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Phinehas is a grand nephew of Moses. When Israel was in the wilderness, the Midianite women seduced the sons of Israel to follow their god, Baal of Peor. Such idolatry angered the Lord, who sent a plague on Israel. Moses told the judges of Israel to slay all the men who joined Baal of Peor. While Israel was grieving their impending slaughter, a son of Israel brought a Midianite woman before them, on his way to consort with her. Phineas grabbed a spear, went to their tent and pierced both of them through. This turned away the Lord’s wrath, stopping the plague.