Bishops' Bible

Numbers 25

Israel at Shittim commit whoredom and idolatry.

Numbers 25:1 And Israel abode in Sittim, and the people began to commit whoredome with the daughters of Moab. Numbers 25:2 Whiche called the people vnto the sacrifice of their gods: And the people dyd eate, and bowed downe to their gods. Numbers 25:3 And Israel coupled hym selfe vnto Baal Peor, and the indignation of the Lorde was kindeled against Israel. Numbers 25:4 And the Lorde sayde vnto Moyses: Take all the heades of the people, and hang them vp before the Lorde against the sunne, that the wrath of the Lordes countenaunce may be turned away from Israel. Numbers 25:5 And Moyses sayde vnto the Iudges of Israel: Euery one slay his men that were ioyned vnto Baal Peor.

Phinehas killeth Zimri and Cozbi.

Numbers 25:6 And behold, one of the chyldren of Israel came & brought vnto his brethren a Madianitishe woman, euen in the sight of Moyses, and in the sight of all the multitude of the children of Israel, that wept before the doore of the tabernacle of the congregation. Numbers 25:7 And when Phinehes the sonne of Eleazar the sonne of Aaron the priest, saw it, he rose vp out of the myddes of the companie, & toke a iauelin in his hande, Numbers 25:8 And went after the man of Israel into the tent, & thrust them through both the man of Israel & also the woman, euen thorowe the belly of her: And the plague ceassed fro the chyldre of Israel. Numbers 25:9 And there dyed in the plague twentie and foure thousande.

God therfore giveth him an everlasting priesthood.

Numbers 25:10 And the Lorde spake vnto Moyses, saying: Numbers 25:11 Phinehes the sonne of Eleazar the sonne of Aaron the priest, hath turned myne anger away from the chyldren of Israel, whyle he was zelous for my sake among the, that I had not consumed the childre of Israel in my ielousie. Numbers 25:12 Wherfore say: beholde, I geue vnto hym my couenaunt of peace. Numbers 25:13 And he shall haue it, and his seede after hym, euen the couenaunt of the priestes office for euer, because he was zelous for his Gods sake, and made an attonement for the chyldren of Israel. Numbers 25:14 The name of the Israelite thus kylled, which was slayne with the Madianitishe woman, was Zamri the sonne of Salu, a Lorde of an house and kinred of Simeon. Numbers 25:15 And the name of the Madianitishe woma that was slayne, was Cozbi, the daughter of Zur, a head ouer the people of his fathers house in Madian.

The Midianites are to be vexed.

Numbers 25:16 And the Lorde spake vnto Moyses, saying: Numbers 25:17 Uexe the Madianites, & smyte them: Numbers 25:18 For they trouble you with their wyles, whiche haue begyled you by deceyte in the cause of Peor, & in the cause of their sister Cozbi, the daughter of a Lorde of the Madianites, whiche was slayne in the day of the plague for Peors sake.

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