25:1 And Israel abode in Shittim, and the people began to commit whoredom with the a daughters of Moab.
(a) With the women. 25:3 And Israel b joined himself unto Baalpeor: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel.
(b) Worshipped the idol of the Moabites, which was in the hill Peor. 25:4 And the LORD said unto Moses, Take all the heads of the people, and hang them up before the LORD c against the sun, that the fierce anger of the LORD may be turned away from Israel.
(c) Openly in the sight of all. 25:5 And Moses said unto the judges of Israel, Slay ye every one his d men that were joined unto Baalpeor.
(d) Let him execute those that are under his charge. 25:6 And, behold, one of the children of Israel came and brought unto his brethren a Midianitish woman in the sight of Moses, and in the sight of all the congregation of the children of Israel, e who [were] weeping [before] the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.
(e) Repenting that they had offended God. 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 f was zealous for my sake among them, that I consumed not the children of Israel in my jealousy.
(f) He was zealous to maintain my glory. 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 g atonement for the children of Israel.
(g) He has pacified Gods wrath. 25:18 For they vex you with their h wiles, wherewith they have beguiled you in the matter of Peor, and in the matter of Cozbi, the daughter of a prince of Midian, their sister, which was slain in the day of the plague for Peors sake.
(h) Causing you to commit both corporal and spiritual fornication by Balaams counsel, ( Numbers 31:16 ; Revelation 2:14 ).