Israel at Shittim commit whoredom and idolatry.
Numbers 25:1 And Israel abode in Shittim, and the people begun to commit whoredome with the daughters of Moab. Numbers 25:2 And they called the people vnto the sacrifices of their gods: and the people did eate, and bowed downe to their gods. Numbers 25:3 And Israel ioyned himselfe vnto Baal-Peor: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel. Numbers 25:4 And the LORD said vnto Moses, Take all the heads of the people, and hang them vp before the LORD against the Sunne, that the fierce anger of the LORD may be turned away from Israel. Numbers 25:5 And Moses said vnto the Iudges of Israel, Slay ye euery one his men, that were ioyned vnto Baal-Peor.
Phinehas killeth Zimri and Cozbi.
Numbers 25:6 And behold, one of the children of Israel came and brought vnto 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 doore of the Tabernacle of the Congregation. Numbers 25:7 And when Phinehas the sonne of Eleazar, the sonne of Aaron the Priest saw [it], hee rose vp from amongst the Congregation, and tooke a iauelin in his hand. Numbers 25:8 And he went after the man of Israel into the tent, and thrust both of them thorow, the man of Israel, and the woman, thorow her belly: So the plague was stayed from the children of Israel. Numbers 25:9 And those that died in the plague, were twentie and foure thousand.
God therfore giveth him an everlasting priesthood.
Numbers 25:10 And the LORD spake vnto Moses, saying, Numbers 25:11 Phinehas the sonne of Eleazar, the sonne of Aaron the Priest, hath turned my wrath away from the children of Israel, (while hee was zealous for my sake among them) that I consumed not the children of Israel in my ielousie. Numbers 25:12 Wherefore say, Behold, I giue vnto him my Couenant of peace. Numbers 25:13 And he shall haue it, and his seed after him, [euen] the Couenant of an euerlasting Priesthood, because he was zealous for his God, and made an atonement for the children of Israel. Numbers 25:14 Now the name of the Israelite that was slaine, [euen] that was slaine with the Midianitish woman, [was] Zimri the sonne of Salu, a Prince of a chiefe house among the Simeonites. Numbers 25:15 And the name of the Midianitish woman that was slaine, [was] Cozbi, the daughter of Zur, hee [was] head ouer a people, and of a chiefe house in Midian.
The Midianites are to be vexed.
Numbers 25:16 And the LORD spake vnto Moses, saying, Numbers 25:17 Uexe the Midianites, and smite them: Numbers 25:18 For they vexe you with their wiles, wherewith they haue beguiled you, in the matter of Peor, and in the matter of Cozbi, the daughter of a Prince of Midian their sister, which was slaine in the day of the plague, for Peors sake.