Numbers 31:2
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New International Version
"Take vengeance on the Midianites for the Israelites. After that, you will be gathered to your people."

King James Bible
Avenge the children of Israel of the Midianites: afterward shalt thou be gathered unto thy people.

Darby Bible Translation
Avenge the children of Israel upon the Midianites; afterwards shalt thou be gathered unto thy peoples.

World English Bible
"Avenge the children of Israel for the Midianites. Afterward you shall be gathered to your people."

Young's Literal Translation
'Execute the vengeance of the sons of Israel against the Midianites -- afterwards thou art gathered unto thy people.'

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Gathered unto thy people - Where? Not in the grave surely. Moses was gathered with none of them, his burial-place no man ever knew. "But being gathered unto one's people means dying." It does imply dying, but it does not mean this only. The truth is, God considers all those who are dead to men in a state of conscious existence in another world. Therefore he calls himself the God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob; now God is not the God of the dead, but of the living; because all Live to Him, whether dead to men or not. Moses therefore was to be gathered to his people - to enter into that republic of Israel which, having died in the faith, fear, and love of God, were now living in a state of conscious blessedness beyond the confines of the grave. See the note on Genesis 25:8, and Genesis 49:33 (note).

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Numbers 31:3 And Moses spoke to the people, saying, Arm some of yourselves to the war, and let them go against the Midianites...

Numbers 25:17,18 Vex the Midianites, and smite them...

Deuteronomy 32:35 To me belongs vengeance and recompense; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand...

Judges 16:24,28-30 And when the people saw him, they praised their god: for they said, Our god has delivered into our hands our enemy...

Psalm 94:1-3 O Lord God, to whom vengeance belongs; O God, to whom vengeance belongs, show yourself...

Isaiah 1:24 Therefore said the LORD, the LORD of hosts, the mighty One of Israel, Ah, I will ease me of my adversaries...

Nahum 1:2 God is jealous, and the LORD revenges; the LORD revenges, and is furious; the LORD will take vengeance on his adversaries...

Luke 21:22 For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.

Romans 12:19 Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place to wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay...

Romans 13:4 For he is the minister of God to you for good. But if you do that which is evil, be afraid; for he bears not the sword in vain...

1 Thessalonians 4:6 That no man go beyond and defraud his brother in any matter: because that the Lord is the avenger of all such...

Hebrews 10:30 For we know him that has said, Vengeance belongs to me, I will recompense, said the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.

Revelation 6:10 And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true...

Revelation 18:20 Rejoice over her, you heaven, and you holy apostles and prophets; for God has avenged you on her.

Revelation 19:2 For true and righteous are his judgments: for he has judged the great whore, which did corrupt the earth with her fornication...

the Midianites

Numbers 25:6,14-18 And, behold, one of the children of Israel came and brought to his brothers a Midianitish woman in the sight of Moses...

Genesis 25:1-4 Then again Abraham took a wife, and her name was Keturah...

Exodus 2:16 Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters: and they came and drew water, and filled the troughs to water their father's flock.


Numbers 27:13 And when you have seen it, you also shall be gathered to your people, as Aaron your brother was gathered.

Genesis 15:15 And you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried in a good old age.

Genesis 25:8,17 Then Abraham gave up the ghost, and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years; and was gathered to his people...

Judges 2:10 And also all that generation were gathered to their fathers: and there arose another generation after them, which knew not the LORD...

Acts 13:36 For David, after he had served his own generation by the will of God, fell on sleep, and was laid to his fathers, and saw corruption:

Like the last part of Exodus, and the whole of Leviticus, the first part of Numbers, i.-x. 28--so called,[1] rather inappropriately, from the census in i., iii., (iv.), xxvi.--is unmistakably priestly in its interests and language. Beginning with a census of the men of war (i.) and the order of the camp (ii.), it devotes specific attention to the Levites, their numbers and duties (iii., iv.). Then follow laws for the exclusion of the unclean, v. 1-4, for determining the manner and amount of restitution
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
Numbers 20:24
"Aaron will be gathered to his people. He will not enter the land I give the Israelites, because both of you rebelled against my command at the waters of Meribah.

Numbers 20:26
Remove Aaron's garments and put them on his son Eleazar, for Aaron will be gathered to his people; he will die there."

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 27:13
After you have seen it, you too will be gathered to your people, as your brother Aaron was,

Numbers 31:1
The LORD said to Moses,

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