Israel at Shittim commit whoredom and idolatry.
Numbers 25:1 And Israel dwelt in Sittim, and the people beganne to commytte whoredome wyth the daughters of Moab, Numbers 25:2 whych called the people vnto the sacrifice of theyr Goddes. And the people ate & worshypped their Goddes, Numbers 25:3 and Israel coupled him selfe vnto Baal Peor. Then the Lorde was angry with Israel, Numbers 25:4 and sayed vnto Moses: take al the heades of the people, and hange them vp vnto the Lorde agaynste the sunne, that the wrathe of the Lorde maye turne away from Israel. Numbers 25:5 And Moses sayed vnto the iudges of Israel: go and slea those men that ioyned theym selues vnto Baal Peor.
Phinehas killeth Zimri and Cozbi.
Numbers 25:6 And behold, one of the children of Israell came & broughte vnto hys brethren, a Madianitish wyfe euen in the syght of Moses & in the sighte of al the multitude of the children of Israel, as they were weppyng in the dore of the tabernacle of wytnes. Numbers 25:7 And when Phinehes the sonne of Eleazar the sonne of Aaron the prieste sawe it, he rose vp out of the company & toke a weapen in hys hand, Numbers 25:8 & went after the man of Israel into the hore house and thrust them thorow: both the man of Israel and also the woman euen thorowe the bealy of hyr. And the plage ceased from the children of Israel. Numbers 25:9 And ther dyed in the plage .xxiiij. thousand.
God therfore giveth him an everlasting priesthood.
Numbers 25:10 And the Lord spake vnto Moses saying: Numbers 25:11 Phinehes the sonne of Eleazar the sonne of Aaron the prieste, hathe turned myne anger awaye from the chyldren of Israel, bycause he was gelouse for my sake amonge them that I had not consumed the chyldren of Israel in my gelousy. Numbers 25:12 Wherfore say: beholde I geue vnto him my couenaunt of peace, Numbers 25:13 & he shall haue it and hys sede after him, euen the couenaunt of the priestes office for euer, bycause he was gelous for his Goddes sake & made an atonement for the children of Israel. Numbers 25:14 The name of þe Israelite whiche was smitten wyth the Madianityshe wyfe, was Zamri the sonne of Salu, a Lorde of an aunciente house among the Simeonites. Numbers 25:15 And the name of the Madianittshe wyfe, was Cozby the daughter of Zura heade ouer the people of an auncient house in Madian.
The Midianites are to be vexed.
Numbers 25:16 And the Lord spake vnto Moses saying: Numbers 25:17 vexe the Madianytes & smyte them, Numbers 25:18 for they haue troubled you with their wiles with the whych they haue begiled you, thorow Peor and thorowe their sister Cozbi the daughter of a Lord in Madian, whiche was slayne in the day of the plage for Peors sake.