New Living Translation
So kill all the boys and all the women who have had intercourse with a man.
King James Bible
Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him.
Darby Bible Translation
And now slay every male among the little ones, and slay every woman that hath known man by lying with him,
World English Bible
Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman who has known man by lying with him.
Young's Literal Translation
'And now, slay ye every male among the infants, yea, every woman known of man by the lying of a male ye have slain;
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
31:17 The little ones - Which they were forbidden to do to other people, Deu 20:14, except the Canaanites, to whom this people had equaled themselves by their horrid crimes, and therefore it is not strange, nor unjust, that God, the supreme Lord of all mens lives, who as he gives them, so may take them away when he pleaseth, did equal them in the punishment. Every woman - Partly for punishment, because the guilt was general, and though some of them only did prostitute themselves to the Israelites, yet the rest made themselves accessary by their consent or approbation; and partly, for prevention of the like mischief from such an adulterous generation.
Only the young girls who are virgins may live; you may keep them for yourselves.
When the LORD your God hands these nations over to you and you conquer them, you must completely destroy them. Make no treaties with them and show them no mercy.
In those towns that the LORD your God is giving you as a special possession, destroy every living thing.
So the assembly sent 12,000 of their best warriors to Jabesh-gilead with orders to kill everyone there, including women and children.
"This is what you are to do," they said. "Completely destroy all the males and every woman who is not a virgin."
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