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Cozbi

Meaning: voluptuous; lying; deceiver; deceitful

Cozbi was the daughter of the Midianite king Zur. This princess seduced Israelite men into sexual sin and idolatry. Against the commands of Moses, Zimri was seduced into having sexual relations with her, and she became his wife or concubine. She and Zimri were killed with a javelin by Phinehas, grandson of Aaron (Numbers 25).

Phineas’s actions helped end a divine plague punishment sent on the Israelites that killed 24,000 people (Numbers 25:9).

Author: Paul S. Taylor.