Israel at Shittim commit whoredom and idolatry.
Numbers 25:1 Nowe whiles Israel abode in Shittim, the people began to commit whoredome with the daughters of Moab: Numbers 25:2 Which called the people vnto the sacrifice of their gods, and the people ate, & bowed downe to their gods. Numbers 25:3 And Israel coupled himselfe vnto Baal Peor: wherefore the wrath of the Lord was kindled against Israel: Numbers 25:4 And the Lord sayde vnto Moses, Take all the heades of the people, and hang them vp before the Lord against ye sunne, that the indignation of the Lords wrath may be turned fro Israel. Numbers 25:5 Then Moses sayd 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 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 wept 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 sawe it, hee rose vp from the middes of the Congregation, & tooke a speare in his hand, Numbers 25:8 And followed ye man of Israel into the tent, and thrust them both through: to wit, the man of Israel, and the woman, through her belly: so the plague ceased from the children of Israel. Numbers 25:9 And there died in that plague, foure and twentie thousand.
God therfore giveth him an everlasting priesthood.
Numbers 25:10 Then the Lord spake vnto Moses, saying, Numbers 25:11 Phinehas the sonne of Eleazar, the sonne of Aaron the Priest, hath turned mine anger away from the children of Israel, while hee was zealous for my sake among them: therefore I haue not consumed the children of Israel in my ielousie. Numbers 25:12 Wherefore say to him, Beholde, I giue vnto him my couenant of peace, Numbers 25:13 And he shal haue it, and his seede after him, euen the couenant of the priestes office for euer, because he was zealous for his God, & hath made an atonement for the children of Israel. Numbers 25:14 And the name of the Israelite thus slayne, which was killed with the Midianitish woman, was Zimri the sonne of Salu, prince of the familie of the Simeonites. Numbers 25:15 And the name of the Midianitish woman, that was slayne, was Cozbi the daughter of Zur, who was head ouer the people of his fathers house in Midian.
The Midianites are to be vexed.
Numbers 25:16 Againe ye Lord spake vnto Moses, saying, Numbers 25:17 Vexe the Midianites, and smite them: Numbers 25:18 For they trouble you with their wiles, wherewith they haue beguiled you as concerning Peor, & as concerning their sister Cozbi ye daughter of a prince of Midian, which was slayne in the day of the plague because of Peor.