The King of Moab [Balak] orders Balaam to curse the people of Israel. On the way, his donkey sees an angel that G-d had sent to block his way and argues with Balaam. Balaam attempts to curse the people of Israel but blesses them instead three times.
A plague is afflicting the people of Israel due to their worship of idols of Moab and taking their women as wives. Pinchas kills an Israelite and a Midianite princess that he had taken into his tent, stopping the plague.