The story of Pinchas can be hard to take in. Pinchas intervened by taking on God’s jealousy, and that changed everything. And in verse 12, God rewards him, and he says, hineni notein lo et biriti shalom “behold I give to him my covenant of peace.” Peace is not a great translation for "shalom" because people think of war as the opposite of peace. Some English versions opt for “friendship” or perhaps “well-being” as a better option to translate shalom. But that describes God's formal relationship with Pinchas.


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