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New Defender's Study Bible Notes
25:14 Zimri. Of all the 24,000 who died in the judgment, only one man is named, along with the Midianite woman with whom he committed sin. Both were prominent leaders and apparently the sin was committed flagrantly and defiantly (Numbers 25:6), intended probably to incite others to follow them in the act. Phinehas took immediate bold action to punish it, no doubt risking his own life in the process. He is said thereby to have “made an atonement for the children of Israel” (Numbers 25:13) because of his zeal.