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Numbers 16

The rebellion of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram.

Numbers 16:1 And Corah the sonne of Iezehar the sonne of Cahath the sonne of Leui, and Dathan & Abiram the sonne of Eliab, and On the sonne of Peleth, the sonne of Ruben: Numbers 16:2 rose vp before Moses, with other men of the children of Israel, two hundred and fiftye, which were captaynes of the multitude great and famous men in the congregacion: Numbers 16:3 & they gathred them selues together agaynst Moses and Aaron, & sayde vnto them: ye make moche to do, seynge all the multitude are holy euery one of them, and the Lorde is amonge them: Why heaue ye your selues vp aboue the congregacyon of the Lorde? Numbers 16:4 And when Moses heard it, he fell vpon his face, Numbers 16:5 and spake vnto Corah and vnto all his company, saying: to morowe the Lorde will shewe who are his, who is holy, & who ought to approch nye vnto him, and whom he hath chosen to come to him. Numbers 16:6 This do therfore, take you fyerpannes, both Corah and all his company Numbers 16:7 and do fyer therin, and put cens in them before the Lorde to morowe. And the man whom the Lorde doth chose, the same shalbe holy. Ye make much to do, ye chyldren of Leui. Numbers 16:8 And Moses sayde vnto Corah: heare ye chyldren of Leui: Numbers 16:9 Is it but a small thinge vnto you, that the God of Israel hath separated you from the multitude of Israel: and brought you to him selfe, to do the seruyce of the dwelling place of the Lord, and to stande before the multitude, and to minystre vnto him? Numbers 16:10 he hath taken the to him and all thy brethren the sonnes of Leui with the, and seke ye the offyce of the preaste also. Numbers 16:11 For which cause both thou and all thy companye are gathered together against þe Lorde? And what is Aaron, that ye murmur agaynst him?

Numbers 16:12 And Moses sent, and called Dathan and Abiram the sonnes of Eliab, which sayde: we wyll not come vp. Numbers 16:13 Is it a small thynge, that thou hast brought vs oute of a lande that floweth with mylke and hony, to kyll vs in the wildernes, and to raygne ouer vs also? Numbers 16:14 Hast thou brought vs vnto a lande þt floweth with mylke and hony, and geuen vs inheritaunce of feldes and vyneyardes? Wilt thou pull out the eyes of these men? we wyll not come vp. Numbers 16:15 And Moses waxed very angry, & sayde vnto the Lorde. Turne not thou vnto theyr offeryng. I haue not taken so muche as an asse from them, neyther haue I hurte any of them. Numbers 16:16 And Moses sayde vnto Corah: Be thou and all thy company before the Lorde both thou, they, and Aaron tomorowe. Numbers 16:17 And take euery man his censer, and put cens in them, that ye maye offre before the Lorde: euery man of the two hundred and fyftye take his censoure, thou also Aaron, that euery one maye haue his censer. Numbers 16:18 And they toke euery man hys censer, and put fyer in them, and layed cens theron, and stode in the dore of the tabernacle of witnesse with Moses and Aaron. Numbers 16:19 And Corah gathered all the congregacyon agaynst them vnto the dore of the tabernacle of witnes. And the glory of the Lord appeared vnto all the congregacion. Numbers 16:20 And the Lorde spake vnto Moses and Aaron, sayinge: Numbers 16:21 separate your selues from amonge this congregacion, that I maye consume them atonce. Numbers 16:22 And they fell vpon their faces and sayde. O moost myghtye God of the spretes of all fleshe, yf one man hath synned, wylt thou be wroth with all the multitude?

Moses separateth the people from the rebels' tents.

Numbers 16:23 And the Lorde spake vnto Moses saying: Numbers 16:24 speake vnto the congregacyon and saye: Get you awaye from about the dwellyng of Corah, Dathan and Abiram. Numbers 16:25 And Moses rose vp, and went vnto Dathan and Abiram, and the elders of Israel folowed him. Numbers 16:26 And he spake vnto þe congregacion, saying: departe from the tentes of these wicked men, and touche nothing of theirs: lest ye perysh in all their synnes. Numbers 16:27 And so they gate them from the dwellyng of Corah, Dathan and Abiram on euery syde. And Dathan and Abiram came out and stode in the dore of their tentes with their wyues, their sonnes and their lytle chyldren. Numbers 16:28 And Moses sayd: Herby ye shall knowe þt the Lorde hath sent me to do all these workes, and that I haue not done them of mine awne minde. Numbers 16:29 If these men dye þe comen deth of all men: or yf they be visyted after the visitacyon of all men, then the Lorde hath not sent me. Numbers 16:30 But and yf the Lorde make a newe thyng, and the earth open her mouth and swalowe them vp wt all that they haue: and they go downe quycke into hell: then ye shall vnderstande, that these men haue prouoked the Lorde.

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

Numbers 16:31 And it fortuned þt assone as he had made an ende of speakyng all these wordes, Numbers 16:32 the grounde cloue asonder that was vnder them: & the erth opened her mouth, and swalowed them vp, and their houses, Numbers 16:33 and all the men that were with Corah and all their goodes. And they and all that they had, went downe alyue vnto hell, and the earth closed vpon them: and they peryshed from amonge the congregacion. Numbers 16:34 And all Israel þt were aboute them fledd at the crye of them. And they sayd: lest the earthe swalowe vs vp also. Numbers 16:35 And there came oute a fyer from the Lorde, and consumed the two hundred and fyftye men that offred cens.

The censers are reserved to holy use.

Numbers 16:36 And þe Lorde spake vnto Moses, saying: Numbers 16:37 Speake vnto Eleazar the sonne of Aaron the preaste, that he take vp the censers oute of the burnynge, and skatter the fyer here and there, Numbers 16:38 for the censers of these synners are halowed in theyr deathes: and let them make of them thinne beaten plates for a coueryng of the aultare. For they offered them before the Lord, and therfore they are halowed, and they shalbe a sygne vnto the chyldren of Israel. Numbers 16:39 And Eleazar the preast toke the brasen censers which they that were burnt had offered, and beate them thinne for a couering of the aultare, Numbers 16:40 to be a remembraunce vnto the chyldren of Israel, that no straunger which is not of the seed of Aaron, come nere to offer cens before the Lord, that it happen not vnto hym lyke as vnto Corah and hys companye, as the Lorde sayde of him by the hande 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 agaynste Moses and Aaron, sayinge: ye haue kylled the people of the Lord. Numbers 16:42 And it fortuned that when the multitude was gathred agaynst Moses and Aaron, they loked towarde the tabernacle of witnes. And beholde, the cloude couered it, and the glory of the Lorde appeared. Numbers 16:43 And Moses and Aaron came before the tabernacle of witnes.

Numbers 16:44 And the Lorde spake vnto Moses, saying: Numbers 16:45 Get you from amonge thys congregacion, that I maye consume them quickly. And they fell vpon their faces.

Aaron by incense stayeth the plague.

Numbers 16:46 And Moses sayde vnto Aaron: take a censer, and put fier therin out of the aulter, and powre on cens, and go quyckly vnto the congregacion, þt thou mayest obteyne forgeuenes for them. For there is wrath gone oute from the Lorde, and there is a plage begonne. Numbers 16:47 And Aaron toke as Moses commaunded him, and ran into the middes of the congregacion: and beholde, the plage was begonne among the people, and he put on cens, and made an atonement for the people. Numbers 16:48 And when he stod betwene the deed and them that were alyue, the plage ceased. Numbers 16:49 They that dyed in þe plage, were .xiiij. thousande and seuen hundred: besyde them that dyed aboute the busynes of Corah. Numbers 16:50 And Aaron went againe vnto Moses before the dore of the tabernacle of witnes, and the plage ceased.

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