Numbers 31:16
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New International Version
"They were the ones who followed Balaam's advice and enticed the Israelites to be unfaithful to the LORD in the Peor incident, so that a plague struck the LORD's people.

King James Bible
Behold, these caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to commit trespass against the LORD in the matter of Peor, and there was a plague among the congregation of the LORD.

Darby Bible Translation
Lo, these, through the counsel of Balaam, caused the children of Israel to commit sin against Jehovah in the matter of Peor, and there was a plague on the assembly of Jehovah.

World English Bible
Behold, these caused the children of Israel, through the counsel of Balaam, to commit trespass against Yahweh in the matter of Peor, and so the plague was among the congregation of Yahweh.

Young's Literal Translation
lo, they -- they have been to the sons of Israel, through the word of Balaam, to cause a trespass against Jehovah in the matter of Peor, and the plague is in the company of Jehovah.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Balaam - they slew with the sword - This man had probably committed what St. John calls the sin unto death - a sin which God punishes with temporal death, while at the same time he extends mercy to the soul. See the remarks at Numbers 24:25 (note).

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these cause

Numbers 24:14 And now, behold, I go to my people: come therefore...

Numbers 25:1-3 And Israel stayed in Shittim, and the people began to commit prostitution with the daughters of Moab...

Proverbs 23:27 For a whore is a deep ditch; and a strange woman is a narrow pit.

Ecclesiastes 7:26 And I find more bitter than death the woman, whose heart is snares and nets, and her hands as bands...

2 Peter 2:15 Which have forsaken the right way, and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bosor...

Revelation 2:14 But I have a few things against you, because you have there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam...

in the manner

Numbers 25:18 For they vex you with their wiles, with which they have beguiled you in the matter of Peor, and in the matter of Cozbi...

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...

and there

Numbers 25:9 And those that died in the plague were twenty and four thousand.

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Numbers
Like the last part of Exodus, and the whole of Leviticus, the first part of Numbers, i.-x. 28--so called,[1] rather inappropriately, from the census in i., iii., (iv.), xxvi.--is unmistakably priestly in its interests and language. Beginning with a census of the men of war (i.) and the order of the camp (ii.), it devotes specific attention to the Levites, their numbers and duties (iii., iv.). Then follow laws for the exclusion of the unclean, v. 1-4, for determining the manner and amount of restitution
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
Jude 1:11
Woe to them! They have taken the way of Cain; they have rushed for profit into Balaam's error; they have been destroyed in Korah's rebellion.

Revelation 2:14
Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: There are some among you who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin so that they ate food sacrificed to idols and committed sexual immorality.

Numbers 24:14
Now I am going back to my people, but come, let me warn you of what this people will do to your people in days to come."

Numbers 25:1
While Israel was staying in Shittim, the men began to indulge in sexual immorality with Moabite women,

Numbers 25:9
but those who died in the plague numbered 24,000.

Numbers 31:8
Among their victims were Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur and Reba--the five kings of Midian. They also killed Balaam son of Beor with the sword.

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