Numbers 31:17

17 Now kill all the boys. And kill every woman who has slept with a man,

Read Numbers 31:17 Using Other Translations

Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him.
Now therefore, kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman who has known man by lying with him.
So kill all the boys and all the women who have had intercourse with a man.

What does Numbers 31:17 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Numbers 31:17

Now therefore kill every male among the little ones
Which they had taken and brought captives, ( Numbers 31:9 )

and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him;
who might be such, at least many of them, who had lain with Israelitish men; and as the adulterers had been put to death, so now the adulteresses; or they were ordered to, be slain, even all of them, lest they should entice the children of Israel to uncleanness, and so to idolatry again: now these were known to be such, either by conjecture at their age, or rather, through the examination of matrons, unless it can be thought, as it is by some, that it was by divine revelation.

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