Good News Translation (GNB)
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The Offerings at the New Year Festival

(Lev 23.23–25)

291On the first day of the seventh month you are to gather for worship, and no work is to be done. On that day trumpets are to be blown. 2Present a burnt offering to the LORD, a smell pleasing to him: one young bull, one ram, and seven one-year-old male lambs, all without any defects. 3Offer the proper grain offering of flour mixed with olive oil: three kilogrammes of flour with the bull, two kilogrammes with the ram, 4and one kilogramme with each lamb. 5Also offer one male goat as a sin offering, and in this way perform the ritual of purification for the people. 6Offer these in addition to the regular burnt offering for the first day of the month with its grain offering, and the daily burnt offering with its grain offering and wine offering. These food offerings are a smell pleasing to the LORD.

The Offerings at the Day of Atonement

(Lev 23.26–32)

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29.7–11:
Lev 16.29–34
Gather for worship on the tenth day of the seventh month; eat no food and do no work. 8Offer a burnt offering to the LORD, a smell pleasing to him: one young bull, one ram, and seven one-year-old male lambs, all without any defects. 9Offer the proper grain offering of flour mixed with olive oil: three kilogrammes of flour with the bull, two kilogrammes with the ram, 10and one kilogramme with each lamb. 11Also offer one male goat as a sin offering, in addition to the goat offered in the ritual of purification for the people, and the daily burnt offering with its grain offering and wine offering.

The Offerings at the Festival of Shelters

(Lev 23.33–44)

12Gather for worship on the fifteenth day of the seventh month. Celebrate this festival in honour of the LORD for seven days and do no work. 13On this first day offer a food offering to the LORD, a smell pleasing to him: thirteen young bulls, two rams, and fourteen one-year-old male lambs, all without any defects. 14Offer the proper grain offering of flour mixed with olive oil: three kilogrammes of flour with each bull, two kilogrammes with each ram, 15and one kilogramme with each lamb, with the required wine offerings. 16Also offer one male goat as a sin offering. Offer these in addition to the daily burnt offering with its grain offering and wine offering.

17On the second day offer twelve young bulls, two rams, and fourteen one-year-old male lambs, all without any defects. 18-19Offer with them all the other offerings required for the first day.

20On the third day offer eleven young bulls, two rams, and fourteen one-year-old male lambs, all without any defects. 21-22Offer with them all the other offerings required for the first day.

23On the fourth day offer ten young bulls, two rams, and fourteen one-year-old male lambs, all without any defects. 24-25Offer with them all the other offerings required for the first day.

26On the fifth day offer nine young bulls, two rams, and fourteen one-year-old male lambs, all without any defects. 27-28Offer with them all the other offerings required for the first day.

29On the sixth day offer eight young bulls, two rams, and fourteen one-year-old male lambs, all without any defects. 30-31Offer with them all the other offerings required for the first day.

32On the seventh day offer seven young bulls, two rams, and fourteen one-year-old male lambs, all without any defects. 33-34Offer with them all the other offerings required for the first day.

35On the eighth day gather for worship and do no work. 36Offer a burnt offering as a food offering to the LORD, a smell pleasing to him: one young bull, one ram, and seven one-year-old male lambs, all without any defects. 37-38Offer with them all the other offerings required for the first day.

39These are the regulations concerning the burnt offerings, grain offerings, wine offerings, and fellowship offerings that you are to make to the LORD at your appointed festivals. These are in addition to the offerings you give in fulfilment of a vow or as freewill offerings.

40So Moses told the people of Israel everything that the LORD had commanded him.

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Rules about Vows

301Moses gave the following instructions to the leaders of the tribes of Israel. 2

30.2:
Deut 23.21–23
Mt 5.33
When a man makes a vow to give something to the LORD or takes an oath to abstain from something, he must not break his promise, but must do everything that he said he would.

3When a young woman still living in her father's house makes a vow to give something to the LORD or promises to abstain from something, 4she must do everything that she vowed or promised unless her father raises an objection when he hears about it. 5But if her father forbids her to fulfil the vow when he hears about it, she is not required to keep it. The LORD will forgive her, because her father refused to let her keep it.

6If an unmarried woman makes a vow, whether deliberately or carelessly, or promises to abstain from something, and then marries, 7she must do everything that she vowed or promised unless her husband raises an objection when he hears about it. 8But if her husband forbids her to fulfil the vow when he hears about it, she is not required to keep it. The LORD will forgive her.

9A widow or a divorced woman must keep every vow she makes and every promise to abstain from something.

10If a married woman makes a vow or promises to abstain from something, 11she must do everything that she vowed or promised unless her husband raises an objection when he hears about it. 12But if her husband forbids her to fulfil the vow when he hears about it, she is not required to keep it. The LORD will forgive her, because her husband prevented her from keeping her vow. 13Her husband has the right to affirm or to annul any vow or promise that she has made. 14But if, by the day after he hears of the vow, he has raised no objection, she must do everything that she has vowed or promised. He has affirmed the vow by not objecting on the day he heard of it. 15But if he later annuls the vow, he must suffer the consequences for the failure to fulfil the vow.

16These are the rules that the LORD gave Moses concerning vows made by an unmarried woman living in her father's house or by a married woman.

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The Holy War against Midian

311The LORD said to Moses, 2“Punish the Midianites for what they did to the people of Israel. After you have done that, you will die.”

3So Moses said to the people, “Get ready for war, so that you can attack Midian and punish them for what they did to the LORD. 4From each tribe of Israel send a thousand men to war.”

5So a thousand men were chosen from each tribe, a total of 12,000 men ready for battle. 6Moses sent them to war under the command of Phinehas son of Eleazar the priest, who took charge of the sacred objects and the trumpets for giving signals. 7They attacked Midian, as the LORD had commanded Moses, and killed all the men, 8including the five kings of Midian: Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur, and Reba. They also killed Balaam son of Beor.

9The people of Israel captured the Midianite women and children, took their cattle and their flocks, plundered all their wealth, 10and burnt all their cities and camps. 11They took all the loot that they had captured, including the prisoners and the animals, 12and brought them to Moses and Eleazar and to the community of the people of Israel, who were at the camp on the plains of Moab across the Jordan from Jericho.

The Army Returns

13Moses, Eleazar, and all the other leaders of the community went out of the camp to meet the army. 14Moses was angry with the officers, the commanders of battalions and companies, who had returned from the war. 15He asked them, “Why have you kept all the women alive? 16

31.16:
Num 25.1–9
Remember that it was the women who followed Balaam's instructions and at Peor led the people to be unfaithful to the LORD. That was what brought the epidemic on the LORD's people. 17So now kill every boy and kill every woman who has had sexual intercourse, 18but keep alive for yourselves all the girls and all the women who are virgins. 19Now all of you who have killed anyone or have touched a corpse must stay outside the camp for seven days. On the third day and on the seventh day purify yourselves and the women you have captured. 20You must also purify every piece of clothing and everything made of leather, goats' hair, or wood.”

21Eleazar the priest said to the men who had returned from battle, “These are the regulations that the LORD has given to Moses. 22-23Everything that will not burn, such as gold, silver, bronze, iron, tin, or lead, is to be purified by passing it through fire. Everything else is to be purified by the water for purification. 24On the seventh day you must wash your clothes; then you will be ritually clean and will be permitted to enter the camp.”

Division of the Loot

25The LORD said to Moses, 26“You and Eleazar, together with the other leaders of the community, are to count everything that has been captured, including the prisoners and the animals. 27Divide what was taken into two equal parts, one part for the soldiers and the other part for the rest of the community. 28From the part that belongs to the soldiers, withhold as a tax for the LORD one out of every 500 prisoners and the same proportion of the cattle, donkeys, sheep, and goats. 29Give them to Eleazar the priest as a special contribution to the LORD. 30From the part given to the rest of the people, take one out of every fifty prisoners and the same proportion of the cattle, donkeys, sheep, and goats. Give them to the Levites who are in charge of the LORD's Tent.” 31Moses and Eleazar did what the LORD commanded.

32-35The following is a list of what was captured by the soldiers, in addition to what they kept for themselves: 675,000 sheep and goats, 72,000 cattle, 61,000 donkeys, and 32,000 virgins. 36-40The half-share of the soldiers was 337,500 sheep and goats, of which 675 were the tax for the LORD; 36,000 cattle for the soldiers, of which 72 were the tax for the LORD; 30,500 donkeys for the soldiers, of which 61 were the tax for the LORD; and 16,000 virgins for the soldiers, of which 32 were the tax for the LORD. 41So Moses gave Eleazar the tax as a special contribution to the LORD, as the LORD had commanded.

42-46The share of the community was the same as that for the soldiers: 337,500 sheep and goats, 36,000 cattle, 30,500 donkeys, and 16,000 virgins. 47From this share Moses took one out of every fifty prisoners and animals, and as the LORD had commanded, gave them to the Levites who were in charge of the LORD's Tent.

48Then the officers who had commanded the army went to Moses 49and reported, “Sir, we have counted the soldiers under our command and not one of them is missing. 50So we are bringing the gold ornaments, armlets, bracelets, rings, earrings, and necklaces that each of us has taken. We offer them to the LORD as a payment for our lives, so that he will protect us.” 51Moses and Eleazar received the gold, all of which was in the form of ornaments. 52The total contribution of the officers weighed nearly 200 kilogrammes. 53Those who were not officers kept the loot they had taken. 54So Moses and Eleazar took the gold to the Tent, so that the LORD would protect the people of Israel.