Israel at Shittim commit whoredom and idolatry.
Numbers 25:1 And Israel dwelleth in Shittim, and the people begin to go a-whoring unto daughters of Moab, Numbers 25:2 and they call for the people to the sacrifices of their gods, and the people eat, and bow themselves to their gods, Numbers 25:3 and Israel is joined to Baal-Peor, and the anger of Jehovah burneth against Israel. Numbers 25:4 And Jehovah saith unto Moses, 'Take all the chiefs of the people, and hang them before Jehovahover-against the sun; and the fierceness of the anger of Jehovah doth turn back from Israel.' Numbers 25:5 And Moses saith unto the judges of Israel, 'Slay ye each his men who are joined to Baal-Peor.'
Phinehas killeth Zimri and Cozbi.
Numbers 25:6 And lo, a man of the sons of Israel hath come, and bringeth in unto his brethren the Midianitess, before the eyes of Moses, and before the eyes of all the company of the sons of Israel, who are weeping at the opening of the tent of meeting; Numbers 25:7 and Phinehas, son of Eleazar, son of Aaron, the priest, seeth, and riseth from the midst of the company, and taketh a javelin in his hand, Numbers 25:8 and goeth in after the man of Israel unto the hollow place, and pierceth them both, the man of Israel and the womanunto her belly, and the plague is restrained from the sons of Israel; Numbers 25:9 and the dead by the plague are four and twenty thousand.
God therfore giveth him an everlasting priesthood.
Numbers 25:10 And Jehovah speaketh unto Moses, saying, Numbers 25:11 'Phinehas, son of Eleazar, son of Aaron the priest, hath turned back My fury from the sons of Israel, by his being zealous with My zeal in their midst, and I have not consumed the sons of Israel in My zeal. Numbers 25:12 'Therefore say, Lo, I am giving to him My covenant of peace, Numbers 25:13 and it hath been to him and to his seed after him a covenant of a priesthood age-during, because that he hath been zealous for his God, and doth make atonement for the sons of Israel.' Numbers 25:14 And the name of the man of Israel who is smitten, who hath been smitten with the Midianitess, [is] Zimri son of Salu, prince of the house of a father of the Simeonite; Numbers 25:15 and the name of the woman who is smitten, the Midianitess, [is] Cozbi daughter of Zur, head of a peopleof the house of a father in Midian [is] he.
The Midianites are to be vexed.
Numbers 25:16 And Jehovah speaketh unto Moses, saying, Numbers 25:17 'Distress the Midianites, and ye have smitten them, Numbers 25:18 for they are adversaries to you with their frauds, [with] which they have acted fraudulently to you, concerning the matter of Peor, and concerning the matter of Cozbi, daughter of a prince of Midian, their sister, who is smitten in the day of the plague for the matter of Peor.'