And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: “Take vengeance on the Midianites for the children of Israel. Afterward you shall be gathered to your people.” (Numbers 31:1,2.)

Did this imply what Moses ordered after the war?

“Now therefore, kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman who has known a man intimately.” (Numbers 31:17.)


The way I read it the "take vengeance" part includes both the battle and the removal of all of the followers of Balaam son of Beor just as it is written.

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