Numbers 16

Korah’s Rebellion

1Now a  Korah the son of Izhar, son of Kohath, son of Levi, and b  Dathan and Abiram the sons of Eliab, and On the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men. 2And they rose up before Moses, with a number of the people of Israel, 250 chiefs of the congregation, chosen from the assembly, well-known men. 3 c  They assembled themselves together against Moses and against Aaron and said to them, d  “You have gone too far! For e  all in the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the  Lord is among them. Why then do you exalt yourselves above the assembly of the  Lord?” 4When Moses heard it, f  he fell on his face, 5and he said to Korah and all his company, “In the morning the  Lord will show g  who is his,
Septuagint The  Lord knows those who are his
and who is i  holy, and will bring him near to him. The one j  whom he chooses he will k  bring near to him.
6Do this: take l  censers, Korah and all his company; 7put fire in them and put incense on them before the  Lord tomorrow, and the man whom the  Lord chooses shall be the holy one. m  You have gone too far, sons of Levi!” 8And Moses said to Korah, “Hear now, you sons of Levi: 9is it n  too small a thing for you that the God of Israel has o  separated you from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to himself, to do service in the tabernacle of the  Lord and to stand before the congregation to minister to them, 10and that he has brought you near him, and all your brothers the sons of Levi with you? And would you seek the priesthood also? 11Therefore it is against the  Lord that you and all your company have gathered together. What is p  Aaron that you grumble against him?”

12And Moses sent to call Dathan and Abiram the sons of Eliab, and they said, “We will not come up. 13Is it q  a small thing that you have brought us up out of r  a land flowing with milk and honey, to kill us in the wilderness, that you must also s  make yourself a prince over us? 14Moreover, you have not brought us into a land flowing with milk and honey, nor given us inheritance of fields and vineyards. Will you put out the eyes of these men? We will not come up.” 15And Moses was very angry and said to the  Lord, t  “Do not respect their offering. u  I have not taken one donkey from them, and I have not harmed one of them.”

16And Moses said to Korah, “Be present, you and all your company, v  before the  Lord, you and they, and Aaron, tomorrow. 17And w  let every one of you take his censer and put incense on it, and every one of you bring before the  Lord his censer, x  250 censers; you also, and Aaron, each his censer.” 18So every man took his censer and put fire in them and laid incense on them and stood at the entrance of the tent of meeting with Moses and Aaron. 19Then Korah assembled all the congregation against them at the entrance of the tent of meeting. y  And the glory of the  Lord appeared to all the congregation.

20And the  Lord spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying, 21 z  Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them aa  in a moment.” 22And they ab  fell on their faces and said, “O God, ac  the God of the spirits of all flesh, ad  shall one man sin, and will you be angry with all the congregation?” 23And the  Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 24Say to the congregation, Get away from the dwelling of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram.”

25Then Moses rose and went to Dathan and Abiram, and the elders of Israel followed him. 26And he spoke to the congregation, saying, ae  Depart, please, from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs, lest you be swept away with all their sins.” 27So they got away from the dwelling of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram. And Dathan and Abiram came out and stood af  at the door of their tents, together with their wives, their sons, and their little ones. 28And Moses said, “Hereby you shall know that the  Lord has sent me to do all these works, and that it has not been ag  of my own accord. 29If these men die as all men die, or if they are visited by the fate of all mankind ah  then the  Lord has not sent me. 30But if the  Lord creates something new, and ai  the ground opens its mouth and swallows them up with all that belongs to them, and they aj  go down alive into Sheol, then you shall know that these men have despised the  Lord.”

31 ak  And as soon as he had finished speaking all these words, the ground under them split apart. 32And the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, with their households and al  all the people who belonged to Korah and all their goods. 33So they and all that belonged to them went down alive into Sheol, and the earth closed over them, and am  they perished from the midst of the assembly. 34And all Israel who were around them fled at their cry, for they said, “Lest the earth swallow us up!” 35And an  fire came out from the  Lord and consumed ao  the 250 men offering the incense.

Ch 17:1 in Hebrew
Then the  Lord spoke to Moses, saying,
37Tell Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest to take up the censers out of the blaze. Then scatter the fire far and wide, for they have become holy. 38As for the censers of aq  these men who have sinned at the cost of their lives, let them be made into hammered plates as a covering for the altar, for they offered them before the  Lord, and they became holy. ar  Thus they shall be a sign to the people of Israel.” 39So Eleazar the priest took the bronze censers, which those who were burned had offered, and they were hammered out as a covering for the altar, 40to be a reminder to the people of Israel, so as  that no outsider, who is not of the descendants of Aaron, should draw near to burn incense before the  Lord, lest he become like Korah and his company—as the  Lord said to him through Moses.

41But on the next day all the congregation of the people of Israel at  grumbled against Moses and against Aaron, saying, “You have killed the people of the  Lord.” 42And when the congregation had assembled against Moses and against Aaron, they turned toward the tent of meeting. And behold, au  the cloud covered it, and av  the glory of the  Lord appeared. 43And Moses and Aaron came to the front of the tent of meeting, 44and the  Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 45 aw  Get away from the midst of this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment.” ax  And they fell on their faces. 46And Moses said to Aaron, “Take your censer, and put fire on it from off the altar and lay incense on it and carry it quickly to the congregation and make atonement for them, for ay  wrath has gone out from the  Lord; the plague has begun.” 47So Aaron took it as Moses said and ran into the midst of the assembly. And behold, the plague had already begun among the people. And he put on the incense and made atonement for the people. 48And he stood between the dead and the living, and az  the plague was stopped. 49Now those who died in the plague were 14,700, ba  besides those who died in the affair of Korah. 50And Aaron returned to Moses at the entrance of the tent of meeting, when the plague was stopped.

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