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Moabe seduz Israel

11/2 Enquanto Israel estava acampado em Sitim alguns dos homens do povo começaram a juntar­se com as raparigas moabitas. Estas por sua vez também os convidavam para os sacrifícios aos seus deuses, e em breve os homens não só assistiam aos festejos como até já se inclinavam em adoração perante aqueles ídolos. Portanto Israel tornou­se ligado a Baal, o deus de Moabe. E a cólera do Senhor acendeu­se contra o seu povo.

Por isso deu a seguinte ordem a Moisés: “Executa todos os chefes de tribo, de Israel. Enforca­os em plena luz do dia, para que a cólera do seu Deus se retire deles. E assim Moisés ordenou aos juízes que executassem todos os que tinham adorado Baal.

Contudo, um dos homens israelitas trouxe uma rapariga midianita para o acampamento, ali mesmo diante dos olhos de Moisés e de todo o povo, enquanto choravam à porta do tabernáculo. 7/9 Finéias, filho de Eleazar e neto de Arão, perante isto, avançou do sítio em que se encontrava, pegou numa lança, correu para a tenda daquele homem, para onde já tinha levado entretanto a rapariga, e atravessou­os a ambos com a lança, a qual perfurando o homem, veio enterrar­se no estômago da moabita. Com isso parou uma praga que entretanto se alastrara, mas não sem que vinte e quatro mil pessoas tivessem já morrido.

10 Então o Senhor disse a Moisés: 11 “Finéias, o filho de Eleazar e neto de Arão, o sacerdote, conseguiu afastar a minha cólera, porque estava tão indignado como eu, com zelo pela minha honra; e dessa maneira suspendi a destruição de todo Israel, como era minha intenção. 12/13 Por isso, em consequência do que ele fez, do zelo que demonstrou pelo seu Deus, e porque dessa forma fez resgate pelo povo de Israel, prometo que tanto ele como os seus descendentes serão sacerdotes para sempre.”

14/15 O nome do homem que foi morto com a rapariga midianita era Zimri, filho de Salu, chefe da tribo de Simeão. O da rapariga era Cozbi, filha de Zur, príncipe midianita.

16/17 O Senhor disse a Moisés: “Destrói os midianitas, porque eles perturbaram­vos com os seus enganos, levaram­vos até a adorar Baal, e seduziram­vos, como foi com esse caso de Cozbi, a midianita.

New International Reader's Version

Numbers 25

Moab Leads Israel Astray

1Israel was staying in Shittim. The men of Israel began to commit sexual sins with the women of Moab. The women invited the men to feasts and sacrifices to honor their gods. The people ate the sacrifices and bowed down in front of the statues of those gods. So Israel joined in worshiping the god named Baal that was worshiped at Peor. The Lord became very angry with Israel.

The Lord said to Moses, “Take all the leaders of these people. Kill them. Put their dead bodies out in the open. I want to see you do it in the middle of the day. Then I will not be angry with Israel.”

So Moses spoke to Israel’s judges. He said, “Some of your people have joined in worshiping the god named Baal that is worshiped at Peor. Each of you must kill the people in your tribe who have done that.”

Then an Israelite man brought into the camp a Midianite woman. He did it right in front of the eyes of Moses and the whole community of Israel. They were weeping at the entrance to the tent of meeting. Phinehas was a priest. He was the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron. When Phinehas saw what had happened, he left the people. He took a spear in his hand. He followed the man into the tent. Phinehas stuck the spear through the man and into the woman’s stomach. Then the Lord stopped the plague against the Israelites. But the plague had already killed 24,000 of them.

10 The Lord said to Moses, 11 “Phinehas is a priest. He is the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron. Phinehas has turned my anger away from the Israelites. I am committed to making sure I am honored among them. And he is as committed as I am. So even though I was angry with them, I did not put an end to them. 12 So tell Phinehas I am making my covenant with him. It is my promise to give him peace. 13 He and his sons after him will have a covenant to be priests forever. That is because he was committed to making sure that I, his God, was honored. In that way he paid for the sin of the Israelites.”

14 The name of the Israelite man who was killed was Zimri. He was the son of Salu. Zimri was killed along with the Midianite woman. Salu was a family leader in the tribe of Simeon. 15 The name of the Midianite woman who was killed was Kozbi. She was the daughter of Zur. He was the chief of a Midianite family.

16 The Lord spoke to Moses. He said, 17 “Treat the Midianites just as you would treat enemies. Kill them. 18 After all, they treated you like enemies. They tricked you into worshiping the god named Baal that is worshiped at Peor. They also tricked you because of what Kozbi did. She was the woman killed when the plague came that was connected with Peor. Kozbi was the daughter of a Midianite leader.”