Numbers 16


16:1 Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of
 Levi, and Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, the son
 of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took [men]:
16:2 And they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children
 of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly,
 famous in the congregation, men of renown:
16:3 And they assembled themselves against Moses and against
 Aaron, and said to them, [Ye take] too much upon you, seeing
 all the congregation [are] holy, every one of them, and the
 LORD [is] among them: why then do ye raise yourselves above the
 congregation of the LORD?
16:4 And when Moses heard [it], he fell upon his face:
16:5 And he spoke to Korah and to all his company, saying, Even
 to-morrow the LORD will show who [are] his, and [who is] holy;
 and will cause [him] to come near to him: even [him] whom he
 hath chosen will he cause to come near to him.
16:6 This do; Take you censers, Korah, and all his company;
16:7 And put fire in them, and put incense in them before the
 LORD to-morrow: and it shall be [that] the man whom the LORD
 doth choose, he [shall be] holy: [ye take] too much upon you,
 ye sons of Levi.
16:8 And Moses said to Korah, Hear, I pray you, ye sons of Levi:
16:9 [Seemeth it but] a small thing to you, that the God of
 Israel hath separated you from the congregation of Israel, to
 bring you near to himself to do the service of the tabernacle
 of the LORD, and to stand before the congregation to minister
 to them?
16:10 And he hath brought thee near [to him], and all thy
 brethren the sons of Levi with thee: and seek ye the priesthood
 also?
16:11 For which cause [both] thou and all thy company [are]
 assembled against the LORD: and what [is] Aaron, that ye murmur
 against him?
16:12 And Moses sent to call Dathan and Abiram, the sons of
 Eliab: who said, We will not come up:
16:13 [Is it] a small thing that thou hast brought us out of a
 land that floweth with milk and honey, to kill us in the
 wilderness, except thou make thyself altogether a prince over
 us?
16:14 Moreover, thou hast not brought us into a land that
 floweth with milk and honey, or given us inheritance of fields
 and vineyards: wilt thou put out the eyes of these men? we will
 not come up.
16:15 And Moses was very wroth, and said to the LORD, Respect
 not thou their offering: I have not taken one ass from them,
 neither have I hurt one of them.
16:16 And Moses said to Korah, Be thou and all thy company
 before the LORD, thou, and they, and Aaron, to-morrow:
16:17 And take every man his censer, and put incense in them,
 and bring ye before the LORD every man his censer, two hundred
 and fifty censers; thou also and Aaron each [of you] his
 censer.
16:18 And they took every man his censer, and put fire in them,
 and laid incense on them, and stood in the door of the
 tabernacle of the congregation with Moses and Aaron.
16:19 And Korah gathered all the congregation against them to
 the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: and the glory
 of the LORD appeared to all the congregation.
16:20 And the LORD spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying,
16:21 Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I
 may consume them in a moment.
16:22 And they fell upon their faces, and said, O God, the God
 of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin, and wilt thou
 be wroth with all the congregation?
16:23 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
16:24 Speak to the congregation, saying, Withdraw yourselves
 from about the tabernacle of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram.
16:25 And Moses rose up, and went to Dathan and Abiram; and the
 elders of Israel followed him.
16:26 And he spoke to the congregation, saying, Depart, I pray
 you, from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of
 theirs, lest ye be consumed in all their sins.
16:27 So they withdrew from the tabernacle of Korah, Dathan, and
 Abiram, on every side: and Dathan and Abiram came out, and
 stood in the door of their tents, and their wives, and their
 sons, and their little children.
16:28 And Moses said, by this ye shall know that the LORD hath
 sent me to do all these works: for [I have] not [done them] of
 my own mind.
16:29 If these men shall die the common death of all men, or if
 they be visited after the visitation of all men; [then] the
 LORD hath not sent me.
16:30 But if the LORD shall make a new thing, and the earth
 shall open her mouth, and swallow them up, with all that
 [appertain] to them, and they go down quick into the pit; then
 ye shall understand that these men have provoked the LORD.
16:31 And it came to pass, as he had made an end of speaking all
 these words, that the ground cleaved asunder that [was] under
 them:
16:32 And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and
 their houses, and all the men that [appertained] to Korah, and
 [all their] goods.
16:33 They, and all that [appertained] to them went down alive
 into the pit, and the earth closed upon them: and they perished
 from among the congregation.
16:34 And all Israel that [were] round about them, fled at the
 cry of them: for they said, Lest the earth swallow us up
 [also].
16:35 And there came out a fire from the LORD, and consumed the
 two hundred and fifty men that offered incense.
16:36 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
16:37 Speak to Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest, that he take
 up the censers out of the burning, and scatter thou the fire
 yonder; for they are hallowed.
16:38 The censers of these sinners against their own souls, let
 them make them broad plates [for] a covering of the altar: for
 they offered them before the LORD, therefore they are hallowed:
 and they shall be a sign to the children of Israel.
16:39 And Eleazar the priest took the brazen censers, with which
 they that were burnt had offered; and they were made broad
 [plates for] a covering of the altar:
16:40 [To be] a memorial to the children of Israel, that no
 stranger, who [is] not of the seed of Aaron, should come near
 to offer incense before the LORD; that he may not be as Korah,
 and as his company: as the LORD said to him by the hand of
 Moses.
16:41 But on the morrow all the congregation of the children of
 Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron, saying, Ye
 have killed the people of the LORD.
16:42 And it came to pass when the congregation was gathered
 against Moses and against Aaron, that they looked towards the
 tabernacle of the congregation: and behold, the cloud covered
 it, and the glory of the LORD appeared.
16:43 And Moses and Aaron came before the tabernacle of the
 congregation.
16:44 And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
16:45 Remove from among this congregation, that I may consume
 them as in a moment. And they fell upon their faces.
16:46 And Moses said to Aaron, Take a censer, and put fire in it
 from off the altar, and put on incense, and go quickly to the
 congregation, and make an atonement for them: for there is
 wrath gone out from the LORD; the plague is begun.
16:47 And Aaron took as Moses commanded, and ran into the midst
 of the congregation; and behold, the plague was begun among the
 people: and he put on incense, and made an atonement for the
 people.
16:48 And he stood between the dead and the living; and the
 plague was stayed.
16:49 Now they that died in the plague were fourteen thousand
 and seven hundred, besides them that died about the matter of
 Korah.
16:50 And Aaron returned to Moses at the door of the tabernacle
 of the congregation: and the plague was stayed.
 
 

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