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Jehovah’s Witnesses

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NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (1984 EDITION) See 2013 revision

Numbers 25:1-18

25  Now Israel was dwelling in Shit′tim.+ Then the people started to have immoral relations with the daughters of Mo′ab.+  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.+  So Israel* attached itself to the Ba′al of Pe′or;*+ and the anger of Jehovah began to blaze against Israel.+  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.”  Then Moses said to the judges of Israel:+ “Each one of YOU kill+ his men who have an attachment with the Ba′al of Pe′or.”  But, look! a man+ of the sons of Israel came, and he was bringing near to his brothers* a Mid′i·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.  When Phin′e·has+ the son of El·e·a′zar 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.  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.+  And those who died from the scourge amounted to twenty-four thousand.+ 10  Then Jehovah spoke to Moses, saying: 11  “Phin′e·has+ the son of El·e·a′zar 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 Mid′i·an·i·tess was Zim′ri the son of Sa′lu, a chieftain+ of a paternal house of the Sim′e·on·ites. 15  And the name of the Mid′i·an·ite woman fatally struck was Coz′bi the daughter of Zur;+ he was a head one of the clans of a paternal house in Mid′i·an.+ 16  Later Jehovah spoke to Moses, saying: 17  “Let there be a harassing* of the Mid′i·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 Pe′or+ and in the affair of Coz′bi+ the daughter of a chieftain of Mid′i·an, their sister who was fatally struck+ in the day of the scourge over the affair of Pe′or.”+

Footnotes

“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.”
Possibly, “to his tent.” Compare Ge 31:25 ftn.
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.