Spoils in the Bible
(Plunder, booty) Of war
- Genesis 14:11-12 And they took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their victuals, and went their way. 12 And they took Lot, Abram's brother's son, who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and departed.
- Numbers 31:9-10 And the children of Israel took all the women of Midian captives, and their little ones, and took the spoil of all their cattle, and all their flocks, and all their goods. 10 And they burnt all their cities wherein they dwelt, and all their goodly castles, with fire.
- Deuteronomy 2:35 Only the cattle we took for a prey unto ourselves, and the spoil of the cities which we took.
⇒Bible Encyclopedia for SPOIL.
Divided between the combatants and non-combatants of the Israelites, including priests and Levites
- Numbers 31:25-54 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 26 Take the sum of the prey that was taken, both of man and of beast, thou, and Eleazar the priest, and the chief fathers of the congregation: 27 And divide the prey into two parts; between them that took the war upon them, who went out to battle, and between all the congregation: 28 And levy a tribute unto the LORD of the men of war which went out to battle: one soul of five hundred, both of the persons, and of the beeves, and of the asses, and of the sheep: ...
- 1 Samuel 30:24 For who will hearken unto you in this matter? but as his part is that goeth down to the battle, so shall his part be that tarrieth by the stuff: they shall part alike.
⇒Definition of spoil
Dedicated to the Lord
- 1 Samuel 15:15 And Saul said, They have brought them from the Amalekites: for the people spared the best of the sheep and of the oxen, to sacrifice unto the LORD thy God; and the rest we have utterly destroyed.
- 1 Chronicles 26:27 Out of the spoils won in battles did they dedicate to maintain the house of the LORD.
- 2 Chronicles 15:11 And they offered unto the LORD the same time, of the spoil which they had brought, seven hundred oxen and seven thousand sheep.
⇒See also McClintock and Strong Cyclopedia for Spoil.