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1 Korah, Dathan, Abiram, and On turned against Moses. (Korah was the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi; Dathan and Abiram were brothers, the sons of Eliab; and On was the son of Peleth; Dathan, Abiram, and On were 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 These men gathered two hundred fifty other Israelite men, well-known leaders chosen by the community, and challenged Moses. 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 to speak to Moses and Aaron and said, "You have gone too far. All the people are holy, every one of them, and the Lord is among them. So why do you put yourselves above all the 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 this, he bowed facedown. 4 When Moses heard this, he fell facedown.
5 Then he said to Korah and all his followers: "Tomorrow morning the Lord will show who belongs to him. He will bring the one who is holy near to him; he will bring to himself the person 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 So Korah, you and all your followers do this: Get some pans for burning incense. 6 You, Korah, and all your followers are to do this: Take censers
7 Tomorrow put fire and incense in them and take them before the Lord. He will choose the man who is holy. You Levites 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 Moses also said to Korah, "Listen, you Levites. 8 Moses also said to Korah, "Now listen, you Levites!
9 The God of Israel has sep-arated you from the rest of the Israelites. He brought you near to himself to do the work in the Lord's Holy Tent and to stand before all the Israelites and serve them. Isn't that enough? 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 fellow Levites near to himself, yet now you want to be priests. 10 He has brought you and all your fellow Levites near himself, but now you are trying to get the priesthood too.
11 You and your followers have joined together against the Lord. Your complaint is not against Aaron." 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 called Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, but they said, "We will not come! 12 Then Moses summoned Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab. But they said, "We will not come!
13 You have brought us out of a fertile land to this desert to kill us, and now you want to order 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 You haven't brought us into a fertile land; you haven't given us any land with fields and vineyards. Will you put out the eyes of these men? No! 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, "Don't accept their gifts. I have not taken anything from them, not even a donkey, and I have not done wrong to any 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 Then Moses said to Korah, "You and all your followers must stand before the Lord tomorrow. And Aaron will stand there with you and them. 16 Moses said to Korah, "You and all your followers are to appear before the LORD tomorrow--you and they and Aaron.
17 Each of you must take your pan and put incense in it; present these two hundred fifty pans before the Lord. You and Aaron must also present your pans." 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 each man got his pan and put burning incense in it and stood with Moses and Aaron at the entrance to the Meeting Tent. 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 Korah gathered all his followers who were against Moses and Aaron, and they stood at the entrance to the Meeting Tent. Then the glory of the Lord appeared to everyone. 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 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, 20 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron,
21 "Move away from these men so I can destroy them quickly." 21 "Separate yourselves from this assembly so I can put an end to them at once."
22 But Moses and Aaron bowed facedown and cried out, "God, you are the God over the spirits of all people. Please don't be angry with this whole group. Only one man has really sinned." 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 Then the Lord said to Moses, 23 Then the LORD said to Moses,
24 "Tell everyone to move 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 Moses stood and went to Dathan and Abiram; the older leaders of Israel followed him. 25 Moses got up and went to Dathan and Abiram, and the elders of Israel followed him.
26 Moses warned the people, "Move away from the tents of these evil men! Don't touch anything of theirs, or you will be destroyed because 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 moved away from the tents of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram. Dathan and Abiram were standing outside their tents with their wives, children, and little 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 Then Moses said, "Now you will know that the Lord has sent me to do all these things; it was not my idea. 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 normal death -- the way men usually die -- then the Lord did not really send 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 does something new, you will know they have insulted the Lord. The ground will open and swallow them. They will be buried alive and will go to the place of the dead, and everything that belongs to them will go with them." 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 When Moses finished saying these things, the ground under the men split open. 31 As soon as he finished saying all this, the ground under them split apart
32 The earth opened and swallowed them and all their families. All Korah's men and everything they owned went down. 32 and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them, with their households and all Korah's men and all their possessions.
33 They were buried alive, going to the place of the dead, and everything they owned went with them. Then the earth covered them. They died and were gone from the community. 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 The people of Israel around them heard their screams and ran away, saying, "The earth will swallow us, too!" 34 At their cries, all the Israelites around them fled, shouting, "The earth is going to swallow us too!"
35 Then a fire came down from the Lord and destroyed the two hundred fifty men who had presented the incense. 35 And fire came out from the LORD and consumed the 250 men who were offering the incense.
36 The Lord said to Moses, 36 The LORD said to Moses,
37 "Tell Eleazar son of Aaron, the priest, to take all the incense pans out of the fire. Have him scatter the coals a long distance away. But the incense pans are still 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 pans of these men who sinned and lost their lives, and hammer them into flat sheets that will be used to cover the altar. They are holy, because they were presented to the Lord, and they will be a sign to the Israelites." 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 gathered all the bronze pans that had been brought by the men who were burned up. He had the pans hammered into flat sheets to put on 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 as the Lord had commanded him through Moses. These sheets were to remind the Israelites that only descendants of Aaron should burn incense before the Lord. Anyone else would die like Korah and his followers. 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 The next day all the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron and said, "You 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 When the people gathered to complain against Moses and Aaron, they turned toward the Meeting Tent, and the cloud covered it. The glory 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 Then Moses and Aaron went in front of the Meeting Tent. 43 Then Moses and Aaron went to the front of the Tent of Meeting,
44 The Lord said to Moses, 44 and the LORD said to Moses,
45 "Move away from these people so I can destroy them quickly." So Moses and Aaron bowed facedown. 45 "Get away from this assembly so I can put an end to them at once." And they fell facedown.
46 Then Moses said to Aaron, "Get your pan, and put fire from the altar and incense in it. Hurry to the people and remove their sin. The Lord is angry with them; the sickness has already 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 So Aaron did as Moses said. He ran to the middle of the people, where the sickness had already started among them. So Aaron offered the incense to remove their sin. 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 dead and the living, and the sickness stopped there. 48 He stood between the living and the dead, and the plague stopped.
49 But 14,700 people died from that sickness, in addition to those who died because of Korah. 49 But 14,700 people died from the plague, in addition to those who had died because of Korah.
50 Then Aaron went back to Moses at the entrance to the Meeting Tent. The terrible sickness had been stopped. 50 Then Aaron returned to Moses at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting, for the plague had stopped.