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.
Darby Bible Translation
This is what you shall do; every male and every woman that has lain with a male you shall utterly destroy."
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.'
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Ye shall utterly destroy - More exactly, "Ye shall devote to utter destruction," or "cherem" (Leviticus 27:28 note).
For the understanding of the early history and religion of Israel, the book of Judges, which covers the period from the death of Joshua to the beginning of the struggle with the Philistines, is of inestimable importance; and it is very fortunate that the elements contributed by the later editors are so easily separated from the ancient stories whose moral they seek to point. That moral is most elaborately stated in ii. 6-iii. 6, which is a sort of programme or preface to iii. 7-xvi. 31, which constitutes …
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament
So they made war against Midian, just as the LORD had commanded Moses, and they killed every male.
"Now therefore, kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman who has known man intimately.
And they found among the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead 400 young virgins who had not known a man by lying with him; and they brought them to the camp at Shiloh, which is in the land of Canaan.
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