Israel at Shittim commit whoredom and idolatry.
Numbers 25:1 And Israel dwelt in Sittim, and the people beganne to commytte whordome with the doughters of the Moabites, Numbers 25:2 which called the people vnto the sacrifice of their goddes. And the people ate and worshipped their goddes, Numbers 25:3 and Israel submytted him self vnto Baal Peor. Then the wrath of the LORDE waxed whote vpon Israel, Numbers 25:4 and he sayde vnto Moses: Take all the rulers of the people, and hange them vp vnto the LORDE agaynst ye Sonne, that the terryble wrath of the LORDE maye be turned awaye from Israel. Numbers 25:5 And Moses sayde vnto the iudges of Israel: Euery man slaye his captayne, that haue submytted them selues vnto Baal Peor.
Phinehas killeth Zimri and Cozbi.
Numbers 25:6 And beholde, one of the childre of Israel wete in against his brethre, & ioyned him self to a Madianitish woma, in ye sighte of Moses & of the whole cogregacion of ye childre of Israel, which weped before the dore of ye Tabernacle of wytnesse. Numbers 25:7 Whan Phineas ye sonne of Eleasar the sonne of Aaron ye prest sawe yt, he rose vp out of the congregacion, & toke a swerde in his hande, Numbers 25:8 & wente after the man of Israel in to the whore house, & thrust the thorow, both the man of Israel and the woman, eue thorow the bely of her. Then ceassed the plage from the children of Israel, Numbers 25:9 and there were slayne in the plage foure and twentye thousande.
God therfore giveth him an everlasting priesthood.
Numbers 25:10 And ye LORDE spake vnto Moses, & saide: Numbers 25:11 Phineas the sonne of Eleasar the sonne of Aaron ye prest, hath turned my wrath awaie from the childre of Israel thorow his gelousy for my sake amonge them, yt I shulde not cosume the childre of Israel in my gelousy. Numbers 25:12 Wherfore saye: beholde, I geue him my couenaunt of peace, Numbers 25:13 and he shal haue it, & his sede after him, eue the couenaunt of an euerlastinge presthode, because he was gelous for his Gods sake, and made an attonement for the children of Israel. Numbers 25:14 The man of Israel that was slayne with the Madianitish woman, was called Simri the sonne of Salu, a captayne of the house of the father of the Simeonites. Numbers 25:15 The Madianitish woman also that was slayne, was called Cosbi, ye doughter of Zur, which was a ruler of the people of a kynred amonge the Madianites.
The Midianites are to be vexed.
Numbers 25:16 And the LORDE spake vnto Moses, & sayde: Numbers 25:17 Vexe the Madianites, & smyte them, Numbers 25:18 for they haue vexed you with their wyles, wherby they haue bigyled you thorow Peor, and thorow their sister Cosbi the doughter of a captayne of ye Madianites, which was slayne in the daye of the plage, for Peors sake, and the plage came after.