Matthew Bible

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 sonnes of Eliab, and On, the sonne of Peleth, the sonne of Ruben: Numbers 16:2 stode vp before Moses, wyth other of the chyldren of Israell .ij. hundred and fyftye heades of the congregation and councelours, and men of fame, Numbers 16:3 and they gathered them selues togyther agaynst Moses and Aaron and sayed vnto them: ye haue done inough. For all the, multitude are holy euery one of them & the Lorde is amonge them. Why therefore heaue we our selues vp aboue the congregaon of the Lorde. Numbers 16:4 When Moses hearde it, he fell vpon his face Numbers 16:5 and spake vnto Corath and vnto al his company sayinge: to morow the Lorde wyll shewe who is hys and who is holy, and wil take theim vnto hym, and whom soeuer he hath chosen, he wyl cause to come to hym. Numbers 16:6 Thys do: take firepannes, thou Corah and all thy company, Numbers 16:7 & do fyre therin and putte cense therto before the Lorde to morrowe. And then whomsoeuer the Lorde hath chosen, the same is holy. Yea, make inough to do ye chyldren of Leuy. Numbers 16:8 And Moses sayed vnto Corah: heare ye chyldren of Leui, Numbers 16:9 Semeth it but a smal thinge vnto you, that the God of Israel hath seperated you from the multitude of Israel to brynge you to hym, to do the seruyce of the dwellynge place of the Lorde, and to stande before the people to minister vnto theim? Numbers 16:10 he hath taken the to him, and al thy brethren the sonnes of Leui with the, & ye seke the offyce of the priest also. Numbers 16:11 For which cause both thou and all thy companye are gathered togither agaynst the Lord: for what is Aaron, that ye shoul murmure agaynst him.

Numbers 16:12 And Moses sente to call Dathan & Abiram the sonnes of Eliab, and they answered we wyl not come. Numbers 16:13 Semeth it a smale thynge vnto the, that thou hast brought vs out of a lande that floweth wyth mylke and hony, to kyl vs in the wyldernes. But þt thou shouldest raygne ouer vs also? Numbers 16:14 More ouer thou haste brought vs vnto no land that floweth wyth mylke and hony, neyther haste geuen vs possessions of feldes, or of vines. Eyther wilt thou pull out the eyes of these men? we wyl not come. Numbers 16:15 And Moses waxed very angry and sayd vnto the Lord. Turne not vnto their offeringes, I haue not taken so much as an asse from them, neyther haue vexed any of them. Numbers 16:16 Then Moses said vnto Corah: Be thou and all thy company before the Lord: both thou they, and Aaron to morowe. Numbers 16:17 And take euery man his censer and putte cense in them, and come before the Lord euery man with his censer: two hundred and fiftye censers, and Aaron wyth hys censer. Numbers 16:18 And they toke euerye man his censer and put fyre in them & layed cense thereon, and stode in the dore of the tabernacle of wytnesse, and Moses and Aaron also. Numbers 16:19 And Corah gathered all the congregation agaynste them vnto the dore of the tabernacle of wytnesse. And the glory of the Lord appeared vnto all the congregation. Numbers 16:20 And the Lorde spake vnto Moses and Aaron sayinge: Numbers 16:21 seperate your selues from thys congregation, that I may consume them at once. Numbers 16:22 And they fel vpon theyr faces and sayd O most myghty God of the spirites of al fleshe, one man hath sinned, and wilt thou be wroth with al the multitude?

Moses separateth the people from the rebels' tents.

Numbers 16:23 And the Lorde spake vnto Moses sayinge, Numbers 16:24 speake vnto the congregation and saye: Get you awaye from aboute the dwellynge of Corah, Dathan, and Abiram. Numbers 16:25 And Moses rose and wente vnto Dathan and Abiram, & the elders of Israel folowed him. Numbers 16:26 And he spake vnto the congregation saying: depart from the tentes of these wicked men & touche nothynge of theyrs: lest ye peryshe in al theyr synnes. Numbers 16:27 And they gate them from the dwellynge of Corah, Dathan, and Abiram on euerye syde. And Dathan and Abiram came oute and stode in the dore of theyr tentes wyth theyr wyues, theyr sonne and theyr children. Numbers 16:28 And Moses sayed hereby ye shall knowe that the Lorde hath sente me, to do all these worckes, & that I haue not done them of mine own mynd: Numbers 16:29 If these men dye the commen death of all men, or if they be visited after the visitation of all men, then the Lorde hathe not sent me. Numbers 16:30 But and if the Lorde make a newe thyng, and the earth open hyr mouth & swalowe theim, and all that pertayne vnto them, so that they go downe quicke vnto hel: then ye shal vnderstand, that these men haue rayled vpon the Lord.

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

Numbers 16:31 And assone as he hadde made an ende of speakyng al these wordes, the ground cloue a sunder that was vnder them, Numbers 16:32 and the earth opened hyr mouth and swalowed them and theyr houses, and al menne that were wyth Corah and al theyr goodes. Numbers 16:33 And they and all that pertained vnto them, went downe aliue vnto hell, and the earth closed vppon theim and they peryshed from amonge the congregation. Numbers 16:34 Ad all Israel that were aboute them fledde at the cry of them. For they said: The earth myght haply swalow vs vp also. Numbers 16:35 And there came out a fyre from the Lord and consumed the two hundred and fyftye men that offered cense.

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 prieste and lette hym take vp the censers oute of the burnynge & scatter the fyre here and there, Numbers 16:38 for the censers of the synners are halowed in theyr deathes: and let them be beaten, into thyne plates and fastened vpon the alter. For they offered theim before the Lorde, and therfore they are holye and they shalbe a sygne vnto the children of Israel. Numbers 16:39 And Eleazar the Prieste toke the brasen censers whych they that were burnt had offered, & beate them and fastened them vpon the alter, Numbers 16:40 to be a remembraunce vnto the children of Israel, that no straunger which is not of the seed of Aaron, come nere to offer cense before the Lord, that he be not made lyke vnto Corah and hys companye: as the Lord sayd vnto hym by the hand of Moses.

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

Numbers 16:41 And on the morrowe all the multitude of the chyldren of Israell murmured agaynste Moses and Aaron sayinge: ye haue kylled the people of the Lorde. Numbers 16:42 And when the multitude was gathered against Moses & Aaron thei loked toward the tabernacle of witnes. And beholde, the cloude had couered it and the glory of the Lord appeared. Numbers 16:43 And Moses & Aaron went before the tabernacle of wytnesse.

Numbers 16:44 And the Lord spake vnto Moses saying: Numbers 16:45 Get you from this congregation, that I may consume them quyckely. And they fel vpon theyr faces.

Aaron by incense stayeth the plague.

Numbers 16:46 And Moses sayd vnto Aaron: take a censer, and put fyre therein out of the alter, and poure on cense, and go quickely vnto the congregation and make an atonement for them For there is wrath gone out from the Lord and ther is a plage begone. Numbers 16:47 And Aaron toke as Moses commaunded hym, and ran vnto the congregation, & beholde, the plage was begonne amonge the people, and he putt on cense, & made an atonemente for the people. Numbers 16:48 And he stode betwene the deade, & them that were a lyue and the plage ceased. Numbers 16:49 And the numbre of them that dyed in the plage, were .xiiij. thousand and seuen hundred: beside them that dyed about the busines of Corah. Numbers 16:50 And Aaron wente againe vnto Moses vnto the dore of the Tabernacle of wytnesse, and the plage ceased.

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