"This is what you are to do," they said. "Kill every male and every woman who is not a virgin."
"This is the thing that you shall do: you shall utterly destroy every man and every woman who has lain with a man."
"This is what you are to do," they said. "Completely destroy all the males and every woman who is not a virgin."
These are your instructions: Every man and woman who has had sexual intercourse you must kill. But keep the virgins alive." And that's what they did.
And this is what you are to do: every male, and every woman who has had sex relations with a man, you are to put to the curse, but you are to keep safe the virgins. And they did so.
This is what you shall do; every male and every woman that has lain with a male you shall devote to destruction."
"And this is the thing that you shall do: You shall utterly destroy every male, and every woman who has known a man intimately."
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1 tn Heb “And this is the thing that you will do.”
2 tn Heb “every woman who is familiar with the bed of a male.”
3 tc Some Greek witnesses (notably Codex Vaticanus [B]) add the words, “‘But the virgins you should keep alive.’ And they did so.” These additional words, which probably represent the original Hebrew text, can be retroverted: וְאֶת־הַבְּתוּלוֹת תְּחַיּוּ וַיַּעֲשׂוּ כֵן (ve’et-habbÿtulot tÿkhayyu vayya’asu khen). It is likely that a scribe’s eye jumped from the vav (ו) on וְאֶת (vÿ’et) to the initial vav of v. 11, accidentally leaving out the intervening letters. The present translation is based on this reconstruction.