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Numbers 16

MSG 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 - NIV 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 MSG 2 rebelled against Moses. He had with him 250 leaders of the congregation of Israel, prominent men with positions in the Council. NIV 2 and rose up against Moses. With them were 250 Israelite men, well-known community leaders who had been appointed members of the council. MSG 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?" NIV 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?" MSG 4 On hearing this, Moses threw himself facedown on the ground. NIV 4 When Moses heard this, he fell facedown. MSG 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. NIV 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. MSG 6 "Now, Korah, here's what I want you, you and your gang, to do: Tomorrow, take censers. NIV 6 You, Korah, and all your followers are to do this: Take censers MSG 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!" NIV 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!" MSG 8 Moses continued with Korah, "Listen well now, sons of Levi. NIV 8 Moses also said to Korah, "Now listen, you Levites! MSG 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? NIV 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? MSG 10 He has brought you and all your brother Levites into his inner circle, and now you're grasping for the priesthood too. NIV 10 He has brought you and all your fellow Levites near himself, but now you are trying to get the priesthood too. MSG 11 It's God you've ganged up against, not us. What do you have against Aaron that you're bad-mouthing him?" NIV 11 It is against the LORD that you and all your followers have banded together. Who is Aaron that you should grumble against him?" MSG 12 Moses then ordered Dathan and Abiram, sons of Eliab, to appear, but they said, "We're not coming. NIV 12 Then Moses summoned Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab. But they said, "We will not come! MSG 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! NIV 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? MSG 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." NIV 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!" MSG 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." NIV 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." MSG 16 Moses said to Korah, "Bring your people before God tomorrow. Appear there with them and Aaron. NIV 16 Moses said to Korah, "You and all your followers are to appear before the LORD tomorrow--you and they and Aaron. MSG 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." NIV 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." MSG 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. NIV 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. MSG 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. NIV 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. MSG 20 God said to Moses and Aaron, NIV 20 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron, MSG 21 "Separate yourselves from this congregation so that I can finish them off and be done with them." NIV 21 "Separate yourselves from this assembly so I can put an end to them at once." MSG 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?" NIV 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?" MSG 23 God spoke to Moses: NIV 23 Then the LORD said to Moses, MSG 24 "Speak to the community. Tell them, Back off from the tents of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram." NIV 24 "Say to the assembly, 'Move away from the tents of Korah, Dathan and Abiram.' " MSG 25 Moses got up and went to Dathan and Abiram. The leaders of Israel followed him. NIV 25 Moses got up and went to Dathan and Abiram, and the elders of Israel followed him. MSG 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." NIV 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." MSG 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. NIV 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. MSG 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. NIV 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: MSG 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. NIV 29 If these men die a natural death and experience only what usually happens to men, then the LORD has not sent me. MSG 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." NIV 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." MSG 31 The words were hardly out of his mouth when the Earth split open. NIV 31 As soon as he finished saying all this, the ground under them split apart MSG 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. NIV 32 and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them, with their households and all Korah's men and all their possessions. MSG 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. NIV 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. MSG 34 At the sound of their cries everyone around ran for dear life, shouting, "We're about to be swallowed up alive!" NIV 34 At their cries, all the Israelites around them fled, shouting, "The earth is going to swallow us too!" MSG 35 Then God sent lightning. The fire cremated the 250 men who were offering the incense. NIV 35 And fire came out from the LORD and consumed the 250 men who were offering the incense. MSG 36 God spoke to Moses: NIV 36 The LORD said to Moses, MSG 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. NIV 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-- MSG 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." NIV 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." MSG 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, NIV 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, MSG 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. NIV 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. MSG 41 Grumbling broke out the next day in the community of Israel, grumbling against Moses and Aaron: "You have killed God's people!" NIV 41 The next day the whole Israelite community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. "You have killed the LORD's people," they said. MSG 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. NIV 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. MSG 43 Moses and Aaron stood at the front of the Tent of Meeting. NIV 43 Then Moses and Aaron went to the front of the Tent of Meeting, MSG 44 God spoke to Moses: NIV 44 and the LORD said to Moses, MSG 45 "Back away from this congregation so that I can do away with them this very minute." They threw themselves facedown on the ground. NIV 45 "Get away from this assembly so I can put an end to them at once." And they fell facedown. MSG 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!" NIV 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." MSG 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. NIV 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. MSG 48 He stood there between the living and the dead and stopped the plague. NIV 48 He stood between the living and the dead, and the plague stopped. MSG 49 Fourteen thousand seven hundred people died from the plague, not counting those who died in the affair of Korah. NIV 49 But 14,700 people died from the plague, in addition to those who had died because of Korah. MSG 50 Aaron then went back to join Moses at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting. The plague was stopped. NIV 50 Then Aaron returned to Moses at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting, for the plague had stopped.