1 Corinthians 10:8
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New International Version
We should not commit sexual immorality, as some of them did--and in one day twenty-three thousand of them died.

New Living Translation
And we must not engage in sexual immorality as some of them did, causing 23,000 of them to die in one day.

English Standard Version
We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day.

Berean Study Bible
We should not commit sexual immorality, as some of them did, and in one day twenty-three thousand of them died.

Berean Literal Bible
Neither should we commit sexual immorality, as some of them committed sexual immorality, and twenty-three thousand fell in one day.

New American Standard Bible
Nor let us act immorally, as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in one day.

King James Bible
Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Let us not commit sexual immorality as some of them did, and in a single day 23,000 people fell dead.

International Standard Version
Let's stop sinning sexually, as some of them were doing, and on a single day 23,000 fell dead.

NET Bible
And let us not be immoral, as some of them were, and twenty-three thousand died in a single day.

New Heart English Bible
Neither let us commit sexual immorality, as some of them committed, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And neither should we commit fornication as some of them fornicated and 23,000 fell in one day.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We shouldn't sin sexually as some of them did. Twenty-three thousand of them died on one day.

New American Standard 1977
Nor let us act immorally, as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in one day.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed and fell dead: in one day, twenty-three thousand.

King James 2000 Bible
Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.

American King James Version
Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.

American Standard Version
Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed fornication, and there fell in one day three and twenty thousand.

Darby Bible Translation
Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed fornication, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.

English Revised Version
Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.

Webster's Bible Translation
Neither let us commit lewdness, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.

Weymouth New Testament
Nor may we be fornicators, like some of them who committed fornication and on a single day 23,000 of them fell dead.

World English Bible
Neither let us commit sexual immorality, as some of them committed, and in one day twenty-three thousand fell.

Young's Literal Translation
neither may we commit whoredom, as certain of them did commit whoredom, and there fell in one day twenty-three thousand;
Study Bible
Warnings from Israel's Past
7Do not be idolaters, as some of them were. As it is written: “The people sat down to eat and to drink, and got up to revel in idolatry.” 8We should not commit sexual immorality, as some of them did, and in one day twenty-three thousand of them died. 9We should not test Christ, as some of them did, and were killed by snakes.…
Cross References
Numbers 25:1
While Israel remained at Shittim, the people began to play the harlot with the daughters of Moab.

Numbers 25:9
Those who died by the plague were 24,000.

Matthew 5:32
But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, brings adultery upon her. And whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
Treasury of Scripture

Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.

1 Corinthians 6:9,18 Know you not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of …

Numbers 25:1-9 And Israel stayed in Shittim, and the people began to commit prostitution …

Psalm 106:29 Thus they provoked him to anger with their inventions: and the plague …

Revelation 2:14 But I have a few things against you, because you have there them …

(8) And fell in one day three and twenty thousand.--In Numbers 25:9 the statement is that twenty-four thousand perished. Various and ingenious attempts have been made to reconcile these two accounts of the actual numbers. The explanation most in harmony with the character of the writer, and the utterly unessential nature of the point historically, is, I venture to think, that either the Apostle quoted from memory a fact of no great importance, or else that he referred for his figures to some copy of the LXX., in which the numbers might be specified as here.

Verse 8. - Commit fornication. This sin was not only an ordinary accompaniment of idolatry, but often a consecrated part of it, as in the case of the thousand hierodouloi, or female attendants, in the temple of Aphrodite on Acro-Corinthus. Three and twenty thousand. The number given in Numbers 25:9 is twenty-four thousand. We cannot give any account of the discrepancy, which is, however, quite unimportant. Neither let us commit fornication,.... To which the Corinthians were much addicted: hence the apostle elsewhere, in this epistle, makes use of arguments, to dissuade from it, as he does here, they judging it to be no evil:

as some of them committed; i.e. fornication; as they did at Shittim, with the daughters of Moab, Numbers 25:1 which was a stratagem of Balaam's, and the advice he gave to Balak king of Moab, to draw them into that sin, which made way for their commission of idolatry, which they committed by eating the sacrifices of their gods, and bowing down unto them; particularly they joined themselves to Baal Peor, the same with Priapus, one part of whose religious rites lay in acts of uncleanness, and this brought the divine displeasure on them:

and fell in one day three and twenty thousand; in Numbers 25:9 the number said to be "twenty and four thousand": and so say all the three Targums on the place (w), and both the Talmuds (x) and others (y); on the other hand, all the Greek copies of this epistle, and the Oriental versions, agree in the number of twenty and three thousand; so that it does not appear to be any mistake of copies, in either Testament. To reconcile this matter, or at least to abate the difficulties of it, let the following things be observed; as that the apostle does not write as an historian, and so not with that exactness as Moses did; besides, he does not say that there fell "only" three and twenty thousand, and this beings lesser number than is contained in his, and so a certain truth; moreover, Moses and the apostle use different words in their account; Moses says there died so many, including the heads of the people that were hanged up against the sun, and all that perished by the sword; the apostle says, that there fell such a number, referring only to the latter, who only could be properly said to fall, and not those that were hanged up: now the heads of the people that suffered the first kind of death, might, as is very probable, be a thousand; and they that died in the other way, three and twenty thousand, which make the sums to agree, and both are expressed by Moses, under the general name of a plague or stroke; to all this, that the apostle uses a limiting clause, which Moses does not, and says that these three and twenty thousand fell in one day. So that it is very likely that the heads of the people, supposed to be a thousand, were hanged up in one day; and the three and twenty thousand that fell by the sword died the next, which the apostle only takes notice of. Hence the Jew (z) has no reason to charge the apostle with an error.

(w) Targum Onkelos, Jon. ben Uzziel & Jerusalem in Numb, xxv. 9. (x) T. Hieros Sota, fol. 21. 4. T. Bab. Sanhedrin, fol. 106. 1.((y) Midrash Kohelet, fol. 68. 4. Tzeror Hammor, fol. 127. 3.((z) R. Isaac Chizzuk Emuna, par. 2. c. 36. p. 468. 8. fornication—literally, Fornication was generally, as in this case (Nu 25:1-18), associated at the idol feasts with spiritual fornication, that is, idolatry. This all applied to the Corinthians (1Co 5:1, 9; 6:9, 15, 18; 1Co 8:10). Balaam tempted Israel to both sins with Midian (Re 2:14). Compare 1Co 8:7, 9, "stumbling-block," "eat … thing offered unto … idol."

three and twenty thousand—in Nu 25:9 "twenty and four thousand." If this were a real discrepancy, it would militate rather against inspiration of the subject matter and thought, than against verbal inspiration. The solution is: Moses in Numbers includes all who died "in the plague"; Paul, all who died "in one day"; one thousand more may have fallen the next day [Kitto, Biblical Cyclopædia]. Or, the real number may have been between twenty-three thousand and twenty-four thousand, say twenty-three thousand five hundred, or twenty-three thousand six hundred; when writing generally where the exact figures were not needed, one writer might quite veraciously give one of the two round numbers near the exact one, and the other writer the other [Bengel]. Whichever be the true way of reconciling the seeming discrepant statements, at least the ways given above prove they are not really irreconcilable.10:6-14 Carnal desires gain strength by indulgence, therefore should be checked in their first rise. Let us fear the sins of Israel, if we would shun their plagues. And it is but just to fear, that such as tempt Christ, will be left by him in the power of the old serpent. Murmuring against God's disposals and commands, greatly provokes him. Nothing in Scripture is written in vain; and it is our wisdom and duty to learn from it. Others have fallen, and so may we. The Christian's security against sin is distrust of himself. God has not promised to keep us from falling, if we do not look to ourselves. To this word of caution, a word of comfort is added. Others have the like burdens, and the like temptations: what they bear up under, and break through, we may also. God is wise as well as faithful, and will make our burdens according to our strength. He knows what we can bear. He will make a way to escape; he will deliver either from the trial itself, or at least the mischief of it. We have full encouragement to flee from sin, and to be faithful to God. We cannot fall by temptation, if we cleave fast to him. Whether the world smiles or frowns, it is an enemy; but believers shall be strengthened to overcome it, with all its terrors and enticements. The fear of the Lord, put into their hearts, will be the great means of safety.
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