Then Moses said, "This is how you will know1 that the LORD has sent me2 to do all these things and that it was not my idea:
If these men die a natural death and experience only what usually happens to men, then the LORD has not sent me.330
But if the LORD brings about something totally new, and the earth opens its mouth4 and swallows them, with everything that belongs to them, and they go down alive into the grave,a5 then you will know that these men have treated the LORD with contempt.6"
As soon as he finished saying all this, the ground under them split apart732
and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them,8 with their households and all Korah's men and all their possessions.
They went down alive into the grave,9 with everything they owned; the earth closed over them, and they perished and were gone from the community.
At their cries, all the Israelites around them fled, shouting, "The earth is going to swallow us too!"
And fire came out from the LORD 10 and consumed11 the 250 men who were offering the incense.
The LORD said to Moses,
"Tell Eleazar12 son of Aaron, the priest, to take the censers13 out of the smoldering remains and scatter the coals some distance away, for the censers are holy--
the censers of the men who sinned at the cost of their lives.14 Hammer the censers into sheets to overlay the altar,15 for they were presented before the LORD and have become holy. Let them be a sign16 to the Israelites."