Numbers 25:1
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English Standard Version
While Israel lived in Shittim, the people began to whore with the daughters of Moab.

King James Bible
And Israel abode in Shittim, and the people began to commit whoredom with the daughters of Moab.

American Standard Version
And Israel abode in Shittim; and the people began to play the harlot with the daughters of Moab:

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Israel at that time abode in Settim, and the people committed fornication with the daughters of Moab,

English Revised Version
And Israel abode in Shittim, and the people began to commit whoredom with the daughters of Moab:

Webster's Bible Translation
And Israel abode in Shittim, and the people began to commit lewdness with the daughters of Moab.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The second saying in this prophecy relates to the Amalekites. Balaam sees them, not with the eyes of his body, but in a state of ecstasy, like the star out of Jacob. "Beginning of the heathen is Amalek, and its end is destruction." Amalek is called the beginning of the nations, not "as belonging to the most distinguished and foremost of the nations in age, power, and celebrity" (Knobel), - for in all these respects this Bedouin tribe, which descended from a grandson of Esau, was surpassed by many other nations, - but as the first heathen nation which opened the conflict of the heathen nations against Israel as the people of God (see at Exodus 17:8.). As its beginning had been enmity against Israel, its end would be "even to the perishing" (אבד עדי), i.e., reaching the position of one who was perishing, falling into destruction, which commenced under Saul and was completed under Hezekiah.

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Exodus 20:5 You shall not bow down yourself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD your God am a jealous God...

Exodus 23:24 You shall not bow down to their gods, nor serve them, nor do after their works: but you shall utterly overthrow them...

Joshua 23:7,16 That you come not among these nations, these that remain among you; neither make mention of the name of their gods...

1 Kings 19:18 Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed to Baal, and every mouth which has not kissed him.

Cross References
1 Corinthians 10:8
We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day.

Revelation 2:14
But I have a few things against you: you have some there who hold the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to put a stumbling block before the sons of Israel, so that they might eat food sacrificed to idols and practice sexual immorality.

Exodus 34:15
lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land, and when they whore after their gods and sacrifice to their gods and you are invited, you eat of his sacrifice,

Numbers 25:17
"Harass the Midianites and strike them down,

Numbers 31:2
"Avenge the people of Israel on the Midianites. Afterward you shall be gathered to your people."

Numbers 31:16
Behold, these, on Balaam's advice, caused the people of Israel to act treacherously against the LORD in the incident of Peor, and so the plague came among the congregation of the LORD.

Numbers 33:49
they camped by the Jordan from Beth-jeshimoth as far as Abel-shittim in the plains of Moab.

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