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1 Getting on his high horse one day, Korah son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, along with a few Reubenites - Dathan and Abiram sons of Eliab, and On son of Peleth - 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
2 rebelled against Moses. He had with him 250 leaders of the congregation of Israel, prominent men with positions in the Council. 2 and rose up against Moses. With them were 250 Israelite men, well-known community leaders who had been appointed members of the council.
3 They came as a group and confronted Moses and Aaron, saying, "You've overstepped yourself. This entire community is holy and God is in their midst. So why do you act like you're running the whole show?" 3 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?"
4 On hearing this, Moses threw himself facedown on the ground. 4 When Moses heard this, he fell facedown.
5 Then he addressed Korah and his gang: "In the morning God will make clear who is on his side, who is holy. God will take his stand with the one he chooses. 5 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.
6 "Now, Korah, here's what I want you, you and your gang, to do: Tomorrow, take censers. 6 You, Korah, and all your followers are to do this: Take censers
7 In the presence of God, put fire in them and then incense. Then we'll see who is holy, see whom God chooses. Sons of Levi, you've overstepped yourselves!" 7 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!"
8 Moses continued with Korah, "Listen well now, sons of Levi. 8 Moses also said to Korah, "Now listen, you Levites!
9 Isn't it enough for you that the God of Israel has selected you out of the congregation of Israel to bring you near him to serve in the ministries of The Dwelling of God, and to stand before the congregation to minister to them? 9 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?
10 He has brought you and all your brother Levites into his inner circle, and now you're grasping for the priesthood too. 10 He has brought you and all your fellow Levites near himself, but now you are trying to get the priesthood too.
11 It's God you've ganged up against, not us. What do you have against Aaron that you're bad-mouthing him?" 11 It is against the LORD that you and all your followers have banded together. Who is Aaron that you should grumble against him?"
12 Moses then ordered Dathan and Abiram, sons of Eliab, to appear, but they said, "We're not coming. 12 Then Moses summoned Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab. But they said, "We will not come!
13 Isn't it enough that you yanked us out of a land flowing with milk and honey to kill us in the wilderness? And now you keep trying to boss us around! 13 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?
14 Face it, you haven't produced: You haven't brought us into a land flowing with milk and honey, you haven't given us the promised inheritance of fields and vineyards. You'd have to poke our eyes out to keep us from seeing what's going on. Forget it, we're not coming." 14 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!"
15 Moses' temper blazed white-hot. He said to God, "Don't accept their Grain-Offering. I haven't taken so much as a single donkey from them; I haven't hurt a single hair of their heads." 15 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."
16 Moses said to Korah, "Bring your people before God tomorrow. Appear there with them and Aaron. 16 Moses said to Korah, "You and all your followers are to appear before the LORD tomorrow--you and they and Aaron.
17 Have each man bring his censer filled with incense and present it to God - all 250 censers. And you and Aaron do the same, bring your censers." 17 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."
18 So they all did it. They brought their censers filled with fire and incense and stood at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting. Moses and Aaron did the same. 18 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.
19 It was Korah and his gang against Moses and Aaron at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting. The entire community could see the Glory of God. 19 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.
20 God said to Moses and Aaron, 20 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron,
21 "Separate yourselves from this congregation so that I can finish them off and be done with them." 21 "Separate yourselves from this assembly so I can put an end to them at once."
22 They threw themselves on their faces and said, "O God, God of everything living, when one man sins are you going to take it out on the whole community?" 22 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?"
23 God spoke to Moses: 23 Then the LORD said to Moses,
24 "Speak to the community. Tell them, Back off from the tents of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram." 24 "Say to the assembly, 'Move away from the tents of Korah, Dathan and Abiram.' "
25 Moses got up and went to Dathan and Abiram. The leaders of Israel followed him. 25 Moses got up and went to Dathan and Abiram, and the elders of Israel followed him.
26 He then spoke to the community: "Back off from the tents of these bad men; don't touch a thing that belongs to them lest you be carried off on the flood of their sins." 26 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."
27 So they all backed away from the tents of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram. Dathan and Abiram by now had come out and were standing at the entrance to their tents with their wives, children, and babies. 27 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.
28 Moses continued to address the community: "This is how you'll know that it was God who sent me to do all these things and that it wasn't anything I cooked up on my own. 28 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:
29 If these men die a natural death like all the rest of us, you'll know that it wasn't God who sent me. 29 If these men die a natural death and experience only what usually happens to men, then the LORD has not sent me.
30 But if God does something unprecedented - if the ground opens up and swallows the lot of them and they are pitched alive into Sheol - then you'll know that these men have been insolent with God." 30 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."
31 The words were hardly out of his mouth when the Earth split open. 31 As soon as he finished saying all this, the ground under them split apart
32 Earth opened its mouth and in one gulp swallowed them down, the men and their families, all the human beings connected with Korah, along with everything they owned. 32 and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them, with their households and all Korah's men and all their possessions.
33 And that was the end of them, pitched alive into Sheol. The Earth closed up over them and that was the last the community heard of them. 33 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.
34 At the sound of their cries everyone around ran for dear life, shouting, "We're about to be swallowed up alive!" 34 At their cries, all the Israelites around them fled, shouting, "The earth is going to swallow us too!"
35 Then God sent lightning. The fire cremated the 250 men who were offering the incense. 35 And fire came out from the LORD and consumed the 250 men who were offering the incense.
36 God spoke to Moses: 36 The LORD said to Moses,
37 "Tell Eleazar son of Aaron the priest, Gather up the censers from the smoldering cinders and scatter the coals a distance away for these censers have become holy. 37 "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--
38 Take the censers of the men who have sinned and are now dead and hammer them into thin sheets for covering the Altar. They have been offered to God and are holy to God. Let them serve as a sign to Israel, evidence of what happened this day." 38 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."
39 So Eleazar gathered all the bronze censers that belonged to those who had been burned up and had them hammered flat and used to overlay the Altar, 39 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,
40 just as God had instructed him by Moses. This was to serve as a sign to Israel that only descendants of Aaron were allowed to burn incense before God; anyone else trying it would end up like Korah and his gang. 40 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.
41 Grumbling broke out the next day in the community of Israel, grumbling against Moses and Aaron: "You have killed God's people!" 41 The next day the whole Israelite community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. "You have killed the LORD's people," they said.
42 But it so happened that when the community got together against Moses and Aaron, they looked over at the Tent of Meeting and there was the Cloud - the Glory of God for all to see. 42 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.
43 Moses and Aaron stood at the front of the Tent of Meeting. 43 Then Moses and Aaron went to the front of the Tent of Meeting,
44 God spoke to Moses: 44 and the LORD said to Moses,
45 "Back away from this congregation so that I can do away with them this very minute." They threw themselves facedown on the ground. 45 "Get away from this assembly so I can put an end to them at once." And they fell facedown.
46 Moses said to Aaron, "Take your censer and fill it with incense, along with fire from the Altar. Get to the congregation as fast as you can: make atonement for them. Anger is pouring out from God - the plague has started!" 46 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."
47 Aaron grabbed the censer, as directed by Moses, and ran into the midst of the congregation. The plague had already begun. He put burning incense into the censer and atoned for the people. 47 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.
48 He stood there between the living and the dead and stopped the plague. 48 He stood between the living and the dead, and the plague stopped.
49 Fourteen thousand seven hundred people died from the plague, not counting those who died in the affair of Korah. 49 But 14,700 people died from the plague, in addition to those who had died because of Korah.
50 Aaron then went back to join Moses at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting. The plague was stopped. 50 Then Aaron returned to Moses at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting, for the plague had stopped.