They fought against the Midianites, as the Lord commanded Moses, and they killed every male. 1
They fought against Midian, as the LORD commanded Moses, and killed every man.
So they made war against Midian, just as the LORD had commanded Moses, and they killed every male.
They attacked Midian just as the LORD had commanded Moses, and they killed all the men.
They attacked Midian, just as GOD had commanded Moses, and killed every last man.
And they made war on Midian, as the Lord gave orders to Moses; and they put to death every male.
They did battle against Midian, as the LORD had commanded Moses, and killed every male.
And they warred against the Midianites, just as the LORD commanded Moses, and they killed all the males.
And they warred
against the Midianites
as the LORD
and they slew
all the males
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, and they killed
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1 sn Many modern biblical scholars assume that this passage is fictitious. The text says that they killed every male, but Judges accounts for the Midianites. The texts can be harmonized rather simply – they killed every Midianite who was in the battle. Midianite tribes and cities dotted the whole region, but that does not mean Israel went and killed every single one of them. There apparently was a core of Midianites whom Balaam had influenced to pervert Israel.