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

New Living Translation
"This is what you are to do," they said. "Completely destroy all the males and every woman who is not a virgin."

English Standard Version
This is what you shall do: every male and every woman that has lain with a male you shall devote to destruction.”

Berean Study Bible
This is what you are to do: Completely destroy every male, as well as every female who has had relations with a man.”

New American Standard Bible
"This is the thing that you shall do: you shall utterly destroy every man and every woman who has lain with a man."

King James Bible
And this is the thing that ye shall do, Ye shall utterly destroy every male, and every woman that hath lain by man.

Christian Standard Bible
This is what you should do: Completely destroy every male, as well as every woman who has gone to bed with a man."

Good News Translation
Kill all the males, and also every woman who is not a virgin."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
This is what you should do: Completely destroy every male, as well as every female who has slept with a man."

International Standard Version
You're to completely destroy every man and every married woman."

NET Bible
Do this: exterminate every male, as well as every woman who has had sexual relations with a male. But spare the lives of any virgins." So they did as instructed.

New Heart English Bible
This is the thing that you shall do: you shall utterly destroy every male, and every woman who has slept with a man, but the virgins you are to keep alive." And they did so.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
These are your directions: Claim every female who has gone to bed with a man, and claim every male. Claim them for the LORD by destroying them."

JPS Tanakh 1917
And this is the thing that ye shall do: ye shall utterly destroy every male, and every woman that hath lain by man.'

New American Standard 1977
“And this is the thing that you shall do: you shall utterly destroy every man and every woman who has lain with a man.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
And this is the thing that ye shall do, Ye shall utterly destroy every male and every woman that has lain with a man.

King James 2000 Bible
And this is the thing that you shall do, you shall utterly destroy every male, and every woman that has lain with a man.

American King James Version
And this is the thing that you shall do, You shall utterly destroy every male, and every woman that has lain by man.

American Standard Version
And this is the thing that ye shall do: ye shall utterly destroy every male, and every woman that hath lain by man.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And this is what you shall observe: Every male, and all women that have known men, you shall kill, but the virgins you shall save.

Darby Bible Translation
And this is the thing which ye shall do: ye shall utterly destroy every male, and every woman that hath lain with man.

English Revised Version
And this is the thing that ye shall do; ye shall utterly destroy every male, and every woman that hath lain by man.

Webster's Bible Translation
And this is the thing that ye shall do, Ye shall utterly destroy every male, and every woman that hath lain by man.

World English Bible
This is the thing that you shall do: you shall utterly destroy every male, and every woman who has lain with a man."

Young's Literal Translation
And this is the thing which ye do; every male, and every woman knowing the lying of a male, ye devote.'
Study Bible
Wives for the Benjamites
10So the congregation sent 12,000 of their most valiant men and commanded them: “Go and put to the sword those living in Jabesh-gilead, including women and children. 11This is what you are to do: Completely destroy every male, as well as every female who has had relations with a man.” 12So they found among the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead four hundred young women who had not had relations with a man, and they brought them to the camp at Shiloh in the land of Canaan.…
Cross References
Numbers 31:7
Then they waged war against Midian, as the LORD had commanded Moses, and killed every male.

Numbers 31:17
So now, kill all the boys, and kill every woman who has had relations with a man,

Judges 21:12
So they found among the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead four hundred young women who had not had relations with a man, and they brought them to the camp at Shiloh in the land of Canaan.

Treasury of Scripture

And this is the thing that you shall do, You shall utterly destroy every male, and every woman that has lain by man.

every male

Numbers 31:17,18 Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every …

Deuteronomy 2:34 And we took all his cities at that time, and utterly destroyed the …

hath lain by man [heb] knoweth the lying with man.







(11) Ye shall utterly destroy.--The verb is tacharim´┐Ż--i.e., Ye shall place under the ban (cherem), ye shall devote to destruction. The words of the cherem are almost identical with those of the indignant command of Moses after the war with Midian alluded to in the last verse (Numbers 31:17-18), and there the same exception is made. (Comp. Leviticus 27:21-28; Numbers 21:2-3.) The words are easy to read; it is needless to dwell on the horror of the massacre which they describe. We are dealing throughout with the fierce passions of men living in times of gross spiritual darkness; for we cannot doubt that the oath against Jabesh-Gilead was carried out, though the writer drops a veil over all but the result. The vow of destruction (cherem, anathema, Leviticus 27:28-29) was quite different from the vow of devotion (neder) and the vow of abstinence (corban).

(11) To dance in dances.--Possibly the dances of the vintage festival. There is a fountain in a narrow dale, at a little distance from Shiloh, which was very probably the scene of this event. It is a needless conjecture that the feast was the Passover, and the dances a commemoration of the defeat of the Egyptians, like those of Miriam. There seems to have been no regular town at Shiloh; at least, no extensive ruins are traceable. It was probably a community like the Beth-Micah (see Note on Judges 18:2), which was mainly connected with the service of the Tabernacle. The "daughters of Shiloh" would naturally include many women who were in one way or other employed in various functions about the Tabernacle, and not only those who came there to worship (1Samuel 2:22, where "assembled" should be rendered served, as in Numbers 4:23; "the handmaid" of the priests is mentioned in 2Samuel 17:17). But the traces of female attendants in the sanctuary are more numerous in Jewish traditions than in Scripture.

Catch you every man his wife.--The scene is very analogous to the famous seizure of the Sabine women at the Consualia, as described in Liv. i. 9. St. Jerome (adv. Jovin, 1 ? 41) quotes another parallel from the history of Aristomenes of Messene, who once, in a similar way, seized fifteen Spartan maidens, who were dancing at the Hyacinthia, and escaped with them.

And this is the thing that ye shall do,.... Which they gave them in charge to execute:

ye shall utterly destroy every male; without any reserve, young or old, married or unmarried:

and every woman that hath lain by man; whether lawfully or unlawfully, in a married or unmarried state. 17:7-13 Micah thought it was a sign of God's favour to him and his images, that a Levite should come to his door. Thus those who please themselves with their own delusions, if Providence unexpectedly bring any thing to their hands that further them in their evil way, are apt from thence to think that God is pleased with them.
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