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1 One day Korah son of Izhar, a descendant of Kohath son of Levi, conspired with Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On son of Peleth, from the tribe of Reuben. 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 They incited a rebellion against Moses, involving 250 other prominent leaders, all members of the assembly. 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 went to Moses and Aaron and said, "You have gone too far! Everyone in Israel has been set apart by the LORD, and he is with all of us. What right do you have to act as though you are greater than anyone else among all these people of the LORD?" 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 When Moses heard what they were saying, he threw himself down with his face to the ground. 4 When Moses heard this, he fell facedown.
5 Then he said to Korah and his followers, "Tomorrow morning the LORD will show us who belongs to him and who is holy. The LORD will allow those who are chosen to enter his holy presence. 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 You, Korah, and all your followers must do this: Take incense burners, 6 You, Korah, and all your followers are to do this: Take censers
7 and burn incense in them tomorrow before the LORD. Then we will see whom the LORD chooses as his holy one. You Levites are the ones who have gone too far!" 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 Then Moses spoke again to Korah: "Now listen, you Levites! 8 Moses also said to Korah, "Now listen, you Levites!
9 Does it seem a small thing to you that the God of Israel has chosen you from among all the people of Israel to be near him as you serve in the LORD's Tabernacle and to stand before the people 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 given this special ministry only to you and your fellow Levites, but now you are demanding the priesthood as well! 10 He has brought you and all your fellow Levites near himself, but now you are trying to get the priesthood too.
11 The one you are really revolting against is the LORD! And who is Aaron that you are complaining about 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 Then Moses summoned Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, but they replied, "We refuse to come! 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 brought us out of Egypt, a land flowing with milk and honey, to kill us here in this wilderness, and that you now treat us like your subjects? 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 What's more, you haven't brought us into the land flowing with milk and honey or given us an inheritance of fields and vineyards. Are you trying to fool us? We will not come." 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 Then Moses became very angry and said to the LORD, "Do not accept their offerings! I have not taken so much as a donkey from them, and I have never hurt a single one of them." 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 And Moses said to Korah, "Come here tomorrow and present yourself before the LORD with all your followers. Aaron will also be here. 16 Moses said to Korah, "You and all your followers are to appear before the LORD tomorrow--you and they and Aaron.
17 Be sure that each of your 250 followers brings an incense burner with incense on it, so you can present them before the LORD. Aaron will also bring his incense burner." 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 these men came with their incense burners, placed burning coals and incense on them, and stood at the entrance of the Tabernacle with Moses and Aaron. 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 Meanwhile, Korah had stirred up the entire community against Moses and Aaron, and they all assembled at the Tabernacle entrance. Then the glorious presence of the LORD appeared to the whole community, 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 and the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, 20 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron,
21 "Get away from these people so that I may instantly destroy them!" 21 "Separate yourselves from this assembly so I can put an end to them at once."
22 But Moses and Aaron fell face down on the ground. "O God, the God and source of all life," they pleaded. "Must you be angry with all the people when only one man sins?" 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 And the LORD said to Moses, 23 Then the LORD said to Moses,
24 "Then tell all the people to get away from the tents of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram." 24 "Say to the assembly, 'Move away from the tents of Korah, Dathan and Abiram.' "
25 So Moses got up and rushed over to the tents of Dathan and Abiram, followed closely by the Israelite leaders. 25 Moses got up and went to Dathan and Abiram, and the elders of Israel followed him.
26 "Quick!" he told the people. "Get away from the tents of these wicked men, and don't touch anything that belongs to them. If you do, you will be destroyed for 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 all the people stood back from the tents of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram. Then Dathan and Abiram came out and stood at the entrances of their tents with their wives and children and little ones. 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 And Moses said, "By this you will know that the LORD has sent me to do all these things that I have done -- for I have not done them 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, then the LORD has not 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 the LORD performs a miracle and the ground opens up and swallows them and all their belongings, and they go down alive into the grave, then you will know that these men have despised the LORD." 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 He had hardly finished speaking the words when the ground suddenly split open beneath them. 31 As soon as he finished saying all this, the ground under them split apart
32 The earth opened up and swallowed the men, along with their households and the followers who were standing with them, and 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 So they went down alive into the grave, along with their belongings. The earth closed over them, and they all vanished. 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 All of the people of Israel fled as they heard their screams, fearing that the earth would swallow them, too. 34 At their cries, all the Israelites around them fled, shouting, "The earth is going to swallow us too!"
35 Then fire blazed forth from the LORD and burned up the 250 men who were offering incense. 35 And fire came out from the LORD and consumed the 250 men who were offering the incense.
36 And the LORD said to Moses, 36 The LORD said to Moses,
37 "Tell Eleazar son of Aaron the priest to pull all the incense burners from the fire, for they are holy. Also tell him to scatter the burning incense 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 from the burners of these men who have sinned at the cost of their lives. He must then hammer the metal of the incense burners into a sheet as a covering for the altar, for these burners have become holy because they were used in the LORD's presence. The altar covering will then serve as a warning to the people of Israel." 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 the priest collected the 250 bronze incense burners that had been used by the men who died in the fire, and they were hammered out into a sheet of metal to cover 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 This would warn the Israelites that no unauthorized man -- no one who was not a descendant of Aaron -- should ever enter the LORD's presence to burn incense. If anyone did, the same thing would happen to him as happened to Korah and his followers. Thus, the LORD's instructions to Moses were carried out. 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 But the very next morning the whole community began muttering again against Moses and Aaron, saying, "You two have killed the LORD'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 As the people gathered to protest to Moses and Aaron, they turned toward the Tabernacle and saw that the cloud had covered it, and the glorious presence of the LORD appeared. 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 came and stood at the entrance of the Tabernacle, 43 Then Moses and Aaron went to the front of the Tent of Meeting,
44 and the LORD said to Moses, 44 and the LORD said to Moses,
45 "Get away from these people so that I can instantly destroy them!" But Moses and Aaron fell face down on the ground. 45 "Get away from this assembly so I can put an end to them at once." And they fell facedown.
46 And Moses said to Aaron, "Quick, take an incense burner and place burning coals on it from the altar. Lay incense on it and carry it quickly among the people to make atonement for them. The LORD's anger is blazing among them -- the plague has already begun." 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 did as Moses told him and ran out among the people. The plague indeed had already begun, but Aaron burned the incense and made atonement for them. 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 between the living and the dead until the plague was stopped. 48 He stood between the living and the dead, and the plague stopped.
49 But 14,700 people died in that plague, in addition to those who had died in the incident involving Korah. 49 But 14,700 people died from the plague, in addition to those who had died because of Korah.
50 Then because the plague had stopped, Aaron returned to Moses at the entrance of the Tabernacle. 50 Then Aaron returned to Moses at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting, for the plague had stopped.