Bible: Num 25:6-18

25:6 Just then 1  one of the Israelites came and brought to his brothers 2  a Midianite woman in the plain view of Moses and of 3  the whole community of the Israelites, while they 4  were weeping at the entrance of the tent of meeting. 25:7 When Phinehas son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it, 5  he got up from among the assembly, took a javelin in his hand, 25:8 and went after the Israelite man into the tent 6  and thrust through the Israelite man and into the woman’s abdomen. 7  So the plague was stopped from the Israelites. 8  25:9 Those that died in the plague were 24,000.

The Aftermath

25:10 The Lord spoke to Moses: 25:11 Phinehas son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, has turned my anger away from the Israelites, when he manifested such zeal 9  for my sake among them, so that I did not consume the Israelites in my zeal. 10  25:12 Therefore, announce: 11  ‘I am going to give 12  to him my covenant of peace. 13  25:13 So it will be to him and his descendants after him a covenant of a permanent priesthood, because he has been zealous for his God, 14  and has made atonement 15  for the Israelites.’

25:14 Now the name of the Israelite who was stabbed – the one who was stabbed with the Midianite woman – was Zimri son of Salu, a leader of a clan 16  of the Simeonites. 25:15 The name of the Midianite woman who was killed was Cozbi daughter of Zur. He was a leader 17  over the people of a clan of Midian. 18 

25:16 Then the Lord spoke to Moses: 25:17 Bring trouble 19  to the Midianites, and destroy them, 25:18 because they bring trouble to you by their treachery with which they have deceived 20  you in the matter of Peor, and in the matter of Cozbi, the daughter of a prince of Midian, 21  their sister, who was killed on the day of the plague that happened as a result of Peor.”

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