The Bible in Its Traditions

Numbers 25:1–19

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And Israel abode in Shittim, and the people began to commit harlotry with the daughters of Moab.

Now Israel, at that time, dwelt in Shittim, and the people were fornicating with the daughters of Moab,

And they called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods; and the people did eat, and bowed down to their gods.

who called them to their sacrifices. And they ate, and they adored their gods.

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And Israel joined himself unto the Baal of Peor; and the anger of YHWH was kindled against Israel.

And Israel was initiated into Baal of Peor. And so the Lord, being angry,

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And YHWH said unto Moses: 'Take all the chiefs of the people, and hang them up unto the YHWH in face of the sun, that the fierce anger of the LORD may turn away from Israel.'

And the Lord said to Moses, Take all the princes of the people, and make them examples of judgement for the Lord in the face of the sun, and the anger of the Lord shall be turned away from Israel.

said to Moses, “Take all the leaders of the people, and hang them on gallows against the sun, so that my fury may be averted from Israel.”

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And Moses said unto the judges of Israel: 'Slay ye every one his men that have joined themselves unto the Baal of Peor.'

And Moses said to the tribes of Israel, Slay ye every one his friend that is consecrated to Beel-phegor.

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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, while they were weeping at the door of the tent of meeting.

And behold, one of the sons of Israel entered, in the sight of his brothers, to a prostitute of Midian, within view of Moses and of all the crowd of the sons of Israel, who were weeping before the door of the tabernacle.

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And when Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it, he rose up from the midst of the congregation, and took a spear in his hand.

And Phinees the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it, and rose out of the midst of the congregation, and took a javelin in his hand,

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And he went after the man of Israel into the chamber, 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.

he entered after the Israelite man, into the brothel, and he pierced both of them at the same time, specifically, the man and the woman at the location of their genitals. And the scourge ceased from among the sons of Israel.

And those that died by the plague were twenty and four thousand.

And there were slain twenty-four thousand men.

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10  And YHWH spoke unto Moses, saying

10  And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,

10  Then the LORD spoke to Moses and said to him.

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11  'Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, hath turned My wrath away from the children of Israel, in that he was very jealous for My sake among them, so that I consumed not the children of Israel in My jealousy.

11  Phinees the son of Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest has caused my wrath to cease from the children of Israel, when I was exceedingly jealous among them, and I did not consume the children of Israel in my jealousy.

11  “Phinehas the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, has averted my wrath from the sons of Israel. For he was moved against them by my zeal, so that I myself, in my zeal, might not wipe away the sons of Israel.

12  Wherefore say: Behold, I give unto him My covenant of peace;

12  Thus do thou say to him, Behold, I give him a covenant of peace

12  Because of this, say to him: Behold, I give to him the peace of my covenant.

13  and it shall be unto him, and to his seed after him, the covenant of an everlasting priesthood; because he was jealous for his God, and made atonement for the children of Israel.'

13  and he and his seed after him shall have a perpetual covenant of priesthood, because he was zealous for his God, and made atonement for the children of Israel.

13  And the covenant of the everlasting priesthood shall be as much for him as for his offspring. For he was zealous on behalf of his God, and he has made expiation for the wickedness of the sons of Israel.”

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14  Now the name of the man of Israel that was slain, who was slain with the Midianitish woman, was Zimri, the son of Salu, a prince of a fathers' house among the Simeonites.

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15  And the name of the Midianitish woman that was slain was Cozbi, the daughter of Zur; he was head of the people of a fathers' house in Midian.

15  Moreover, the Midianite woman, who was put to death together with him, was called Cozbi the daughter of Zur, a most noble leader among the Midianites.

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16  And YHWH spoke unto Moses, saying

16  And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, Speak to the children of Israel, saying,

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17  'Harass the Midianites, and smite them;

17  Plague the Madianites as enemies, and smite them,

17  “Let the Midianites perceive you as enemies, and strike them down,

18  for they harass you, by their wiles wherewith they have beguiled you in the matter of Peor, and in the matter of Cozbi, the daughter of the prince of Midian, their sister, who was slain on the day of the plague in the matter of Peor.'

18  for they are enemies to you by the treachery wherein they ensnare you through Phogor, and through Chasbi their sister, daughter of a prince of Madiam, who was smitten in the day of the plague because of Phogor.

18  for they, too, have behaved with hostility against you, and they have deceived you insidiously by means of the idol Peor, and by Cozbi, the daughter of a commander of Midian, their sister, who was struck down in the day of the scourge because of the sacrilege of Peor.”