Numbers 25:12

12 Therefore tell him I am making my covenant of peace with him.

Numbers 25:12 in Other Translations

12 Wherefore say, Behold, I give unto him my covenant of peace:
12 Therefore say, 'Behold, I give to him my covenant of peace,
12 Now tell him that I am making my special covenant of peace with him.
12 So tell him that I am making a Covenant-of-Peace with him.
12 Therefore declare: I grant him My covenant of peace.

Numbers 25:12 Meaning and Commentary

Numbers 25:12

Wherefore say
Moses is bid to tell what follows to Phinehas himself, for his comfort and encouragement, and to the people of Israel, that they might take notice of it, and give him honour and respect, as one highly esteemed by the Lord:

behold, I give unto him my covenant of peace;
not only hereby assuring him that he had nothing to fear from the brethren and relations of the person he had slain, as Aben Ezra; but that he should enjoy all peace and happiness, external, internal, and eternal: Baal Hatfurira on the place says, that "Shalom", peace, is by geometry, or numerically, the Messiah; who is the peace, the peace maker, and peace giver, and in whom all the blessings of grace and peace are: and if this covenant is the same with the covenant of the priesthood in the next verse, it may be so called, because the priests had a peculiar nearness to God, and enjoyed his friendship, favour, and peace with him, and because the right administration of their office was the means of peace between God and his people; in this also Phinehas was a type of Christ; the covenant of grace made with him is called the covenant of peace, ( Isaiah 54:10 ) ( Malachi 2:5 ) for in this covenant the scheme of peace and reconciliation was formed, agreed to, and settled; Christ was appointed the peace maker, which he agreed to be; and in consequence of it was sent and obtained peace by the blood of his cross, which is published in the everlasting Gospel, called therefore the Gospel of peace.

Numbers 25:12 In-Context

10 The LORD said to Moses,
11 “Phinehas son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron, the priest, has turned my anger away from the Israelites. Since he was as zealous for my honor among them as I am, I did not put an end to them in my zeal.
12 Therefore tell him I am making my covenant of peace with him.
13 He and his descendants will have a covenant of a lasting priesthood, because he was zealous for the honor of his God and made atonement for the Israelites.”
14 The name of the Israelite who was killed with the Midianite woman was Zimri son of Salu, the leader of a Simeonite family.

Cross References 1

  • 1. Isaiah 11:9; Isaiah 54:10; Ezekiel 34:25; Ezekiel 37:26; Malachi 2:4,5
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