Numbers 31:13
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English Standard Version
Moses and Eleazar the priest and all the chiefs of the congregation went to meet them outside the camp.

King James Bible
And Moses, and Eleazar the priest, and all the princes of the congregation, went forth to meet them without the camp.

American Standard Version
And Moses, and Eleazar the priest, and all the princes of the congregation, went forth to meet them without the camp.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Moses and Eleazar the priest and all the princes of the synagogue went forth to meet them without the camp.

English Revised Version
And Moses, and Eleazar the priest, and all the princes of the congregation, went forth to meet them without the camp.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Moses, and Eleazar the priest, and all the princes of the congregation, went forth to meet them without the camp.

Numbers 31:13 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Of the campaign itself, the results are all that is recorded. No doubt it terminated with a great battle, in which the Midianites were taken unawares and completely routed. As it was a war of vengeance of Jehovah, the victors slew all the males, i.e., all the adult males, as the sequel shows, without quarter; and "upon those that were slain," i.e., in addition to them, the five Midianitsh kings and Balaam, who first advised the Midianites, according to Numbers 31:16, to tempt the Israelites to idolatry. The five kings were chiefs of the larger or more powerful of the Midianitish tribes, as Zur is expressly said to have been in Numbers 25:15. In Joshua 13:21 they are called "vassals of Sihon," because Sihon had subjugated them and made them tributary when he first conquered the land. The women and children of the Midianites were led away prisoners; and their cattle (behemah, beasts of draft and burden, as in Exodus 20:10), and their flocks, and their goods taken away as spoil. The towns in their dwellings, and all their villages (tiroth, tent-villages, as in Genesis 25:16), were burnt down. The expression "towns in their dwellings" leads to the conclusion that the towns were not the property of the Midianites themselves, who were a nomad people, but that they originally belonged in all probability to the Moabites, and had been taken possession of by the Amorites under Sihon. This is confirmed by Joshua 13:21, according to which these five Midianitish vassals of Sihon dwelt in the land, i.e., in the kingdom of Sihon. This also serves to explain why the conquest on their country is not mentioned in the account before us, although it is stated in Joshua (l.c.), that it was allotted to the Reubenites with the kingdom of Sihon.

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went forth

Genesis 14:17 And the king of Sodom went out to meet him after his return from the slaughter of Chedorlaomer, and of the kings that were with him...

1 Samuel 15:12 And when Samuel rose early to meet Saul in the morning, it was told Samuel, saying, Saul came to Carmel, and, behold...

1 Samuel 30:21 And David came to the two hundred men, which were so faint that they could not follow David...

without the camp

Numbers 31:12,22-24 And they brought the captives, and the prey, and the spoil, to Moses, and Eleazar the priest...

Numbers 5:2 Command the children of Israel, that they put out of the camp every leper, and every one that has an issue...

Numbers 19:11 He that touches the dead body of any man shall be unclean seven days.

Cross References
Leviticus 4:22
"When a leader sins, doing unintentionally any one of all the things that by the commandments of the LORD his God ought not to be done, and realizes his guilt,

Numbers 31:12
Then they brought the captives and the plunder and the spoil to Moses, and to Eleazar the priest, and to the congregation of the people of Israel, at the camp on the plains of Moab by the Jordan at Jericho.

Numbers 31:14
And Moses was angry with the officers of the army, the commanders of thousands and the commanders of hundreds, who had come from service in the war.

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