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The people joined the Baal-peor cult.[a] As a result, the anger of the Lord flared up against Israel, so the Lord told Moses, “Take all the leaders of the people and execute[b] them in broad daylight for the Lord, so the Lord’s burning anger may be withdrawn from Israel.”

Then Moses ordered the judges of Israel, “Each one of you is to execute the men in his own tribe[c] who joined the Baal-peor cult.”

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  1. Numbers 25:3 Lit. joined themselves to Baal-Peor; and so throughout the chapter
  2. Numbers 25:4 Or hang
  3. Numbers 25:5 The Heb. lacks in his own tribe

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