25 Now Israel was dwelling in Shitʹtim.+ Then the people started to have immoral relations with the daughters of Moʹab.+ 2 And the women came calling the people to the sacrifices of their gods,+ and the people began to eat and to bow down to their gods.+ 3 So Israel* attached itself to the Baʹal of Peʹor;*+ and the anger of Jehovah began to blaze against Israel.+ 4 Hence Jehovah said to Moses: “Take all the head ones* of the people and expose* them to Jehovah+ toward the sun, that the burning anger of Jehovah may turn back from Israel.” 5 Then Moses said to the judges of Israel:+ “Each one of YOU kill+ his men who have an attachment with the Baʹal of Peʹor.” 6 But, look! a man+ of the sons of Israel came, and he was bringing near to his brothers* a Midʹi·an·ite woman+ before Moses’ eyes and before the eyes of all the assembly of the sons of Israel, while they were weeping at the entrance of the tent of meeting. 7 When Phinʹe·has+ the son of El·e·aʹzar the son of Aaron the priest caught sight of it, he at once got up from the midst of the assembly and took a lance in his hand. 8 Then he went after the man of Israel into the vaulted tent* and pierced both of them through, the man of Israel and the woman through her genital parts.* At that the scourge was halted from upon the sons of Israel.+ 9 And those who died from the scourge amounted to twenty-four thousand.+ 10 Then Jehovah spoke to Moses, saying: 11 “Phinʹe·has+ the son of El·e·aʹzar the son of Aaron the priest has turned back my wrath+ from upon the sons of Israel by his tolerating no rivalry at all toward me in the midst of them,+ so that I have not exterminated the sons of Israel in my insistence on exclusive devotion.+ 12 For that reason say, ‘Here I am giving him my covenant of peace. 13 And it must serve as the covenant of a priesthood to time indefinite for him and his offspring after him,+ due to the fact that he tolerated no rivalry toward his God+ and proceeded to make atonement for the sons of Israel.’”+ 14 Incidentally the name of the fatally struck Israelite man who was fatally struck with the Midʹi·an·i·tess was Zimʹri the son of Saʹlu, a chieftain+ of a paternal house of the Simʹe·on·ites. 15 And the name of the Midʹi·an·ite woman fatally struck was Cozʹbi the daughter of Zur;+ he was a head one of the clans of a paternal house in Midʹi·an.+ 16 Later Jehovah spoke to Moses, saying: 17 “Let there be a harassing* of the Midʹi·an·ites, and YOU men must strike them,+ 18 because they are harassing YOU with their deeds of cunning+ that they committed against YOU cunningly in the affair of Peʹor+ and in the affair of Cozʹbi+ the daughter of a chieftain of Midʹi·an, their sister who was fatally struck+ in the day of the scourge over the affair of Peʹor.”+
^ “Israel,” MLXXSyVg; Sam, “some of the sons of Israel.”
^ Or, “to Baal-peor.”
^ Or, “all the heads.”
^ “Expose,” that is, with legs and arms broken, MSy; TJVg, “hang”; LXX, “make an example of.”
^ Or, “women’s part (of the tent).”
^ “The genital parts,” Vg; LXX, “her womb.”
^ “Let there be a harassing.” In Heb. this is a verb in the infinitive absolute, indefinite as to time.