lord of the opening, a god of the Moabites (Num. 25:3; 31:16; Josh. 22:17), worshipped by obscene rites. So called from Mount Peor, where this worship was celebrated, the Baal of Peor. The Israelites fell into the worship of this idol (Num. 25:3, 5, 18; Deut. 4:3; Ps. 106:28; Hos. 9:10).
To the Hebrew prophets the cult of baal-peor was not so much a false as an impious creed.
baal-peor was, he says, the sun exercising his powers of fecundity.
They joined themselves also unto baal-peor, and ate the sacrifices of the dead.
And Moses said unto the judges, slay every one of these men who were joined unto baal-peor.
The Midianites brought their sacrifices and slew them; the festival of baal-peor was proclaimed.
Simeon may have been involved in the sin of baal-peor more than the others and suffered proportionately.