Israel at Shittim commit whoredom and idolatry.
Numbers 25:1 And Israel abode in Shittim, and the people began to commit lewdness with the daughters of Moab. Numbers 25:2 And they called the people to the sacrifices of their gods: and the people ate, and bowed down to their gods. Numbers 25:3 And Israel joined himself to Baal-peor: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel. Numbers 25:4 And the LORD said to Moses, Take all the heads of the people, and hang them up before the LORD against the sun, that the fierce anger of the LORD may be turned away from Israel. Numbers 25:5 And Moses said to the judges of Israel, Slay ye every one his men that were joined to Baal-peor.
Phinehas killeth Zimri and Cozbi.
Numbers 25:6 And, behold, one of the children of Israel came and brought to his brethren a Midianitish woman in the sight of Moses, and in the sight of all the congregation of the children of Israel, who [were] weeping [before] the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. Numbers 25:7 And when Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw [it], he rose from among the congregation, and took a javelin in his hand; Numbers 25:8 And he went after the man of Israel into the tent, and thrust both of them through, the man of Israel, and the woman through her belly: So the plague was stayed from the children of Israel. Numbers 25:9 And those that died in the plague were twenty and four thousand.
God therfore giveth him an everlasting priesthood.
Numbers 25:10 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, Numbers 25:11 Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, hath turned my wrath away from the children of Israel, (while he was zealous for my sake among them,) that I consumed not the children of Israel in my jealousy. Numbers 25:12 Wherefore say, Behold, I give to him my covenant of peace. Numbers 25:13 And he shall have it, and his seed after him, [even] the covenant of an everlasting priesthood; because he was zealous for his God, and made an atonement for the children of Israel. Numbers 25:14 Now the name of the Israelite that was slain, [even] that was slain with the Midianitish woman, [was] Zimri, the son of Salu, a prince of a chief house among the Simeonites. Numbers 25:15 And the name of the Midianitish woman that was slain [was] Cozbi the daughter of Zur; he [was] head over a people, [and] of a chief house in Midian.
The Midianites are to be vexed.
Numbers 25:16 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, Numbers 25:17 Distress the Midianites, and smite them: Numbers 25:18 For they distress you with their wiles, with which they have beguiled you in the matter of Peor, and in the matter of Cozbi, the daughter of a prince of Midian their sister, who was slain in the day of the plague for Peor's sake.