25 Now Israel remained in aAcacia Grove, 1and the bpeople began to commit harlotry with the women of Moab. 2 cThey invited the people to dthe sacrifices of their gods, and the people ate and ebowed down to their gods. 3 So Israel was joined to Baal of Peor, and fthe anger of the Lord was aroused against Israel.
6 And indeed, one of the children of Israel came and presented to his brethren a Midianite woman in the sight of Moses and in the sight of all the congregation of the children of Israel, kwho were weeping at the door of the tabernacle of meeting. 7 Now lwhen Phinehas mthe son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it, he rose from among the congregation and took a javelin in his hand; 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 body. So nthe plague was ostopped among the children of Israel. 9 And pthose who died in the plague were twenty-four thousand.
10 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 11 q“Phinehas the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, has turned back My wrath from the children of Israel, because he was zealous with My zeal among them, so that I did not consume the children of Israel in rMy zeal. 12 Therefore say, s‘Behold, I give to him My tcovenant of peace; 13 and it shall be to him and uhis descendants after him a covenant of van everlasting priesthood, because he was wzealous for his God, and xmade 2atonement for the children of Israel.’ ”
14 Now the name of the Israelite who was killed, who was killed with the Midianite woman, was Zimri the son of Salu, a leader of a father’s house among the Simeonites. 15 And the name of the Midianite woman who was killed was Cozbi the daughter of yZur; he was head of the people of a father’s house in Midian.
16 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 17 z“Harass the Midianites, and 3attack them; 18 for they harassed you with their aschemes 4by which they seduced you in the matter of Peor and in the matter of Cozbi, the daughter of a leader of Midian, their sister, who was killed in the day of the plague because of Peor.”
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