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Numbers 31:18

Overview - Numbers 31
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.
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Numbers 31:18  (King James Version)
But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves.
 


keep alive for yourselves
It has been groundlessly asserted, that Moses here authorised the Israelites to make concubines of the whole number of female children; and an insidious objection against his writings has been grounded upon this monstrous supposition. But the whole tenor of the law, and especially a statute recorded in Deuteronomy 21:10-14 ,proves most decisively to the contrary. They were merely permitted to possess them as female slaves, educating them in their families, and employing them as domestics; for the laws concerning fornication, concubinage, and marriage, were in full force, and prohibited an Israelite even from marrying a captive, without delays and previous formalities; and if he afterwards divorced her, he was to set here at liberty, "because he had humbled her."
Leviticus 25:44 ; Deuteronomy 20:14 ; 21:10-14 2 Chronicles 28:8-10 ; Isaiah 14:2