Along with their other victims, they slew the kings of Midian: Evi, Rekem, Zur, Hur, and Reba, the five kings of Midian. They put Balaam son of Beor to the sword.
As Pinchas and his men were about to kill Billam and the 5 Midianite kings, Bilaam called them all together and they raised themselves into the air. Pinchas threw the tzitz at them and they all fell to the ground. He then killed them all.
Some say that Pinchas used the Explicit Name to make them drop to the ground whereupon Billam begged for his life. Pinchas reminded him of all the evil he had done and then killed him.
Others say that he toke pity on him and let him live. Moshe later set up a special tribunal and sentenced Bilaam to death and killed him.
Others say that Pinchas was not capable of killing him by natural means so he called Tzilia from the tribe of Dan who took a special sword, which had the image of a snake on both its sides, and killed him.
This was a fitting death for someone who used snakes to practice sorcery during his lifetime.
This is alluded to in the verse “They put Balaam son of Beor to the sword”, the only mention in connection with Bilaam alone and not with the other kings who were killed.
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