New International Version
So Moses and Eleazar the priest did as the LORD commanded Moses.
King James Bible
And Moses and Eleazar the priest did as the LORD commanded Moses.
Darby Bible Translation
And Moses and Eleazar the priest did as Jehovah had commanded Moses.
World English Bible
Moses and Eleazar the priest did as Yahweh commanded Moses.
Young's Literal Translation
And Moses doth -- Eleazar the priest also -- as Jehovah hath commanded Moses.
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
And levy a tribute unto the Lord - one soul of five hundred, etc. - The person to be employed in the Lord's service, under the Levites - the cattle either for sacrifice, or for the use of the Levites, Numbers 31:30. Some monsters have supposed that one out of every five hundred of the captives was offered in sacrifice to the Lord! but this is abominable. When God chose to have the life of a man, he took it in the way of justice, as in the case of Midianites above, but never in the way of sacrifice.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Numbers 31:30 "From the sons of Israel's half, you shall take one drawn out of every fifty of the persons, of the cattle, of the donkeys and of the sheep, from all the animals, and give them to the Levites who keep charge of the tabernacle of the LORD."
Like the last part of Exodus, and the whole of Leviticus, the first part of Numbers, i.-x. 28--so called, rather inappropriately, from the census in i., iii., (iv.), xxvi.--is unmistakably priestly in its interests and language. Beginning with a census of the men of war (i.) and the order of the camp (ii.), it devotes specific attention to the Levites, their numbers and duties (iii., iv.). Then follow laws for the exclusion of the unclean, v. 1-4, for determining the manner and amount of restitution …
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament
From the Israelites' half, select one out of every fifty, whether people, cattle, donkeys, sheep or other animals. Give them to the Levites, who are responsible for the care of the LORD's tabernacle."
The plunder remaining from the spoils that the soldiers took was 675,000 sheep,
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