,,Now therefore kill every male among the little ones, and kill every woman that hath known man by lying with him. But all the women children, that have not known a man by lying with him, keep alive for yourselves." Numbers 31:17-18
The true problem about this verse is a the part ,,for yourselves". Now, this would usually be understood as ,,for your pleasure". But us this understanding of ,,for yourselves" to rush or does it have some other meaning? Can it be interopolation or a scribal error?
How do we explain phrase ,,for yourselves"?
Please answer. Thanks in advance!
Note: Altough some translations say ,,virgins", the correct translation is ,,female children".