13 He and his descendants will have a covenant of a lasting priesthood, because he was zealous for the honor of his God and made atonement for the Israelites."

Matthew Henry's Commentary on Numbers 25:13

Commentary on Numbers 25:6-15

(Read Numbers 25:6-15)

Phinehas, in the courage of zeal and faith, executed vengeance on Zimri and Cozbi. This act can never be an example for private revenge, or religious persecution, or for irregular public vengeance.