Moab Seduces Israel
25:1 And Israel abode in Shittim, and the people
began to commit whoredom with the daughters of Moab.
25:2 And they called the people unto the sacrifices of
their gods: and the people did eat, and bowed down to their
25:3 And Israel joined himself unto Baalpeor: and the anger
of the LORD was kindled against Israel.
25:4 And 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
25:5 And Moses said unto the judges of Israel, Slay ye
every one his men that were joined unto Baalpeor.
25:6 And, behold, one of the children of Israel came and
brought unto his brethren a Midianitish 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.
25:7 And when Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of
Aaron the priest, saw it, he rose up from among the
congregation, and took a javelin in his hand;
25:8 And 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.
25:9 And those that died in the plague were twenty and four
25:10 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
25:11 Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, 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.
25:12 Wherefore say, Behold, I give unto him my covenant of
25:13 And 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
25:14 Now the name of the Israelite that was slain, even
that was slain with the Midianitish woman, was Zimri, the
son of Salu, a prince of a chief house among the Simeonites.
25:15 And the name of the Midianitish woman that was slain
was Cozbi, the daughter of Zur; he was head over a people,
and of a chief house in Midian.
25:16 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
25:17 Vex the Midianites, and smite them:
25:18 For they vex you with their wiles, wherewith they
have beguiled you in the matter of Peor, and in the matter
of Cozbi, the daughter of a prince of Midian, their sister,
which was slain in the day of the plague for Peor's sake.