Compare Translations for Numbers 25:2

Numbers 25:2 ASV
for they called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods; and the people did eat, and bowed down to their gods.
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Numbers 25:2 BBE
For they sent for the people to be present at the offerings made to their gods; and the people took part in their feasts and gave honour to their gods.
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Numbers 25:2 CEB
The Moabite women invited the people to the sacrifices for their god. So the people ate a meal, and they worshipped their god.
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Numbers 25:2 CJB
These women invited the people to the sacrifices of their gods, where the people ate and bowed down to their gods.
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Numbers 25:2 RHE
Who called them to their sacrifices. And they ate of them, and adored their gods.
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Numbers 25:2 ESV
These invited the people to the sacrifices of their gods, and the people ate and bowed down to their gods.
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Numbers 25:2 GW
who invited the people to the sacrifices offered to their gods. The people ate the meat from the sacrifices and worshiped these gods.
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Numbers 25:2 GNT
These women invited them to sacrificial feasts, where the god of Moab was worshiped. The Israelites ate the food and worshiped the god
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Numbers 25:2 HNV
for they called the people to the sacrifices of their gods; and the people ate, and bowed down to their gods.
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Numbers 25:2 CSB
The women invited them to the sacrifices for their gods, and the people ate and bowed in worship to their gods.
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Numbers 25:2 KJV
And they called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods: and the people did eat , and bowed down to their gods.
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Numbers 25:2 LEB
And they invited the people to the sacrifices of their gods, and the people ate and worshiped their gods.
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Numbers 25:2 NAS
For they invited the people to the sacrifices of their gods, and the people ate and bowed down to their gods.
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Numbers 25:2 NCV
The women invited them to their sacrifices to their gods, and the Israelites ate food there and worshiped these gods.
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Numbers 25:2 NIRV
The women invited the men to feasts and sacrifices in honor of their gods. The people ate and bowed down in front of the statues of those gods.
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Numbers 25:2 NIV
who invited them to the sacrifices to their gods. The people ate and bowed down before these gods.
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Numbers 25:2 NKJV
They invited the people to the sacrifices of their gods, and the people ate and bowed down to their gods.
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Numbers 25:2 NLT
These women invited them to attend sacrifices to their gods, and soon the Israelites were feasting with them and worshiping the gods of Moab.
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Numbers 25:2 NRS
These invited the people to the sacrifices of their gods, and the people ate and bowed down to their gods.
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Numbers 25:2 RSV
These invited the people to the sacrifices of their gods, and the people ate, and bowed down to their gods.
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Numbers 25:2 DBY
And they invited the people to the sacrifices of their gods; and the people ate, and bowed down to their gods.
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Numbers 25:2 MSG
It started when the women invited the men to their sex-and-religion worship. They ate together and then worshiped their gods.
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Numbers 25:2 WBT
And they called the people to the sacrifices of their gods: and the people ate, and bowed down to their gods.
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Numbers 25:2 TMB
And they called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods, and the people ate and bowed down to their gods.
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Numbers 25:2 TNIV
who invited them to the sacrifices to their gods. The people ate the sacrificial meal and bowed down before these gods.
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Numbers 25:2 TYN
which called the people vnto ye sacrifyce of their goddes. And the people ate and worshipped their goddes
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Numbers 25:2 WEB
for they called the people to the sacrifices of their gods; and the people ate, and bowed down to their gods.
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Numbers 25:2 WYC
which daughters called them to their sacrifices, and they ate (the sacrificial food), and worshipped the gods of those daughters;
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Numbers 25:2 YLT
and they call for the people to the sacrifices of their gods, and the people eat, and bow themselves to their gods,
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Numbers 25 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 25

The Israelites enticed by the daughters of Moab and Midian. (1-5) Phinehas puts Zimri and Cozbi to death. (6-15) The Midianites to be punished. (16-18)

Verses 1-5 The friendship of the wicked is more dangerous than their enmity; for none can prevail against God's people if they are not overcome by their inbred lusts; nor can any enchantment hurt them, but the enticements of worldly interests and pleasures. Here is the sin of Israel, to which they are enticed by the daughters of Moab and Midian. Those are our worst enemies who draw us to sin, for that is the greatest mischief any man can do us. Israel's sin did that which all Balaam's enchantments could not do; it set God against them. Diseases are the fruits of God's anger, and the just punishments of prevailing sins; one infection follows the other. Ringleaders in sin ought to be made examples of justice.

Verses 6-15 Phinehas, in the courage of zeal and faith, executed vengeance on Zimri and Cozbi. This act can never be an example for private revenge, or religious persecution, or for irregular public vengeance.

Verses 16-18 We read not that any Midianites died of the plague; God punished them with the sword of an enemy, not with the rod of a father. We must set ourselves against whatever is an occasion of sin to us, ( matthew 5:29 matthew 5:30 ) . Whatever draws us to sin, should be a vexation to us, as a thorn in the flesh. And none will be more surely and severely punished than those who, after Satan's example, and with his subtlety, tempt others to sin.

Numbers 25 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

CHAPTER 25

Numbers 25:1-18 . THE ISRAELITES' WHOREDOM AND IDOLATRY WITH MOAB.

1. Israel abode in Shittim--a verdant meadow, so called from a grove of acacia trees which lined the eastern side of the Jordan. (See Numbers 33:49 ).

3. Israel joined himself unto Baal-peor--Baal was a general name for "lord," and Peor for a "mount" in Moab. The real name of the idol was Chemosh, and his rites of worship were celebrated by the grossest obscenity. In participating in this festival, then, the Israelites committed the double offense of idolatry and licentiousness.

4. The Lord said unto Moses, Take all the heads of the people, and hang them up--Israelite criminals, who were capitally punished, were first stoned or slain, and then gibbeted. The persons ordered here for execution were the principal delinquents in the Baal-peor outrage--the subordinate officers, rulers of tens or hundreds.
before the Lord--for vindicating the honor of the true God.
against the sun--that is, as a mark of public ignominy; but they were to be removed towards sunset ( Deuteronomy 21:23 ).

5. judges of Israel--the seventy elders, who were commanded not only to superintend the execution within their respective jurisdictions, but to inflict the punishment with their own hands.

6, 7. behold, one of the children of Israel . . . brought . . . a Midianitish woman--This flagitious act most probably occurred about the time when the order was given and before its execution.
who were weeping before the door of the tabernacle--Some of the rulers and well-disposed persons were deploring the dreadful wickedness of the people and supplicating the mercy of God to avert impending judgments.

8. the plague--some sudden and widespread mortality.

9. those that died in the plague were twenty and four thousand--Only twenty-three thousand perished ( 1 Corinthians 10:8 ) from pestilence. Moses includes those who died by the execution of the judges [ Numbers 25:5 ].

11-13. Phinehas . . . hath turned my wrath away--This assurance was a signal mark of honor that the stain of blood, instead of defiling, confirmed him in office and that his posterity should continue as long as the national existence of Israel.

14. Zimri, . . . a prince . . . among the Simeonites--Hebrew, "house of a father." The slaughter of a man of such high rank is mentioned as a proof of the undaunted zeal of Phinehas, for there might be numerous avengers of his blood.

17. Vex the Midianites, and smite them--They seem to have been the most guilty parties. (Compare Numbers 22:4 , 31:8 ).

18. they vex you with their wiles--Instead of open war, they plot insidious ways of accomplishing your ruin by idolatry and corruption.
their sister--their countrywoman.