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Numbers 31:2

2 “Take vengeance on the Midianites for the Israelites. After that, you will be gathered to your people.”

Read Numbers 31:2 Using Other Translations

Avenge the children of Israel of the Midianites: afterward shalt thou be gathered unto thy people.
"Avenge the people of Israel on the Midianites. Afterward you shall be gathered to your people."
“On behalf of the people of Israel, take revenge on the Midianites for leading them into idolatry. After that, you will die and join your ancestors.”

What does Numbers 31:2 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Numbers 31:2

Avenge the children of Israel of the Midianites
For the injury they had done them, by sending their daughters among them, who enticed them to commit uncleanness with them, and then drew them into the worship of their idols, which brought the wrath of God upon them, and for which 24,000 persons were slain. Now, though the Moabites had a concern in this affair as well as the Midianites, yet they were spared; which some think was for the sake of Lot, from whom they descended; but why not the Midianites for the sake of Abraham, whose offspring they were by Keturah? Jarchi says, they were spared because of Ruth, who was to spring from them; and so she might, and yet vengeance be taken on great numbers of them: but the truer reason seems to be, either because the sin of the Moabites was not yet full, and they were reserved for a later punishment; or rather because they were not the principal actors in the above affair; but the Midianites, who seem to have advised Balak at first to send for Balaam to curse Israel, and who harboured that soothsayer after he had been dismissed by Balak, and to whom he gave his wicked counsel, and which they readily followed, and industriously pursued:

afterward shalt thou be gathered unto thy people;
or die, see ( Numbers 27:13 ) , it being some satisfaction to him to see the good land, as he did from Abarim, and the Israelites avenged on their enemies before his death.

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