Numbers 31:18
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New International Version
but save for yourselves every girl who has never slept with a man.

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

Darby Bible Translation
but all the children among the women that have not known lying with a man, keep alive for yourselves.

World English Bible
But all the girls, who have not known man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves.

Young's Literal Translation
and all the infants among the women, who have not known the lying of a male, ye have kept alive for yourselves.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Kill every male among the little ones - For this action I account simply on the principle that God, who is the author and supporter of life, has a right to dispose of it when and how he thinks proper; and the Judge of all the earth can do nothing but what is right. Of the women killed on this occasion it may be safely said, their lives were forfeited by their personal transgressions; and yet even in this case there can be little doubt that God showed mercy to their souls. The little ones were safely lodged; they were taken to heaven and saved from the evil to come.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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...

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Like the last part of Exodus, and the whole of Leviticus, the first part of Numbers, i.-x. 28--so called,[1] rather inappropriately, from the census in i., iii., (iv.), xxvi.--is unmistakably priestly in its interests and language. Beginning with a census of the men of war (i.) and the order of the camp (ii.), it devotes specific attention to the Levites, their numbers and duties (iii., iv.). Then follow laws for the exclusion of the unclean, v. 1-4, for determining the manner and amount of restitution
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

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

Numbers 31:19
"Anyone who has killed someone or touched someone who was killed must stay outside the camp seven days. On the third and seventh days you must purify yourselves and your captives.

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