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Numbers 16:1-40

Korah's Rebellion

1 Now 1Korah the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, with 2Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took action,
2 and they rose up before Moses, together with some of the sons of Israel, two hundred and fifty leaders of the congregation, 3chosen in the assembly, men of renown.
3 They assembled together 4against Moses and Aaron, and said to them, "5You have gone far enough, for all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and 6the LORD is in their midst; so why do you exalt yourselves above the assembly of the LORD?"
4 When Moses heard this, 7he fell on his face;
5 and he spoke to Korah and all his company, saying, "Tomorrow morning the LORD will show who is His, and 8who is holy, and will bring him near to Himself; even 9the one whom He will choose, He will bring near to Himself.
6 "Do this: take censers for yourselves, Korah and all your company,
7 and put fire in them, and lay incense upon them in the presence of the LORD tomorrow; and the man whom the LORD chooses shall be the one who is holy. 10You have gone far enough, you sons of Levi!"
8 Then Moses said to Korah, "Hear now, you sons of Levi,
9 11is it not enough for you that the God of Israel has separated you from the rest of the congregation of Israel, 12to bring you near to Himself, to do the service of the tabernacle of the LORD, and to stand before the congregation to minister to them;
10 and that He has brought you near, Korah, and all your brothers, sons of Levi, with you? And are you 13seeking for the priesthood also?
11 "Therefore you and all your company are gathered together 14against the LORD; but as for Aaron, who is he that 15you grumble against him?"
12 Then Moses sent a summons to Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab; but they said, "We will not come up.
13 "Is it not enough that you have brought us up out of a 16land flowing with milk and honey 17to have us die in the wilderness, but you would also lord it over us?
14 "Indeed, you have not brought us 18into a land flowing with milk and honey, nor have you given us an inheritance of 19fields and vineyards. Would you 20put out the eyes of these men? We will not come up!"
15 Then Moses became very angry and said to the LORD, "21Do not regard their offering! 22I have not taken a single donkey from them, nor have I done harm to any of them."
16 Moses said to Korah, "You and all your company be present before the LORD tomorrow, both you and they along with Aaron.
17 "Each of you take his firepan and put incense on it, and each of you bring his censer before the LORD, two hundred and fifty firepans; also you and Aaron shall each bring his firepan."
18 So they each took his own censer and put fire on it, and laid incense on it; and they stood at the doorway of the tent of meeting, with Moses and Aaron.
19 Thus Korah assembled all the congregation against them at the doorway of the tent of meeting. And 23the glory of the LORD appeared to all the congregation.
20 Then the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying,
21 "24Separate yourselves from among this congregation, 25that I may consume them instantly."
22 But they fell on their faces and said, "O God, 26God of the spirits of all flesh, 27when one man sins, will You be angry with the entire congregation?"
23 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
24 "Speak to the congregation, saying, '28Get back from around the dwellings of Korah, Dathan and Abiram.' "
25 Then Moses arose and went to Dathan and Abiram, with the elders of Israel following * him,
26 and he spoke to the congregation, saying, "29Depart now from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing * that belongs to them, 30or you will be swept away in all their sin."
27 So they got back from around the dwellings of Korah, Dathan and Abiram; and Dathan and Abiram came out and stood at the doorway of their tents, along with their wives and 31their sons and their little ones.
28 Moses said, "By this you shall know that 32the LORD has sent me to do all these deeds; for this is not my doing *.
29 "If these men die the death of all men or if they suffer the 33fate of all men, then the LORD has not sent me.
30 "But 34if the LORD brings about an entirely new thing and the ground opens its mouth and swallows them up with all that is theirs, and they 35descend alive into Sheol, then you will understand that these men have spurned the LORD."
31 As he finished speaking all these words, the ground that was under them split open;
32 and 36the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, and their households, and 37all the men who belonged to Korah with their possessions.
33 So they and all that belonged to them went down alive to Sheol; and the earth closed over them, and they perished from the midst of the assembly.
34 All Israel who were around them fled at their outcry, for they said, "The earth may swallow us up!"
35 38Fire also came forth from the LORD and consumed the 39two hundred and fifty men who were offering the incense.
36 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
37 "Say to Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, that he shall take up the censers out of the midst of the blaze, for they are holy; and you scatter the burning coals abroad.
38 "As for the censers of these men * who have sinned at the cost of their lives, let them be made into hammered sheets for a plating of the altar, since they did present them before the LORD and they are holy; and 40they shall be for a sign to the sons of Israel."
39 So Eleazar the priest took the bronze censers which the men who were burned had offered, and they hammered them out as a plating for the altar,
40 as a reminder to the sons of Israel that 41no layman who is not of the descendants of Aaron should come near 42to burn incense before the LORD; so that he will not become like Korah and his company -just as the LORD had spoken to him through Moses.
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