Numbers 31:18
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English Standard Version
But all the young girls who have not known man by lying with him keep alive for yourselves.

King James Bible
But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves.

American Standard Version
But all the women-children, that have not known man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves.

Douay-Rheims Bible
But the girls, and all the women that are virgins save for yourselves:

English Revised Version
But all the women children, that have not known man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves.

Webster's Bible Translation
But all the female children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

All this booty (shalal, booty in goods), and all the prey in man and beast (malkoach), was brought by the conquerors to Moses and Eleazar and the congregation, into the camp in the steppes of Moab. In Numbers 31:12, שׁבי applies to the women and children who were taken prisoners, מלקוח to the cattle taken as booty, and שׁלל to the rest of the prey.

Numbers 31:18 Parallel Commentaries

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keep alive for yourselves. It has been groundlessly asserted, that Moses here authorised the Israelites to make concubines of the whole number of female children; and an insidious objection against his writings has been grounded upon this monstrous supposition. But the whole tenor of the law, and especially a stature recorded in De.

Numbers 21:10-14 And the children of Israel set forward, and pitched in Oboth...

, proves most decisively to the contrary. They were merely permitted to possess them as female slaves, educating them in their families, and employing them as domestics; for the laws concerning fornication, concubinage, and marriage, were in full force, and prohibited an Israelite even from marrying a captive, without delays and previous formalities; and if he afterwards divorced her, he was to set here at liberty, 'because he had humbled her.'

Leviticus 25:44 Both your slaves, and your bondmaids, which you shall have, shall be of the heathen that are round about you...

Deuteronomy 20:14 But the women, and the little ones, and the cattle, and all that is in the city, even all the spoil thereof, shall you take to yourself...

Deuteronomy 21:10-14 When you go forth to war against your enemies, and the LORD your God has delivered them into your hands...

2 Chronicles 28:8-10 And the children of Israel carried away captive of their brothers two hundred thousand, women, sons, and daughters...

Isaiah 14:2 And the people shall take them, and bring them to their place...

Cross References
Numbers 31:17
Now therefore, kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman who has known man by lying with him.

Numbers 31:19
Encamp outside the camp seven days. Whoever of you has killed any person and whoever has touched any slain, purify yourselves and your captives on the third day and on the seventh day.

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