John Bengel Commentary - 1 Corinthians 10:8 - 10:8

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John Bengel Commentary - 1 Corinthians 10:8 - 10:8

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1Co 10:8. Ἐπόρνευσαν, committed fornication) Num 25:1.-εἴκοσι τρεῖς χιλιάδες, twenty-three thousand) They are said to have been twenty-four thousand, Num 25:9. A stroke from God swept them away; but besides, the princes [“the heads of the people,” Num 25:4] were hanged, and the judges were commanded to put to death their men, over whom they presided, who had been joined to Baal-peor. Moses as well as Paul gives the number of them, whom the plague itself of that day destroyed. Why then does Paul subtract a thousand? The precise number of the dead, we may suppose, was between the round numbers, 23,000, and 24,000, say 23,600, and had been known by tradition. We do not follow the subtilties of other interpreters.