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The Lord was angry with Israel because they had worshiped the god Baal Peor. So he said to Moses, “Take the Israelite leaders who are responsible for this and have them killed in front of my sacred tent where everyone can see. Maybe then I will stop being angry with the Israelites.”

Moses told Israel’s officials,[a] “Each of you must put to death any of your men who worshiped Baal.”

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Footnotes

  1. 25.5 officials: These were special leaders who were probably responsible for an entire tribe or part of a tribe.

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