Numbers 31:17
Parallel Verses
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.

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

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

JPS Tanakh 1917
Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him.

New American Standard 1977
“Now therefore, kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman who has known man intimately.

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;
Commentary
Matthew Henry 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.
Study Bible
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 all the girls who have not known man intimately, spare for yourselves.

Deuteronomy 7:2
and when the LORD your God delivers them before you and you defeat them, then you shall utterly destroy them. You shall make no covenant with them and show no favor to them.

Deuteronomy 20:16
"Only in the cities of these peoples that the LORD your God is giving you as an inheritance, you shall not leave alive anything that breathes.

Judges 21:10
And the congregation sent 12,000 of the valiant warriors there, and commanded them, saying, "Go and strike the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead with the edge of the sword, with the women and the little ones.

Judges 21:11
"This is the thing that you shall do: you shall utterly destroy every man and every woman who has lain with a man."
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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