English Standard Version
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.
King James Bible
And Moses was wroth with the officers of the host, with the captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, which came from the battle.
American Standard Version
And Moses was wroth with the officers of the host, the captains of thousands and the captains of hundreds, who came from the service of the war.
And Moses being angry with the chief officers of the army, the tribunes, and the centurions that were come from the battle,
English Revised Version
And Moses was wroth with the officers of the host, the captains of thousands and the captains of hundreds, which came from the service of the war.
Webster's Bible Translation
And Moses was wroth with the officers of the host, with the captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, who came from the battle.
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CommentaryKeil 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.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
battle. Heb. host of war
Moses and Eleazar the priest and all the chiefs of the congregation went to meet them outside the camp.
Moses said to them, "Have you let all the women live?
1 Samuel 8:12
And he will appoint for himself commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and some to plow his ground and to reap his harvest, and to make his implements of war and the equipment of his chariots.
2 Samuel 18:1
Then David mustered the men who were with him and set over them commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds.
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