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Numbers 16

The rebellion of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram.

Numbers 16:1 And Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, made bold, and [with him] Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, the son of Peleth, the sons of Reuben; Numbers 16:2 and they rose up against Moses, with two hundred and fifty men of the children of Israel, princes of the assembly, summoned to the council, men of renown; Numbers 16:3 and they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said to them, It is enough; for all the assembly, all of them are holy, and Jehovah is among them; and why do ye lift up yourselves above the congregation of Jehovah? Numbers 16:4 When Moses heard this, he fell on his face. Numbers 16:5 And he spoke to Korah and to all his band, saying, Even to-morrow will Jehovah make known who is his, and who is holy; and he will cause him to come near to him; and him whom he has chosen, him will he cause to come near to him. Numbers 16:6 This do: take you censers, Korah, and all his band, Numbers 16:7 and put fire therein, and lay incense thereon before Jehovah to-morrow; and it shall be that the man whom Jehovah doth choose, he shall be holy. It is enough, ye sons of Levi! Numbers 16:8 And Moses said to Korah, Hear, I pray you, ye sons of Levi! Numbers 16:9 Is it too little for you, that the God of Israel has separated you from the assembly of Israel, to bring you near to himself to do the work of the tabernacle of Jehovah, and to stand before the assembly to minister to them? Numbers 16:10 —that he has brought thee near, and all thy brethren the sons of Levi with thee; and seek ye now the priesthood also? Numbers 16:11 For which cause thou and all thy band are banded together against Jehovah; and Aaron, who is he that ye murmur against him?

Numbers 16:12 And Moses sent to call Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab; but they said, We will not come up! Numbers 16:13 Is it a small thing that thou hast brought us up out of a land flowing with milk and honey, to kill us in the wilderness, that thou must make thyself altogether a ruler over us? Numbers 16:14 Moreover, thou hast not brought us into a land flowing with milk and honey, or given us inheritance of fields and vineyards: wilt thou put out the eyes of these men? we will not come up! Numbers 16:15 Then Moses was very wroth, and said to Jehovah, Have no regard to their oblation: not one ass have I taken from them, neither have I hurt one of them. Numbers 16:16 And Moses said to Korah, Be thou and all thy band before Jehovah, thou, and they, and Aaron, to-morrow. Numbers 16:17 And take each his censer, and put incense thereon, and present before Jehovah every man his censer, two hundred and fifty censers; and thou, and Aaron, each his censer. Numbers 16:18 And they took each his censer, and put fire on them, and laid incense thereon, and stood before the entrance to the tent of meeting, as well as Moses and Aaron. Numbers 16:19 And Korah gathered the whole assembly against them to the entrance of the tent of meeting. And the glory of Jehovah appeared to all the assembly. Numbers 16:20 And Jehovah spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying, Numbers 16:21 Separate yourselves from the midst of this assembly, and I will consume them in a moment. Numbers 16:22 And they fell on their faces, and said, O *God, the God of the spirits of all flesh! shall *one* man sin, and wilt thou be wroth with the whole assembly?

Moses separateth the people from the rebels' tents.

Numbers 16:23 And Jehovah spoke to Moses, saying, Numbers 16:24 Speak unto the assembly, saying, Get you up from about the habitation of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram. Numbers 16:25 And Moses rose up and went to Dathan and Abiram; and the elders of Israel followed him. Numbers 16:26 And he spoke to the assembly, saying, Depart, I pray you, from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs, lest ye perish in all their sins. Numbers 16:27 And they got up from the habitation of Koran, Dathan, and Abiram, on every side. And Dathan and Abiram came out, and stood in the entrance of their tents, and their wives, and their sons, and their little ones. Numbers 16:28 And Moses said, Hereby ye shall know that Jehovah has sent me to do all these deeds, for they are not out of my own heart: Numbers 16:29 if these men die as all men die, and are visited with the visitation of all men, Jehovah has not sent me; Numbers 16:30 but if Jehovah make a new thing, and the ground open its mouth, and swallow them up, and all that they have, and they go down alive into Sheol, then ye shall know that these men have despised Jehovah.

The earth swalloweth up Korah, and a fire consumeth others.

Numbers 16:31 And it came to pass when he had ended speaking all these words, that the ground clave apart that was under them. Numbers 16:32 And the earth opened its mouth, and swallowed them up, and their households, and all the men that belonged to Korah, and all their property. Numbers 16:33 And they went down, they and all that they had, alive into Sheol, and the earth covered them; and they perished from among the congregation. Numbers 16:34 And all Israel that were round about them fled at their cry; for they said, Lest the earth swallow us up! Numbers 16:35 And there came out a fire from Jehovah, and consumed the two hundred and fifty men that had presented incense.

The censers are reserved to holy use.

Numbers 16:36 And Jehovah spoke to Moses, saying, Numbers 16:37 Speak to Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest, that he take up the censers out of the burning; and scatter the fire afar; for they are hallowed, Numbers 16:38 the censers of these sinners who have forfeited their life; and they shall make them into broad plates for the covering of the altar; for they presented them before Jehovah, therefore they are hallowed; and they shall be a sign unto the children of Israel. Numbers 16:39 And Eleazar the priest took the copper censers, which they that were burnt had presented; and they were made broad plates for a covering of the altar: Numbers 16:40 as a memorial to the children of Israel, that no stranger who is not of the seed of Aaron come near to burn incense before Jehovah, that he be not as Korah, and as his band,—as Jehovah had said to him through Moses.

Fourteen thousand and seven hundred are slain by a plague for murmuring against Moses and Aaron.

Numbers 16:41 And the whole assembly of the children of Israel murmured on the morrow against Moses and against Aaron, saying, Ye have killed the people of Jehovah. Numbers 16:42 And it came to pass, when the assembly was gathered together against Moses and against Aaron, that they looked toward the tent of meeting, and behold, the cloud covered it, and the glory of Jehovah appeared. Numbers 16:43 And Moses and Aaron went before the tent of meeting.

Numbers 16:44 And Jehovah spoke to Moses, saying, Numbers 16:45 Get you up from the midst of this assembly, and I will consume them in a moment. And they fell on their faces.

Aaron by incense stayeth the plague.

Numbers 16:46 And Moses said to Aaron, Take the censer, and put fire thereon from off the altar, and lay on incense, and carry it quickly to the assembly, and make atonement for them; for there is wrath gone out from Jehovah: the plague is begun. Numbers 16:47 And Aaron took as Moses had said, and ran into the midst of the congregation; and behold, the plague had begun among the people; and he put on incense, and made atonement for the people. Numbers 16:48 And he stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was stayed. Numbers 16:49 Now they that died in the plague were fourteen thousand seven hundred, besides them that had died because of the matter of Korah. Numbers 16:50 And Aaron returned to Moses to the entrance of the tent of meeting; and the plague was stayed.

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