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Numbers 16

The rebellion of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram.

Numbers 16:1 Nowe Korah the sonne of Izhar, the sonne of Kohath, the sonne of Leui went apart with Dathan, and Abiram the sonnes of Eliab, & On the sonne of Peleth, the sonnes of Reuben: Numbers 16:2 And they rose vp against Moses, with certaine of the children of Israel, two hundreth and fiftie captaines of the assemblie, famous in the Congregation, and men of renoume, Numbers 16:3 Who gathered themselues together against Moses, and against Aaron, and sayde vnto them, Ye take too much vpon you, seeing all the Congregation is holie, euery one of them, and the Lord is among them: wherfore then lift ye your selues aboue the Congregation of the Lorde? Numbers 16:4 But when Moses heard it, hee fell vpon his face, Numbers 16:5 And spake to Korah and vnto all his companie, saying, To morow the Lord will shew who is his, and who is holy, and who ought to approche neere vnto him: and whom he hath chosen, hee will cause to come neere to him. Numbers 16:6 This doe therefore, Take you censers, both Korah, and all his companie, Numbers 16:7 And put fire therein, and put incense in the before the Lord to morowe: and the man whome the Lord doeth chuse, the same shalbe holie: ye take too much vpon you, ye sonnes of Leui. Numbers 16:8 Againe Moses saide vnto Korah, Heare, I pray you, ye sonnes of Leui. Numbers 16:9 Seemeth it a smal thing vnto you that the God of Israel hath separated you from the multitude of Israel, to take you neere to himselfe, to doe the seruice of the Tabernacle of the Lord, & to stand before the Congregation and to minister vnto them? Numbers 16:10 He hath also taken thee to him, and all thy brethren the sonnes of Leui with thee, and seeke ye the office of the Priest also? Numbers 16:11 For which cause, thou, and all thy companie are gathered together against the Lord: and what is Aaron, that ye murmure against him?

Numbers 16:12 And Moses sent to call Dathan, & Abiram the sonnes of Eliab: who answered, We will not come vp. Numbers 16:13 Is it a small thing that thou hast brought vs out of a lande that floweth with milke and honie, to kill vs in the wildernesse, except thou make thy selfe lord and ruler ouer vs also? Numbers 16:14 Also thou hast not brought vs vnto a land that floweth with milke and honie, neither giuen vs inheritance of fieldes and vineyardes: wilt thou put out the eyes of these men? we will not come vp. Numbers 16:15 Then Moses waxed verie angry, and saide vnto the Lord, Looke not vnto their offring: I haue not taken so much as an asse from them, neither haue I hurt any of them. Numbers 16:16 And Moses said vnto Korah, Bee thou and al thy companie before the Lord: both thou, they, and Aaron to morowe: Numbers 16:17 And take euery man his censor, and put incense in them, and bring ye euery man his censor before the Lord, two hundreth and fiftie censors: thou also and Aaron, euery one his censor. Numbers 16:18 So they tooke euery man his censor, and put fire in them, and laide incense thereon, and stoode in the doore of the Tabernacle of the Congregation with Moses and Aaron. Numbers 16:19 And Korah gathered all the multitude against them vnto the doore of the Tabernacle of the Congregation: then the glorie of the Lorde appeared vnto all the Congregation. Numbers 16:20 And the Lorde spake vnto Moses and to Aaron, saying, Numbers 16:21 Separate your selues from among this Cogregation, that I may consume them at once. Numbers 16:22 And they fell vpon their faces and saide, O God the God of the spirits, of all fleshe, hath not one man onely sinned, and wilt thou bee wroth with all the Congregation?

Moses separateth the people from the rebels' tents.

Numbers 16:23 And the Lorde spake vnto Moses, saying, Numbers 16:24 Speake vnto the Congregation & say, Get you away from about the Tabernacle of Korah, Dathan and Abiram. Numbers 16:25 Then Moses rose vp, and went vnto Dathan and Abiram, and the Elders of Israel followed him. Numbers 16:26 And he spake vnto the Congregation, saying, Depart, I pray you, from the tentes of these wicked men, and touche nothing of theirs, lest ye perish in all their sinnes. Numbers 16:27 So they gate them away from the Tabernacle of Korah, Dathan and Abiram on euerie side: and Dathan, and Abiram came out & stood in the doore of their tentes with their wiues, and their sonnes, and their little children. Numbers 16:28 And Moses saide, Hereby yee shall knowe that the Lord hath sent me to do all these works: for I haue not done them of mine owne minde. Numbers 16:29 If these men die the common death of all men, or if they be visited after the visitation of all men, the Lord hath not sent me. Numbers 16:30 But if the Lord make a newe thing, and the earth open her mouth, and swallowe them vp with all that they haue, and they goe downe quicke into ye pit, then ye shal vnderstand that these men haue prouoked the Lord.

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

Numbers 16:31 And assoone as he had made an ende of speaking all these wordes, euen the ground claue asunder that was vnder them, Numbers 16:32 And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them vp, with their families, and all the men that were with Korah, and all their goods. Numbers 16:33 So they and all that they had, went down aliue into the pit, and the earth couered them: so they perished from among the Congregation. Numbers 16:34 And all Israel that were about them, fled at the crie of them: for they said, Let vs flee, least the earth swalow vs vp. Numbers 16:35 But there came out a fire from the Lorde, and consumed the two hundreth and fiftie men that offred the incense.

The censers are reserved to holy use.

Numbers 16:36 And the Lord spake vnto Moses, saying, Numbers 16:37 Speake vnto Eleazar, the sonne of Aaron the Priest, that he take vp the censers out of the burning, and scatter the fire beyond the altar: for they are halowed, Numbers 16:38 The censers, I say, of these sinners, that destroyed themselues: and let them make of them broade plates for a couering of the Altar: for they offered them before the Lorde, therefore they shalbe holy, and they shall be a signe vnto the children of Israel. Numbers 16:39 Then Eleazar the Priest tooke the brasen censers, which they, that were burnt, had offred, and made broade plates of them for a couering of the Altar. Numbers 16:40 It is a remembrance vnto the children of Israel, that no stranger which is not of the seede of Aaron, come neere to offer incense before the Lord, that he be not like Korah & his copanie, as the Lord said to him by the hand of Moses.

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

Numbers 16:41 But on the morowe all the multitude of the children of Israel murmured against Moses & against Aaron, saying, Ye haue killed the people of the Lord. Numbers 16:42 And when the Congregation was gathered against Moses and against Aaron, then they turned their faces toward the Tabernacle of the Congregation: and beholde, the cloude couered it, and the glory of the Lord appeared. Numbers 16:43 Then Moses and Aaron were come before the Tabernacle of the Congregation.

Numbers 16:44 And the Lord spake vnto Moses, saying, Numbers 16:45 Get you vp from among this Congregation: for I wil consume them quickly: then they fell vpon their faces.

Aaron by incense stayeth the plague.

Numbers 16:46 And Moses said vnto Aaron, Take the censer and put fire therein of the Altar, and put therein incense, and goe quickly vnto the Congregation, and make an atonement for them: for there is wrath gone out fro the Lord: the plague is begunne. Numbers 16:47 Then Aaron tooke as Moses commanded him, and ranne into the middes of the Congregation, and beholde, the plague was begun among the people, and hee put in incense, and made an atonement for the people. Numbers 16:48 And when hee stoode betweene the dead, and them that were aliue, the plague was stayed. Numbers 16:49 So they died of this plague fourtene thousande and seuen hundreth, beside them that dyed in the conspiracie of Korah. Numbers 16:50 And Aaro went againe vnto Moses before the doore of the Tabernacle of the Congregation, and the plague was stayed.

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