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And Israel joined himself unto Baalpeor: and the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

25:3 Baal-peor. This was the introduction of Baal worship into Israel, a practice which plagued them off and on until the Babylonians carried them into exile over a thousand years later. Baal-peor was evidently the shrine to Baal on the mountain of Peor (Numbers 23:28). When Balaam was not allowed by God to curse Israel directly, he counseled Balak to infiltrate the armies of Israel through using the Moabite women to seduce them. This action resulted in immediate capital punishment for all who became involved in this way. Balaam himself was later slain because of this counsel (Numbers 31:8,16).

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