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 25:3
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 25:5
25:4 God said to Moses, 'Take the people's leaders, and [have them] impale [the idolators] publicly before God. This will reverse God's display of anger against Israel.'
Vayomer Adonay el-Moshe kach et-kol-rashey ha'am vehoka otam l'Adonay neged hashamesh veyashov charon af-Adonay miYisra'el.
25:5 Moses said to Israel's judges, 'Each of you must kill your constituents who were involved with Baal Peor.'
Vayomer Moshe el-shoftey Yisra'el hirgu ish anashav hanitsmadim le-Va'al Pe'or.



Commentary:

impale
  Hoka in Hebrew, from the root yaka. Related to taka, to impale. Or, 'hang' (Sanhedrin 34b; Rashi); 'kill' (Targum); or, 'judge' (Septuagint).

the idolators
  (Targum; Rashi; Ibn Ezra; cf. Sanhedrin 35b). This was never accomplished (Ramban; see Numbers 25:6).

publicly
  (Rashi; Ibn Ezra; Lekach Tov). Literally, 'before the sun.' Or, 'through witnesses' (Lekach Tov). Cf. note on Exodus 22:2. Josephus also notes that Moses assembled all the people (Antiquities 4:6:10).

constituents
  (cf. Yerushalmi, Sanhedrin 10:2). Literally, 'his men'. Or, 'his neighbors' (Saadia).





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