The earth opened1 up and swallowed Dathan;2 it buried the company of Abiram.318
Fire blazed4 among their followers; a flame consumed the wicked.
At Horeb they made a calf5 and worshiped an idol cast from metal.
They exchanged their Glory6 for an image of a bull, which eats grass.
They forgot the God7 who saved them, who had done great things8 in Egypt,
miracles in the land of Ham9 and awesome deeds10 by the Red Sea.
So he said he would destroy11 them-- had not Moses, his chosen one, stood in the breach12 before him to keep his wrath from destroying them.
Then they despised13 the pleasant land;14 they did not believe15 his promise.
They grumbled16 in their tents and did not obey the LORD.
So he swore17 to them with uplifted hand that he would make them fall in the desert,1827
make their descendants fall among the nations and scatter19 them throughout the lands.