Numbers 25:3
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So Israel yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor. And the LORD's anger burned against them.

King James Bible
And Israel joined himself unto Baalpeor: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel.

Darby Bible Translation
And Israel joined himself to Baal-Peor; and the anger of Jehovah was kindled against Israel.

World English Bible
Israel joined himself to Baal Peor: and the anger of Yahweh was kindled against Israel.

Young's Literal Translation
and Israel is joined to Baal-Peor, and the anger of Jehovah burneth against Israel.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Israel joined himself unto Baal-peor - The same as the Priapus of the Romans, and worshipped with the same obscene rites as we have frequently had occasion to remark.

The joining to Baal-peor, mentioned here, was probably what St. Paul had in view when he said, 2 Corinthians 6:14 : Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers. And this joining, though done even in a matrimonial way, was nevertheless fornication, (see Revelation 2:14), as no marriage between an Israelite and a Midianite could be legitimate, according to the law of God. See the propositions at the close of the preceding chapter Numbers 24:25 (note).

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all the heads

Numbers 25:14,15,18 Now the name of the Israelite that was slain, even that was slain with the Midianitish woman, was Zimri, the son of Salu...

Exodus 18:25 And Moses chose able men out of all Israel, and made them heads over the people, rulers of thousands, rulers of hundreds...

Deuteronomy 4:3 Your eyes have seen what the LORD did because of Baalpeor: for all the men that followed Baalpeor...

Joshua 22:17 Is the iniquity of Peor too little for us, from which we are not cleansed until this day...

Joshua 23:2 And Joshua called for all Israel, and for their elders, and for their heads, and for their judges, and for their officers...

and hang. Dr. Kennicott remarks, that the Samaritan and Hebrew texts must be united to make the sense of this verse complete: And the Lord said unto Moses, Speak unto all the heads of the people; and let them slay the men that were joined to Baal-peor; and hang them up before the Lord, against the sun.

Deuteronomy 13:6-9,13,15 If your brother, the son of your mother, or your son, or your daughter, or the wife of your bosom, or your friend...

Deuteronomy 21:23 His body shall not remain all night on the tree, but you shall in any wise bury him that day...

2 Samuel 21:6,9 Let seven men of his sons be delivered to us, and we will hang them up to the LORD in Gibeah of Saul, whom the LORD did choose...

Esther 7:9,10 And Harbonah, one of the chamberlains, said before the king, Behold also, the gallows fifty cubits high...

that the fierce

Numbers 25:11 Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, has turned my wrath away from the children of Israel...

Deuteronomy 13:17 And there shall stick nothing of the cursed thing to your hand: that the LORD may turn from the fierceness of his anger...

Joshua 7:25,26 And Joshua said, Why have you troubled us? the LORD shall trouble you this day. And all Israel stoned him with stones...

Psalm 85:3,4 You have taken away all your wrath: you have turned yourself from the fierceness of your anger...

Jonah 3:9 Who can tell if God will turn and repent, and turn away from his fierce anger, that we perish not?

Whether Vengeance is Lawful?
Objection 1: It seems that vengeance is not lawful. For whoever usurps what is God's sins. But vengeance belongs to God, for it is written (Dt. 32:35, Rom. 12:19): "Revenge to Me, and I will repay." Therefore all vengeance is unlawful. Objection 2: Further, he that takes vengeance on a man does not bear with him. But we ought to bear with the wicked, for a gloss on Cant 2:2, "As the lily among the thorns," says: "He is not a good man that cannot bear with a wicked one." Therefore we should not take
Saint Thomas Aquinas—Summa Theologica

How those that are at Variance and those that are at Peace are to be Admonished.
(Admonition 23.) Differently to be admonished are those that are at variance and those that are at peace. For those that are at variance are to be admonished to know most certainly that, in whatever virtues they may abound, they can by no means become spiritual if they neglect becoming united to their neighbours by concord. For it is written, But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace (Gal. v. 22). He then that has no care to keep peace refuses to bear the fruit of the Spirit. Hence Paul
Leo the Great—Writings of Leo the Great

Cross References
Deuteronomy 4:3
You saw with your own eyes what the LORD did at Baal Peor. The LORD your God destroyed from among you everyone who followed the Baal of Peor,

Psalm 106:28
They yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor and ate sacrifices offered to lifeless gods;

Psalm 106:29
they aroused the LORD's anger by their wicked deeds, and a plague broke out among them.

Hosea 9:10
"When I found Israel, it was like finding grapes in the desert; when I saw your ancestors, it was like seeing the early fruit on the fig tree. But when they came to Baal Peor, they consecrated themselves to that shameful idol and became as vile as the thing they loved.

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