Numbers 31:17
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English Standard Version
Now therefore, kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman who has known man by lying with him.

King James Bible
Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him.

American Standard Version
Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Therefore kill all that are of the male sex, even of the children: and put to death the women, that have carnally known men.

English Revised Version
Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him.

Webster's Bible Translation
Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him.

Numbers 31:17 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

All this booty (shalal, booty in goods), and all the prey in man and beast (malkoach), was brought by the conquerors to Moses and Eleazar and the congregation, into the camp in the steppes of Moab. In Numbers 31:12, שׁבי applies to the women and children who were taken prisoners, מלקוח to the cattle taken as booty, and שׁלל to the rest of the prey.

Numbers 31:17 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

kill every male. The sword of war should spare women and children, as incapable of resisting; but the sword of justice knows no distinction, except that of guilty or not guilty, or more or less guilty. This was the execution of a righteous sentence upon a guilty nation, in which the women were the greatest criminals; and it may safely be said, that their lives were forfeited by their personal transgressions. With respect to the execution of the male infants, who cannot be supposed to have been guilty, God, the author and supporter of life, who has a right to dispose of it when and how he thinks proper, commanded it; and 'shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?'

Judges 21:11,12 And this is the thing that you shall do, You shall utterly destroy every male, and every woman that has lain by man...

him. Heb. a male

Cross References
Numbers 31:18
But all the young girls who have not known man by lying with him keep alive for yourselves.

Deuteronomy 7:2
and when the LORD your God gives them over to you, and you defeat them, then you must devote them to complete destruction. You shall make no covenant with them and show no mercy to them.

Deuteronomy 20:16
But in the cities of these peoples that the LORD your God is giving you for an inheritance, you shall save alive nothing that breathes,

Judges 21:10
So the congregation sent 12,000 of their bravest men there and commanded them, "Go and strike the inhabitants of Jabesh-gilead with the edge of the sword; also the women and the little ones.

Judges 21:11
This is what you shall do: every male and every woman that has lain with a male you shall devote to destruction."

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