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1 Korah son of Izhar, from the Levite clan of Kohath, rebelled against the leadership of Moses. He was joined by three members of the tribe of Reuben - Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On son of Peleth - and by 250 other Israelites, well-known leaders chosen by the community. 1 Korah son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and certain Reubenites--Dathan and Abiram, sons of Eliab, and On son of Peleth--became insolent
3 They assembled before Moses and Aaron and said to them, "You have gone too far! All the members of the community belong to the Lord, and the Lord is with all of us. Why, then, Moses, do you set yourself above the Lord's community?" 3 and rose up against Moses. With them were 250 Israelite men, well-known community leaders who had been appointed members of the council.
4 When Moses heard this, he threw himself on the ground and prayed. 4 They came as a group to oppose Moses and Aaron and said to them, "You have gone too far! The whole community is holy, every one of them, and the LORD is with them. Why then do you set yourselves above the LORD's assembly?"
5 Then he said to Korah and his followers, "Tomorrow morning the Lord will show us who belongs to him; he will let the one who belongs to him, that is, the one he has chosen, approach him at the altar. 5 When Moses heard this, he fell facedown.
6 Tomorrow morning you and your followers take fire pans, put live coals and incense on them, and take them to the altar. Then we will see which of us the Lord has chosen. You Levites are the ones who have gone too far!" 6 Then he said to Korah and all his followers: "In the morning the LORD will show who belongs to him and who is holy, and he will have that person come near him. The man he chooses he will cause to come near him.
8 Moses continued to speak to Korah. "Listen, you Levites! 8 You, Korah, and all your followers are to do this: Take censers
9 Do you consider it a small matter that the God of Israel has set you apart from the rest of the community, so that you can approach him, perform your service in the Lord's Tent, and minister to the community and serve them? 9 and tomorrow put fire and incense in them before the LORD. The man the LORD chooses will be the one who is holy. You Levites have gone too far!"
10 He has let you and all the other Levites have this honor - and now you are trying to get the priesthood too! 10 Moses also said to Korah, "Now listen, you Levites!
11 When you complain against Aaron, it is really against the Lord that you and your followers are rebelling." 11 Isn't it enough for you that the God of Israel has separated you from the rest of the Israelite community and brought you near himself to do the work at the LORD's tabernacle and to stand before the community and minister to them?
12 Then Moses sent for Dathan and Abiram, but they said, "We will not come! 12 He has brought you and all your fellow Levites near himself, but now you are trying to get the priesthood too.
13 Isn't it enough that you have brought us out of the fertile land of Egypt to kill us here in the wilderness? Do you also have to lord it over us? 13 It is against the LORD that you and all your followers have banded together. Who is Aaron that you should grumble against him?"
14 You certainly have not brought us into a fertile land or given us fields and vineyards as our possession, and now you are trying to deceive us. We will not come!" 14 Then Moses summoned Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab. But they said, "We will not come!
15 Moses became angry and said to the Lord, "Do not accept any offerings these men bring. I have not wronged any of them; I have not even taken one of their donkeys." 15 Isn't it enough that you have brought us up out of a land flowing with milk and honey to kill us in the desert? And now you also want to lord it over us?
16 Moses said to Korah, "Tomorrow you and your 250 followers must come to the Tent of the Lord's presence; Aaron will also be there. 16 Moreover, you haven't brought us into a land flowing with milk and honey or given us an inheritance of fields and vineyards. Will you gouge out the eyes of these men? No, we will not come!"
17 Each of you will take his fire pan, put incense on it, and then present it at the altar." 17 Then Moses became very angry and said to the LORD, "Do not accept their offering. I have not taken so much as a donkey from them, nor have I wronged any of them."
18 So they each took their fire pans, put live coals and incense on them, and stood at the entrance of the Tent with Moses and Aaron. 18 Moses said to Korah, "You and all your followers are to appear before the LORD tomorrow--you and they and Aaron.
19 Then Korah gathered the whole community, and they stood facing Moses and Aaron at the entrance of the Tent. Suddenly the dazzling light of the Lord's presence appeared to the whole community, 19 Each man is to take his censer and put incense in it--250 censers in all--and present it before the LORD. You and Aaron are to present your censers also."
20 and the Lord said to Moses and Aaron, 20 So each man took his censer, put fire and incense in it, and stood with Moses and Aaron at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting.
21 "Move back from these people, and I will destroy them immediately." 21 When Korah had gathered all his followers in opposition to them at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting, the glory of the LORD appeared to the entire assembly.
22 But Moses and Aaron bowed down with their faces to the ground and said, "O God, you are the source of all life. When one of us sins, do you become angry with the whole community?" 22 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron,
23 The Lord said to Moses, 23 "Separate yourselves from this assembly so I can put an end to them at once."
24 "Tell the people to move away from the tents of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram." 24 But Moses and Aaron fell facedown and cried out, "O God, God of the spirits of all mankind, will you be angry with the entire assembly when only one man sins?"
25 Then Moses, accompanied by the leaders of Israel, went to Dathan and Abiram. 25 Then the LORD said to Moses,
26 He said to the people, "Get away from the tents of these wicked men and don't touch anything that belongs to them. Otherwise, you will be wiped out with them for all their sins." 26 "Say to the assembly, 'Move away from the tents of Korah, Dathan and Abiram.' "
27 So they moved away from the tents of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram. Dathan and Abiram had come out and were standing at the entrance of their tents, with their wives and children. 27 Moses got up and went to Dathan and Abiram, and the elders of Israel followed him.
28 Moses said to the people, "This is how you will know that the Lord has sent me to do all these things and that it is not by my own choice that I have done them. 28 He warned the assembly, "Move back from the tents of these wicked men! Do not touch anything belonging to them, or you will be swept away because of all their sins."
29 If these men die a natural death without some punishment from God, then the Lord did not send me. 29 So they moved away from the tents of Korah, Dathan and Abiram. Dathan and Abiram had come out and were standing with their wives, children and little ones at the entrances to their tents.
30 But if the Lord does something unheard of, and the earth opens up and swallows them with all they own, so that they go down alive to the world of the dead, you will know that these men have rejected the Lord." 30 Then Moses said, "This is how you will know that the LORD has sent me to do all these things and that it was not my idea:
31 As soon as he had finished speaking, the ground under Dathan and Abiram split open 31 If these men die a natural death and experience only what usually happens to men, then the LORD has not sent me.
32 and swallowed them and their families, together with all of Korah's followers and their possessions. 32 But if the LORD brings about something totally new, and the earth opens its mouth and swallows them, with everything that belongs to them, and they go down alive into the grave, then you will know that these men have treated the LORD with contempt."
33 So they went down alive to the world of the dead, with their possessions. The earth closed over them, and they vanished. 33 As soon as he finished saying all this, the ground under them split apart
34 All the people of Israel who were there fled when they heard their cry. They shouted, "Run! The earth might swallow us too!" 34 and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them, with their households and all Korah's men and all their possessions.
35 Then the Lord sent a fire that blazed out and burned up the 250 men who had presented the incense. 35 They went down alive into the grave, with everything they owned; the earth closed over them, and they perished and were gone from the community.
36 Then the Lord said to Moses, 36 At their cries, all the Israelites around them fled, shouting, "The earth is going to swallow us too!"
37 "Tell Eleazar son of Aaron the priest to remove the bronze fire pans from the remains of those who have been burned, and scatter the coals from the fire pans somewhere else, because the fire pans are holy. 37 And fire came out from the LORD and consumed the 250 men who were offering the incense.
38 They became holy when they were presented at the Lord's altar. So take the fire pans of these who were put to death for their sin, beat them into thin plates, and make a covering for the altar. It will be a warning to the people of Israel." 38 The LORD said to Moses,
39 So Eleazar the priest took the fire pans and had them beaten into thin plates to make a covering for the altar. 39 "Tell Eleazar son of Aaron, the priest, to take the censers out of the smoldering remains and scatter the coals some distance away, for the censers are holy--
40 This was a warning to the Israelites that no one who was not a descendant of Aaron should come to the altar to burn incense for the Lord. Otherwise he would be destroyed like Korah and his men. All this was done as the Lord had commanded Eleazar through Moses. 40 the censers of the men who sinned at the cost of their lives. Hammer the censers into sheets to overlay the altar, for they were presented before the LORD and have become holy. Let them be a sign to the Israelites."
41 The next day the whole community complained against Moses and Aaron and said, "You have killed some of the Lord's people." 41 So Eleazar the priest collected the bronze censers brought by those who had been burned up, and he had them hammered out to overlay the altar,
42 After they had all gathered to protest to Moses and Aaron, they turned toward the Tent and saw that the cloud was covering it and that the dazzling light of the Lord's presence had appeared. 42 as the LORD directed him through Moses. This was to remind the Israelites that no one except a descendant of Aaron should come to burn incense before the LORD, or he would become like Korah and his followers.
43 Moses and Aaron went and stood in front of the Tent, 43 The next day the whole Israelite community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. "You have killed the LORD's people," they said.
44 and the Lord said to Moses, 44 But when the assembly gathered in opposition to Moses and Aaron and turned toward the Tent of Meeting, suddenly the cloud covered it and the glory of the LORD appeared.
45 "Move back from these people, and I will destroy them on the spot!" The two of them bowed down with their faces to the ground, 45 Then Moses and Aaron went to the front of the Tent of Meeting,
46 and Moses said to Aaron, "Take your fire pan, put live coals from the altar in it, and put some incense on the coals. Then hurry with it to the people and perform the ritual of purification for them. Hurry! The Lord's anger has already broken out and an epidemic has already begun." 46 and the LORD said to Moses,
47 Aaron obeyed, took his fire pan and ran into the middle of the assembled people. When he saw that the plague had already begun, he put the incense on the coals and performed the ritual of purification for the people. 47 "Get away from this assembly so I can put an end to them at once." And they fell facedown.
48 This stopped the plague, and he was left standing between the living and the dead. 48 Then Moses said to Aaron, "Take your censer and put incense in it, along with fire from the altar, and hurry to the assembly to make atonement for them. Wrath has come out from the LORD; the plague has started."
49 The number of people who died was 14,700, not counting those who died in Korah's rebellion. 49 So Aaron did as Moses said, and ran into the midst of the assembly. The plague had already started among the people, but Aaron offered the incense and made atonement for them.
50 When the plague had stopped, Aaron returned to Moses at the entrance of the Tent. 50 He stood between the living and the dead, and the plague stopped.
49 49 But 14,700 people died from the plague, in addition to those who had died because of Korah.
50 50 Then Aaron returned to Moses at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting, for the plague had stopped.