Numbers 25:17
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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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Clarke'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.

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vex you

Numbers 31:15,16 And Moses said to them, Have you saved all the women alive...

Genesis 26:10 And Abimelech said, What is this you have done to us? one of the people might lightly have lien with your wife...

Exodus 32:21,35 And Moses said to Aaron, What did this people to you, that you have brought so great a sin on them...

Revelation 2:14 But I have a few things against you, because you have there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam...

beguiled

Genesis 3:13 And the LORD God said to the woman, What is this that you have done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.

2 Corinthians 11:3 But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtlety...

2 Peter 2:14,15,18 Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls...

which

Numbers 25:8 And he went after the man of Israel into the tent, and thrust both of them through, the man of Israel, and the woman through her belly...

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Whether 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.
(Admonition 23.) Differently to be admonished are those that are at variance and those that are at peace. For those that are at variance are to be admonished to know most certainly that, in whatever virtues they may abound, they can by no means become spiritual if they neglect becoming united to their neighbours by concord. For it is written, But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace (Gal. v. 22). He then that has no care to keep peace refuses to bear the fruit of the Spirit. Hence Paul
Leo the Great—Writings of Leo the Great

Cross References
Numbers 22:4
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,

Numbers 25:1
While Israel was staying in Shittim, the men began to indulge in sexual immorality with Moabite women,

Numbers 25:16
The LORD said to Moses,

Numbers 25:18
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."

Numbers 31:1
The LORD said to Moses,

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