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{Numbers 31:17} Now x6258 therefore kill 2026 z8798 every x3605 male 2145 among the little ones, 2945 and kill 2026 z8798 every x3605 woman 802 that hath known 3045 z8802 man 376 by lying 4904 with him. 2145
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?" "And this [is] the thing that ye shall do, Ye shall utterly destroy every male, and every woman that hath lain by man. ... And they found among the inhabitants of Jabeshgilead four hundred young virgins, that had known no man by lying with any male: and they brought them unto the camp to Shiloh, which [is] in the land of Canaan." {Jdg 21:11-12}
him:
Heb. a male

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