year old. This is the oblation of

Eliab the son of Helon.


7:30. The fourth day the prince of the sons of Ruben, Elisur the son of

Sedeur,


7:31. Offered a silver dish weighing one hundred and thirty sicles, a

silver bowl of seventy sicles according to the weight of the sanctuary,

both full of flour tempered with oil for a sacrifice:


7:32. A little mortar of gold weighing ten sicles full of incense:


7:33. An ox of the herd, and a ram, and a lamb of a year old, for a

holocaust:


7:34. And a buck goat for sin:


7:35. And for victims of peace offerings two oxen, five rams, five buck

goats, five lambs of a year old. This was the offering of Elisur the

son of Sedeur.


7:36. The fifth day the prince of the sons of Simeon, Salamiel the son

of Surisaddai,


7:37. Offered a silver dish weighing one hundred and thirty sicles, a

silver bowl of seventy sicles after the weight of the sanctuary, both

full of flour tempered with oil for a sacrifice:


7:38. A little mortar of gold weighing ten sicles full of incense:


7:39. An ox of the herd, and a ram, and a lamb of a year old for a

holocaust:


7:40. And a buck goat for sin:


7:41. And for sacrifices of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five

buck goats, five lambs of a year old. This was the offering of Salamiel

the son of Surisaddai.


7:42. The sixth day the prince of the sons of Gad, Eliasaph the son of

Duel,


7:43. Offered a silver dish weighing a hundred and thirty sicles, a

silver bowl of seventy sicles by the weight of the sanctuary, both full

of flour tempered with oil for a sacrifice:


7:44. A little mortar of gold weighing ten sicles full of incense:


7:45. An ox of the herd, and a ram, and a lamb of a year old for a

holocaust:


7:46. And a buck goat for sin:


7:47. And for sacrifices of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five

buck goats, five lambs of a year old. This was the offering of Eliasaph

the son of Duel.


7:48. The seventh day the prince of the sons of Ephraim, Elisama the

son of Ammiud,


7:49. Offered a silver dish weighing a hundred and thirty sicles, a

silver bowl of seventy sicles according to the weight of the sanctuary,

both full of flour tempered with oil for a sacrifice:


7:50. A little mortar of gold weighing ten sicles full of incense:


7:51. An ox of the herd, and a ram, and a lamb of a year old for a

holocaust:


7:52. And a buck goat for sin:


7:53. And for sacrifices of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five

buck goats, five lambs of a year old. This was the offering of Elisama

the son of Ammiud.


7:54. The eighth day the prince of the sons of Manasses, Gamaliel the

son of Phadassur,


7:55. Offered a silver dish, weighing a hundred and thirty sicles, a

silver bowl of seventy sicles, according to the weight of the

sanctuary, both full of flour tempered with oil for a sacrifice:


7:56. A little mortar of gold weighing ten sicles full of incense:


7:57. An ox of the herd, and a ram, and a lamb of a year old for a

holocaust:


7:58. And a buck goat for sin:


7:59. And for sacrifices of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five

buck goats, five lambs of a year old. This was the offering of Gamaliel

the son of Phadassur.


7:60. The ninth day the prince of the sons of Benjamin, Abidan the son

of Gedeon,


7:61. Offered a silver dish weighing a hundred and thirty sicles, a

silver bowl of seventy sicles by the weight of the sanctuary, both full

of flour tempered with oil for a sacrifice:


7:62. A little mortar of gold weighing ten sicles full of incense:


7:63. An ox of the herd, and a ram, and a lamb of a year old for a

holocaust:


7:64. And a buck goat for sin:


7:65. And for sacrifices of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five

buck goats, five lambs of a year old. This was the offering of Abidan

the son of Gedeon.


7:66. The tenth day the princes of the sons of Dan, Ahiezer the son of

Ammisaddai,


7:67. Offered a silver dish weighing a hundred and thirty sicles, a

silver bowl of seventy sicles, according to the weight of the

sanctuary, both full of flour tempered with oil for a sacrifice:


7:68. A little mortar of gold weighing ten sicles full of incense:


7:69. An ox of the herd, and a ram, and a lamb of a year old for a

holocaust:


7:70. And a buck goat for sin:


7:71. And for sacrifices of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five

buck goats, five lambs of a year old. This was the offering of Ahiezer

the son of Ammisaddai.


7:72. The eleventh day the prince of the sons of Aser, Phegiel the son

of Ochran,


7:73. Offered a silver dish weighing a hundred and thirty sicles, a

silver bowl of seventy sicles, according to the weight of the

sanctuary, both full of flour tempered with oil for a sacrifice:


7:74. A little mortar of gold weighing ten sicles full of incense:


7:75. An ox of the herd, and a ram, and a lamb of a year old for a

holocaust:


7:76. And a buck goat for sin:


7:77. And for sacrifices of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five

buck goats, five lambs of a year old. This was the offering of Phegiel

the son of Ochran.


7:78. The twelfth day the prince of the sons of Nephtali, Ahira the son

of Enan,


7:79. Offered a silver dish weighing a hundred and thirty sicles, a

silver bowl of seventy sicles, according to the weight of the

sanctuary, both full of flour tempered with oil for a sacrifice:


7:80. A little mortar of gold weighing ten sicles full of incense:


7:81. An ox of the herd, and a ram, and a lamb of a year old for a

holocaust:


7:82. And a buck goat for sin:


7:83. And for sacrifices of peace offerings, two oxen, five rams, five

buck goats, five lambs of a year old. This was the offering of Ahira

the son of Enan.


7:84. These were the offerings made by the princes of Israel in the

dedication of the altar, in the day wherein it was consecrated. Twelve

dishes of silver: twelve silver bowls: twelve little mortars of gold:


7:85. Each dish weighing a hundred and thirty sicles of silver, and

each bowl seventy sicles: that is, putting all the vessels of silver

together, two thousand four hundred sicles, by the weight of the

sanctuary.


7:86. Twelve little mortars of gold full of incense, weighing ten

sicles apiece, by the weight of the sanctuary: that is, in all a

hundred and twenty sicles of gold.


7:87. Twelve oxen out of the herd for a holocaust, twelve rams, twelve

lambs of a year old, and their libations: twelve buck goats for sin.


7:88. And for sacrifices of peace offerings, oxen twenty-four, rams

sixty, buck goats sixty, lambs of a year old sixty. These things were

offered in the dedication of the altar, when it was anointed.


7:89. And when Moses entered into the tabernacle of the covenant, to

consult the oracle, he heard the voice of one speaking to him from the

propitiatory, that is over the ark between the two cherubims, and from

this place he spoke to him.




Numbers Chapter 8



The seven lamps are placed on the golden candlestick, to shine towards

the loaves of proposition: the ordination of the Levites: and to what

age they shall serve in the tabernacle.


8:1. And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:


8:2. Speak to Aaron, and thou shalt say to him: When thou shalt place

the seven lamps, let the candlestick be set up on the south side. Give

orders therefore that the lamps look over against the north, towards

the table of the loaves of proposition, over against that part shall

they give light, towards which the candlestick looketh.


8:3. And Aaron did so, and he put the lamps upon the candlestick, as

the Lord had commanded Moses.


8:4. Now this was the work of the candlestick, it was of beaten gold,

both the shaft in the middle, and all that came out of both sides of

the branches: according to the pattern which the Lord had shewn to

Moses, so he made the candlestick.


8:5. And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:


8:6. Take the Levites out of the midst of the children of Israel, and

thou shalt purify them,


8:7. According to this rite: Let them be sprinkled with the water of

purification, and let them shave all the hairs of their flesh. And when

they shall have washed their garments, and are cleansed,


Let them be sprinkled with the water of purification. . .This was the

holy water mixed with the ashes of the red cow, Num. 19., appointed for

purifying all that were unclean. It was a figure of the blood of

Christ, applied to our souls by his holy sacraments.


8:8. They shall take an ox of the herd, and for the offering thereof

fine flour tempered with oil: and thou shalt take another ox of the

herd for a sin offering:


8:9. And thou shalt bring the Levites before the tabernacle of the

covenant, calling together all the multitude of the children of Israel:


8:10. And when the Levites are before the Lord, the children of Israel

shall put their hands upon them:


8:11. And Aaron shall offer the Levites, as a gift in the sight of the

Lord from the children of Israel, that they may serve in his ministry.


8:12. The Levites also shall put their hands upon the heads of the

oxen, of which thou shalt sacrifice one for sin, and the other for a

holocaust to the Lord, to pray for them.


8:13. And thou shalt set the Levites in the sight of Aaron and of his,

and shalt consecrate them being offered to the Lord,


8:14. And shalt separate them from the midst of the children of Israel,

to be mine.


8:15. And afterwards they shall enter into the tabernacle of the

covenant, to serve me. And thus shalt thou purify and consecrate them

for an oblation of the Lord: for as a gift they were given me by the

children of Israel.


8:16. I have taken them instead of the firstborn that open every womb

in Israel,


8:17. For all the firstborn of the children of Israel, both of men and

of beasts, are mine. From the day that I slew every firstborn in the

land of Egypt, have I sanctified them to myself:


8:18. And I have taken the Levites for all the firstborn of the

children of Israel:


8:19. And have delivered them for a gift to Aaron and his sons out of

the midst of the people, to serve me for Israel in the tabernacle of

the covenant, and to pray for them, lest there should be a plague among

the people, if they should presume to approach unto my sanctuary.


8:20. And Moses and Aaron and all the multitude of the children of

Israel did with the Levites all that the Lord had commanded Moses


8:21. And they were purified, and washed their garments. And Aaron

lifted them up in the sight of the Lord, and prayed for them,


8:22. That being purified they might go into the tabernacle of the

covenant to do their services before Aaron and his sons. As the Lord

had commanded Moses touching the Levites, so was it done.


8:23. And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:


8:24. This is the law of the Levites: From twenty-five years old and

upwards, they shall go in to minister in the tabernacle of the

covenant.


8:25. And when they shall have accomplished the fiftieth year of their

age, they shall cease to serve:


8:26. And they shall be the ministers of their brethren in the

tabernacle of the covenant, to keep the things that are committed to

their care, but not to do the works. Thus shalt thou order the Levites

touching their charge.




Numbers Chapter 9



The precept of the pasch is renewed: the unclean and travellers are to

observe it the second month: the camp is guided by the pillar of the

cloud.


9:1. The Lord spoke to Moses in the desert of Sinai, the second year

after they were come out of the land of Egypt, in the first month,

saying:


9:2. Let the children of Israel make the phase in its due time,


Make the phase. . .That is, keep the paschal solemnity, and eat the

paschal lamb.


9:3. The fourteenth day of this month in the evening, according to all

the ceremonies and justifications thereof.


9:4. And Moses commanded the children of Israel that they should make

the phase.


9:5. And they made it in its proper time: the fourteenth day of the

month at evening, in mount Sinai. The children of Israel did according

to all things that the Lord had commanded Moses.


9:6. But behold some who were unclean by occasion of the soul of a man,

who could not make the phase on that day, coming to Moses and Aaron,


Behold some who were unclean by occasion of the soul of a man,

etc. . .That is, by having touched or come near a dead body, out of which

the soul was departed.


9:7. Said to them: We are unclean by occasion of the soul of a man. Why

are we kept back that we may not offer in its season the offering to

the Lord among the children of Israel?


9:8. And Moses answered them: Stay that I may consult the Lord what he

will ordain concerning you.


9:9. And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:


9:10. Say to the children of Israel: The man that shall be unclean by

occasion of one that is dead, or shall be in a journey afar off in your

nation, let him make the phase to the Lord.


9:11. In the second month, on the fourteenth day of the month in the

evening, they shall eat it with unleavened bread and wild lettuce:


9:12. They shall not leave any thing thereof until morning, nor break a

bone thereof, they shall observe all the ceremonies of the phase.


9:13. But if any man is clean, and was not on a journey, and did not

make the phase, that soul shall be cut off from among his people,

because he offered not sacrifice to the Lord in due season: he shall

bear his sin.


9:14. The sojourner also and the stranger if they be among you, shall

make the phase to the Lord according to the ceremonies and

justifications thereof. The same ordinances shall be with you both for

the stranger, and for him that was born in the land.


9:15. Now on the day that the tabernacle was reared up, a cloud covered

it. But from the evening there was over the tabernacle, as it were, the

appearance of fire until the morning.


9:16. So it was always: by day the cloud covered it, and by night as it

were the appearance of fire.


9:17. And when the cloud that covered the tabernacle was taken up, then

the children of Israel marched forward: and in the place where the

cloud stood still, there they camped.


9:18. At the commandment of the Lord they marched, and at his

commandment they pitched the tabernacle. All the days that the cloud

abode over the tabernacle, they remained in the same place:


9:19. And if it was so that it continued over it a long time, the

children of Israel kept the watches of the Lord, and marched not,


9:20. For as many days soever as the cloud stayed over the tabernacle.

At the commandment of the Lord they pitched their tents, and at his

commandment they took them down.


9:21. If the cloud tarried from evening until morning, and immediately

at break of day left the tabernacle, they marched forward: and if it

departed after a day and a night, they took down their tents.


9:22. But if it remained over the tabernacle for two days or a month or

a longer time, the children of Israel remained in the same place, and

marched not: but immediately as soon as it departed, they removed the

camp.


9:23. By the word of the Lord they pitched their tents, and by his word

they marched: and kept the watches of the Lord according to his

commandment by the hand of Moses.




Numbers Chapter 10



The silver trumpets and their use. They march from Sinai.


10:1. And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:


10:2. Make thee two trumpets of beaten silver, wherewith thou mayest

call together the multitude when the camp is to be removed.


10:3. And when thou shalt sound the trumpets, all the multitude shall

gather unto thee to the door of the tabernacle of the covenant.


10:4. If thou sound but once, the princes and the heads of the

multitude of Israel shall come to thee.


10:5. But if the sound of the trumpets be longer, and with

interruptions, they that are on the east side, shall first go forward.


10:6. And at the second sounding and like noise of the trumpet, they

who lie on the south side shall take up their tents. And after this

manner shall the rest do, when the trumpets shall sound for a march.


10:7. But when the people is to be gathered together, the sound of the

trumpets shall be plain, and they shall not make a broken sound.


10:8. And the sons of Aaron the priest shall sound the trumpets: and

this shall be an ordinance for ever in your generations.


10:9. If you go forth to war out of your land against the enemies that

fight against you, you shall sound aloud with the trumpets, and there

shall be a remembrance of you before the Lord your God, that you may be

delivered out of the hands of your enemies.


10:10. If at any time you shall have a banquet, and on your festival

days, and on the first days of your months, you shall sound the

trumpets over the holocausts, and the sacrifices of peace offerings,

that they may be to you for a remembrance of your God. I am the Lord

your God.


10:11. The second year, in the second month, the twentieth day of the

month, the cloud was taken up from the tabernacle of the covenant.


10:12. And the children of Israel marched by their troops from the

desert of Sinai, and the cloud rested in the wilderness of Pharan.


10:13. And the first went forward according to the commandment of the

Lord by the hand of Moses.


10:14. The sons of Juda by their troops: whose prince was Nahasson the

son of Aminadab.


10:15. In the tribe of the sons of Issachar, the prince was Nathanael

the son of Suar.


10:16. In the tribe of Zabulon, the prince was Eliab the son of Helon.


10:17. And the tabernacle was taken down, and the sons of Gerson and

Merari set forward, bearing it.


10:18. And the sons of Ruben also marched, by their troops and ranks,

whose prince was Helisur the son of Sedeur.


10:19. And in the tribe of Simeon, the prince was Salamiel the son of

Surisaddai.


10:20. And in the tribe of Gad, the prince was Eliasaph the son of

Duel.


10:21. Then the Caathites also marched carrying the sanctuary. So long

was the tabernacle carried, till they came to the place of setting it

up.


10:22. The sons of Ephraim also moved their camp by their troops, in

whose army the prince was Elisama the son of Ammiud.


10:23. And in the tribe of the sons of Manasses, the prince was

Gamaliel the son of Phadassur.


10:24. And in the tribe of Benjamin, the prince was Abidan the son of

Gedeon.


10:25. The last of all the camp marched the sons of Dan by their

troops, in whose army the prince was Ahiezer the son of Ammisaddai.


10:26. And in the tribe of the sons of Aser, the prince was Phegiel the

son of Ochran.


10:27. And in the tribe of the sons of Nephtali, the prince was Ahira

the son of Enan.


10:28. This was the order of the camps, and marches of the children of

Israel by their troops, when they set forward.


10:29. And Moses said to Hobab the son of Raguel the Madianite, his

kinsman: We are going towards the place which the Lord will give us:

come with us, that we may do thee good: for the Lord hath promised good

things to Israel.


10:30. But he answered him: I will not go with thee, but I will return

to my country, wherein I was born.


10:31. And he said: Do not leave us: for thou knowest in what places we

should encamp in the wilderness, and thou shalt be our guide.


10:32. And if thou comest with us, we will give thee what is the best

of the riches which the Lord shall deliver to us.


10:33. So they marched from the mount of the Lord three days' journey,

and the ark of the covenant of the Lord went before them, for three

days providing a place for the camp.


10:34. The cloud also of the Lord was over them by day when they

marched.


10:35. And when the ark was lifted up, Moses said: Arise, O Lord, and

let thy enemies be scattered, and let them that hate thee, flee from

before thy face.


10:36. And when it was set down, he said: Return, O Lord, to the

multitude of the host of Israel.




Numbers Chapter 11



The people murmur and are punished with fire. God appointeth seventy

ancients for assistants to Moses. They prophesy. The people have their

fill of flesh, but forthwith many die of the plague.


11:1. In the mean time there arose a murmuring of the people against

the Lord, as it were repining at their fatigue. And when the Lord heard

it he was angry. And the fire of the Lord being kindled against them,

devoured them that were at the uttermost part of the camp.


11:2. And when the people cried to Moses, Moses prayed to the Lord, and

the fire was swallowed up.


11:3. And he called the name of that place, The burning: for that the

fire of the Lord had been kindled against them.


The burning. . .Hebrew, Taberah.


11:4. For a mixt multitude of people, that came up with them, burned

with desire, sitting and weeping, the children of Israel also being

joined with them, and said: Who shall give us flesh to eat?


A mixt multitude. . .These were people that came with them out of Egypt,

who were not of the race of Israel; who, by their murmuring, drew also

the children of Israel to murmur: this should teach us the danger of

associating ourselves with the children of Egypt, that is, with the

lovers and admirers of this wicked world.


11:5. We remember the fish that we ate in Egypt free cost: the

cucumbers come into our mind, and the melons, and the leeks, and the

onions, and the garlic.


11:6. Our soul is dry, our eyes behold nothing else but manna.


11:7. Now the manna was like coriander seed, of the colour of bdellium.


Bdellium. . .Bdellium, according to Pliny, 1.21, c. 9. was of the colour

of a man's nail, white and bright.


11:8. And the people went about, and gathering it, ground it in a mill,

or beat it in a mortar, and boiled it in a pot, and made cakes thereof

of the taste of bread tempered with oil.


11:9. And when the dew fell in the night upon the camp, the manna also

fell with it.


11:10. Now Moses heard the people weeping by their families, every one

at the door of his tent. And the wrath of the Lord was exceedingly

enkindled: to Moses also the thing seemed insupportable.


11:11. And he said to the Lord: Why hast thou afflicted thy servant?

Wherefore do I not find favour before thee? And why hast thou laid the

weight of all this people upon me?


11:12. Have I conceived all this multitude, or begotten them, that thou

shouldst say to me: Carry them in thy bosom as the nurse is wont to

carry the little infant, and bear them into the land, for which thou

hast sworn to their fathers?


11:13. Whence should I have flesh to give to so great a multitude? They

weep against me, saying: Give us flesh that we may eat.


11:14. I am not able alone to bear all this people, because it is too

heavy for me.


11:15. But if it seem unto thee otherwise, I beseech thee to kill me,

and let me find grace in thy eyes, that I be not afflicted with so

great evils.


11:16. And the Lord said to Moses: Gather unto me seventy men of the

ancients of Israel, whom thou knowest to be ancients and masters of the

people: and thou shalt bring them to the door of the tabernacle of the

covenant, and shalt make them stand there with thee,


Seventy men. . .This was the first institution of the council or senate,

called the Sanhedrin, consisting of seventy or seventy-two senators or

counsellors.


11:17. That I may come down and speak with thee: and I will take of thy

spirit, and will give to them, that they may bear with thee the burden

of the people, and thou mayest not be burthened alone.


11:18. And thou shalt say to the people: Be ye sanctified: to morrow

you shall eat flesh: for I have heard you say: Who will give us flesh

to eat? It was well with us in Egypt. That the Lord may give you flesh,

and you may eat:


11:19. Not for one day, nor two, nor five, nor ten, no nor for twenty.


11:20. But even for a month of days, till it come out at your nostrils,

and become loathsome to you, because you have cast off the Lord, who is

in the midst of you, and have wept before him, saying: Why came we out

of Egypt?


11:21. And Moses said: There are six hundred thousand footmen of this

people, and sayest thou: I will give them flesh to eat a whole month?


11:22. Shall then a multitude of sheep and oxen be killed, that it may

suffice for their food? or shall the fishes of the sea be gathered

together to fill them?


11:23. And the Lord answered him: Is the hand of the Lord unable? Thou

shalt presently see whether my word shall come to pass or no.


11:24. Moses therefore came, and told the people the words of the Lord,

and assembled seventy men of the ancients of Israel, and made them to

stand about the tabernacle.


11:25. And the Lord came down in a cloud, and spoke to him, taking away

of the spirit that was in Moses, and giving to the seventy men. And

when the spirit had rested on them they prophesied, nor did they cease

afterwards.


11:26. Now there remained in the camp two of the men, of whom one was

called Eldad, and the other Medad, upon whom the spirit rested; for

they also had been enrolled, but were not gone forth to the tabernacle.


11:27. And when they prophesied in the camp, there ran a young man, and

told Moses, saying: Eldad and Medad prophesy in the camp.


11:28. Forthwith Josue the son of Nun, the minister of Moses, and

chosen out of many, said: My lord Moses forbid them.


11:29. But he said: Why hast thou emulation for me? O that all the

people might prophesy, and that the Lord would give them his spirit!


11:30. And Moses returned, with the ancients of Israel, into the camp.


11:31. And a wind going out from the Lord, taking quails up beyond the

sea brought them, and cast them into the camp for the space of one

day's journey, on every side of the camp round about, and they flew in

the air two cubits high above the ground.


11:32. The people therefore rising up all that day, and night, and the

next day, gathered together of quails, he that did least, ten cores:

and they dried them round about the camp.


11:33. As yet the flesh was between their teeth, neither had that kind

of meat failed: when behold the wrath of the Lord being provoked

against the people, struck them with an exceeding great plague.


11:34. And that place was called, The graves of lust: for there they

buried the people that had lusted. And departing from the graves of

lust, they came unto Haseroth, and abode there.


The graves of lust. . .Or, the sepulchres of concupiscence: so called

from their irregular desire of flesh. In Hebrew, Kibroth. Hattaavah.




Numbers Chapter 12



Mary and Aaron murmur against Moses, whom God praiseth above other

prophets. Mary being struck with leprosy, Aaron confesseth his fault.

Moses prayeth for her, and after seven days' separation from the camp,

she is restored.


12:1. And Mary and Aaron spoke against Moses, because of his wife the

Ethiopian,


Ethiopian. . .Sephora the wife of Moses was of Madian, which bordered

upon the land of Chus or Ethiopia: where note, that the Ethiopia here

spoken of is not that of Africa but that of Arabia.


12:2. And they said: Hath the Lord spoken by Moses only? Hath he not

also spoken to us in like manner? And when the Lord heard this,


12:3. (For Moses was a man exceeding meek above all men that dwelt upon

earth)


Exceeding meek. . .Moses being the meekest of men, would not contend for

himself; therefore, God inspired him to write here his own defence: and

the Holy Spirit, whose dictate he wrote, obliged him to declare the

truth, though it was so much to his own praise.


12:4. Immediately he spoke to him, and to Aaron and Mary: Come out you

three only to the tabernacle of the covenant. And when they were come

out,


12:5. The Lord came down in a pillar of the cloud, and stood in the

entry of the tabernacle calling to Aaron and Mary. And when they were

come,


12:6. He said to them: Hear my words: if there be among you a prophet

of the Lord, I will appear to him in a vision, or I will speak to him

in a dream.


12:7. But it is not so with my servant Moses who is most faithful in

all my house:


12:8. For I speak to him mouth to mouth: and plainly, and not by

riddles and figures doth he see the Lord. Why then were you not afraid

to speak ill of my servant Moses?


12:9. And being angry with them he went away:


12:10. The cloud also that was over the tabernacle departed: and behold

Mary appeared white as snow with a leprosy. And when Aaron had looked

on her, and saw her all covered with leprosy,


12:11. He said to Moses: I beseech thee, my lord, lay not upon us this

sin, which we have foolishly committed:


12:12. Let her not be as one dead, and as an abortive that is cast

forth from the mother's womb. Lo, now one half of her flesh is consumed

with the leprosy.


12:13. And Moses cried to the Lord, saying O God, I beseech thee heal

her.


12:14. And the Lord answered him: If her father had spitten upon her

face, ought she not to have been ashamed for seven days at least? Let

her be separated seven days without the camp, and afterwards she shall

be called again.


12:15. Mary therefore was put out of the camp seven days: and the

people moved not from that place until Mary was called again.




Numbers Chapter 13



The twelve spies are sent to view the land. The relation they make of

it.


13:1. And the people marched from Haseroth, and pitched their tents in

the desert of Pharan.


13:2. And there the Lord spoke to Moses, saying.


13:3. Send men to view the land of Chanaan, which I will give to the

children of Israel, one of every tribe, of the rulers.


13:4. Moses did what the Lord had commanded, sending from the desert of

Pharan, principal men, whose names are these:


13:5. Of the tribe of Ruben, Sammua the son of Zechur.


13:6. Of the tribe of Simeon, Saphat the son of Huri.


13:7. Of the tribe of Juda, Caleb the son of Jephone.


13:8. Of the tribe of Issachar, Igal the son of Joseph.


13:9. Of the tribe of Ephraim, Osee the son of Nun.


13:10. Of the tribe of Benjamin, Phalti the son of Raphu.


13:11. Of the tribe of Zabulon, Geddiel the son of Sodi.


13:12. Of the tribe of Joseph, of the sceptre of Manasses, Gaddi the

son of Susi.


13:13. Of the tribe of Dan, Ammiel the son of Gemalli.


13:14. Of the tribe of Aser, Sthur the son of Michael.


13:15. Of the tribe of Nephtali, Nahabi the son of Vapsi.


13:16. Of the tribe of Gad, Guel the son of Machi.


13:17. These are the names of the men, whom Moses sent to view the

land: and he called Osee the son of Nun, Josue.


13:18. And Moses sent them to view the land of Chanaan, and said to

them: Go you up by the south side. And when you shall come to the

mountains,


13:19. View the land, of what sort it is, and the people that are the

inhabitants thereof, whether they be strong or weak: few in number or

many:


13:20. The land itself, whether it be good or bad: what manner of

cities, walled or without walls:


13:21. The ground, fat or barren, woody or without trees. Be of good

courage, and bring us of the fruits of the land. Now it was the time

when the firstripe grapes are fit to be eaten.


13:22. And when they were gone up, they viewed the land from the desert

of Sin, unto Rohob as you enter into Emath.


13:23. And they went up at the south side, and came to Hebron, where

were Achiman and Sisai and Tholmai the sons of Enac. For Hebron was

built seven years before Tanis the city of Egypt.


13:24. And forward as far as the torrent of the cluster of grapes, they

cut off a branch with its cluster of grapes, which two men carried upon

a lever. They took also of the pomegranates and of the figs of that

place:


13:25. Which was called Nehelescol, that is to say, the torrent of the

cluster of grapes, because from thence the children of Israel had

carried a cluster of grapes.


13:26. And they that went to spy out the land returned after forty

days, having gone round all the country,


13:27. And came to Moses and Aaron and to all the assembly of the

children of Israel to the desert of Pharan, which is in Cades. And

speaking to them and to all the multitude, they shewed them the fruits

of the land:


13:28. And they related and said: We came into the land to which thou

sentest us, which in very deed floweth with milk and honey as may be

known by these fruits:


13:29. But it hath very strong inhabitants, and the cities are great

and walled. We saw there the race of Enac.


13:30. Amalec dwelleth in the south, the Hethite and the Jebusite and

the Amorrhite in the mountains: but the Chanaanite abideth by the sea

and near the streams of the Jordan.


13:31. In the mean time Caleb, to still the murmuring of the people

that rose against Moses, said: Let us go up and possess the land, for

we shall be able to conquer it.


13:32. But the others, that had been with him, said: No, we are not

able to go up to this people, because they are stronger than we.


13:33. And they spoke ill of the land, which they had viewed, before

the children of Israel, saying: The land which we have viewed,

devoureth its inhabitants: the people, that we beheld are of a tall

stature.


Spoke ill, etc. . .These men, who by their misrepresentations of the

land of promise, discouraged the Israelites from attempting the

conquest of it, were a figure of worldlings, who, by decrying or

misrepresenting true devotion, discourage Christians from seeking in

earnest and acquiring so great a good, and thereby securing to

themselves a happy eternity.


13:34. There we saw certain monsters of the sons of Enac, of the giant

kind: in comparison of whom, we seemed like locusts.




Numbers Chapter 14



The people murmur. God threateneth to destroy them. He is appeased by

Moses, yet so as to exclude the murmurers from entering the promised

land. The authors of the sedition are struck dead. The rest going to

fight against the will of God are beaten.


14:1. Therefore the whole multitude crying wept that night.


14:2. And all the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron,

saying:


14:3. Would God that we had died in Egypt: and would God we may die in

this vast wilderness, and that the Lord may not bring us into this

land, lest we fall by the sword, and our wives and children be led away

captives. Is it not better to return into Egypt?


14:4. And they said one to another: Let us appoint a captain, and let

us return into Egypt.


14:5. And when Moses and Aaron heard this, they fell down flat upon the

ground before the multitude of the children of Israel.


14:6. But Josue the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephone, who

themselves also had viewed the land, rent their garments,


14:7. And said to all the multitude of the children of Israel: The land

which we have gone round is very good:


14:8. If the Lord be favourable, he will bring us into it, and give us

a land flowing with milk and honey.


14:9. Be not rebellious against the Lord: and fear ye not the people of

this land, for we are able to eat them up as bread. All aid is gone

from them: the Lord is with us, fear ye not.


14:10. And when all the multitude cried out, and would have stoned

them, the glory of the Lord appeared over the tabernacle of the

covenant to all the children of Israel.


14:11. And the Lord said to Moses: How long will this people detract

me? how long will they not believe me for all the signs that I have

wrought before them?


14:12. I will strike them therefore with pestilence, and will consume

them: but thee I will make a ruler over a great nation, and a mightier

than this is.


14:13. And Moses said to the Lord: That the Egyptians, from the midst

of whom thou hast brought forth this people,


14:14. And the inhabitants of this land, (who have heard that thou, O

Lord, art among this people, and art seen face to face, and thy cloud

protecteth them, and thou goest before them in a pillar of a cloud by

day, and in a pillar of fire by night,)


14:15. May hear that thou hast killed so great a multitude as it were

one man and may say:


14:16. He could not bring the people into the land for which he had

sworn, therefore did he kill them in the wilderness.


14:17. Let then the strength of the Lord be magnified, as thou hast

sworn, saying:


14:18. The Lord is patient and full of mercy, by taking away iniquity

and wickedness, and leaving no man clear, who visitest the sins of the

fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation.


Clear. . .i. e., who deserves punishment.


14:19. Forgive, I beseech thee, the sins of this people, according to

the greatness of thy mercy, as thou hast been merciful to them from

their going out of Egypt unto this place.


14:20. And the Lord said: I have forgiven according to thy word.


14:21. As I live: and the whole earth shall be filled with the glory of

the Lord.


14:22. But yet all the men that have seen my majesty, and the signs

that I have done in Egypt, and in the wilderness, and have tempted me

now ten times, and have not obeyed my voice,


14:23. Shall not see the land for which I swore to their fathers,

neither shall any one of them that hath detracted me behold it.


14:24. My servant Caleb, who being full of another spirit hath followed

me, I will bring into this land which he hath gone round: and his seed

shall possess it.


14:25. For the Amalecite and the Chanaanite dwell in the valleys. To

morrow remove the camp, and return into the wilderness by the way of

the Red Sea.


14:26. And the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying:


14:27. How long doth this wicked multitude murmur against me? I have

heard the murmurings of the children of Israel.


14:28. Say therefore to them: As I live, saith the Lord: According as

you have spoken in my hearing, so will I do to you.


14:29. In the wilderness shall your carcasses lie. All you that were

numbered from twenty years old and upward, and have murmured against

me,


14:30. Shall not enter into the land, over which I lifted up my hand to

make you dwell therein, except Caleb the son of Jephone, and Josue the

son of Nun.


14:31. But your children, of whom you said, that they should be a prey

to the enemies, will I bring in: that they may see the land which you

have despised.


14:32. Your carcasses shall lie in the wilderness.


14:33. Your children shall wander in the desert forty years, and shall

bear your fornication, until the carcasses of their fathers be consumed

in the desert,


Shall bear your fornication. . .That is, shall bear the punishment of

your disloyalty to God, which in the scripture language is here called

a fornication, in a spiritual sense.


14:34. According to the number of the forty days, wherein you viewed

the land: a year shall be counted for a day. And forty years you shall

receive your iniquities, and shall know my revenge:


14:35. For as I have spoken, so will I do to all this wicked multitude,

that hath risen up together against me: in this wilderness shall it

faint away and die.


14:36. Therefore all the men, whom Moses had sent to view the land, and

who at their return had made the whole multitude to murmur against him,

speaking ill of the land that it was naught,


14:37. Died and were struck in the sight of the Lord.


14:38. But Josue the son of Nun, and Caleb had gone to view the land.


14:39. And Moses spoke all these words to all the children of Israel,

and the people mourned exceedingly.


14:40. And behold rising up very early in the morning, they went up to

the top of the mountain, and said: We are ready to go up to the place,

of which the Lord hath spoken: for we have sinned.


14:41. And Moses said to them: Why transgress you the word of the Lord,

which shall not succeed prosperously with you?


14:42. Go not up, for the Lord is not with you: lest you fall before

your enemies.


14:43. The Amalecite and the Chanaanite are before you, and by their

sword you shall fall, because you would not consent to the Lord,

neither will the Lord be with you.


14:44. But they being blinded went up to the top of the mountain. But

the ark of the testament of the Lord and Moses departed not from the

camp.


14:45. And the Amalecite came down, and the Chanaanite that dwelt in

the mountain: and smiting and slaying them pursued them as far as

Horma.




Numbers Chapter 15



Certain laws concerning sacrifices. Sabbath breaking is punished with

death. The law of fringes on their garments.


15:1. And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:


15:2. Speak to the children of Israel and thou shalt say to them: When

you shall be come unto the land of your habitation, which I will give

you,


15:3. And shall make an offering to the Lord, for a holocaust, or a

victim, paying your vows, or voluntarily offering gifts, or in your

solemnities burning a sweet savour unto the Lord, of oxen or of sheep:


15:4. Whosoever immolateth the victim, shall offer a sacrifice of fine

flour, the tenth part of an ephi, tempered with the fourth part of a

hin of oil:


15:5. And he shall give the same measure of wine to pour out in

libations for the holocaust or for the victim. For every lamb,


15:6. And for every ram there shall be a sacrifice of flour of two

tenths, which shall be tempered with the third part of a hin of oil:


15:7. And he shall offer the third part the same measure of wine for

the libation, for a sweet savour to the Lord.


15:8. But when thou offerest a holocaust or sacrifice of oxen, to

fulfil thy vow or for victims of peace offerings,


15:9. Thou shalt give for every ox three tenths of flour tempered with

half a hin of oil,


15:10. And wine for libations of the same measure, for an offering of

most sweet savour to the Lord.


15:11. Thus shalt thou do


15:12. For every ox and ram and lamb and kid.


15:13. Both they that are born in the land, and the strangers


15:14. Shall offer sacrifices after the same rite.


15:15. There shall be all one law and judgment both for you and for

them who are strangers in the land.


15:16. And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:


15:17. Speak to the children of Israel, and thou shalt say to them:


15:18. When you are come into the land which I will give you,


15:19. And shall eat of the bread of that country, you shall separate

firstfruits to the Lord,


15:20. Of the things you eat. As you separate firstfruits of your

barnfloors:


15:21. So also shall you give firstfruits of your dough to the Lord.


15:22. And if through ignorance you omit any of these things, which the

Lord hath spoken to Moses,


15:23. And by him hath commanded you from the day that he began to

command and thenceforward,


15:24. And the multitude have forgotten to do it: they shall offer a

calf out of the herd, a holocaust for a most sweet savour to the Lord,

and the sacrifice and libations thereof, as the ceremonies require, and

a buck goat for sin:


15:25. And the priest shall pray for all the multitude of the children

of Israel: and it shall be forgiven them, because they sinned

ignorantly, offering notwithstanding a burnt offering to the Lord for

themselves and for their sin and their Ignorance:


15:26. And it shall be forgiven all the people of the children of

Israel: and the strangers that sojourn among them: because it is the

fault of all the people through ignorance.


15:27. But if one soul shall sin ignorantly, he shall offer a she goat

of a year old for his sin.


15:28. And the priest shall pray for him, because he sinned ignorantly

before the Lord: and he shall obtain his pardon, and it shall be

forgiven him.


15:29. The same law shall be for all that sin by ignorance, whether

they be natives or strangers.


15:30. But the soul that committeth any thing through pride, whether he

be born in the land or a stranger (because he hath been rebellious

against the Lord) shall be cut off from among his people:


15:31. For he hath contemned the word of the Lord, and made void his

precept: therefore shall he be destroyed, and shall bear his iniquity.


15:32. And it came to pass, when the children of Israel were in the

wilderness, and had found a man gathering sticks on the sabbath day,


15:33. That they brought him to Moses and Aaron and the whole

multitude.


15:34. And they put him into prison, not knowing what they should do

with him.


15:35. And the Lord said to Moses: Let that man die, let all the

multitude stone him without the camp.


15:36. And when they had brought him out, they stoned him, and he died

as the Lord had commanded.


15:37. The Lord also said to Moses:


15:38. Speak to the children of Israel, and thou shalt tell them to

make to themselves fringes in the corners of their garments, putting in

them ribands of blue:


Fringes. . .The Pharisees enlarged these fringes through hypocrisy,

Matt. 23.5, to appear more zealous than other men for the law of God.


15:39. That when they shall see them, they may remember all the

commandments of the Lord, and not follow their own thoughts and eyes

going astray after divers things,


15:40. But rather being mindful of the precepts of the Lord, may do

them and be holy to their God.


15:41. I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of

Egypt, that I might be your God.




Numbers Chapter 16



The schism of Core and his adherents: their punishment.


16:1. And behold Core the son of Isaar, the son of Caath, the son of

Levi, and Dathan and Abiron the sons of Eliab, and Hon the son of

Pheleth of the children of Ruben,


16:2. Rose up against Moses, and with them two hundred and fifty others

of the children of Israel, leading men of the synagogue, and who in the

time of assembly were called by name.


Rose up. . .The crime of these men, which was punished in so remarkable

a manner, was that of schism, and of rebellion against the authority

established by God in the church; and their pretending to the

priesthood without being lawfully called and sent: the same is the case

of all modern sectaries.


16:3. And when they had stood up against Moses and Aaron, they said:

Let it be enough for you, that all the multitude consisteth of holy

ones, and the Lord is among them: Why lift you up yourselves above the

people of the Lord?


16:4. When Moses heard this, he fell flat on his face:


16:5. And speaking to Core and all the multitude, he said: In the

morning the Lord will make known who belong to him, and the holy he

will join to himself: and whom he shall choose, they shall approach to

him.


16:6. Do this therefore: Take every man of you your censers, thou Core,

and all thy company.


16:7. And putting fire in them to morrow, put incense upon it before

the Lord: and whomsoever he shall choose, the same shall be holy: you

take too much upon you, ye sons of Levi.


16:8. And he said again to Core: Hear ye sons of Levi.


16:9. Is it a small thing unto you, that the God of Israel hath spared

you from all the people, and joined you to himself, that you should

serve him in the service of the tabernacle, and should stand before the

congregation of the people, and should minister to him?


16:10. Did he therefore make thee and all thy brethren the sons of Levi

to approach unto him, that you should challenge to yourselves the

priesthood also,


16:11. And that all thy company should stand against the Lord? for what

is Aaron that you murmur against him?


16:12. Then Moses sent to call Dathan and Abiron the sons of Eliab. But

they answered: We will not come.


16:13. Is it a small matter to thee, that thou hast brought us out of a

land that flowed with milk and honey, to kill us in the desert, except

thou rule also like a lord over us?


16:14. Thou hast brought us indeed into a land that floweth with rivers

of milk and honey, and hast given us possessions of fields and

vineyards; wilt thou also pull out our eyes? We will not come.


16:15. Moses therefore being very angry, said to the Lord: Respect not

their sacrifices: thou knowest that I have not taken of them so much as

a young ass at any time, nor have injured any of them.


Very angry. . .This anger was a zeal against sin; and an indignation at

the affront offered to God; like that which the same holy prophet

conceived upon the sight of the golden calf, Ex. 32.19.


16:16. And he said to Core: Do thou and thy congregation stand apart

before the Lord to morrow, and Aaron apart.


16:17. Take every one of you censers, and put incense upon them,

offering to the Lord two hundred and fifty censers: let Aaron also hold

his censer.


16:18. When they had done this, Moses and Aaron standing,


16:19. And had drawn up all the multitude against them to the door of

the tabernacle, the glory of the Lord appeared to them all.


16:20. And the Lord speaking to Moses and Aaron, said:


16:21. Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may

presently destroy them.


16:22. They fell flat on their face, and said: O most mighty, the God

of the spirits of all flesh, for one man's sin shall thy wrath rage

against all?


16:23. And the Lord said to Moses:


16:24. Command the whole people to separate themselves from the tents

of Core and Dathan and Abiron.


16:25. And Moses arose, and went to Dathan and Abiron: and the ancients

of Israel following him,


16:26. He said to the multitude: Depart from the tents of these wicked

men, and touch nothing of theirs, lest you be involved in their sins.


16:27. And when they were departed from their tents round about, Dathan

and Abiron coming out stood in the entry of their pavilions with their

wives and children, and all the people.


16:28. And Moses said: By this you shall know that the Lord hath sent

me to do all things that you see, and that I have not forged them of my

own head:


16:29. If these men die the common death of men, and if they be visited

with a plague, wherewith others also are wont to be visited, the Lord

did not send me.


16:30. But if the Lord do a new thing, and the earth opening her mouth

swallow them down, and all things that belong to them, and they go down

alive into hell, you shall know that they have blasphemed the Lord.


16:31. And immediately as he had made an end of speaking, the earth

broke asunder under their feet:


16:32. And opening her mouth, devoured them with their tents and all

their substance.


16:33. And they went down alive into hell, the ground closing upon

them, and they perished from among the people.


16:34. But all Israel, that was standing round about, fled at the cry

of them that were perishing: saying: Lest perhaps the earth swallow us

up also.


16:35. And a fire coming out from the Lord, destroyed the two hundred

and fifty men that offered the incense.


16:36. And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:


16:37. Command Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest to take up the

censers that lie in the burning, and to scatter the fire of one side

and the other: because they are sanctified


16:38. In the deaths of the sinners: and let him beat them into plates,

and fasten them to the altar, because incense hath been offered in them

to the Lord, and they are sanctified, that the children of Israel may

see them for a sign and a memorial.


16:39. Then Eleazar the priest took the brazen censers, wherein they

had offered, whom the burning fire had devoured, and beat them into

plates, fastening them to the altar:


16:40. That the children of Israel might have for the time to come

wherewith they should be admonished, that no stranger or any one that

is not of the seed of Aaron should come near to offer incense to the

Lord, lest he should suffer as Core suffered, and all his congregation,

according as the Lord spoke to Moses.


16:41. The following day all the multitude of the children of Israel

murmured against Moses and Aaron, saying: You have killed the people of

the Lord.


16:42. And when there arose a sedition, and the tumult increased,


16:43. Moses and Aaron fled to the tabernacle of the covenant. And when

they were gone into it, the cloud covered it, and the glory of the Lord

appeared.


16:44. And the Lord said to Moses:


16:45. Get you out from the midst of this multitude, this moment will I

destroy them. And as they were lying on the ground,


16:46. Moses said to Aaron: Take the censer, and putting fire in it

from the altar, put incense upon it, and go quickly to the people to

pray for them: for already wrath is gone out from the Lord, and the

plague rageth.


16:47. When Aaron had done this, and had run to the midst of the

multitude which the burning fire was now destroying, he offered the

incense:


16:48. And standing between the dead and the living, he prayed for the

people, and the plague ceased.


16:49. And the number of them that were slain was fourteen thousand and

seven hundred men, besides them that had perished in the sedition of

Core.


16:50. And Aaron returned to Moses to the door of the tabernacle of the

covenant after the destruction was over.




Numbers Chapter 17



The priesthood is confirmed to Aaron by the miracle of the blooming of

his rod, which is kept for a monument in the tabernacle.


17:1. And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:


17:2. Speak to the children of Israel, and take of every one of them a

rod by their kindreds, of all the princes of the tribes, twelve rods,

and write the name of every man upon his rod.


17:3. And the name of Aaron shall be for the tribe of Levi, and one rod

shall contain all their families:


17:4. And thou shalt lay them up in the tabernacle of the covenant

before the testimony, where I will speak to thee.


17:5. Whomsoever of these I shall choose, his rod shall blossom: and I

will make to cease from me the murmurings of the children of Israel,

wherewith they murmur against you.


17:6. And Moses spoke to the children of Israel: and all the princes

gave him rods one for every tribe: and there were twelve rods besides

the rod of Aaron.


17:7. And when Moses had Laid them up before the Lord in the tabernacle

of the testimony:


17:8. He returned on the following day, and found that the rod of Aaron

for the house of Levi, was budded: and that the buds swelling it hid

bloomed blossoms, which spreading the leaves, were formed into almonds.


The rod of Aaron for the house of Levi, was budded, etc. . .This rod of

Aaron which thus miraculously brought forth fruit, was a figure of the

blessed Virgin conceiving and bringing forth her Son without any

prejudice to her virginity.


17:9. Moses therefore brought out all the rods from before the Lord to

all the children of Israel: and they saw, and every one received their

rods.


17:10. And the Lord said to Moses: Carry back the rod of Aaron into the

tabernacle of the testimony, that it may be kept there for a token of

the rebellious children of Israel, and that their complaints may cease

from me lest they die.


17:11. And Moses did as the Lord had commanded.


17:12. And the children of Israel said to Moses: Behold we are

consumed, we all perish.


17:13. Whosoever approacheth to the tabernacle of the Lord, he dieth.

Are we all to a man to be utterly destroyed?




Numbers Chapter 18



The charge of the priests and of the Levites, and their portion.


18:1. And the Lord said to Aaron: Thou, and thy sons, and thy father's

house with thee shall bear the iniquity of the sanctuary: and thou and

thy sons with thee shall bear the sins of your priesthood.


Thou, and thy father's house with thee, shall bear the iniquity of the

sanctuary. . .That is, you shall be punished if, through negligence or

want of due attention, you err in the discharge of the sacred functions

for which you were ordained.


18:2. And take with thee thy brethren also of the tribe of Levi, and

the sceptre of thy father, and let them be ready in hand, and minister

to thee: but thou and thy sons shall minister in the tabernacle of the

testimony.


18:3. And the Levites shall watch to do thy commands, and about all the

works of the tabernacle: only they shall not come nigh the vessels of

the sanctuary nor the altar, lest both they die, and you also perish

with them.


18:4. But let them be with thee, and watch in the charge of the

tabernacle, and in all the ceremonies thereof. A stranger shall not

join himself with you.


18:5. Watch ye in the charge of the sanctuary, and in the ministry of

the altar: lest indignation rise upon the children of Israel.


18:6. I have given you your brethren the Levites from among the

children of Israel, and have delivered them for a gift to the Lord, to

serve in the ministries of the tabernacle.


18:7. But thou and thy sons look ye to the priesthood: and all things

that pertain to the service of the altar, and that are within the veil,

shall be executed by the priests. If any stranger shall approach, he

shall be slain.


18:8. And the Lord said to Aaron: Behold I have given thee the charge

of my firstfruits. All things that are sanctified by the children of

Israel, I have delivered to thee and to thy sons for the priestly

office, by everlasting ordinances.


18:9. These therefore shalt thou take of the things that are

sanctified, and are offered to the Lord. Every offering, and sacrifice,

and whatsoever is rendered to me for sin and for trespass, and becometh

holy of holies, shall be for thee and thy sons.


18:10. Thou shalt eat it in the sanctuary: the males only shall eat

thereof, because it is a consecrated thing to thee.


18:11. But the firstfruits, which the children of Israel shall vow and

offer, I have given to thee, and to thy sons, and to thy daughters, by

a perpetual law. He that is clean in thy house, shall eat them.


18:12. All the best of the oil, and of the wine, and of the corn,

whatsoever firstfruits they offer to the Lord, I have given them to

thee.


18:13. All the firstripe of the fruits, that the ground bringeth forth,

and which are brought to the Lord, shall be for thy use: he that is

clean in thy house, shall eat them.


18:14. Every thing that the children of Israel shall give by vow, shall

be thine.


18:15. Whatsoever is firstborn of all flesh, which they offer to the

Lord, whether it be of men, or of beasts, shall belong to thee: only

for the firstborn of man thou shalt take a price, and every beast that

is unclean thou shalt cause to be redeemed,


18:16. And the redemption of it shall be after one month, for five

sicles of silver, by the weight of the sanctuary. A sicle hath twenty

obols.


18:17. But the firstling of a cow, and of a sheep and of a goat thou

shalt not cause to be redeemed, because they are sanctified to the

Lord. Their blood only thou shalt pour upon the altar, and their fat

thou shalt burn for a most sweet odour to the Lord.


18:18. But the flesh shall fall to thy use, as the consecrated breast,

and the right shoulder shall be thine.


18:19. All the firstfruits of the sanctuary which the children of

Israel offer to the Lord, I have given to thee and to thy sons and

daughters, by a perpetual ordinance. It is a covenant of salt for ever

before the Lord, to thee and to thy sons.


A covenant of salt. . .It is a proverbial expression, signifying a

covenant not to be altered or corrupted; as salt is used to keep things

from corruption; a covenant perpetual, like that by which it was

appointed, that salt should be used in every sacrifice. Lev. 2.


18:20. And the Lord said to Aaron: You shall possess nothing in their

land, neither shall you have a portion among them: I am thy portion and

inheritance in the midst of the children of Israel.


18:21. And I have given to the sons of Levi all the tithes of Israel

for a possession, for the ministry wherewith they serve me in the

tabernacle of the covenant:


18:22. That the children of Israel may not approach any more to the

tabernacle, nor commit deadly sin,


Deadly sin. . .That is, sin which will bring death after it.


18:23. But only the sons of Levi may serve me in the tabernacle, and

bear the sins of the people. It shall be an everlasting ordinance in

your generations. They shall not possess any other thing,


18:24. But be content with the oblation or tithes, which I have

separated for their uses and necessities.


18:25. And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:


18:26. Command the Levites, and declare unto them: When you shall

receive of the children of Israel the tithes, which I have given you,

offer the firstfruits of them to the Lord, that is to say, the tenth

part of the tenth:


18:27. That it may be reckoned to you as an oblation of firstfruits, as

well of the barnfloors as of the winepresses:


18:28. And of all the things of which you receive tithes, offer the

firstfruits to the Lord, and give them to Aaron the priest.


18:29. All the things that you shall offer of the tithes, and shall

separate for the gifts of the Lord, shall be the best and choicest

things.


18:30. And thou shalt say to them: If you offer all the goodly and the

better things of the tithes, it shall be reckoned to you as if you had

given the firstfruits of the barnfloor and the winepress:


18:31. And you shall eat them in all your places, both you and your

families: because it is your reward for the ministry, wherewith you

serve in the tabernacle of the testimony.


18:32. And you shall not sin in this point, by reserving the choicest

and fat things to yourselves, lest you profane the oblations of the

children of Israel, and die.




Numbers Chapter 19



The law of the sacrifice of the red cow, and the water of expiation.


19:1. And the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying:


19:2. This is the observance of the victim, which the Lord hath

ordained. Command the children of Israel, that they bring unto thee a

red cow of full age, in which there is no blemish, and which hath not

carried the yoke:


A red cow, etc. . .This red cow, offered in sacrifice for sin, and

consumed with fire without the camp, with the ashes of which, mingled

with water, the unclean were to be expiated and purified; was a figure

of the passion of Christ, by whose precious blood applied to our souls

in the holy sacraments, we are cleansed from our sins.


19:3. And you shall deliver her to Eleazar the priest, who shall bring

her forth without the camp, and shall immolate her in the sight of all:


19:4. And dipping his finger in her blood, shall sprinkle it over

against the door of the tabernacle seven times,


19:5. And shall burn her in the sight of all delivering up to the fire

her skin, and her flesh, and her blood, and her dung.


19:6. The priest shall also take cedar wood, and hyssop, and scarlet

twice dyed, and cast it into the flame, with which the cow is consumed.


19:7. And then after washing his garments, and body, he shall enter

into the camp, and shall be unclean until the evening.


19:8. He also that hath burned her, shall wash his garments, and his

body, and shall be unclean until the evening.


19:9. And a man that is clean shall gather up the ashes of the cow, and

shall pour them forth without the camp in a most clean place, that they

may be reserved for the multitude of the children of Israel, and for a

water of aspersion: because the cow was burnt for sin.


19:10. And when he that carried the ashes of the cow, hath washed his

garments, he shall be unclean until the evening. The children of

Israel, and the strangers that dwell among them, shall observe this for

a holy thing by a perpetual ordinance.


19:11. He that toucheth the corpse of a man, and is therefore unclean

seven days,


19:12. Shall be sprinkled with this water on the third day, and on the

seventh, and so shall be cleansed. If he were not sprinkled on the

third day, he cannot be cleansed on the seventh.


19:13. Every one that toucheth the corpse of a man, and is not

sprinkled with this mixture, shall profane the tabernacle of the Lord,

and shall perish out of Israel: because he was not sprinkled with the

water of expiation, he shall be unclean, and his uncleanness shall

remain upon him.


19:14. This is the law of a man that dieth in a tent: All that go into

his tent and all the vessels that are there, shall be unclean seven

days.


19:15. The vessel that hath no cover, nor binding over it, shall be

unclean.


19:16. If any man in the field touch the corpse of a man that was

slain, or that died of himself, or his bone, or his grave, he shall be

unclean seven days.


19:17. And they shall take of the ashes of the burning and of the sin

offering, and shall pour living waters upon them into a vessel.


19:18. And a man that is clean shall dip hyssop in them, and shall

sprinkle therewith all the tent, and all the furniture, and the men

that are defiled with touching any such thing:


19:19. And in this manner he that is clean shall purify the unclean on


the third and on the seventh day. And being expiated the seventh day,

he shall wash both himself and his garments, and be unclean until the

evening.


19:20. If any man be not expiated after this rite, his soul shall

perish out of the midst of the church: because he hath profaned the

sanctuary of the Lord, and was not sprinkled with the water of

purification.


19:21. This precept shall be an ordinance for ever. He also that

sprinkled the water, shall wash his garments. Every one that shall

touch the waters of expiation, shall be unclean until the evening.


19:22. Whatsoever a person toucheth who is unclean, he shall make it

unclean: and the person that toucheth any of these things, shall be

unclean until the evening.




Numbers Chapter 20



The death of Mary the sister of Moses. The people murmur for want of

water: God giveth it them from the rock. The death of Aaron.


20:1. And the children of Israel, and all the multitude came into the

desert of Sin, in the first month: and the people abode in Cades. And

Mary died there, and was buried in the same place.


20:2. And the people wanting water, came together against Moses and

Aaron:


20:3. And making a sedition, they said: Would God we had perished among

our brethren before the Lord.


20:4. Why have you brought out the church of the Lord into the

wilderness, that both we and our cattle should die?


20:5. Why have you made us come up out of Egypt, and have brought us

into this wretched place which cannot be sowed, nor bringeth forth

figs, nor vines, nor pomegranates, neither is there any water to drink?


20:6. And Moses and Aaron leaving the multitude, went into the

tabernacle of the covenant, and fell flat upon the ground, and cried to

the Lord, and said. O Lord God, hear the cry of this people, and open

to them thy treasure, a fountain of living water, that being satisfied,

they may cease to murmur. And the glory of the Lord appeared over them.


20:7. And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:


20:8. Take the rod, and assemble the people together, thou and Aaron

thy brother, and speak to the rock before them, and it shall yield

waters. And when thou hast brought forth water out of the rock, all the

multitude and their cattle shall drink.


20:9. Moses therefore took the rod, which was before the Lord, as he

had commanded him,


20:10. And having gathered together the multitude before the rock, he

said to them: Hear, ye rebellious and incredulous: Can we bring you

forth water out of this rock?


20:11. And when Moses bad lifted up his hand, and struck the rock twice

with the rod, there came forth water in great abundance, so that the

people and their cattle drank,


The rock. . .This rock was a figure of Christ, and the water that issued

out from the rock, of his precious blood, the source of all our good.


20:12. And the Lord said to Moses and Aaron: Because you have not

believed me, to sanctify me before the children of Israel, you shall

not bring these people into the land, which I will give them.


You have not believed, etc. . .The fault of Moses and Aaron, on this

occasion, was a certain diffidence and weakness of faith; not doubting

of God's power or veracity; but apprehending the unworthiness of that

rebellious and incredulous people, and therefore speaking with some

ambiguity.


20:13. This is the Water of contradiction, where the children of Israel

strove with words against the Lord, and he was sanctified in them.


The Water of contradiction. . .Or strife. Hebrew, Meribah.


20:14. In the mean time Moses sent messengers from Cades to the king of

Edom, to say: Thus saith thy brother Israel: Thou knowest all the

labour that hath come upon us:


20:15. In what manner our fathers went down into Egypt, and there we

dwelt a long time, and the Egyptians afflicted us and our fathers.


20:16. And how we cried to the Lord, and he heard us, and sent an

angel, who hath brought us out of Egypt. Lo, we are now in the city of

Cades, which is in the uttermost of thy borders,


20:17. And we beseech thee that we may have leave to pass through thy

country. We will not go through the fields, nor through the vineyards,

we will not drink the waters of thy wells, but we will go by the common

highway, neither turning aside to the right hand, nor to the left, till

we are past thy borders.


20:18. And Edom answered them: Thou shalt not pass by me: if thou dost

I will come out armed against thee.


20:19. And the children of Israel said: We will go by the beaten way:

and if we and our cattle drink of thy waters, we will give thee what is

just: there shall be no difficulty in the price, only let us pass

speedily.


20:20. But he answered: Thou shalt not pass. And immediately he came

forth to meet them with an infinite multitude, and a strong hand,


20:21. Neither would he condescend to their desire to grant them

passage through his borders. Wherefore Israel turned another way from

him.


20:22. And when they had removed the camp from Cades, they came to

mount Hor, which is in the borders of the land of Edom:


20:23. Where the Lord spoke to Moses:


20:24. Let Aaron, saith he, go to his people: for he shall not go into

the land which I have given the children of Israel, because he was

incredulous to my words, at the waters of contradiction.


20:25. Take Aaron and his son with him, and bring them up into mount

Hor:


20:26. And when thou hast stripped the father of his vesture, thou

shalt vest therewith Eleazar his son: Aaron shall be gathered to his

people, and die there.


20:27. Moses did as the Lord had commanded: and they went up into mount

Hor before all the multitude.


20:28. And when he had stripped Aaron of his vestments, he vested

Eleazar his son with them.


20:29. And Aaron being dead in the top of the mountain, he came down

with Eleazar.


20:30. And all the multitude seeing that Aaron was dead, mourned for

him thirty days throughout all their families.




Numbers Chapter 21



King Arad is overcome. The people murmur and are punished with fiery

serpents: they are healed by the brazen serpent. They conquer the kings

Sehon and Og.


21:1. And when king Arad the Chanaanite, who dwelt towards the south,

had heard this, to wit, that Israel was come by the way of the spies,

he fought against them, and overcoming them carried off their spoils.


21:2. But Israel binding himself by vow to the Lord, said: If thou wilt

deliver thus people into my hand, I will utterly destroy their cities.


21:3. And the Lord heard the prayers of Israel, and delivered up the

Chanaanite, and they cut them off and destroyed their cities: and they

called the name of that place Horma, that is to say, Anathema.


Anathema. . .That is, a thing devoted to utter destruction.


21:4. And they marched from mount Hor, by the way that leadeth to the

Red Sea, to compass the land of Edom. And the people began to be weary

of their journey and labour:


21:5. And speaking against God and Moses, they said: Why didst thou

bring us out of Egypt, to die in the wilderness? There is no bread, nor

have we any waters: our soul now loatheth this very light food.


Very light food. . .So they call the heavenly manna: thus worldlings

loathe the things of heaven, for which they have no relish.


21:6. Wherefore the Lord sent among the people fiery serpents, which

bit them and killed many of them.


Fiery serpents. . .They are so called, because they that were bitten by

them were burnt with a violent heat.


21:7. Upon which they came to Moses, and said; We have sinned, because

we have spoken against the Lord and thee: pray that he may take away

these serpents from us. And Moses prayed for the people.


21:8. And the Lord said to him: Make a brazen serpent, and set it up

for a sign: whosoever being struck shall look on it, shall live.


21:9. Moses therefore made a brazen serpent, and set it up for a sign:

which when they that were bitten looked upon, they were healed.


A brazen serpent. . .This was a figure of Christ crucified, and of the

efficacy of a lively faith in him, against the bites of the hellish

serpent. John 3.14.


21:10. And the children of Israel setting forwards camped in Oboth.


21:11. And departing thence they pitched their tents in Jeabarim, in

the wilderness, that faceth Moab toward the east.


21:12. And removing from thence, they came to the torrent Zared:


21:13. Which they left and encamped over against Arnon, which is in the

desert and standeth out on the borders of the Amorrhite. For Arnon is

the border of Moab, dividing the Moabites and the Amorrhites.


21:14. Wherefore it is said in the book of the wars of the Lord: As he

did in the Red Sea, so will he do in the streams of Arnon.


The book of the wars, etc. . .An ancient book, which, like several

others quoted in scripture, has been lost.


21:15. The rocks of the torrents were bowed down that they might rest

in Ar, and lie down in the borders of the Moabites.


21:16. When they went from that place, the well appeared whereof the

Lord said to Moses: Gather the people together, and I will give them

water.


21:17. Then Israel sung this song: Let the well spring up. They sung

thereto:


21:18. The well, which the princes dug, and the chiefs of the people

prepared by the direction of the lawgiver, and with their staves. And

they marched from the wilderness to Mathana.


21:19. From Mathana unto Nahaliel: from Nahaliel unto Bamoth.


21:20. From Bamoth, is a valley in the country of Moab, to the top of

Phasga, which looked towards the desert.


21:21. And Israel sent messengers to Sehon king of the Amorrhites,

saying:


21:22. I beseech thee that I may have leave to pass through thy land:

we will not go aside into the fields or the vineyards, we will not

drink waters of the wells, we will go the king's highway, till we be

past thy borders.


21:23. And he would not grant that Israel should pass by his borders:

but rather gathering an army, went forth to meet them in the desert,

and came to Jasa and fought against them.


21:24. And he was slain by them with the edge of the sword, and they

possessed his land from the Arnon unto the Jeboc, and to the confines

of the children of Ammon: for the borders of the Ammonites, were kept

with a strong garrison.


21:25. So Israel took all his cities, and dwelt in the cities of the

Amorrhite, to wit, in Hesebon, and in the villages thereof.


21:26. Hesebon was the city of Sehon the king of the Amorrhites, who

fought against the king of Moab: and took all the land, that had been

of his dominion, as far as the Arnon.


21:27. Therefore it is said in the proverb: Come into Hesebon, let the

city of Sehon be built and set up:


21:28. A fire is gone out of Hesebon, a flame from the city of Sehon,

and hath consumed Ar of the Moabites, and the inhabitants of the high

places of the Arnon.


21:29. Woe to thee Moab: thou art undone, O people of Chamos. He hath

given his sons to flight, and his daughters into captivity to Sehon the

king of the Amorrhites.


21:30. Their yoke is perished from Hesebon unto Dibon, they came weary

to Nophe, and unto Medaba.


21:31. So Israel dwelt in the land of the Amorrhite.


21:32. And Moses sent some to take a view of Jazer: and they took the

villages of it, and conquered the inhabitants.


21:33. And they turned themselves, and went up by the way of Basan, and

Og the king of Basan came against them with all his people, to fight in

Edrai.


21:34. And the Lord said to Moses: Fear him not, for I have delivered

him and all his people, and his country into thy hand: and thou shalt

do to him as thou didst to Sehon the king of the Amorrhites, the

inhabitant of Hesebon.


21:35. So they slew him also with his sons, and all his people, not

letting any one escape, and they possessed his land.




Numbers Chapter 22



Balac, king of Moab, sendeth twice for Balaam to curse Israel. In his

way Balaam is rebuked by an angel.


22:1. And they went forward and encamped in the plains of Moab, over

against where Jericho is situate beyond the Jordan.



22:2. And Balac the son of Sephor, seeing all that Israel had done to

the Amorrhite,


22:3. And that the Moabites were in great fear of him, and were not

able to sustain his assault,


22:4. He said to the elders of Madian: So will this people destroy all

that dwell in our borders, as the ox is wont to eat the grass to the

very roots. Now he was at that time king in Moab.


22:5. He sent therefore messengers to Balaam the son of Beor, a

soothsayer, who dwelt by the river of the land of the children of

Ammon, to call him, and to say: Behold a people is come out of Egypt,

that hath covered the face of the earth, sitting over against me.


22:6. Come therefore, and curse this people, because it is mightier

than I: if by any means I may beat them and drive them out of my land:

for I know that he whom thou shalt bless is blessed, and he whom thou

shalt curse is cursed.


22:7. And the ancients of Moab, and the elders of Madian, went with the

price of divination in their hands. And where they were come to Balaam,

and had told him all the words of Balac:


22:8. He answered: Tarry here this night and I will answer whatsoever

the Lord shall say to me. And while they stayed with Balaam, God came

and said to him:


22:9. What mean these men that are with thee?


22:10. He answered: Balac the son of Sephor king of the Moabites hath

sent to me,


22:11. Saying: Behold a people that is come out of Egypt, hath covered

the face of the land: come and curse them, if by any means I may fight

with them and drive them away.


22:12. And God said to Balaam: Thou shalt not go with them, nor shalt

thou curse the people: because it is blessed.


22:13. And he rose in the morning and said to the princes: Go into your

country, because the Lord hath forbid me to come with you.


22:14. The princes returning, said to Balac: Balaam would not come with

us.


22:15. Then he sent many more and more noble than he had sent before:


22:16. Who, when they were come to Balaam, said: Thus saith Balac the

son of Sephor, Delay not to come to me:


22:17. For I am ready to honour thee, and will give thee whatsoever

thou wilt: come and curse this people.


22:18. Balaam answered: If Balac would give me his house full of silver

and gold, I cannot alter the word of the Lord my God, to speak either

more or less.


22:19. I pray you to stay here this night also, that I may know what

the Lord will answer me once more.


To stay. . .His desiring them to stay, after he had been fully informed

already that it was not God's will he should go, came from the

inclination he had to gratify Balac, for the sake of worldly gain. And

this perverse disposition God punished by permitting him to go (though

not to curse the people as he would willingly have done), and suffering

him to fall still deeper and deeper into sin, till he came at last to

give that abominable counsel against the people of God, which ended in

his own destruction. So sad a thing it is to indulge a passion for

money.


22:20. God therefore came to Balaam in the night, and said to him: If

these men be come to call thee, arise and go with them: yet so, that

thou do what I shall command thee.


22:21. Balaam arose in the morning, and saddling his ass went with

them.


22:22. And God was angry. And an angel of the Lord stood in the way

against Balaam, who sat on the ass, and had two servants with him.


22:23. The ass seeing the angel standing in the way, with a drawn

sword, turned herself out of the way, and went into the field. And when

Balaam beat her, and had a mind to bring her again to the way,


22:24. The angel stood in a narrow place between two walls, wherewith

the vineyards were enclosed.


22:25. And the ass seeing him, thrust herself close to the wall, and

bruised the foot of the rider. But he beat her again:


22:26. And nevertheless the angel going on to a narrow place, where

there was no way to turn aside either to the right hand or to the left,

stood to meet him.


22:27. And when the ass saw the angel standing, she fell under the feet

of the rider: who being angry beat her sides more vehemently with a

staff.


22:28. And the Lord opened the mouth of the ass, and she said: What

have I done to thee? Why strikest thou me, lo, now this third time?


Opened the mouth, etc. . .The angel moved the tongue of the ass, to

utter these speeches, to rebuke, by the mouth of a brute beast, the

brutal fury and folly of Balaam.


22:29. Balaam answered: Because thou hast deserved it, and hast served

me ill: I would I had a sword that I might kill thee.


22:30. The ass said: Am not I thy beast, on which thou hast been always

accustomed to ride until this present day? tell me if I ever did the

like thing to thee. But he said: Never.


22:31. Forthwith the Lord opened the eyes of Balaam, and he saw the

angel standing in the way with a drawn sword, and he worshipped him

falling flat on the ground.


22:32. And the angel said to him: Why beatest thou thy ass these three

times? I am come to withstand thee, because thy way is perverse, and

contrary to me:


Perverse. . .Because thy inclinations are wicked in being willing for

the sake of gain to curse the people of whom I am the guardian.


22:33. And unless the ass had turned out of the way, giving place to me

who stood against thee, I had slain thee, and she should have lived.


22:34. Balaam said: I have sinned, not knowing that thou didst stand

against me: and now if it displease thee that I go, I will return.


22:35. The angel said: Go with these men, and see thou speak no other

thing than what I shall command thee. He went therefore with the

princes.


22:36. And when Balac heard it he came forth to meet him in a town of

the Moabites, that is situate in the uttermost borders of Arnon.


22:37. And he said to Balaam: I sent messengers to call thee, why didst

thou not come immediately to me? was it because I am not able to reward

thy coming?


22:38. He answered him: Lo, here I am: shall I have power to speak any

other thing but that which God shall put in my mouth?


22:39. So they went on together, and came into a city, that was in the

uttermost borders of his kingdom.


22:40. And when Balac had killed oxen and sheep, he sent presents to

Balaam, and to the princes that were with him.


22:41. And when morning was come, he brought him to the high places of

Baal, and he beheld the uttermost part of the people.




Numbers Chapter 23



Balaam, instead of cursing Israel, is obliged to bless them, and

prophesy good things of them.


23:1. And Balaam said to Balac: Build me here seven altars, and prepare

as many calves, and the same number of rams.


23:2. And when he had done according to the word of Balaam, they laid

together a calf and a ram upon every altar.


23:3. And Balaam said to Balac: Stand a while by thy burnt offering,

until I go, to see if perhaps the Lord will meet me, and whatsoever he

shall command, I will speak to thee.


23:4. And when he was gone with speed, God met him. And Balaam speaking

to him, said: I have erected seven altars, and have laid on everyone a

calf and a ram.


23:5. And the Lord put the word in his mouth, and said: Return to

Balac, and thus shalt thou speak.


23:6. Returning he found Balac standing by his burnt offering, with all

the princes of the Moabites:


23:7. And taking up his parable, he said: Balac king of the Moabites

hath brought me from Aram, from the mountains of the east: Come, said

he, and curse Jacob: make haste and detest Israel.


23:8. How shall I curse him, whom God hath not cursed? By what means

should I detest him, whom the Lord detesteth not?


23:9. I shall see him from the tops of the rocks, and shall consider

him from the hills. This people shall dwell alone, and shall not be

reckoned among the nations.


23:10. Who can count the dust of Jacob, and know the number of the

stock of Israel? Let my soul die the death of the just, and my last end

be like to them.


23:11. And Balac said to Balaam: What is this that thou dost? I sent

for thee to curse my enemies: and thou contrariwise blessest them.


23:12. He answered him: Can I speak any thing else but what the Lord

commandeth?


23:13. Balac therefore said: Come with me to another place from whence

thou mayest see part of Israel, and canst not see them all: curse them

from thence.


23:14. And when he had brought him to a high place, upon the top of

mount Phasga, Balaam built seven altars, and laying on every one a calf

and a ram,


23:15. He said to Balac: Stand here by thy burnt offering while I go to

meet him.


23:16. And when the Lord had met him, and had put the word in his

mouth, he said: Return to Balac, and thus shalt thou say to him.


23:17. Returning he found him standing by his burnt sacrifice, and the

princes of the Moabites with him. And Balac said to him: What hath the

Lord spoken?


23:18. But he taking up his parable, said: Stand, O Balac, and give

ear: hear, thou son of Sephor:


23:19. God is not a man, that he should lie, nor is the son of man,

that he should be changed. Hath he said then, and will he not do? hath

he spoken, and will he not fulfil?


23:20. I was brought to bless, the blessing I am not able to hinder.


23:21. There is no idol in Jacob, neither is there an image god to be

seen in Israel. The Lord his God is with him, and the sound of the

victory of the king in him.


23:22. God hath brought him out of Egypt, whose strength is like to the

rhinoceros.


23:23. There is no soothsaying in Jacob, nor divination in Israel. In

their times it shall be told to Jacob and to Israel what God hath

wrought.


23:24. Behold the people shall rise up as a lioness, and shall lift

itself up as a lion: it shall not lie down till it devour the prey, and

drink the blood of the slain.


23:25. And Balac said to Balaam: Neither curse, nor bless him.


23:26. And he said: Did I not tell thee, that whatsoever God should

command me, that I would do?


23:27. And Balac said to him: Come and I will bring thee to another

place; if peradventure it please God that thou mayest curse them from

thence.


23:28. And when he had brought him upon the top of mount Phogor, which

looketh towards the wilderness,


23:29. Balaam said to him: Build me here seven altars, and prepare as

many calves, and the same number of rams.


23:30. Balac did as Balaam had said: and he laid on every altar, a calf

and a ram.




Numbers Chapter 24



Balaam still continues to prophesy good things in favour of Israel.


24:1. And when Balaam saw that it pleased the Lord that he should bless

Israel, he went not as he had gone before, to seek divination: but

setting his face towards the desert,


24:2. And lifting up his eyes, he saw Israel abiding in their tents by

their tribes: and the spirit of God rushing upon him,


24:3. He took up his parable and said: Balaam the son of Beor hath

said: The man hath said, whose eye is stopped up:


24:4. The bearer of the words of God hath said, he that hath beheld the

vision of the Almighty, he that falleth, and so his eyes are opened:


24:5. How beautiful are thy tabernacles O Jacob, and thy tents, O

Israel!


24:6. As woody valleys, as watered gardens near the rivers, as

tabernacles which the Lord hath pitched, as cedars by the waterside.


24:7. Water shall flow out of his bucket, and his seed shall be in many

waters. For Agag his king shall be removed, and his kingdom shall be

taken away.


24:8. God hath brought him out of Egypt, whose strength is like to the

rhinoceros. They shall devour the nations that are his enemies, and

break their bones, and pierce them with arrows.


24:9. Lying down he hath slept as a lion, and as a lioness, whom none

shall dare to rouse. He that blesseth thee, shall also himself be

blessed: he that curseth thee shall be reckoned accursed.


24:10. And Balac being angry against Balaam, clapped his hands together

and said: I called thee to curse my enemies, and thou on the contrary

hast blessed them three times.


24:11. Return to thy place. I had determined indeed greatly to honour

thee, but the Lord hath deprived thee of the honour designed for thee.


24:12. Balaam made answer to Balac: Did I not say to thy messengers,

whom thou sentest to me:


24:13. If Balac would give me his house full of silver and gold, I

cannot go beyond the word of the Lord my God, to utter any thing of my

own head either good or evil: but whatsoever the Lord shall say, that I

will speak?


24:14. But yet going to my people, I will give thee counsel, what this

people shall do to thy people in the latter days.


24:15. Therefore taking up his parable, again he said: Balaam the son

of Beor hath said: The man whose eye is stopped up, hath said:


24:16. The hearer of the words of God hath said, who knoweth the

doctrine of the Highest, and seeth the visions of the Almighty, who

falling hath his eyes opened:


24:17. I shall see him, but not now: I shall behold him, but not near.

A STAR SHALL RISE out of Jacob and a sceptre shall spring up from

Israel: and shall strike the chiefs of Moab, and shall waste all the

children of Seth


24:18. And he shall possess Idumea: the inheritance of Seir shall come

to their enemies, but Israel shall do manfully.


24:19. Out of Jacob shall he come that shall rule, and shall destroy

the remains of the city.


24:20. And when he saw Amalec, he took up his parable, and said: Amalec

the beginning of nations, whose latter ends shall be destroyed.


24:21. He saw also the Cinite: and took up his parable, and said: Thy

habitation indeed is strong: but though thou build thy nest in a rock,


24:22. And thou be chosen of the stock of Cin, how long shalt thou be

able to continue? For Assur shall take thee captive.


24:23. And taking up his parable, again he said: Alas, who shall live

when God shall do these things?


24:24. They shall come in galleys from Italy, they shall overcome the

Assyrians, and shall waste the Hebrews, and at the last they themselves

also shall perish.


24:25. And Balaam rose, and returned to his place: Balac also returned

the way that he came.




Numbers Chapter 25



The people fall into fornication and idolatry; for which twenty-four

thousand are slain. The zeal of Phinees.


25:1. And Israel at that time abode in Settim, and the people committed

fornication with the daughters of Moab,


25:2. Who called them to their sacrifices. And they ate of them, and

adored their gods.


25:3. And Israel was initiated to Beelphegor: upon which the Lord being

angry,


Initiated to Beelphegor. . .That is, they took to the worship of

Beelphegor, an obscene idol of the Moabites, and were consecrated, as

it were, to him.


25:4. Said to Moses: Take all the princes of the people, and hang them

up on gibbets against the sun: that my fury may be turned away from

Israel.


25:5. And Moses said to the judges of Israel: Let every man kill his

neighbours, that have been initiated to Beelphegor.


25:6. And behold one of the children of Israel went in before his

brethren to a harlot of Madian, in the sight of Moses and of all the

children of Israel, who were weeping before the door of the tabernacle.


25:7. And when Phinees the son of Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest

saw it, he rose up from the midst of the multitude, and taking a

dagger,


25:8. Went in after the Israelite into the brothel house, and thrust

both of them through together, to wit, the man and the woman in the

genital parts. And the scourge ceased from the children of Israel.


25:9. And there were slain four and twenty thousand men.


25:10. And the Lord said to Moses:


25:11. Phinees the son of Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest, hath

turned away my wrath from the children of Israel: because he was moved

with my zeal against them, that I myself might not destroy the children

of Israel in my zeal.


25:12. Therefore say to him: behold I give him the peace of my

covenant,


25:13. And the covenant of the priesthood for ever shall be both to him

and his seed, because he hath been zealous for his God, and hath made

atonement for the wickedness of the children of Israel.


25:14. And the name of the Israelite, that was slain with the woman of

Madian, was Zambri the son of Salu, a prince of the kindred and tribe

of Simeon.


25:15. And the Madianite woman, that was slain with him, was called

Cozbi the daughter of Sur, a most noble prince among the Madianites.


25:16. And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:


25:17. Let the Madianites find you their enemies, and slay you them:


25:18. Because they also have acted like enemies against you, and have

guilefully deceived you by the idol Phogor, and Cozbi their sister, a

daughter of a prince of Madian, who was slain in the day of the plague

for the sacrilege of Phogor.




Numbers Chapter 26



The people are again numbered by their tribes and families.


26:1. After the blood of the guilty was shed, the Lord said to Moses

and to Eleazar the son of Aaron, the priest:


26:2. Number the whole sum of the children of Israel from twenty years

old and upward, by their houses and kindreds, all that are able to go

forth to war.


26:3. Moses therefore and Eleazar the priest, being in the plains of

Moab upon the Jordan over against Jericho, spoke to them that were


26:4. From twenty years old and upward, as the Lord had commanded: and

this is the number of them:


26:5. Ruben the firstborn of Israel. His sons were Henoch, of whom is

the family of the Henochites: and Phallu, of whom is the family of the

Phalluites:


26:6. And Hesron, of whom is the family of the Hesronites: and Charmi,

of whom is the family of the Charmites.


26:7. These are the families of the stock of Ruben: whose number was

found to be forty-three thousand seven hundred and thirty.


26:8. The son of Phallu was Eliab.


26:9. His sons, were Namuel and Dathan and Abiron. These are Dathan and

Abiron the princes of the people, that rose against Moses and Aaron in

the sedition of Core, when they rebelled against the Lord:


26:10. And the earth opening her mouth swallowed up Core, many others

dying, when the fire burned two hundred and fifty men. And there was a

great miracle wrought,


26:11. That when Core perished, his sons did not perish.


26:12. The sons of Simeon by their kindreds: Namuel, of him is the

family of the Namuelites: Jamin, of him is the family of the Jaminites:

Jachim, of him is the family of the Jachimites:


26:13. Zare, of him is the family of the Zarites: Saul, of him is the

family of the Saulites.


26:14. These are the families of the stock of Simeon, of which the

whole number was twenty-two thousand two hundred.


26:15. The sons of Gad by their kindreds: Sephon, of him is the family

of the Sephonites: Aggi, of him is the family of the Aggites: Suni, of

him is the family of the Sunites:


26:16. Ozni, of him is the family of the Oznites: Her, of him is the

family of the Herites:


26:17. Arod, of him is the family of the Arodites: Ariel, of him is the

family of the Arielites.


26:18. These are the families of Gad, of which the whole number was

forty thousand five hundred.


26:19. The sons of Juda, Her and Onan, who both died in the land of

Chanaan.


26:20. And the sons of Juda by their kindreds were: Sela, of whom is

the family of the Selaites: Phares, of whom is the family of the

Pharesites: Zare, of whom is the family of the Zarites.


26:21. Moreover the sons of Phares were: Hesron, of whom is the family

of the Hesronites: and Hamul, of whom is the family of the Hamulites.


26:22. These are the families of Juda, of which the whole number was

seventy-six thousand five hundred.


26:23. The sons of Issachar, by their kindreds: Thola of whom is the

family of the Tholaites: Phua, of whom is the family of the Phuaites:


26:24. Jasub, of whom is the family of the Jasubites: Semran, of whom

is the family of the Semranites.


26:25. These are the kindreds of Issachar, whose number was sixty-four

thousand three hundred.


26:26. The sons of Zabulon by their kindreds: Sared, of whom is the

family of the Saredites: Elon, of whom is the family of the Elonites:

Jalel, of whom is the family of the Jalelites.


26:27. These are the kindreds of Zabulon, whose number was sixty

thousand five hundred.


26:28. The sons of Joseph by their kindred, Manasses and Ephraim.


26:29. Of Manasses was born Machir, of whom is the family of the

Machirites. Machir begot Galaad, of whom is the family of the

Galaadites.


26:30. Galaad had sons: Jezer, of whom is the family of the Jezerites:

and Helec, of whom is the family of the Helecites:


26:31. And Asriel, of whom is the family of the Asrielites: and Sechem,

of whom is the family of the Sechemites:


26:32. And Semida, of whom is the family of the Semidaites: and Hepher,

of whom is the family of the Hepherites.


26:33. And Hepher was the father of Salphaad, who had no sons, but only

daughters, whose names are these: Maala, and Noa, and Hegla, and

Melcha, and Thersa.


26:34. These are the families of Manasses, and the number of them

fifty-two thousand seven hundred.


26:35. And the sons of Ephraim by their kindreds were these: Suthala,

of whom is the family of the Suthalaites: Becher, of whom is the family

of the Becherites: Thehen, of whom is the family of the Thehenites.


26:36. Now the son of Suthala was Heran, of whom is the family of the

Heranites.


26:37. These are the kindreds of the sons of Ephraim: whose number was

thirty-two thousand five hundred.


26:38. These are the sons of Joseph by their families. The sons of

Benjamin in their kindreds: Bela, of whom is the family of the

Belaites: Asbel, of whom is the family of the Asbelites: Ahiram, of

whom is the family of the Ahiramites:


26:39. Supham, of whom is the family of the Suphamites: Hupham, of whom

is the family of the Huphamites.


26:40. The sons of Bela: Hered, and Noeman. Of Hered, is the family of

the Heredites: of Noeman, the family of the Noemanites.


26:41. These are the sons of Benjamin by their kindreds, whose number

was forty-five thousand six hundred.


26:42. The sons of Dan by their kindreds: Suham, of whom is the family

of the Suhamites: These are the kindreds of Dan by their families.


26:43. All were Suhamites, whose number was sixty-four thousand four

hundred.


26:44. The sons of Aser by their kindreds: Jemna, of whom is the family

of the Jemnaites: Jessui, of whom is the family of the Jessuites: Brie,

of whom is the family of the Brieites.


26:45. The sons of Brie: Heber, of whom is the family of the Heberites:

and Melchiel, of whom is the family of the Melchielites.


26:46. And the name of the daughter of Aser, was Sara.


26:47. These are the kindreds of the sons of Aser, and their number

fifty-three thousand four hundred.


26:48. The sons of Nephtali by their kindreds: Jesiel, of whom is the

family of the Jesielites: Guni, of whom is the family of the Gunites:


26:49. Jeser, of whom is the family of the Jeserites: Sellem, of whom

is the family of the Sellemites.


26:50. These are the kindreds of the sons of Nephtali by their

families: whose number was forty-five thousand four hundred.


26:51. This is the sum of the children of Israel, that were reckoned

up, six hundred and one thousand seven hundred and thirty.


26:52. And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:


26:53. To these shall the land be divided for their possessions

according to the number of names.


26:54. To the greater number thou shalt give a greater portion, and to

the fewer a less: to every one, as they have now been reckoned up,

shall a possession be delivered:


26:55. Yet so that by lot the land be divided to the tribe and

families.


26:56. Whatsoever shall fall by lot, that shall be taken by the more,

or the fewer.


26:57. This also is the number of the sons of Levi by their families:

Gerson, of whom is the family of the Gersonites: Caath, of whom is the

family of the Caathites: Merari, of whom is the family of the

Merarites.


26:58. These are the families of Levi: The family of Lobni, the family


of Hebroni, the family of Core. Now Caath begot Amram:


26:59. Who had to wife Jochabed the daughter of Levi, who was born to

him in Egypt. She bore to her husband Amram sons, Aaron and Moses, and

Mary their sister.


26:60. Of Aaron were born Nadab and Abiu, and Eleazar and Ithamar:


26:61. Of whom Nadab and Abiu died, when they had offered the strange

fire before the Lord.


26:62. And all that were numbered, were twenty-three thousand males

from one month old and upward: for they were not reckoned up among the

children of Israel, neither was a possession given to them with the

rest.


26:63. This is the number of the children of Israel, that were enrolled

by Moses and Eleazar the priest, in the plains of Moab upon the Jordan,

over against Jericho.


26:64. Among whom there was not one of them that were numbered before

by Moses and Aaron in the desert of Sinai.


26:65. For the Lord had foretold that they should die in the

wilderness. And none remained of them, but Caleb the son of Jephone,

and Josue the son of Nun.




Numbers Chapter 27



The law of inheritance. Josue is appointed to succeed Moses.


27:1. Then came the daughters of Salphaad, the son of Hepher, the son

of Galaad, the son of Machir, the son of Manasses, who was the son of

Joseph: and their names are Maala, and Noa, and Hegla, and Melcha, and

Thersa.


27:2. And they stood before Moses and Eleazar the priest, and all the

princes of the people at the door of the tabernacle of the covenant,

and said:


27:3. Our father died in the desert, and was not in the sedition, that

was raised against the Lord under Core, but he died in his own sin: and

he had no male children. Why is his name taken away out of his family,

because he had no son? Give us a possession among the kinsmen of our

father.


27:4. And Moses referred their cause to the judgment of the Lord.


27:5. And the Lord said to him:


27:6. The daughters of Salphaad demand a just thing: Give them a

possession among their father's kindred, and let them succeed him in

his inheritance.


27:7. And to the children of Israel thou shalt speak these things:


27:8. When a man dieth without a son, his inheritance shall pass to his

daughter.


27:9. If he have no daughter, his brethren shall succeed him.


27:10. And if he have no brethren, you shall give the inheritance to

his father's brethren.


27:11. But if he have no uncles by the father, the inheritance shall be

given to them that are the next akin. And this shall be to the children

of Israel sacred by a perpetual law, as the Lord hath commanded Moses.


27:12. The Lord also said to Moses: Go up into this mountain Abarim,

and view from thence the land which I will give to the children of

Israel.


27:13. And when thou shalt have seen it, thou also shalt go to thy

people, as thy brother Aaron is gone:


27:14. Because you offended me in the desert of Sin in the

contradiction of the multitude, neither would you sanctify me before

them at the waters. These are the waters of contradiction in Cades of

the desert of Sin.


27:15. And Moses answered him:


27:16. May the Lord the God of the spirits of all flesh provide a man,

that may be over this multitude:


27:17. And may go out and in before them, and may lead them out, or

bring them in: lest the people of the Lord be as sheep without a

shepherd.


27:18. And the Lord said to him: take Josue the son of Nun, a man in

whom is the Spirit, and put thy hand upon him.


27:19. And he shall stand before Eleazar the priest and all the

multitude:


27:20. And thou shalt give him precepts in the sight of all, and part

of thy glory, that all the congregation of the children of Israel may

hear him.


27:21. If any thing be to be done, Eleazar the priest shall consult the

Lord for him. He and all the children of Israel with him, and the rest

of the multitude shall go out and go in at his word.


27:22. Moses did as the Lord had commanded. And, when he had taken

Josue, he set him before Eleazar the priest, and all the assembly of

the people,


27:23. And laying his hands on his head, he repeated all things that

the Lord had commanded.




Numbers Chapter 28



Sacrifices are appointed as well for every day as for sabbaths, and

other festivals.


28:1. The Lord also said to Moses:


28:2. Command the children of Israel, and thou shalt say to them: Offer

ye my oblation and my bread, and burnt sacrifice of most sweet odour,

in their due seasons.


28:3. These are the sacrifices which you shall offer: Two lambs of a

year old without blemish every day for the perpetual holocaust:


28:4. One you shall offer in the mornings, and the other in the

evening:


28:5. And the tenth part of an ephi of flour, which shall be tempered

with the, purest oil, of the measure of the fourth part of a hin.


28:6. It is the continual holocaust which you offered in mount Sinai

for a most sweet odour of a sacrifice by fire to the Lord.


28:7. And for a libation you shall offer of wine the fourth part of a

hin for every lamb in the sanctuary of the Lord.


28:8. And you shall offer the other lamb in like manner in the evening

according to all the rites of the morning sacrifice, and of the

libations thereof, an oblation of most sweet odour to the Lord.


28:9. And on the sabbath day you shall offer two lambs of a year old

without blemish, and two tenths of flour tempered with oil in

sacrifice, and the libations,


28:10. Which regularly are poured out every sabbath for the perpetual

holocaust.


28:11. And on the first day of the month you shall offer a holocaust to

the Lord, two calves of the herd, one ram, and seven lambs of a year

old, without blemish,


28:12. And three tenths of flour tempered with oil in sacrifice for

every calf: and two tenths of flour tempered with oil for every ram:


28:13. And the tenth of a tenth of flour tempered with oil in sacrifice

for every lamb. It is a holocaust of most sweet odour and an offering

by fire to the Lord.


28:14. And these shall be the libations of wine that are to be poured

out for every victim: Half a hin for every calf, a third for a ram, and

a fourth for a lamb. This shall be the holocaust for every month, as

they succeed one another in the course of the year.


28:15. A buck goat also shall be offered to the Lord for a sin offering

over and above the perpetual holocaust with its libations.


28:16. And in the first month, on the four tenth day of the month,

shall be the phase of the Lord,


28:17. And on the fifteenth day the solemn feast: seven days shall they

eat unleavened bread.


28:18. And the first day of them shall be venerable and holy: you shall

not do any servile work therein.


28:19. And you shall offer a burnt sacrifice a holocaust to the Lord,

two calves of the herd, one ram, seven lambs of a year old, without

blemish:


28:20. And for the sacrifice of every one three tenths of flour which

shall be tempered with oil to every calf, and two tenths to every ram,


28:21. And the tenth of a tenth, to every lamb, that is to say, to all

the seven lambs:


28:22. And one buck goat for sin, to make atonement for you,


28:23. Besides the morning holocaust which you shall always offer.


28:24. So shall you do every day of the seven days for the food of the

fire, and for a most sweet odour to the Lord, which shall rise from the

holocaust, and from the libations of each.


28:25. The seventh day also shall be most solemn and holy unto you, you

shall do no servile work therein.


28:26. The day also of firstfruits, when after the weeks are

accomplished, you shall offer new fruits to the Lord, shall be

venerable and holy: you shall do no servile work therein.


28:27. And you shall offer a holocaust for a most sweet odour to the

Lord, two calves of the herd, one ram, and seven lambs of a year old,

without blemish:


28:28. And in the sacrifices of them three tenths of flour tempered

with oil to every calf, two to every ram,


28:29. The tenth of a tenth to every lamb, which in all are seven

lambs: a buck goat also,


28:30. Which is slain for expiation: besides the perpetual holocaust

and the libations thereof.


28:31. You shall offer them all without blemish with their libations.




Numbers Chapter 29



Sacrifices for the festivals of the seventh month.


29:1. The first day also of the seventh month shall be venerable and

holy unto you; you shall do no servile work therein, because it is the

day of the sounding and of trumpets.


29:2. And you shall offer a holocaust for a most sweet odour to the

Lord, one calf of the herd, one ram and seven lambs of a year old,

without blemish.


29:3. And for their sacrifices, three tenths of flour tempered with oil

to every calf, two tenths to a ram,


29:4. One tenth to a lamb, which in all are seven lambs:


29:5. And a buck goat for sin, which is offered for the expiation of

the people,


29:6. Besides the holocaust of the first day of the month with the

sacrifices thereof, and the perpetual holocaust with the accustomed

libations. With the same ceremonies you shall offer a burnt sacrifice

for a most sweet odour to the Lord.


29:7. The tenth day also of this seventh month shall be holy and

venerable unto you, and you shall afflict your souls; you shall do no

servile work therein.


29:8. And you shall offer a holocaust to the Lord for a most sweet

odour, one calf of the herd, one ram, and seven lambs of a year old,

without blemish:


29:9. And for their sacrifices, three tenths of flour tempered with oil

to every calf, two tenths to a ram,


29:10. The tenth of a tenth to every lamb, which are in all seven

lambs:


29:11. And a buck goat for sin, besides the things that are wont to be

offered for sin, for expiation, and for the perpetual holocaust with

their sacrifice and libations.


29:12. And on the fifteenth day of the seventh month, which shall be

unto you holy and venerable, you shall do no servile work, but shall

celebrate a solemnity to the Lord seven days.


29:13. And you shall offer a holocaust for a most sweet odour to the

Lord, thirteen calves of the herd, two rams, and fourteen lambs of a

year old, without blemish:


29:14. And for their libations three tenths of flour tempered with oil

to every calf, being in all thirteen calves: and two tenths to each

ram, being two rams,


29:15. And the tenth of a tenth to every lamb, being in all fourteen

lambs:


29:16. And a buck goat for sin, besides the perpetual holocaust, and

the sacrifice and the libation thereof.


29:17. On the second day you shall offer twelve calves of the herd, two

rams and fourteen lambs of a year old, without blemish:


29:18. And the sacrifices and the libations for every one, for the

calves and for the rams and for the lambs you shall duly celebrate:


29:19. And a buck goat for a sin offering besides the perpetual

holocaust, and the sacrifice and the libation thereof.


29:20. The third day you shall offer eleven calves, two rams, and

fourteen lambs of a year old, without blemish:


29:21. And the sacrifices and the libations of every one for the calves

and for the rams and for the lambs you shall offer according to the

rite:


29:22. And a buck goat for sin, besides the perpetual holocaust, and

the sacrifice, and the libation thereof.


29:23. The fourth day you shall offer ten calves, two rams, and

fourteen lambs of a year old, without blemish:


29:24. And the sacrifices and the libations of every one for the calves

and for the rams and for the lambs you shall celebrate in right manner:


29:25. And a buck goat for sin, besides the perpetual holocaust, and

the sacrifice and the libation thereof.


29:26. The fifth day you shall offer nine calves, two rams, and

fourteen lambs of a year old, without blemish:


29:27. And the sacrifices and the libations of every one for the calves

and for the rams and for the lambs you shall celebrate according to the

rite:


29:28. And a buck goat for sin, besides the perpetual holocaust, and

the sacrifice and the libation thereof.


29:29. The sixth day you shall offer eight calves, two rams, and

fourteen lambs of a year old, without blemish:


29:30. And the sacrifices and the libations of every one for the calves

and for the rams and for the lambs you shall celebrate according to the

rite:


29:31. And a buck goat for sin, besides the perpetual holocaust, and

the sacrifice and the libation thereof.


29:32. The seventh day you shall offer seven calves and two rams, and

fourteen lambs of a year old, without blemish:


29:33. And the sacrifices and the libations of every one for the calves

and for the rams and for the lambs you shall celebrate according to the

rite:


29:34. And a buck goat for sin, besides the perpetual holocaust, and

the sacrifice and the libation thereof.


29:35. On the eighth day, which is most solemn, you shall do no servile

work:


29:36. But you shall offer a holocaust for a most sweet odour to the

Lord, one calf, one ram, and seven lambs of a year old, without

blemish:


29:37. And the sacrifices and the libations of every one for the calves

and for the rams and for the lambs you shall celebrate according to the

rite:


29:38. And a buck goat for sin, besides the perpetual holocaust, and

the sacrifice and the libation thereof.


29:39. These things shall you offer to the Lord in your solemnities:

besides your vows and voluntary oblations for holocaust, for sacrifice,

for libation, and for victims of peace offerings.




Numbers Chapter 30



Of vows and oaths: and their obligation.


30:1. And Moses told the children of Israel all that the Lord had

commanded him:


30:2. And he said to the princes of the tribes of the children of

Israel: This is the word that the Lord hath commanded:


30:3. If any man make a vow to the Lord, or bind himself by an oath: he

shall not make his word void but shall fulfil all that he promised.


30:4. If a woman vow any thing, and bind herself by an oath, being in

her father's house, and but yet a girl in age: if her father knew the

vow that she hath promised, and the oath wherewith she hath bound her

soul, and held his peace, she shall be bound by the vow:


30:5. Whatsoever she promised and swore, she shall fulfil in deed.


30:6. But if her father, immediately as soon as he heard it, gainsaid

it, both her vows and her oaths shall be void, neither shall she be

bound to what she promised, because her father hath gainsaid it.


30:7. If she have a husband, and shall vow any thing, and the word once

going out of her mouth shall bind her soul by an oath,


30:8. The day that her husband shall hear it, and not gainsay it, she

shall be bound to the vow, and shall give whatsoever she promised.


30:9. But if as soon as he heareth he gainsay it, and make her promises

and the words wherewith she had bound her soul of no effect: the Lord

will forgive her.


30:10. The widow, and she that is divorced, shall fulfil whatsoever

they vow.


30:11. If the wife in the house of her husband, hath bound herself by

vow and by oath,


30:12. If her husband hear, and hold his peace, and doth not disallow

the promise, she shall accomplish whatsoever she had promised.


30:13. But if forthwith he gainsay it, she shall not be bound by the

promise: because her husband gainsaid it, and the Lord will be merciful

to her.


30:14. If she vow and bind herself by oath, to afflict her soul by

fasting, or abstinence from other things, it shall depend on the will

of her husband, whether she shall do it, or not do it.


30:15. But if the husband hearing it hold his peace, and defer the

declaring his mind till another day: whatsoever she had vowed and

promised, she shall fulfil: because immediately as he heard it, he held

his peace.


30:16. But if he gainsay it after that he knew it, he shall bear her

iniquity.


30:17. These are the laws which the Lord appointed to Moses between the

husband and the wife, between the father and the daughter that is as

yet but a girl in age, or that abideth in her father's house.




Numbers Chapter 31



The Madianites are slain for having drawn the people of Israel into

sin. The dividing of the booty.


31:1. And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:


31:2. Revenge first the children of Israel on the Madianites, and so

thou shalt be gathered to thy people.


31:3. And Moses forthwith said: Arm of you men to fight, who may take

the revenge of the Lord on the Madianites.


31:4. Let a thousand men be chosen out of every tribe of Israel to be

sent to the war.


31:5. And they gave a thousand of every tribe, that is to say, twelve

thousand men well appointed for battle.


31:6. And Moses sent them with Phinees the son of Eleazar the priest,

and he delivered to him the holy vessels, and the trumpets to sound.


31:7. And when they had fought against the Madianites and had overcome

them, they slew all the men.


31:8. And their kings Evi, and Recem, and Sur, and Hur, and Rebe, five

princes of the nation: Balaam also the son of Beor they killed with the

sword.


31:9. And they took their women, and their children captives, and all

their cattle, and all their goods: and all their possessions they

plundered:


31:10. And all their cities, and their villages, and castles, they

burned.


31:11. And they carried away the booty, and all that they had taken

both of men and of beasts.


31:12. And they brought them to Moses, and Eleazar the priest, and to

all the multitude of the children of Israel. But the rest of the things

for use they carried to the camp on the plains of Moab, beside the

Jordan over against Jericho.


31:13. And Moses and Eleazar the priest and all the princes of the

synagogue went forth to meet them without the camp.


31:14. And Moses being angry with the chief officers of the army, the

tribunes, and the centurions that were come from the battle,


31:15. Said: Why have you saved the women?


31:16. Are not these they, that deceived the children of Israel by the

counsel of Balaam, and made you transgress against the Lord by the sin

of Phogor, for which also the people was punished?


The sin of Phogor. . .The sin committed in the worship of Beelphegor.


31:17. Therefore kill all that are of the male sex, even of the

children: and put to death the women, that have carnally known men.


Of children. . .Women and children, ordinarily speaking, were not to be

killed in war, Deut. 20.14. But the great Lord of life and death was

pleased to order it otherwise in the present case, in detestation of

the wickedness of this people, who by the counsel of Balaam, had sent

their women among the Israelites on purpose to draw them from God.


31:18. But the girls, and all the women that are virgins save for

yourselves:


31:19. And stay without the camp seven days. He that hath killed a man,

or touched one that is killed, shall be purified the third day and the

seventh day.


31:20. And of all the spoil, every garment, or vessel, or any thing

made for use, of the skins, or hair of goats, or of wood, shall be

purified.


31:21. Eleazar also the priest spoke to the men of the army, that had

fought, in this manner: This is the ordinance of the law, which the

Lord hath commanded Moses:


31:22. Gold, and silver, and brass, and iron, and lead, and tin,


31:23. And all that may pass through the fire, shall be purified by

fire, but whatsoever cannot abide the fire, shall be sanctified with

the water of expiation:


31:24. And you shall wash your garments the seventh day, and being

purified, you shall afterwards enter into the camp.


31:25. And the Lord said to Moses:


31:26. Take the sum of the things that were taken both of man and

beast, thou and Eleazar the priest and the princes of the multitude:


31:27. And thou shalt divide the spoil equally, between them that

fought and went out to the war, and between the rest of the multitude.


31:28. And thou shalt separate a portion to the Lord from them that

fought and were in the battle, one soul of five hundred as well of

persons as of oxen and asses and sheep.


31:29. And thou shalt give it to Eleazar the priest, because they are

the firstfruits of the Lord.


31:30. Out of the moiety also of the children of Israel thou shalt take

the fiftieth head of persons, and of oxen, and asses, and sheep, and of

all beasts, and thou shalt give them to the Levites that watch in the

charge of the tabernacle of the Lord.


31:31. And Moses and Eleazar did as the Lord had commanded.


31:32. And the spoil which the army had taken, was six hundred

seventy-five thousand sheep,


31:33. Seventy-two thousand oxen,


31:34. Sixty-one thousand asses:


31:35. And thirty-two thousand persons of the female sex, that had not

known men.


31:36. And one half was given to them that had been in the battle, to

wit, three hundred thirty-seven thousand five hundred sheep:


31:37. Out of which, for the portion of the Lord, were reckoned six

hundred seventy five sheep.


31:38. And out of the thirty-six thousand oxen, seventy-two oxen:


31:39. Out of the thirty thousand five hundred asses, sixty-one asses:


31:40. Out of the sixteen thousand persons, there fell to the portion

of the Lord, thirty-two souls.


31:41. And Moses delivered the number of the firstfruits of the Lord to

Eleazar the priest, as had been commanded him,


31:42. Out of the half of the children of Israel, which he had

separated for them that had been in the battle.


31:43. But out of the half that fell to the rest of the multitude, that

is to say, out of the three hundred thirty-seven thousand five hundred

sheep,


31:44. And out of the thirty-six thousand oxen,


31:45. And out of the thirty thousand five hundred asses,


31:46. And out of the sixteen thousand persons,


31:47. Moses took the fiftieth head, and gave it to the Levites that

watched in the tabernacle of the Lord, as the Lord had commanded.


31:48. And when the commanders of the army, and the tribunes and

centurions were come to Moses, they said:


31:49. We thy servants have reckoned up the number of the fighting men,

whom we had under our hand, and not so much as one was wanting.


31:50. Therefore we offer as gifts to the Lord what gold every one of

us could find in the booty, in garters and tablets, rings and

bracelets, and chains, that thou mayst pray to the Lord for us.


31:51. And Moses and Eleazar the priest received all the gold in divers

kinds,


31:52. In weight sixteen thousand seven hundred and fifty sicles, from

the tribunes and from the centurions.


31:53. For that which every one had taken in the booty was his own.


31:54. And that which was received they brought into the tabernacle of

the testimony, for a memorial of the children of Israel before the

Lord.




Numbers Chapter 32



The tribes of Ruben and Gad, and half of the tribe of Manasses, receive

their inheritance on the east side of Jordan, upon conditions approved

of by Moses.


32:1. And the sons of Ruben and Gad had many flocks of cattle, and

their substance in beasts was infinite. And when they saw the lands of

Jazer and Galaad fit for feeding cattle,


32:2. They came to Moses and Eleazar the priest, and the princes of the

multitude, and said:


32:3. Ataroth, and Dibon, and Jazer, and Nemra, Hesebon, and Eleale,

and Saban, and Nebo, and Beon,


32:4. The land, which the Lord hath conquered in the sight of the

children of Israel, is a very fertile soil for the feeding of beasts:

and we thy servants have very much cattle:


32:5. And we pray thee, if we have found favour in thy sight, that thou

give it to us thy servants in possession, and make us not pass over the

Jordan.


32:6. And Moses answered them: What, shall your brethren go to fight,

and will you sit here?


32:7. Why do ye overturn the minds of the children of Israel, that they

may not dare to pass into the place which the Lord hath given them?


32:8. Was it not thus your fathers did, when I sent from Cadesbarne to

view the land?


32:9. And when they were come as far as the valley of the cluster,

having viewed all the country, they overturned the hearts of the

children of Israel, that they should not enter into the coasts, which

the Lord gave them.


32:10. And he swore in his anger, saying:


32:11. If these men, that came up out of Egypt, from twenty years old

and upward, shall see the land, which I promised with an oath to

Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob: because they would not follow me,


32:12. Except Caleb the son of Jephone the Cenezite, and Josue the son

of Nun: these have fulfilled my will.


32:13. And the Lord being angry against Israel, led them about through

the desert forty years, until the whole generation, that had done evil

in his sight, was consumed.


32:14. And behold, said he, you are risen up instead of your fathers,

the increase and offspring of sinful men, to augment the fury of the

Lord against Israel.


32:15. For if you will not follow him, he will leave the people in the

wilderness, and you shall be the cause of the destruction of all.


32:16. But they coming near, said: We will make sheepfolds, and stalls

for our cattle, and strong cities for our children:


32:17. And we ourselves will go armed and ready for battle before the

children of Israel, until we bring them in unto their places. Our

little ones, and all we have, shall be in walled cities, for fear of

the ambushes of the inhabitants.


32:18. We will not return into our houses until the children of Israel

possess their inheritance:


32:19. Neither will we seek any thing beyond the Jordan, because we

have already our possession on the east side thereof,


32:20. And Moses said to them: If you do what you promise, go on well

appointed for war before the Lord:


32:21. And let every fighting man pass over the Jordan, until the Lord

overthrow his enemies:


32:22. And all the land be brought under him, then shall you be

blameless before the Lord and before Israel, and you shall obtain the

countries that you desire, before the Lord.


32:23. But if you do not what you say, no man can doubt but you sin

against God: and know ye, that your sin shall overtake you.


32:24. Build therefore cities for your children, and folds and stalls

for your sheep and beasts, and accomplish what you have promised.


32:25. And the children of Gad and Ruben said to Moses: We are thy

servants, we will do what my lord commandeth.


32:26. We will leave our children, and our wives and sheep and cattle,

in the cities of Galaad:


32:27. And we thy servants all well appointed will march on to the war,

as thou, my lord, speakest.


32:28. Moses therefore commanded Eleazar the priest, and Josue the son

of Nun, and the princes of the families of all the tribes of Israel,

and said to them:


32:29. If the children of Gad, and the children of Ruben pass with you

over the Jordan, all armed for war before the Lord, and the land be

made subject to you: give them Galaad in possession.


32:30. But if they will not pass armed with you into the land of

Chanaan, let them receive places to dwell in among you.


32:31. And the children of Gad, and the children of Ruben answered: As

the Lord hath spoken to his servants, so will we do:


32:32. We will go armed before the Lord into the land of Chanaan, and

we confess that we have already received our possession beyond the

Jordan.


32:33. Moses therefore gave to the children of Gad and of Ruben, and to

the half tribe of Manasses the son of Joseph, the kingdom of Sehon king

of the Amorrhites, and the kingdom of Og king of Basan, and their land

and the cities thereof round about.


32:34. And the sons of Gad built Dibon, and Ataroth, and Aroer,


32:35. And Etroth, and Sophan, and Jazer, and Jegbaa,


32:36. And Bethnemra, and Betharan, fenced cities, and folds for their

cattle.


32:37. But the children of Ruben built Hesebon, and Eleale, and

Cariathaim,


32:38. And Nabo, and Baalmeon (their names being changed) and Sabama:

giving names to the cities which they had built.


32:39. Moreover the children of Machir, the son of Manasses, went into

Galaad, and wasted it, cutting off the Amorrhites, the inhabitants

thereof.


32:40. And Moses gave the land of Galaad to Machir the son of Manasses,

and he dwelt in it.


32:41. And Jair the son of Manasses went, and took the villages

thereof, and he called them Havoth Jair, that is to say, the villages

of Jair.


32:42. Nobe also went, and took Canath with the villages thereof: and

he called it by his own name, Nobe.




Numbers Chapter 33



The mansions or journeys of the children of Israel towards the land of

promise.


33:1. These are the mansions of the children of Israel, who went out of

Egypt by their troops under the conduct of Moses and Aaron,


The mansions. . .These mansions, or journeys of the children of Israel

from Egypt to the land of promise, were figures, according to the

fathers, of the steps and degrees by which Christians leaving sin are

to advance from virtue to virtue, till they come to the heavenly

mansions, after this life, to see and enjoy God.


33:2. Which Moses wrote down according to the places of their

encamping, which they changed by the commandment of the Lord.


33:3. Now the children of Israel departed from Ramesses the first

month, on the fifteenth day of the first month, the day after the

phase, with a mighty hand, in the sight of all the Egyptians,


33:4. Who were burying their firstborn, whom the Lord had slain (upon

their gods also he had executed vengeance,)


33:5. And they camped in Soccoth.


33:6. And from Soccoth they came into Etham, which is in the uttermost

borders of the wilderness.


33:7. Departing from thence they came over against Phihahiroth, which

looketh towards Beelsephon, and they camped before Magdalum.


33:8. And departing from Phihahiroth, they passed through the midst of

the sea into the wilderness: and having marched three days through the

desert of Etham, they camped in Mara.


33:9. And departing from Mara, they came into Elim, where there were

twelve fountains of waters, and seventy palm trees: and there they

camped.


33:10. But departing from thence also, they pitched their tents by the

Red Sea. And departing from the Red Sea,


33:11. They camped in the desert of Sin.


33:12. And they removed from thence, and came to Daphca.


33:13. And departing from Daphca, they camped in Alus.


33:14. And departing from Alus, they pitched their tents in Raphidim,

where the people wanted water to drink.


33:15. And departing from Raphidim, they camped in the desert of Sinai.


33:16. But departing also from the desert of Sinai, they came to the

graves of lust.


33:17. And departing from the graves of lust, they camped in Haseroth.


33:18. And from Haseroth they came to Rethma.


33:19. And departing from Rethma, they camped in Remmomphares.


33:20. And they departed from thence and came to Lebna.


33:21. Removing from Lebna they camped in Ressa.


33:22. And departing from Ressa, they came to Ceelatha.


33:23. And they removed from thence and camped in the mountain Sepher.


33:24. Departing from the mountain Sepher, they came to Arada,


33:25. From thence they went and camped in Maceloth.


33:26. And departing from Maceloth, they came to Thahath.


33:27. Removing from Thahath they camped in Thare.


33:28. And they departed from thence, and pitched their tents in

Methca.


33:29. And removing from Methca, they camped in Hesmona.


33:30. And departing from Hesmona, they came to Moseroth.


33:31. And removing from Moseroth, they camped in Benejaacan.


33:32. And departing from Benejaacan, they came to mount Gadgad.


33:33. From thence they went and camped in Jetebatha.


33:34. And from Jetebatha they came to Hebrona.


33:35. And departing from Hebrona, they camped in Asiongaber.


33:36. They removed from thence and came into the desert of Sin, which

is Cades.


33:37. And departing from Cades, they camped in mount Hor, in the

uttermost borders of the land of Edom.


33:38. And Aaron the priest went up into mount Hor at the commandment

of the Lord: and there he died in the fortieth year of the coming forth

of the children of Israel out of Egypt, the fifth month, the first day

of the month,


33:39. When he was a hundred and twenty-three years old.


33:40. And king Arad the Chanaanite, who dwelt towards the south, heard

that the children of Israel were come to the land of Chanaan.


33:41. And they departed from mount Hor, and camped in Salmona.


33:42. From whence they removed and came to Phunon.


33:43. And departing from Phunon, they camped in Oboth.


33:44. And from Oboth they came to Ijeabarim, which is in the borders

of the Moabites.


33:45. And departing from Ijeabarim they pitched their tents in

Dibongab.


33:46. From thence they went and camped in Helmondeblathaim.


33:47. And departing from Helmondeblathaim, they came to the mountains

of Abarim over against Nabo.


33:48. And departing from the mountains of Abarim, they passed to the

plains of Moab, by the Jordan, over against Jericho.


33:49. And there they camped from Bethsimoth even to Ablesatim in the

plains of the Moabites,


33:50. Where the Lord said to Moses:


33:51. Command the children of Israel, and say to them: When you shall

have passed over the Jordan, entering into the land of Chanaan,


33:52. Destroy all the inhabitants of that land: Beat down their

pillars, and break in pieces their statues, and waste all their high

places,


33:53. Cleansing the land, and dwelling in it. For I have given it you

for a possession.


33:54. And you shall divide it among you by lot. To the more you shall

give a larger part, and to the fewer a lesser. To every one as the lot

shall fall, so shall the inheritance be given. The possession shall be

divided by the tribes and the families.


33:55. But if you will not kill the inhabitants of the land: they that

remain, shall be unto you as nails in your eyes, and spears in your

sides, and they shall be your adversaries in the land of your

habitation.


33:56. And whatsoever I had thought to do to them, I will do to you.




Numbers Chapter 34



The limits of Chanaan; with the names of the men that make the division

of it.


34:1. And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:


34:2. Command the children of Israel, and thou shalt say to them: When

you are entered into the land of Chanaan, and it shall be fallen into

your possession by lot, it shall be bounded by these limits:


34:3. The south side shall begin from the wilderness of Sin, which is

by Edom: and shall have the most salt sea for its furthest limits

eastward:


The most salt sea. . .The lake of Sodom, otherwise called the Dead Sea.


34:4. Which limits shall go round on the south side by the ascent of

the Scorpion and so into Senna, and reach toward the south as far as

Cadesbarne, from whence the frontiers shall go out to the town called

Adar, and shall reach as far as Asemona.


The Scorpion. . .A mountain so called from having a great number of

scorpions.


34:5. And the limits shall fetch a compass from Asemona to the torrent

of Egypt, and shall end in the shore of the great sea.


The great sea. . .The Mediterranean.


34:6. And the west side shall begin from the great sea, and the same

shall be the end thereof.


34:7. But toward the north side the borders shall begin from the great

sea, reaching to the most high mountain,


The most high mountain. . .Libanus.


34:8. From which they shall come to Emath, as far as the borders of

Sedada:


34:9. And the limits shall go as far as Zephrona, and the village of

Enan. These shall be the borders on the north side.


34:10. From thence they shall mark out the grounds towards the east

side from the village of Enan unto Sephama.


34:11. And from Sephama the bounds shall go down to Rebla over against

the fountain of Daphnis: from thence they shall come eastward to the

sea of Cenereth,


Sea of Cenereth. . .This is the sea of Galilee, illustrated by the

miracles of our Lord.


34:12. And shall reach as far as the Jordan, and at the last shall be

closed in by the most salt sea. This shall be your land with its

borders round about.


34:13. And Moses commanded the children of Israel, saying: This shall

be the land which you shall possess by lot, and which the Lord hath

commanded to be given to the nine tribes, and to the half tribe.


34:14. For the tribe of the children of Ruben by their families, and

the tribe of the children of Gad according to the number of their

kindreds, and half of the tribe of Manasses,


34:15. That is, two tribes and a half, have received their portion

beyond the Jordan over against Jericho at the east side.


34:16. And the Lord said to Moses:


34:17. These are the names of the men, that shall divide the land unto

you: Eleazar the priest, and Josue the son of Nun,


34:18. And one prince of every tribe,


34:19. Whose names are these: Of the tribe of Juda, Caleb the son of

Jephone.


34:20. Of the tribe of Simeon, Samuel the son of Ammiud.


34:21. Of the tribe of Benjamin, Elidad the son of Chaselon.


34:22. Of the tribe of the children of Dan, Bocci the son of Jogli.


34:23. Of the children of Joseph of the tribe of Manasses, Hanniel the

son of Ephod.


34:24. Of the tribe of Ephraim, Camuel the son of Sephtan.


34:25. Of the tribe of Zabulon, Elisaphan the son of Pharnach.


34:26. Of the tribe of Issachar, Phaltiel the prince, the son of Ozan.


34:27. Of the tribe of Aser, Ahiud the son of Salomi.


34:28. Of the tribe of Nephtali: Phedael the son of Ammiud.


34:29. These are they Whom the Lord hath commanded to divide the land

of Chanaan to the children of Israel.




Numbers Chapter 35



Cities are appointed for the Levites. Of which six are to be the cities

of refuge.


35:1. And the Lord spoke these things also to Moses in the plains of

Moab by the Jordan, over against Jericho:


35:2. Command the children of Israel that they give to the Levites out

of their possessions,


35:3. Cities to dwell in, and their suburbs round about: that they may

abide in the towns, and the suburbs may be for them cattle and beasts:


35:4. Which suburbs shall reach from the walls of the cities outward, a

thousand paces on every side:


35:5. Toward the east shall be two thousand cubits: and toward the

south in like manner shall be two thousand cubits: toward the sea also,

which looketh to the west, shall be the same extent: and the north side

shall be bounded with the like limits. And the cities shall be in the

midst, and the suburbs without.


35:6. And among the cities, which you shall give to the Levites, six

shall be separated for refuge to fugitives, that he who hath shed blood

may flee to them: and besides these there shall be other forty-two

cities,


35:7. That is, in all forty-eight with their suburbs.


35:8. And of these cities which shall be given out of the possessions

of the children of Israel, from them that have more, more shall be

taken: and from them that have less, fewer. Each shall give towns to

the Levites according to the extent of their inheritance.


35:9. The Lord said to Moses:


35:10. Speak to the children of Israel, and thou shalt say to them:

When you shall have passed over the Jordan into the land of Chanaan,


35:11. Determine what cities shall be for the refuge of fugitives, who

have shed blood against their will.


35:12. And when the fugitive shall be in them, the kinsman of him that

is slain may not have power to kill him, until he stand before the

multitude, and his cause be judged.


35:13. And of those cities, that are separated for the refuge of

fugitives,


35:14. Three shall be beyond the Jordan, and three in the land of

Chanaan,


35:15. As well for the children of Israel as for strangers and

sojourners, that he may flee to them, who hath shed blood against his

will.


35:16. If any man strike with iron, and he die that was struck: he

shall be guilty of murder, and he himself shall die.


35:17. If he throw a stone, and he that is struck die: he shall be

punished in the same manner.


35:18. If he that is struck with wood die: he shall be revenged by the

blood of him that struck him.


35:19. The kinsman of him that was slain, shall kill the murderer: as

soon as he apprehendeth him, he shall kill him.


35:20. If through hatred any one push a man, or fling any thing at him

with ill design:


35:21. Or being his enemy, strike him with his hand, and he die: the

striker shall be guilty of murder: the kinsman of him that was slain as

soon as he findeth him, shall kill him.


35:22. But if by chance medley, and without hatred,


35:23. And enmity, he do any of these things,


35:24. And this be proved in the hearing of the people, and the cause

be debated between him that struck, and the next of kin:


35:25. The innocent shall be delivered from the hand of the revenger,

and shall be brought back by sentence into the city, to which he had

fled, and he shall abide there until the death of the high priest, that

is anointed with the holy oil.


Until the death, etc. . .This mystically signified that our deliverance

was to be effected by the death of Christ, the high priest and the

anointed of God.


35:26. If the murderer be found without the limits of the cities that

are appointed for the banished,


35:27. And be struck by him that is the avenger of blood: he shall not

be guilty that killed him.


35:28. For the fugitive ought to have stayed in the city until the

death of the high priest: and after he is dead, then shall the

manslayer return to his own country.


35:29. These things shall be perpetual, and for an ordinance in all

your dwellings.


35:30. The murderer shall be punished by witnesses: none shall be

condemned upon the evidence of one man.


35:31. You shall not take money of him that is guilty of blood, but he

shall die forthwith.


35:32. The banished and fugitives before the death of the high priest

may by no means return into their own cities.


35:33. Defile not the land of your habitation, which is stained with

the blood of the innocent: neither can it otherwise be expiated, but by

his blood that hath shed the blood of another.


35:34. And thus shall your possession be cleansed, myself abiding with

you. For I am the Lord that dwell among the children of Israel.




Numbers Chapter 36



That the inheritances may not be alienated from one tribe to another,

all are to marry within their own tribes.


36:1. And the princes of the families of Galaad, the son of Machir, the

son of Manasses, of the stock of the children of Joseph, came and spoke

to Moses before the princes of Israel, and said:


36:2. The Lord hath commanded thee, my lord, that thou shouldst divide

the land by lot to the children of Israel, and that thou shouldst give

to the daughters of Salphaad our brother the possession due to their

father:


36:3. Now if men of another tribe take them to wives, their possession

will follow them, and being transferred to another tribe, will be a

diminishing of our inheritance.


36:4. And so it shall come to pass, that when the jubilee, the is, the

fiftieth year of remission, is come, the distribution made by the lots

shall be confounded, and the possession of the one shall pass to the

others.


36:5. Moses answered the children of Israel, and said by the command of

the Lord: The tribe of the children of Joseph hath spoken rightly.


36:6. And this is the law promulgated by the Lord touching the

daughters of Salphaad: Let them marry to whom they will, only so that

it be to men of their own tribe.


36:7. Lest the possession of the children of Israel be mingled from

tribe to tribe. For all men shall marry wives of their own tribe and

kindred:


36:8. And all women shall take husbands of the same tribe: that the

inheritance may remain in the families.


36:9. And that the tribes be not mingled one with another, but remain

so


36:10. As they were separated by the Lord. And the daughters of

Salphaad did as was commanded:


36:11. And Maala, and Thersa, and Hegla, and Melcha, and Noa were

married to the sons of their uncle by their father


36:12. Of the family of Manasses, who was the son of Joseph: and the

possession that had been allotted to them, remained in the tribe and

family of their father.


36:13. These are the commandments and judgment, which the Lord

commanded by the hand of Moses to the children of Israel, in the plains

of Moab upon the Jordan over against Jericho.