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Korah’s Rebellion

1 Now aKorah the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, with bDathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took [action], 2 and they rose up before Moses, Itogether with some of the sons of Israel, two hundred and fifty leaders of the congregation, IIachosen in the assembly, men of renown. 3 They assembled together aagainst Moses and Aaron, and said to them, “IbYou have gone far enough, for all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and cthe LORD is in their midst; so why do you exalt yourselves above the assembly of the LORD?”

[1] aEx 6:21; Jde 11 bNu 26:9; Dt 11:6
[2] ILit and men from IILit called ones of aNu 1:16; 26:9
[3] ILit It is much for you aNu 12:2; Ps 106:16 bNu 16:7 cNu 5:3

4 ¶ When Moses heard [this], ahe fell on his face; 5 and he spoke to Korah and all his company, saying, “Tomorrow morning the LORD will show who is His, and awho is holy, and will bring [him] near to Himself; even bthe one whom He will choose, He will bring near to Himself. 6 Do this: take censers for yourselves, Korah and all Iyour company, 7 and put fire in them, and lay incense upon them in the presence of the LORD tomorrow; and the man whom the LORD chooses [shall be] the one who is holy. IaYou have gone far enough, you sons of Levi!”

[4] aNu 14:5
[5] aLv 10:3; Ps 65:4 bNu 17:5, 8
[6] ILit his
[7] ILit It is much for you aNu 16:3

8 ¶ Then Moses said to Korah, “Hear now, you sons of Levi, 9 ais it Inot enough for you that the God of Israel has separated you from the [rest of] the congregation of Israel, bto 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; 10 and that He has brought you near, [Korah], and all your brothers, sons of Levi, with you? And are you aseeking for the priesthood also? 11 Therefore you and all your company are gathered together aagainst the LORD; but as for Aaron, Iwho is he that byou grumble against him?”

[9] IOr too little for you aIs 7:13 bNu 3:6, 9; Dt 10:8
[10] aNu 3:10; 18:1-7
[11] ILit what aEx 16:7 b1Co 10:10

12 ¶ Then Moses sent Ia summons to Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab; but they said, “We will not come up. 13 Is it Inot enough that you have brought us up out of a aland flowing with milk and honey bto have us die in the wilderness, but you would also lord it over us? 14 Indeed, you have not brought us ainto a land flowing with milk and honey, nor have you given us an inheritance of bfields and vineyards. Would you Icput out the eyes of IIthese men? We will not come up!”

[12] ILit to call
[13] ILit a little thing aEx 16:3; Nu 11:4-6 bNu 14:2, 3
[14] ILit bore out IILit those aNu 13:27; 14:8 bEx 22:5; 23:10, 11; Nu 20:5 cJg 16:21; 1S 11:2

15 ¶ Then Moses became very angry and said to the LORD, “aDo not regard their offering! bI have not taken a single donkey from them, nor have I done harm to any of them.” 16 Moses said to Korah, “You and all your company be present before the LORD tomorrow, both you and they along with Aaron. 17 Each of you take his firepan and put incense on Iit, and each of you bring his censer before the LORD, two hundred and fifty firepans; also you and Aaron [shall] each [bring] his firepan.” 18 So they each took his [own] censer and put fire on Iit, and laid incense on Iit; and they stood at the doorway of the tent of meeting, with Moses and Aaron. 19 Thus Korah assembled all the congregation against them at the doorway of the tent of meeting. And athe glory of the LORD appeared to all the congregation.

[15] aGn 4:4, 5 b1S 12:3
[17] ILit them
[18] ILit them
[19] aNu 14:10; 16:42; 20:6

20 ¶ Then the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, 21aSeparate yourselves from among this congregation, bthat I may consume them instantly.” 22 But they fell on their faces and said, “O God, aGod of the spirits of all flesh, bwhen one man sins, will You be angry with the entire congregation?”

[21] aNu 16:45 bEx 32:10, 12
[22] aNu 27:16 bGn 18:23-32; Lv 4:3

23 ¶ Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 24 “Speak to the congregation, saying, ‘aGet back from around the dwellings of Korah, Dathan and Abiram.’”

[24] aNu 16:45

25 ¶ Then Moses arose and went to Dathan and Abiram, with the elders of Israel following him, 26 and he spoke to the congregation, saying, “aDepart now from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing that belongs to them, bor you will be swept away in all their sin.” 27 So they got back from around the dwellings of Korah, Dathan and Abiram; and Dathan and Abiram came out [and] stood at the doorway of their tents, along with their wives and atheir sons and their little ones. 28 Moses said, “By this you shall know that athe LORD has sent me to do all these deeds; for this is not Imy doing. 29 If these men die Ithe death of all men or IIif they suffer the afate of all men, [then] the LORD has not sent me. 30 But aif the LORD Ibrings about an entirely new thing and the ground opens its mouth and swallows them up with all that is theirs, and they bdescend alive into IISheol, then you will understand that these men have spurned the LORD.”

[26] aIs 52:11 bGn 19:15, 17
[27] aNu 26:11
[28] ILit from my heart aEx 3:12-15; 4:12, 15
[29] ILit like the death IILit the visitation of all men be visited upon them aEc 3:19
[30] ILit creates a new creation III.e. the nether world aJb 31:2, 3 bPs 55:15

31 ¶ As he finished speaking all these words, the ground that was under them split open; 32 and athe earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, and their households, and ball the men who belonged to Korah with [their] possessions. 33 So they and all that belonged to them went down alive to ISheol; and the earth closed over them, and they perished from the midst of the assembly. 34 All Israel who [were] around them fled at their Ioutcry, for they said, “The earth may swallow us up!” 35 aFire also came forth from the LORD and consumed the btwo hundred and fifty men who were offering the incense.

[32] aNu 26:10; Dt 11:6; Ps 106:17 bNu 26:11
[33] II.e. the nether world
[34] IOr voice
[35] aNu 11:1-3; 26:10 bNu 16:2

36IThen the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 37 “Say to Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, that he shall take up the censers out of the midst of the Iblaze, for they are holy; and you scatter the IIburning coals abroad. 38 As for the censers of these Imen who have sinned at the cost of their lives, let them be made into hammered sheets for a plating of the altar, since they did present them before the LORD and they are holy; and athey shall be for a sign to the sons of Israel.” 39 So Eleazar the priest took the bronze censers which the men who were burned had offered, and they hammered them out as a plating for the altar, 40 as a Ireminder to the sons of Israel that ano IIlayman who is not of the IIIdescendants of Aaron should come near bto burn incense before the LORD; so that he will not become like Korah and his company—just as the LORD had spoken to him IVthrough Moses.

[36] ICh 17:1 in Heb
[37] IOr place of burning IILit the fire
[38] ILit sinners against their lives aEzk 14:8; 2P 2:6
[40] IOr memorial IILit stranger IIILit seed IVLit by the hand of aNu 1:51 bEx 30:7-10

Murmuring and Plague

41 ¶ But on the next day all the congregation of the sons of Israel agrumbled against Moses and Aaron, saying, “You are the ones who have caused the death of the LORDS people.” 42 It came about, however, when the congregation had assembled against Moses and Aaron, that they turned toward the tent of meeting, and behold, the cloud covered it and athe glory of the LORD appeared. 43 Then Moses and Aaron came to the front of the tent of meeting, 44 and the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 45IaGet away from among this congregation, that I may consume them instantly.” Then they fell on their faces. 46 Moses said to Aaron, “Take your censer and put in it fire from the altar, and lay incense [on it]; then bring it quickly to the congregation and amake atonement for them, for bwrath has gone forth from the LORD, the plague has begun!” 47 Then Aaron took [it] as Moses had spoken, and ran into the midst of the assembly, for behold, the plague had begun among the people. aSo he put [on] the incense and made atonement for the people. 48 He took his stand between the dead and the living, so that the plague was checked. 49 aBut those who died by the plague were 14,700, besides those who bdied on account of Korah. 50 Then Aaron returned to Moses at the doorway of the tent of meeting, for the plague had been checked.

[41] aNu 16:3
[42] aNu 16:19
[45] IOr Arise aNu 16:21, 24
[46] aNu 25:13; Is 6:6, 7 bNu 18:5; Dt 9:22
[47] aNu 25:6-8, 13
[49] aNu 25:9 bNu 16:32, 35


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The rebellion of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram.

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]: 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: 3 And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, [Ye take] too much upon you, seeing all the congregation [are] holy, every one of them, and the LORD [is] among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the LORD? 4 And when Moses heard [it], he fell upon his face: 5 And he spake unto Korah and unto all his company, saying, Even to morrow the LORD will shew who [are] his, and [who is] holy; and will cause [him] to come near unto him: even [him] whom he hath chosen will he cause to come near unto him. 6 This do; Take you censers, Korah, and all his company; 7 And put fire therein, 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. 8 And Moses said unto Korah, Hear, I pray you, ye sons of Levi: 9 [Seemeth it but] a small thing unto 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 unto them? 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? 11 For which cause [both] thou and all thy company [are] gathered together against the LORD: and what [is] Aaron, that ye murmur against him?

[1] Gn 49:3; Ex 6:18, 21; Nu 26:9; 27:3; 1Ch 5:1; Jde 1:11.
[2] Gn 6:4; Nu 26:9; 1Ch 5:24; 12:30; Ezk 16:14; 23:10.
[3] Ex 19:6; 29:45; Nu 12:1; 14:1, 14; 16:11; 35:34; Ezr 9:2; Ps 68:17; 106:16; Is 1:11; Jr 7:3; Mt 3:9; Ac 7:39, 51; Ro 2:28.
[4] Nu 14:5; 16:45; 20:6; Jsh 7:6.
[5] Ex 28:1, 43; Lv 8:2; 10:3; 21:6, 12; Nu 16:3; 17:5; 1S 2:28; Ps 65:4; 105:26; Is 61:5; Ezk 40:46; 44:15; Mal 3:18; Jn 15:16; Ac 1:2, 24; 13:2; 15:7; 22:14; Ep 2:13; 2Ti 2:3, 19; He 10:19; 12:14; 1P 2:5; Rv 1:6; 5:9.
[6] Lv 10:1; 16:12; Nu 16:35, 46; 1K 18:21.
[7] Nu 16:3, 5; 1K 18:17; Mt 21:23; Ep 1:4; 2Th 2:13; 1P 2:9.
[9] Gn 30:15; Nu 1:53; 3:41; 8:14; 16:13; 18:2; Dt 10:8; 1S 18:23; 2S 7:19; 2Ch 35:3; Ne 12:44; Is 7:13; Ezk 34:18; 44:10; Ac 13:2; 1Co 4:3.
[10] Pv 13:10; Mt 20:21; Lk 22:24; Ro 12:10; Php 2:3; 3Jn 1:9.
[11] Ex 16:7; 17:2; Nu 16:3; 1S 8:7; Lk 10:16; Jn 13:20; Ac 5:4; Ro 13:2; 1Co 3:5.

12 ¶ And Moses sent to call Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab: which said, We will not come up: 13 [Is it] a small thing that thou hast brought us up 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? 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. 15 And Moses was very wroth, and said unto the LORD, Respect not thou their offering: I have not taken one ass from them, neither have I hurt one of them. 16 And Moses said unto Korah, Be thou and all thy company before the LORD, thou, and they, and Aaron, to morrow: 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. 18 And they took every man his censer, and put fire in them, and laid incense thereon, and stood in the door of the tabernacle of the congregation with Moses and Aaron. 19 And Korah gathered all the congregation against them unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: and the glory of the LORD appeared unto all the congregation. 20 And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, 21 Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment. 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?

[12] Pv 29:9; Is 3:5; 1P 2:13; Jde 1:8.
[13] Ex 1:11, 22; 2:14, 23; 16:3; 17:3; Nu 11:5; 16:9; 20:3; Ps 2:2; Lk 19:14; Ac 7:25, 35.
[14] Ex 3:8, 17; Lv 20:24; Nu 36:8.
[15] Gn 4:4; Ex 32:19; Nu 12:3; 16:6; 22:21, 30; Jg 5:10; 1S 12:3; 2S 16:2; Is 1:10; Mt 5:22; Mk 3:5; Ac 20:33; 1Co 9:15; 2Co 1:12; 7:2; 12:14; Ep 4:26; 1Th 2:10.
[16] Nu 16:6; 1S 12:3, 7; 2Ti 2:14.
[17] 1S 12:7.
[19] Ex 16:7, 10; Lv 9:6, 23; Nu 12:5; 14:10; 16:1, 42.
[21] Gn 19:15; Ex 32:10; 33:5; Nu 14:12, 15; 16:45; Ps 73:19; Is 37:36; Jr 5:16; Ac 2:40; 2Co 6:17; Ep 5:6; He 12:28; Rv 18:4.
[22] Gn 18:23, 32; Nu 14:5; 16:4, 45; 27:16; Jsh 7:1; 2S 24:1, 17; Jb 12:10; Ec 12:7; Is 57:16; Zc 12:1; Ro 5:18; 1Co 13:7; He 12:9.

Moses separateth the people from the rebels' tents.

23 ¶ And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 24 Speak unto the congregation, saying, Get you up from about the tabernacle of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram. 25 And Moses rose up and went unto Dathan and Abiram; and the elders of Israel followed him. 26 And he spake unto 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. 27 So they gat up 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. 28 And Moses said, Hereby ye shall know that the LORD hath sent me to do all these works; for [I have] not [done them] of mine own mind. 29 If these men 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. 30 But if the LORD make a new thing, and the earth open her mouth, and swallow them up, with all that [appertain] unto them, and they go down quick into the pit; then ye shall understand that these men have provoked the LORD.

[24] Nu 16:21.
[25] Nu 11:16, 25, 30.
[26] Gn 19:12; Lv 27:28; Nu 16:21; Dt 13:17; Jsh 7:13, 23; Is 52:11; Mt 10:14; Ac 8:20; 13:51; 2Co 6:17; 1Ti 5:22; Rv 18:4.
[27] 2K 9:30; Jb 9:4; 40:10; Pv 16:18; 18:12; Is 28:14.
[28] Ex 3:12; 4:1; 7:9; Nu 24:13; Dt 18:22; 1K 18:36; Jr 23:16; Ezk 13:17; Zc 2:9; 4:9; Jn 5:30, 36; 6:38; 11:42; 14:11.
[29] Ex 20:5; 32:34; 1K 22:28; 2Ch 18:27; Jb 35:15; Is 10:3; Jr 5:9; Lm 4:22.
[30] Nu 16:33; Jb 31:3; Ps 55:15; Is 28:21; 43:19; 45:7, 12; Jr 31:22.

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

31 ¶ And it came to pass, as he had made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground clave asunder that [was] under them: 32 And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that [appertained] unto Korah, and all [their] goods. 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. 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]. 35 And there came out a fire from the LORD, and consumed the two hundred and fifty men that offered incense.

[31] Nu 26:10; 27:3; Dt 11:6; Ps 106:17.
[32] Gn 4:11; Nu 16:17, 30; 26:11; 27:3; 1Ch 6:22, 37; Ps 84:1; 85:1; 88:1; Is 5:14; Rv 12:16.
[33] Ps 9:15; 55:23; 69:15; 143:7; Is 14:9, 15; Ezk 32:18, 30; Jde 1:11.
[34] Nu 17:12; Is 33:3; Zc 14:5; Rv 6:15.
[35] Lv 10:2; Nu 11:1; 16:2, 17; 26:10; Ps 106:18.

The censers are reserved to holy use.

36 ¶ And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 37 Speak unto 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. 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 unto the children of Israel. 39 And Eleazar the priest took the brasen censers, wherewith they that were burnt had offered; and they were made broad [plates for] a covering of the altar: 40 [To be] a memorial unto the children of Israel, that no stranger, which [is] not of the seed of Aaron, come near to offer incense before the LORD; that he be not as Korah, and as his company: as the LORD said to him by the hand of Moses.

[37] Lv 27:28; Nu 16:7, 18.
[38] Nu 16:40; 17:10; 26:10; 1K 2:23; Pv 1:18; 8:36; 20:2; Ezk 14:8; Hab 2:10; 1Co 10:11; 2P 2:6.
[40] Lv 22:10; Nu 3:10, 38; 18:4; 1K 13:1; 2Ch 26:16, 18; Jde 1:11.

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

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. 42 And it came to pass, when the congregation was gathered against Moses and against Aaron, that they looked toward the tabernacle of the congregation: and, behold, the cloud covered it, and the glory of the LORD appeared. 43 And Moses and Aaron came before the tabernacle of the congregation.

[41] Nu 14:2; 16:1, 3; 2S 16:7; 1K 18:17; Ps 106:13, 23, 25; Is 26:11; Jr 37:13; 38:4; 43:3; Am 7:10; Mt 5:11; Ac 5:28; 21:28; 2Co 6:8.
[42] Ex 16:7, 10; 24:16; 40:34; Lv 9:23; Nu 14:10; 16:19; 20:6.

44 ¶ And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 45 Get you up from among this congregation, that I may consume them as in a moment. And they fell upon their faces.

[45] Nu 16:21, 22, 24, 26; 20:6; 1Ch 21:16; Mt 26:39.

Aaron by incense stayeth the plague.

46 ¶ And Moses said unto Aaron, Take a censer, and put fire therein from off the altar, and put on incense, and go quickly unto the congregation, and make an atonement for them: for there is wrath gone out from the LORD; the plague is begun. 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. 48 And he stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was stayed. 49 Now they that died in the plague were fourteen thousand and seven hundred, beside them that died about the matter of Korah. 50 And Aaron returned unto Moses unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: and the plague was stayed.

[46] Ex 30:7; Lv 9:24; 10:1, 6; 16:11, 12; Nu 1:53; 8:19; 11:33; 18:5; 1Ch 27:24; Ps 106:29; 141:2; Is 6:6; Mal 1:11; Ro 5:9; He 7:25; 9:25; 1Jn 2:1; Rv 8:3.
[47] Nu 16:46; Dt 33:10; Ps 106:29; Is 53:10; Mt 5:44; Ro 12:21.
[48] Nu 16:18, 35; 25:8; 2S 24:16, 25; 1Ch 21:26; Jn 5:14; 1Th 1:10; 1Ti 2:5; He 7:24; Jm 5:16.
[49] Nu 16:32; 25:9; 1Ch 21:14; He 2:1; 10:28; 12:25.
[50] Nu 16:43; 1Ch 21:26.


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