Numbers 31:17
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New International Version
Now kill all the boys. And kill every woman who has slept with a man,

New Living Translation
So kill all the boys and all the women who have had intercourse with a man.

English Standard Version
Now therefore, kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman who has known man by lying with him.

New American Standard Bible
"Now therefore, kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman who has known man intimately.

King James Bible
Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So now, kill all the male children and kill every woman who has had sexual relations with a man,

International Standard Version
You are to kill every male child and every woman who has had sexual relations with a man.

NET Bible
Now therefore kill every boy, and kill every woman who has had sexual intercourse with a man.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So kill all the Midianite boys and every Midianite woman who has gone to bed with a man.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Now therefore kill every male among the little ones and kill every woman that has known a man by lying with him.

King James 2000 Bible
Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that has known man by lying with him.

American King James Version
Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that has known man by lying with him.

American Standard Version
Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Therefore kill all that are of the male sex, even of the children: and put to death the women, that have carnally known men.

Darby Bible Translation
And now slay every male among the little ones, and slay every woman that hath known man by lying with him,

English Revised Version
Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him.

Webster's Bible Translation
Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him.

World English Bible
Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman who has known man by lying with him.

Young's Literal Translation
'And now, slay ye every male among the infants, yea, every woman known of man by the lying of a male ye have slain;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

31:13-18 The sword of war should spare women and children; but the sword of justice should know no distinction, but that of guilty or not guilty. This war was the execution of a righteous sentence upon a guilty nation, in which the women were the worst criminals. The female children were spared, who, being brought up among the Israelites, would not tempt them to idolatry. The whole history shows the hatefulness of sin, and the guilt of tempting others; it teaches us to avoid all occasions of evil, and to give no quarter to inward lusts. The women and children were not kept for sinful purposes, but for slaves, a custom every where practised in former times, as to captives. In the course of providence, when famine and plagues visit a nation for sin, children suffer in the common calamity. In this case parents are punished in their children; and for children dying before actual sin, full provision is made as to their eternal happiness, by the mercy of God in Christ.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Now therefore kill every male among the little ones,.... Which they had taken and brought captives, Numbers 31:9.

and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him; who might be such, at least many of them, who had lain with Israelitish men; and as the adulterers had been put to death, so now the adulteresses; or they were ordered to, be slain, even all of them, lest they should entice the children of Israel to uncleanness, and so to idolatry again: now these were known to be such, either by conjecture at their age, or rather, through the examination of matrons, unless it can be thought, as it is by some, that it was by divine revelation.



Numbers 31:17 Additional Commentaries
Context
Vengeance on Midian
16"Behold, these caused the sons of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to trespass against the LORD in the matter of Peor, so the plague was among the congregation of the LORD. 17"Now therefore, kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman who has known man intimately. 18"But all the girls who have not known man intimately, spare for yourselves.…
Cross References
Numbers 31:18
but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.

Deuteronomy 7:2
and when the LORD your God has delivered them over to you and you have defeated them, then you must destroy them totally. Make no treaty with them, and show them no mercy.

Deuteronomy 20:16
However, in the cities of the nations the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance, do not leave alive anything that breathes.

Judges 21:10
So the assembly sent twelve thousand fighting men with instructions to go to Jabesh Gilead and put to the sword those living there, including the women and children.

Judges 21:11
"This is what you are to do," they said. "Kill every male and every woman who is not a virgin."
Treasury of Scripture

Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that has known man by lying with him.

kill every male. The sword of war should spare women and children, as incapable of resisting; but the sword of justice knows no distinction, except that of guilty or not guilty, or more or less guilty. This was the execution of a righteous sentence upon a guilty nation, in which the women were the greatest criminals; and it may safely be said, that their lives were forfeited by their personal transgressions. With respect to the execution of the male infants, who cannot be supposed to have been guilty, God, the author and supporter of life, who has a right to dispose of it when and how he thinks proper, commanded it; and 'shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?'

Judges 21:11,12 And this is the thing that you shall do, You shall utterly destroy …

him. Heb. a male

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