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2-3 The Moabite women invited the men to come and join in their sacrifices to their false gods. So the Israelites joined in worshiping these false gods—they ate the sacrifices and worshiped these gods. There the Israelites began worshiping the false god, Baal of Peor. And the Lord became very angry with them.

The Lord said to Moses, “Get all the leaders of these people. Then kill them so that all the people can see.[a] Lay their bodies before the Lord. Then the Lord will not show his anger against all the Israelites.”

So Moses said to Israel’s judges, “Each of you must find the men in your tribe who have led people to worship the false god, Baal of Peor. Then you must kill these men.”

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Footnotes

  1. Numbers 25:4 so that all the people can see Literally, “before the sun.”

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