The rebellion of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram.
Numbers 16:1 And behold Core the son of Isaar, the son of Caath, the son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiron the sons of Eliab, and Hon the son of Pheleth of the children of Ruben, Numbers 16:2 Rose up against Moses, and with them two hundred and fifty others of the children of Israel, leading men of the synagogue, and who in the time of assembly were called by name. Numbers 16:3 And when they had stood up against Moses and Aaron, they said: Let it be enough for you, that all the multitude consisteth of holy ones, and the Lord is among them: Why lift you up yourselves above the people of the Lord? Numbers 16:4 When Moses heard this, he fell flat on his face: Numbers 16:5 And speaking to Core and all the multitude, he said: In the morning the Lord will make known who belong to him, and the holy he will join to himself: and whom he shall choose, they shall approach to him. Numbers 16:6 Do this therefore: Take every man of you your censers, thou Core, and all thy company. Numbers 16:7 And putting fire in them to morrow, put incense upon it before the Lord: and whomsoever he shall choose, the same shall be holy: you take too much upon you, ye sons of Levi. Numbers 16:8 And he said again to Core: Hear ye sons of Levi. Numbers 16:9 Is it a small thing unto you, that the God of Israel hath spared you from all the people, and joined you to himself, that you should serve him in the service of the tabernacle, and should stand before the congregation of the people, and should minister to him? Numbers 16:10 Did he therefore make thee and all thy brethren the sons of Levi to approach unto him, that you should challenge to yourselves the priesthood also, Numbers 16:11 And that all thy company should stand against the Lord? for what is Aaron that you murmur against him?
Numbers 16:12 Then Moses sent to call Dathan and Abiron the sons of Eliab. But they answered: We will not come. Numbers 16:13 Is it a small matter to thee, that thou hast brought us out of a land that flowed with milk and honey, to kill us in the desert, except thou rule also like a lord over us? Numbers 16:14 Thou hast brought us indeed into a land that floweth with rivers of milk and honey, and hast given us possessions of fields and vineyards; wilt thou also pull out our eyes? We will not come. Numbers 16:15 Moses therefore being very angry, said to the Lord: Respect not their sacrifices: thou knowest that I have not taken of them so much as a young ass at any time, nor have injured any of them. Numbers 16:16 And he said to Core: Do thou and thy congregation stand apart before the Lord to morrow, and Aaron apart. Numbers 16:17 Take every one of you censers, and put incense upon them, offering to the Lord two hundred and fifty censers: let Aaron also hold his censer. Numbers 16:18 When they had done this, Moses and Aaron standing, Numbers 16:19 And had drawn up all the multitude against them to the door of the tabernacle, the glory of the Lord appeared to them all. Numbers 16:20 And the Lord speaking to Moses and Aaron, said: Numbers 16:21 Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may presently destroy them. Numbers 16:22 They fell flat on their face, and said: O most mighty, the God of the spirits of all flesh, for one man's sin shall thy wrath rage against all?
Moses separateth the people from the rebels' tents.
Numbers 16:23 And the Lord said to Moses: Numbers 16:24 Command the whole people to separate themselves from the tents of Core and Dathan and Abiron. Numbers 16:25 And Moses arose, and went to Dathan and Abiron: and the ancients of Israel following him, Numbers 16:26 He said to the multitude: Depart from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs, lest you be involved in their sins. Numbers 16:27 And when they were departed from their tents round about, Dathan and Abiron coming out stood in the entry of their pavilions with their wives and children, and all the people. Numbers 16:28 And Moses said: By this you shall know that the Lord hath sent me to do all things that you see, and that I have not forged them of my own head: Numbers 16:29 If these men die the common death of men, and if they be visited with a plague, wherewith others also are wont to be visited, the Lord did not send me. Numbers 16:30 But if the Lord do a new thing, and the earth opening her mouth swallow them down, and all things that belong to them, and they go down alive into hell, you shall know that they have blasphemed the Lord.
The earth swalloweth up Korah, and a fire consumeth others.
Numbers 16:31 And immediately as he had made an end of speaking, the earth broke asunder under their feet: Numbers 16:32 And opening her mouth, devoured them with their tents and all their substance. Numbers 16:33 And they went down alive into hell, the ground closing upon them, and they perished from among the people. Numbers 16:34 But all Israel, that was standing round about, fled at the cry of them that were perishing: saying: Lest perhaps the earth swallow us up also. Numbers 16:35 And a fire coming out from the Lord, destroyed the two hundred and fifty men that offered the incense.
The censers are reserved to holy use.
Numbers 16:36 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: Numbers 16:37 Command Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest to take up the censers that lie in the burning, and to scatter the fire of one side and the other: because they are sanctified Numbers 16:38 In the deaths of the sinners: and let him beat them into plates, and fasten them to the altar, because incense hath been offered in them to the Lord, and they are sanctified, that the children of Israel may see them for a sign and a memorial. Numbers 16:39 Then Eleazar the priest took the brazen censers, wherein they had offered, whom the burning fire had devoured, and beat them into plates, fastening them to the altar: Numbers 16:40 That the children of Israel might have for the time to come wherewith they should be admonished, that no stranger or any one that is not of the seed of Aaron should come near to offer incense to the Lord, lest he should suffer as Core suffered, and all his congregation, according as the Lord spoke to Moses.
Fourteen thousand and seven hundred are slain by a plague for murmuring against Moses and Aaron.
Numbers 16:41 The following day all the multitude of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron, saying: You have killed the people of the Lord. Numbers 16:42 And when there arose a sedition, and the tumult increased, Numbers 16:43 Moses and Aaron fled to the tabernacle of the covenant. And when they were gone into it, the cloud covered it, and the glory of the Lord appeared.
Numbers 16:44 And the Lord said to Moses: Numbers 16:45 Get you out from the midst of this multitude, this moment will I destroy them. And as they were lying on the ground,
Aaron by incense stayeth the plague.
Numbers 16:46 Moses said to Aaron: Take the censer, and putting fire in it from the altar, put incense upon it, and go quickly to the people to pray for them: for already wrath is gone out from the Lord, and the plague rageth. Numbers 16:47 When Aaron had done this, and had run to the midst of the multitude which the burning fire was now destroying, he offered the incense: Numbers 16:48 And standing between the dead and the living, he prayed for the people, and the plague ceased. Numbers 16:49 And the number of them that were slain was fourteen thousand and seven hundred men, besides them that had perished in the sedition of Core. Numbers 16:50 And Aaron returned to Moses to the door of the tabernacle of the covenant after the destruction was over.