Numbers 25:1-10

1While Israel was staying in the Acacia Grove,
Or in Shittim
b the people began to have sexual relations with the women of Moab.
2The women invited them to the sacrifices for their gods, and the people ate and bowed in worship to their gods. c 3So Israel aligned itself with
Baal: A fertility god who was the main god of the Canaanite religion and the god of rain and thunderstorms; also the Hebrew word meaning "lord," "master," "owner," or "husband"
Baal of Peor, e and the Lord’s anger burned against Israel. f
4The Lord said to Moses, “Take all the leaders of the people and execute
Or impale, or hang, or expose; Hb obscure
them in broad daylight before the Lord so that His burning anger may turn away from Israel.”

5So Moses told Israel’s judges, “Kill each of the men who aligned themselves with Baal of Peor.”

Phinehas Intervenes

6 An Israelite man came bringing a Midianite woman to his relatives in the sight of Moses and the whole Israelite community while they were weeping at the entrance to the tent of meeting. 7When Phinehas son of Eleazar, son of Aaron the priest, saw this, he got up from the assembly, took a spear in his hand, 8 followed the Israelite man into the tent
Perhaps a tent shrine or bridal tent
and drove it through both the Israelite man and the woman – through her belly. Then the plague on the Israelites was stopped,
9but those who died in the plague numbered 24,000. i

10The Lord spoke to Moses,
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