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 31:15  31:16
 31:17
 31:18
31:15 'Why have you kept all the women alive?' demanded Moses.
Vayomer aleyhem Moshe hachiyitem kol-nekevah.
31:16 'These are exactly the ones who were involved with the Israelites at Balaam's instigation, causing them to be unfaithful to God in the Peor incident, and bringing a plague on God's community.
Hen henah hayu livney Yisra'el bidvar Bil'am limsor-ma'al b'Adonay al-dvar Pe'or vatehi hamagefah ba'adat Adonay.
31:17 Now kill every male child, as well as every woman who has been involved intimately with a man.
Ve'atah hirgu chol-zachar bataf vechol-ishah yoda'at ish lemishkav zachar harogu.
31:18 However, all the young girls who have not been involved intimately with a man, you may keep alive for yourselves.
Vechol hataf banashim asher lo-yade'u mishkav zachar hachayu lachem.



Commentary:

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  (cf. Abarbanel). See Numbers, 25:3.





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