|Overview - Numbers 31|
|1||The Midianites are spoiled, and Balaam slain.|
|13||Moses is wroth with the officers, for saving the women alive.|
|19||How the soldiers, with their captives and spoil, are to be purified.|
|25||The proportion in which the prey is to be divided.|
|48||The voluntary oblation unto the treasury of the Lord.|
Numbers 31:17 (King James Version)
Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him.
- 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 Judges 21:12
- Hebrew a male.