Moab Seduces Israel
1#Jos 2:1; Nu 33:49While Israel dwelt in Shittim, the people began to commit harlotry with the women of Moab. 2#1Co 10:20; Ex 20:5They called the people to the sacrifices of their gods, and the people ate and bowed down to their gods. 3#Jos 22:17; Hos 9:10Israel joined himself to the Baal of Peor, and the anger of the Lord was inflamed against Israel.
4#Dt 13:17; 4:3The Lord said to Moses, “Take all the chiefs of the people and hang them before the Lord in the sun, that the fierce anger of the Lord turn from Israel.”
5#Ex 18:21Moses said to the judges of Israel, “Kill each of the men who have aligned themselves with the Baal of Peor.”
6#Joel 2:17; Nu 22:4Behold, one of the children of Israel came and brought to his brothers a Midianite woman in the sight of Moses and in the sight of all the assembly of the children of Israel, who were weeping before the door of the tent of meeting. 7#Ex 6:25When Phinehas the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it, he rose up from among the assembly and took a spear in his hand, 8#Nu 16:46–48and he went after the man of Israel into the tent, and thrust both of them through, the man of Israel and the woman through her belly. So the plague was stopped from the children of Israel. 9#1Co 10:8; Nu 16:49–50Those that died in the plague were twenty-four thousand.
10The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 11#Dt 32:16; 32:21“Phinehas the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, has turned My wrath away from the children of Israel, because he was zealous for My sake among them, so I did not exterminate the children of Israel in My zeal. 12#Mal 2:4–5Therefore say, ‘I hereby grant him My covenant of peace. 13#Ex 40:15; 1Ch 6:4–15And it will be for him and his seed after him, even the covenant of an everlasting priesthood, because he was zealous for his God and made an atonement for the children of Israel.’ ”
14Now the name of the slain Israelite who was slain with the Midianite woman was Zimri the son of Salu, a leader of a chief house among the Simeonites. 15#Nu 31:8; Jos 13:21The name of the Midianite woman that was slain was Kozbi the daughter of Zur. He was chief over a people and of a father’s house in Midian.
16The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 17“Be hostile to the Midianites, and defeat them, 18#Rev 2:14because they have been hostile to you with their wiles, with which they have deceived you in the matter of Peor and in the matter of Kozbi the daughter of a leader of Midian, their sister, who was slain on the day of the plague because of Peor.”