Numbers 25:2
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New International Version
who invited them to the sacrifices to their gods. The people ate the sacrificial meal and bowed down before these gods.

New Living Translation
These women invited them to attend sacrifices to their gods, so the Israelites feasted with them and worshiped the gods of Moab.

English Standard Version
These invited the people to the sacrifices of their gods, and the people ate and bowed down to their gods.

Berean Study Bible
who also invited them to the sacrifices for their gods. And the people ate and bowed down to these gods.

New American Standard Bible
For they invited the people to the sacrifices of their gods, and the people ate and bowed down to their gods.

King James Bible
And they called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods: and the people did eat, and bowed down to their gods.

Christian Standard Bible
The women invited them to the sacrifices for their gods, and the people ate and bowed in worship to their gods.

Contemporary English Version
These women then invited the men to ceremonies where sacrifices were offered to their gods. The men ate the meat from the sacrifices and worshiped the Moabite gods.

Good News Translation
These women invited them to sacrificial feasts, where the god of Moab was worshiped. The Israelites ate the food and worshiped the god

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The women invited them to the sacrifices for their gods, and the people ate and bowed in worship to their gods.

International Standard Version
who also invited the people to the sacrifices of their gods. So the people ate what they had sacrificed and then worshipped their gods.

NET Bible
These women invited the people to the sacrifices of their gods; then the people ate and bowed down to their gods.

New Heart English Bible
for they called the people to the sacrifices of their gods; and the people ate, and bowed down to their gods.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
who invited the people to the sacrifices offered to their gods. The people ate the meat from the sacrifices and worshiped these gods.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And they called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods; and the people did eat, and bowed down to their gods.

New American Standard 1977
For they invited the people to the sacrifices of their gods, and the people ate and bowed down to their gods.

Jubilee Bible 2000
who called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods; and the people ate and bowed down to their gods.

King James 2000 Bible
And they called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods: and the people did eat, and bowed down to their gods.

American King James Version
And they called the people to the sacrifices of their gods: and the people did eat, and bowed down to their gods.

American Standard Version
for they called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods; and the people did eat, and bowed down to their gods.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Who called them to their sacrifices. And they ate of them, and adored their gods.

Darby Bible Translation
And they invited the people to the sacrifices of their gods; and the people ate, and bowed down to their gods.

English Revised Version
for they called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods; and the people did eat, and bowed down to their gods.

Webster's Bible Translation
And they called the people to the sacrifices of their gods: and the people ate, and bowed down to their gods.

World English Bible
for they called the people to the sacrifices of their gods; and the people ate, and bowed down to their gods.

Young's Literal Translation
and they call for the people to the sacrifices of their gods, and the people eat, and bow themselves to their gods,
Study Bible
Moab Seduces Israel
1While Israel was staying in Acacia Grove, the men began to indulge in sexual immorality with the daughters of Moab, 2who also invited them to the sacrifices for their gods. And the people ate and bowed down to these gods. 3So Israel joined in worshiping Baal of Peor, and the LORD’s anger burned against them.…
Cross References
Exodus 22:20
Whoever sacrifices to any god except the LORD alone must be utterly destroyed.

Exodus 32:6
So the next day they arose, offered burnt offerings, and presented peace offerings. And the people sat down to eat and drink, and got up to indulge in revelry.

Exodus 34:15
Do not make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, for when they prostitute themselves to their gods and sacrifice to them, they will invite you, and you will eat their sacrifices;

Deuteronomy 32:38
which ate the fat of their sacrifices and drank the wine of their drink offerings? Let them rise up and help you; let them give you shelter!

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

Jeremiah 40:11
When all the Jews in Moab, Ammon, Edom, and all the other lands heard that the king of Babylon had left a remnant in Judah and had appointed Gedaliah son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, over them,

Treasury of Scripture

And they called the people to the sacrifices of their gods: and the people did eat, and bowed down to their gods.

joined

Numbers 25:5 And Moses said to the judges of Israel, Slay you every one his men …

Deuteronomy 4:3,4 Your eyes have seen what the LORD did because of Baalpeor: for all …

Joshua 22:17 Is the iniquity of Peor too little for us, from which we are not …

Psalm 106:28,29 They joined themselves also to Baalpeor, and ate the sacrifices of the dead…

Hosea 9:10 I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers …

the anger

Joshua 22:17 Is the iniquity of Peor too little for us, from which we are not …

Judges 2:14,20 And the anger of the LORD was hot against Israel, and he delivered …

Psalm 90:11 Who knows the power of your anger? even according to your fear, so …

Jeremiah 17:4 And you, even yourself, shall discontinue from your heritage that I gave you…







(2) And they called the people . . . --The Moabitish women invited the Israelites to their sacrificial feasts, which were celebrated in honour of Baal-peor, who was worshipped in the city of Beth-peor (Deuteronomy 3:29). He is supposed to be identical with Chemosh, the Moabitish god of war.

Verse 2. - And they called, i.e., the women of Moab, encouraged to do so by the licentious intercourse which had sprung up. Without such encouragement it is difficult to suppose that they would have ventured on such a step. And the people did eat. Gluttony added its seductions to lust. No doubt this generation were as weary of the manna and as eager for other and heavier food as their fathers had been (see on Numbers 11:4; 21:5). And they called the people unto the sacrifices of their gods,.... That is, the daughters of Moab and Midian, with whom the children of Israel carried on an unlawful correspondence, invited them, their gallants, to come and partake of the feasts which attended the sacrifices of their idols; for part of what was offered to idols a feast was kept with, to which great numbers were invited, and which was observed with all the circumstances of joy and pleasure imaginable, and which was very ensnaring, especially to young people; and the children of Israel being so much enamoured with the beauty of the Moabitish women, and so strong were their lusts and passions, that they could not refuse the invitation:

and the people did eat: of the things sacrificed to idols, and so became guilty of idolatry, even by so doing, and then when they had eaten and drank, and were merry, they were led on to other acts of idolatry:

and bowed down to their gods: which was a plain and open act of idolatry, whereby they testified their faith in their divinity, their reverence of them, and their homage and obedience to them: Jarchi says, when the evil concupiscence or lust was strong in them, and they solicited the daughters of Moab to hearken to them, and comply with them, they used to take the image of Peor out of their bosom, and said, worship this, signifying that on that condition they would gratify them; and thus whoredom led them on to idolatry, and they committed the one for the sake of being indulged in the other. 25:1-5 The friendship of the wicked is more dangerous than their enmity; for none can prevail against God's people if they are not overcome by their inbred lusts; nor can any enchantment hurt them, but the enticements of worldly interests and pleasures. Here is the sin of Israel, to which they are enticed by the daughters of Moab and Midian. Those are our worst enemies who draw us to sin, for that is the greatest mischief any man can do us. Israel's sin did that which all Balaam's enchantments could not do; it set God against them. Diseases are the fruits of God's anger, and the just punishments of prevailing sins; one infection follows the other. Ringleaders in sin ought to be made examples of justice.
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