32 There were 675,000 sheep, 72,000 cows, 61,000 asses, and 32,000 virgins.
36 The soldiers' half was 337,500 sheep, 36,000 sheep, 30,500 asses, and 16,000 virgins.
40 From the soldiers, God received 675 sheep, 72 cows, 61 asses, and 32 virgins.
42 The congregation's half was 337,500 sheep, 36,000 cows, 30,500 asses, and 16,000 virgins.
47 Moses took one from every fifty of the congregation's half of the booty and gate it to the Levites, as God commanded Moses.
48-49 The officers brought gold jewelry from the Midianite massacre to Moses, and said that they didn't lose a single soldier during the massacre.
51 Moses gave the gold jewelry, which weighed 16,750 shekels, to Eleazar.
54 Moses and Eleazar brought the gold to the tabernacle as a memorial for the Israelites.
A few more words about this episode
In this episode, we are joined by Seth Andrews, the host of The Thinking Atheist podcast and YouTube channel, to discuss one of the most appalling stories in the entire Bible. In it Moses commands his men to kill all the males and non-virgin females, but to keep the virgins alive for themselves.
In his autobiography, Deconverted, Seth said that Numbers 31 was one of the parts of the Bible that led him to reject the Bible and Christianity.
With their army of 12,000, the Israelites killed all of the males in Midian (including Moses's sons), without losing a single Israelite soldier (Num 31:49).
Yet a little later in Judges 6-8, Gideon fights them. How is that possible?
They killed Balaam (v.8)
The Israelites killed Balaam, the nice guy with the talking ass who refused to curse Israel. (Episodes 64 and 65).
These are the women that caused the Israelites, through the counsel of Balaam, to trespass against God and bring a plague on the congregation. (v.16)
No they weren't. It was the Moabite women after whom the Israelite men went a whoring (Num 25:1), not the Midianite women. (Episode 66)
And Balaam had nothing to do with the Moabite affair. He blessed the Israelites and refused to curse them as the king of Moab asked him to. What did he do wrong - besides mistreat his talking donkey? (Episodes 64 and 65)
Balaam's isn't mentioned anywhere in the entire chapter (Numbers 25) which tells the story about "the matter of Peor." Balaam had nothing to do with it, according to the Bible story itself. And yet here, in verse 16, Balaam is blamed for it.
Now go and kill all the young males and every non-virgin woman. (v.17)
Moses married a Midianite woman (Zipporah) and had two sons with her. Were they killed along with all the non-virgin women and males?
God received 675 sheep, 72 cows, 61 asses, and 32 virgins. (v.40)
I wonder what God did with the 32 virgins. I suppose they were sacrificed to him along with the animals. But you never know. Maybe they were saved alive for himself.
Moses gave the gold jewelry, which weighed 16,750 shekels, to Eleazar. (v.51)
Since a shekel was roughly 11 grams, this amount of gold would be worth 11.8 million US dollars today ($64.40/g). It pays to be a priest!