Behold, these caused the children of Israel, through
counsel of Balaam
Who advised the Midianites to send their women into the camp of Israel, and allure them to uncleanness, and so draw them into idolatry, which counsel they followed and it succeeded; for, by this means, they were brought
to commit trespass against the Lord in the matter of
by worshipping Baalpeor, the god of the Moabites and Midianites; whereby they transgressed the commandment of God, which forbid them having and worshipping any other gods besides him, and is a sin highly offensive to him, being greatly derogatory to his honour and glory:
and there was a plague among the congregation of the
for that sin; and in that plague died 24,000 persons, ( Numbers 25:9 ) .