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These things happened as examples for us, so that we will not crave evil things as they did. So do not be idolaters, as some of them were. As it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play.”[a] And let us not be immoral, as some of them were, and 23,000 died in a single day.[b]

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  1. 1 Corinthians 10:7 tn The term “play” may refer to idolatrous, sexual play here, although that is determined by the context rather than the meaning of the word itself (cf. BDAG 750 s.v. παίζω).sn A quotation from Exod 32:6.
  2. 1 Corinthians 10:8 sn This incident is recorded in Num 25:1-9.

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