17 Vex the Midianites, and smite them:

Other Translations of Numbers 25:17

New International Version

17 "Treat the Midianites as enemies and kill them.

English Standard Version

17 "Harass the Midianites and strike them down,

The Message

17 "From here on make the Midianites your enemies. Fight them tooth and nail.

New King James Version

17 "Harass the Midianites, and attack them;

New Living Translation

17 "Attack the Midianites and destroy them,

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Numbers 25:17

Commentary on Numbers 25:16-18

(Read Numbers 25:16-18)

We read not that any Midianites died of the plague; God punished them with the sword of an enemy, not with the rod of a father. We must set ourselves against whatever is an occasion of sin to us, Matthew 5:29,30. Whatever draws us to sin, should be a vexation to us, as a thorn in the flesh. And none will be more surely and severely punished than those who, after Satan's example, and with his subtlety, tempt others to sin.