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1 Corinthians 10:8 We should not commit sexual immorality, as some of them did—and in one day twenty-three thousand of them died.

Does this allude to the following:

Numbers 25:6 Just then an Israelite man brought to his family a Midianite woman in the sight of Moses and the whole congregation of Israel while they were weeping at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting. 7On seeing this, Phinehas son of Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, got up from the assembly, took a spear in his hand, 8followed the Israelite into his tent, and drove the spear through both of them—through the Israelite and on through the belly of the woman. So the plague against the Israelites was halted, 9but those who died in the plague numbered 24,000.

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Numbers 25:4 The Lord said to Moses, “Take all the leaders of these people, kill them and expose them in broad daylight before the Lord, so that the Lord’s fierce anger may turn away from Israel.”

5 So Moses said to Israel’s judges, “Each of you must put to death those of your people who have yoked themselves to the Baal of Peor.”

9 but those who died in the plague numbered 24,000.

Perhaps the judges killed 1000.

1 Corinthians 10:8 We should not commit sexual immorality, as some of them did—and in one day 23,000 of them died.

Strictly speaking, the supernatural plague killed 23,000.

Barns offers this explanation:

Three and twenty thousand - The Hebrew text in Numbers 25:9, is twenty-four thousand. In order to reconcile these statements, it may be observed that perhaps 23,000 fell directly by the plague, and 1,000 were slain by Phinehas and his companions (Grotius);

Another possibility is this:

or it may be that the number was between 23,000 and 24,000, and it might be expressed in round numbers by either - Macknight. At all events, Paul has not exceeded the truth. There were at least 23,000 that fell, though there might have been more.

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  • Excellent point At all events, Paul has not exceeded the truth.. Up-voted +1. – Nigel J Feb 23 at 18:33
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The solution to this is actually quite simple and does not need any imaginative theories.

The duration of the plague in Num 25 is not stated but it must have lasted more than one day with a total of 24,000 people dying, according to Num 25:8.

All that Paul says in 1 Cor 10:8 is that 23,000 died in one day. The other 1000 people may have died on the previous day.

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