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 Numbers 16:1 - 50
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   Book of Numbers
   Chapter 16
16:1 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Korah son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and certain Reubenites - Dathan and Abiram, sons of Eliab, and On son of Peleth - became insolent F38
 
16:2 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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and rose up against Moses. With them were 250 Israelite men, well-known community leaders who had been appointed members of the council.
 
16:3 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
They came as a group to oppose Moses and Aaron and said to them, "You have gone too far! The whole community is holy, every one of them, and the LORD is with them. Why then do you set yourselves above the LORD's assembly?"
 
16:4 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
When Moses heard this, he fell facedown.
 
16:5 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Then he said to Korah and all his followers: "In the morning the LORD will show who belongs to him and who is holy, and he will have that person come near him. The man he chooses he will cause to come near him.
 
16:6 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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You, Korah, and all your followers are to do this: Take censers
 
16:7 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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and tomorrow put fire and incense in them before the LORD. The man the LORD chooses will be the one who is holy. You Levites have gone too far!"
 
16:8 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Moses also said to Korah, "Now listen, you Levites!
 
16:9 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Isn't it enough for you that the God of Israel has separated you from the rest of the Israelite community and brought you near himself to do the work at the LORD's tabernacle and to stand before the community and minister to them?
 
16:10 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
He has brought you and all your fellow Levites near himself, but now you are trying to get the priesthood too.
 
16:11 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
It is against the LORD that you and all your followers have banded together. Who is Aaron that you should grumble against him?"
 
16:12 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Then Moses summoned Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab. But they said, "We will not come!
 
16:13 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Isn't it enough that you have brought us up out of a land flowing with milk and honey to kill us in the desert? And now you also want to lord it over us?
 
16:14 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Moreover, you haven't brought us into a land flowing with milk and honey or given us an inheritance of fields and vineyards. Will you gouge out the eyes of F39 these men? No, we will not come!"
 
16:15 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Then Moses became very angry and said to the LORD, "Do not accept their offering. I have not taken so much as a donkey from them, nor have I wronged any of them."
 
16:16 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Moses said to Korah, "You and all your followers are to appear before the LORD tomorrow - you and they and Aaron.
 
16:17 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Each man is to take his censer and put incense in it - 250 censers in all - and present it before the LORD. You and Aaron are to present your censers also."
 
16:18 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
So each man took his censer, put fire and incense in it, and stood with Moses and Aaron at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting.
 
16:19 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
When Korah had gathered all his followers in opposition to them at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting, the glory of the LORD appeared to the entire assembly.
 
16:20 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
The LORD said to Moses and Aaron,
 
16:21 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
"Separate yourselves from this assembly so I can put an end to them at once."
 
16:22 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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But Moses and Aaron fell facedown and cried out, "O God, God of the spirits of all mankind, will you be angry with the entire assembly when only one man sins?"
 
16:23 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Then the LORD said to Moses,
 
16:24 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
"Say to the assembly, 'Move away from the tents of Korah, Dathan and Abiram.'"
 
16:25 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Moses got up and went to Dathan and Abiram, and the elders of Israel followed him.
 
16:26 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
He warned the assembly, "Move back from the tents of these wicked men! Do not touch anything belonging to them, or you will be swept away because of all their sins."
 
16:27 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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So they moved away from the tents of Korah, Dathan and Abiram. Dathan and Abiram had come out and were standing with their wives, children and little ones at the entrances to their tents.
 
16:28 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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Then Moses said, "This is how you will know that the LORD has sent me to do all these things and that it was not my idea:
 
16:29 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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If these men die a natural death and experience only what usually happens to men, then the LORD has not sent me.
 
16:30 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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But if the LORD brings about something totally new, and the earth opens its mouth and swallows them, with everything that belongs to them, and they go down alive into the grave, F40 then you will know that these men have treated the LORD with contempt."
 
16:31 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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As soon as he finished saying all this, the ground under them split apart
 
16:32 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them, with their households and all Korah's men and all their possessions.
 
16:33 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
They went down alive into the grave, with everything they owned; the earth closed over them, and they perished and were gone from the community.
 
16:34 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
At their cries, all the Israelites around them fled, shouting, "The earth is going to swallow us too!"
 
16:35 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
And fire came out from the LORD and consumed the 250 men who were offering the incense.
 
16:36 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
The LORD said to Moses,
 
16:37 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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"Tell Eleazar son of Aaron, the priest, to take the censers out of the smoldering remains and scatter the coals some distance away, for the censers are holy -
 
16:38 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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the censers of the men who sinned at the cost of their lives. Hammer the censers into sheets to overlay the altar, for they were presented before the LORD and have become holy. Let them be a sign to the Israelites."
 
16:39 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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So Eleazar the priest collected the bronze censers brought by those who had been burned up, and he had them hammered out to overlay the altar,
 
16:40 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
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as the LORD directed him through Moses. This was to remind the Israelites that no one except a descendant of Aaron should come to burn incense before the LORD, or he would become like Korah and his followers.
 
16:41 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
The next day the whole Israelite community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. "You have killed the LORD's people," they said.
 
16:42 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
But when the assembly gathered in opposition to Moses and Aaron and turned toward the Tent of Meeting, suddenly the cloud covered it and the glory of the LORD appeared.
 
16:43 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Then Moses and Aaron went to the front of the Tent of Meeting,
 
16:44 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
and the LORD said to Moses,
 
16:45 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
"Get away from this assembly so I can put an end to them at once." And they fell facedown.
 
16:46 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Then Moses said to Aaron, "Take your censer and put incense in it, along with fire from the altar, and hurry to the assembly to make atonement for them. Wrath has come out from the LORD; the plague has started."
 
16:47 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
So Aaron did as Moses said, and ran into the midst of the assembly. The plague had already started among the people, but Aaron offered the incense and made atonement for them.
 
16:48 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
He stood between the living and the dead, and the plague stopped.
 
16:49 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
But 14,700 people died from the plague, in addition to those who had died because of Korah.
 
16:50 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Then Aaron returned to Moses at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting, for the plague had stopped.
 

FOOTNOTES:
F38 Or Peleth--took [men]
F39 Or you make slaves of ; or you deceive
F40 Hebrew Sheol; also in verse 33

 
 

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