Now while the children of Israel dwelt at Shittim, they began to commit harlotry with the daughters of Moab. And the people were invited to feast with their gods and to bow down and worship their gods including the god Baal-Peor and the wrath of God was kindled against Israel.
And the Lord God told Moses to take all the heads of the people and hand them up in the sun before the face of the Lord that His fierce anger against the people of Israel may be abated.
So Moses ordered the judges to slay every one of his men that walked after Baal-Peor. And one of the children of Israel came and brought unto his brethren in the sight of Moses, and in the sight of the congregation of Israel a Medianitish woman who wept before the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.
And when Phenihas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest saw it, he rose up from among the congregation and took a javelin in his hand and went into the tent and ran through both the man of Israel and his Medianitish woman killing them both and the plague was stayed rom among Israel; for those who had died from the plague were twenty four thousand.