Israel at Shittim commit whoredom and idolatry.
Numbers 25:1 And Israel dwelt in Sittim, and the people began to committe whoredome with the daughters of Moab, Numbers 25:2 which called the people vnto þe sacryfyce of theyr goddes. And the people dyd eate, and worshypped theyr goddes, Numbers 25:3 & Israel coupled him selfe vnto Baal Peor. And the indignacyon of the Lorde was prouoked agaynst Israel, Numbers 25:4 and the Lorde sayde vnto Moses: take all the heades of the people, & hange them vp before the Lorde agaynst the sonne, that the wrath of the Lordes countenaunce maye be tourned awaye from Israel. Numbers 25:5 And Moses sayd vnto þe iudges of Israel euery one slaye hys men that were ioyned vnto Baal Peor.
Phinehas killeth Zimri and Cozbi.
Numbers 25:6 And beholde, one of the chyldren of Israel came and broughte vnto his brethren, a Madianitish wyfe euen in the syghte of Moses, and in the sight of all þe multitude of the children of Israel, that wepte before the dore of the tabernacle of witnesse. Numbers 25:7 And when Phinehes the sonne of Eleazar the sonne of Aaron the preaste sawe it, he rose vp oute of the myddes of the companie, and toke a weapon in hys hande, Numbers 25:8 and went after the man of Israel into the tent, and thrust them thorowe: both the man of Israel and also the woman, euen thorowe the belly of her. And the plage ceased from the chyldren of Israel. Numbers 25:9 And there dyed in the plage .xxiiii. thousande.
God therfore giveth him an everlasting priesthood.
Numbers 25:10 And the Lorde spake vnto Moses saying: Numbers 25:11 Phinehes the sonne of Eleazar the sonne of Aaron the preaste, hath tourned myne anger awaye from the chyldren of Israel, whyle he was gelous for my sake amonge them, that I had not consumed the chyldren of Israel in my gelousye. Numbers 25:12 Wherfore saye: beholde, I geue vnto him my couenaunt of peace, Numbers 25:13 and he shall haue it, & his seed after him, euen the couenaunte of the preastes offyce for euer because he was gelous for his Goddes sake, and made an attonement for the chyldren of Israel. Numbers 25:14 The name of þe Israelite whych was slayne with the Madianytyshe wyfe was Zamri the sonne of Salu, a Lorde of an house and kynred of Symeon. Numbers 25:15 And the name of the Madianitish wyfe that was slayne, was Cozbi þe daughter of Zur, a heed ouer the people of an house and kynred of Madian.
The Midianites are to be vexed.
Numbers 25:16 And the Lord spake vnto Moses, saying: Numbers 25:17 vexe the Madianites, and smyte them, Numbers 25:18 for they trouble you with theyr wyles, whyche haue begyled you by disceate in the cause of Peor, and in the cause of theyr syster Cozbi the daughter of a Lorde of the Madianites, which was slayne in the daye of the plage for Peor sake.