Now Korah the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, with Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took action, (Numbers 16:1)

and they rose up before Moses, together with some of the sons of Israel, two hundred and fifty leaders of the congregation, chosen in the assembly, men of renown. (Numbers 16:2)

They assembled together against Moses and Aaron, and said to them, "You have gone far enough, for all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is in their midst; so why do you exalt yourselves above the assembly of the LORD?" (Numbers 16:3)

When Moses heard this, he fell on his face; (Numbers 16:4)

and he spoke to Korah and all his company, saying, "Tomorrow morning the LORD will show who is His, and who is holy, and will bring him near to Himself; even the one whom He will choose, He will bring near to Himself. (Numbers 16:5)

"Do this: take censers for yourselves, Korah and all your company, (Numbers 16:6)

and put fire in them, and lay incense upon them in the presence of the LORD tomorrow; and the man whom the LORD chooses shall be the one who is holy. You have gone far enough, you sons of Levi!" (Numbers 16:7)

Then Moses said to Korah, "Hear now, you sons of Levi, (Numbers 16:8)

is it not enough for you that the God of Israel has separated you from the rest of the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to Himself, to do the service of the tabernacle of the LORD, and to stand before the congregation to minister to them; (Numbers 16:9)

and that He has brought you near, Korah, and all your brothers, sons of Levi, with you? And are you seeking for the priesthood also? (Numbers 16:10)

"Therefore you and all your company are gathered together against the LORD; but as for Aaron, who is he that you grumble against him?" (Numbers 16:11)

Then Moses sent a summons to Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab; but they said, "We will not come up. (Numbers 16:12)

"Is it not enough that you have brought us up out of a land flowing with milk and honey to have us die in the wilderness, but you would also lord it over us? (Numbers 16:13)

"Indeed, you have not brought us into a land flowing with milk and honey, nor have you given us an inheritance of fields and vineyards. Would you put out the eyes of these men? We will not come up!" (Numbers 16:14)

Then Moses became very angry and said to the LORD, "Do not regard their offering! I have not taken a single donkey from them, nor have I done harm to any of them." (Numbers 16:15)

Moses said to Korah, "You and all your company be present before the LORD tomorrow, both you and they along with Aaron. (Numbers 16:16)

"Each of you take his firepan and put incense on it, and each of you bring his censer before the LORD, two hundred and fifty firepans; also you and Aaron shall each bring his firepan." (Numbers 16:17)

So they each took his own censer and put fire on it, and laid incense on it; and they stood at the doorway of the tent of meeting, with Moses and Aaron. (Numbers 16:18)

Thus Korah assembled all the congregation against them at the doorway of the tent of meeting. And the glory of the LORD appeared to all the congregation. (Numbers 16:19)

Then the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, (Numbers 16:20)

"Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them instantly." (Numbers 16:21)

But they fell on their faces and said, "O God, God of the spirits of all flesh, when one man sins, will You be angry with the entire congregation?" (Numbers 16:22)

Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, (Numbers 16:23)

"Speak to the congregation, saying, `Get back from around the dwellings of Korah, Dathan and Abiram.' " (Numbers 16:24)

Then Moses arose and went to Dathan and Abiram, with the elders of Israel following him, (Numbers 16:25)

and he spoke to the congregation, saying, "Depart now from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing that belongs to them, or you will be swept away in all their sin." (Numbers 16:26)

So they got back from around the dwellings of Korah, Dathan and Abiram; and Dathan and Abiram came out and stood at the doorway of their tents, along with their wives and their sons and their little ones. (Numbers 16:27)

Moses said, "By this you shall know that the LORD has sent me to do all these deeds; for this is not my doing. (Numbers 16:28)

"If these men die the death of all men or if they suffer the fate of all men, then the LORD has not sent me. (Numbers 16:29)

"But if the LORD brings about an entirely new thing and the ground opens its mouth and swallows them up with all that is theirs, and they descend alive into Sheol, then you will understand that these men have spurned the LORD." (Numbers 16:30)

As he finished speaking all these words, the ground that was under them split open; (Numbers 16:31)

and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, and their households, and all the men who belonged to Korah with their possessions. (Numbers 16:32)

So they and all that belonged to them went down alive to Sheol; and the earth closed over them, and they perished from the midst of the assembly. (Numbers 16:33)

All Israel who were around them fled at their outcry, for they said, "The earth may swallow us up!" (Numbers 16:34)

Fire also came forth from the LORD and consumed the two hundred and fifty men who were offering the incense. (Numbers 16:35)


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