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“And those that died in the plague were twenty and four thousand.”

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Numbers 25:9 Translation & Meaning

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And those that died הַמֵּתִ֖ים To die (literally or figuratively); causatively, to kill those died
in the plague בַּמַּגֵּפָ֑ה A pestilence; by analogy, defeat plague
were וַיִּֽהְי֕וּ To exist, i.e., be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary) were
twenty וְעֶשְׂרִ֖ים Twenty; also (ordinal) twentieth twenty
and four אַרְבָּעָ֥ה Four four
thousand. אָֽלֶף׃ Hence (the ox's head being the first letter of the alphabet, and this eventually used as a numeral) a thousand thousand

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  • 7  And when Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, saw it, he rose up from among the congregation, and took a javelin in his hand;

  • 8  And he went after the man of Israel into the tent, and thrust both of them through, the man of Israel, and the woman through her belly. So the plague was stayed from the children of Israel.

  • 9  And those that died in the plague were twenty and four thousand.

  • 10  And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,

  • 11  Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, hath turned my wrath away from the children of Israel, while he was zealous for my sake among them, that I consumed not the children of Israel in my jealousy.


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