The rebellion of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram.
Numbers 16:1 And Korah, son of Izhar, son of Kohath, son of Levi, taketh both Dathan and Abiram sons of Eliab, and On son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, Numbers 16:2 and they rise up before Moses, with men of the sons of Israel, two hundred and fifty, princes of the company, called of the convention, men of name, Numbers 16:3 and they are assembled against Moses and against Aaron, and say unto them, 'Enough of you! for all the companyall of them [are] holy, and in their midst [is] Jehovah; and wherefore do ye lift yourselves up above the assembly of Jehovah?' Numbers 16:4 And Moses heareth, and falleth on his face, Numbers 16:5 and he speaketh unto Korah, and unto all his company, saying, 'Morning!and Jehovah is knowing those who are his, and him who is holy, and hath brought near unto Him; even him whom He doth fix on He bringeth near unto Him. Numbers 16:6 This do: take to yourselves censers, Korah, and all his company, Numbers 16:7 and put in them fire, and put on them perfume, before Jehovah to-morrow, and it hath been, the man whom Jehovah chooseth, he [is] the holy one;enough of you, sons of Levi.' Numbers 16:8 And Moses saith unto Korah, 'Hear ye, I pray you, sons of Levi; Numbers 16:9 is it little to you that the God of Israel hath separated you from the company of Israel to bring you near unto Himself, to do the service of the tabernacle of Jehovah, and to stand before the company to serve them? Numbers 16:10 yea, He doth bring thee near, and all thy brethren the sons of Levi with theeand ye have sought also the priesthood! Numbers 16:11 Therefore, thou and all thy company who are met [are] against Jehovah; and Aaron, what [is] he, that ye murmur against him?'
Numbers 16:12 And Moses sendeth to call for Dathan and for Abiram sons of Eliab, and they say, 'We do not come up; Numbers 16:13 is it little that thou hast brought us up out of a land flowing with milk and honey to put us to death in a wilderness that thou also certainly makest thyself prince over us? Numbers 16:14 Yea, unto a land flowing with milk and honey thou hast not brought us in, nor dost thou give to us an inheritance of field and vineyard; the eyes of these men dost thou pick out? we do not come up.' Numbers 16:15 And it is very displeasing to Moses, and he saith unto Jehovah, 'Turn not Thou unto their present; not one ass from them have I taken, nor have I afflicted one of them.' Numbers 16:16 And Moses saith unto Korah, 'Thou and all thy company, be ye before Jehovah, thou, and they, and Aaron, to-morrow; Numbers 16:17 and take ye each his censer, and ye have put on them perfume, and brought near before Jehovah, each his censer, two hundred and fifty censers; and thou and Aaron, each his censer.' Numbers 16:18 And they take each his censer, and put on them fire, and lay on them perfume, and they stand at the opening of the tent of meeting, with Moses and Aaron. Numbers 16:19 And Korah assembleth against them all the company unto the opening of the tent of meeting, and the honour of Jehovah is seen by all the company. Numbers 16:20 And Jehovah speaketh unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, Numbers 16:21 'Be ye separated from the midst of this company, and I consume them in a moment;' Numbers 16:22 and they fall on their faces, and say, 'God, God of the spirits of all fleshthe one man sinneth, and against all the company Thou art wroth!'
Moses separateth the people from the rebels' tents.
Numbers 16:23 And Jehovah speaketh unto Moses, saying, Numbers 16:24 'Speak unto the company, saying, Go ye up from round about the tabernacle of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram.' Numbers 16:25 And Moses riseth, and goeth unto Dathan and Abiram, and the elders of Israel go after him, Numbers 16:26 and he speaketh unto the company, saying, 'Turn aside, I pray you, from the tents of these wicked men, and come not against anything that they have, lest ye be consumed in all their sins.' Numbers 16:27 And they go up from the tabernacle of Korah, Dathan and Abiram, from round about, and Dathan, and Abiram have come out, standing at the opening of their tents, and their wives, and their sons, and their infants. Numbers 16:28 And Moses saith, 'By this ye do know that Jehovah hath sent me to do all these works, that [they are] not from my own heart; Numbers 16:29 if according to the death of all men these dieor the charge of all men is charged upon themJehovah hath not sent me; Numbers 16:30 and if a strange thing Jehovah do, and the ground hath opened her mouth and swallowed them, and all that they have, and they have gone down alive to Sheolthen ye have known that these men have despised Jehovah.'
The earth swalloweth up Korah, and a fire consumeth others.
Numbers 16:31 And it cometh to pass at his finishing speaking all these words, that the ground which [is] under them cleaveth, Numbers 16:32 and the earth openeth her mouth, and swalloweth them, and their houses, and all the men who [are] for Korah, and all the goods, Numbers 16:33 and they go down, they, and all that they have, alive to Sheol, and the earth closeth over them, and they perish from the midst of the assembly; Numbers 16:34 and all Israel who [are] round about them have fled at their voice, for they said, 'Lest the earth swallow us;' Numbers 16:35 and fire hath come out from Jehovah, and consumeth the two hundred and fifty men bringing near the perfume.
The censers are reserved to holy use.
Numbers 16:36 And Jehovah speaketh unto Moses, saying, Numbers 16:37 'Say unto Eleazar son of Aaron the priest, and he lifteth up the censers from the midst of the burning, and the fire scatter thou yonder, for they have been hallowed, Numbers 16:38 [even] the censers of these sinners against their own souls; and they have made them spread-out plates, a covering for the altar, for they have brought them near before Jehovah, and they are hallowed; and they are become a sign to the sons of Israel.' Numbers 16:39 And Eleazar the priest taketh the brazen censers which they who are burnt had brought near, and they spread them out, a covering for the altar Numbers 16:40 a memorial to the sons of Israel, so that a stranger who is not of the seed of Aaron doth not draw near to make a perfume before Jehovah, and is not as Korah, and as his company,as Jehovah hath spoken by the hand of Moses to him.
Fourteen thousand and seven hundred are slain by a plague for murmuring against Moses and Aaron.
Numbers 16:41 And all the company of the sons of Israel murmur, on the morrow, against Moses and against Aaron, saying, 'Yeye have put to death the people of Jehovah.' Numbers 16:42 And it cometh to pass, in the company being assembled against Moses and against Aaron, that they turn towards the tent of meeting, and lo, the cloud hath covered it, and the honour of Jehovah is seen; Numbers 16:43 and Moses comethAaron alsounto the front of the tent of meeting.
Numbers 16:44 And Jehovah speaketh unto Moses, saying, Numbers 16:45 'Get you up from the midst of this company, and I consume them in a moment;' and they fall on their faces,
Aaron by incense stayeth the plague.
Numbers 16:46 and Moses saith unto Aaron, 'Take the censer, and put on it fire from off the altar, and place perfume, and go, hasten unto the company, and make atonement for them, for the wrath hath gone out from the presence of Jehovahthe plague hath begun.' Numbers 16:47 And Aaron taketh as Moses hath spoken, and runneth unto the midst of the assembly, and lo, the plague hath begun among the people; and he giveth the perfume, and maketh atonement for the people, Numbers 16:48 and standeth between the dead and the living, and the plague is restrained; Numbers 16:49 and those who die by the plague are fourteen thousand and seven hundred, apart from those who die for the matter of Korah; Numbers 16:50 and Aaron turneth back unto Moses, unto the opening of the tent of meeting, and the plague hath been restrained.