New International Version
"Treat the Midianites as enemies and kill them.
King James Bible
Vex the Midianites, and smite them:
Darby Bible Translation
Harass the Midianites, and smite them,
World English Bible
"Harass the Midianites, and strike them;
Young's Literal Translation
'Distress the Midianites, and ye have smitten them,
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Vex the Midianites, etc. - See this order fulfilled, Numbers 31:1-20. Twelve thousand Israelites attacked the Midianites, destroyed all their cities, slew their five kings, every male, and every grown up woman, and took all their spoils.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryWhether Vengeance is Lawful?
Objection 1: It seems that vengeance is not lawful. For whoever usurps what is God's sins. But vengeance belongs to God, for it is written (Dt. 32:35, Rom. 12:19): "Revenge to Me, and I will repay." Therefore all vengeance is unlawful. Objection 2: Further, he that takes vengeance on a man does not bear with him. But we ought to bear with the wicked, for a gloss on Cant 2:2, "As the lily among the thorns," says: "He is not a good man that cannot bear with a wicked one." Therefore we should not take …
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica
How those that are at Variance and those that are at Peace are to be Admonished.
The Moabites said to the elders of Midian, "This horde is going to lick up everything around us, as an ox licks up the grass of the field." So Balak son of Zippor, who was king of Moab at that time,
While Israel was staying in Shittim, the men began to indulge in sexual immorality with Moabite women,
The LORD said to Moses,
They treated you as enemies when they deceived you in the Peor incident involving their sister Kozbi, the daughter of a Midianite leader, the woman who was killed when the plague came as a result of that incident."
The LORD said to Moses,
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