Israel Worships Baal–peor
1And Israel abode in Shittim, and the people began to commit whoredom with the daughters of Moab. 2And they called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods: and the people did eat, and bowed down to their gods. 3And Israel joined himself unto Ba´al–pe´or: and the anger of the Lord was kindled against Israel. 4And the Lord said unto Moses, Take all the heads of the people, and hang them up before the Lord against the sun, that the fierce anger of the Lord may be turned away from Israel. 5And Moses said unto the judges of Israel, Slay ye every one his men that were joined unto Ba´al–pe´or.
6And, behold, one of the children of Israel came and brought unto his brethren a Mid´i-anitish woman in the sight of Moses, and in the sight of all the congregation of the children of Israel, who were weeping before the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. 7And when Phin´ehas, the son of Ele-a´zar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it, he rose up from among the congregation, and took a javelin in his hand; 8and 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 stayed from the children of Israel. 9And those that died in the plague were twenty and four thousand.
10And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, 11Phin´ehas, the son of Ele-a´zar, the son of Aaron the priest, hath turned my wrath away from the children of Israel, while he was zealous for my sake among them, that I consumed not the children of Israel in my jealousy. 12Wherefore say, Behold, I give unto him my covenant of peace: 13and he shall have it, 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 Israelite that was slain, even that was slain with the Mid´i-anitish woman, was Zimri, the son of Salu, a prince of a chief house among the Simeonites. 15And the name of the Mid´i-anitish woman that was slain was Cozbi, the daughter of Zur; he was head over a people, and of a chief house in Mid´i-an.
16And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, 17Vex the Mid´i-anites, and smite them: 18for they vex you with their wiles, wherewith they have beguiled you in the matter of Pe´or, and in the matter of Cozbi, the daughter of a prince of Mid´i-an, their sister, which was slain in the day of the plague for Pe´or's sake.