- And Core the son of Isaar the son of Caath the son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiron, sons of Eliab, and Aun the son of Phaleth the son of Ruben, spoke;
Num 16:2 and rose up before Moses, and two hundred and fifty men of the sons of Israel, chiefs of the assembly, chosen councillors, and men of renown.
Num 16:3 They rose up against Moses and Aaron, and said, Let it be enough for you that all the congregation are holy, and the Lord is among them; and why do ye set up yourselves against the congregation of the Lord?
Num 16:4 And when Moses heard it, he fell on his face.
Num 16:5 And he spoke to Core and all his assembly, saying, God has visited and known those that are his and who are holy, and has brought them to himself; and whom he has chosen for himself, he has brought to himself.
Num 16:6 This do ye: take to yourselves censers, Core and all his company;
Num 16:7 and put fire on them, and put incense on them before the Lord to-morrow; and it shall come to pass that the man whom the Lord has chosen, he shall be holy: let it be enough for you, ye sons of Levi.
Num 16:8 And Moses said to Core, Hearken to me, ye sons of Levi.
Num 16:9 Is it a little thing for you, that the God of Israel has separated you from the congregation of Israel, and brought you near to himself to minister in the services of the tabernacle of the Lord, and to stand before the tabernacle to minister for them?
Num 16:10 and he has brought thee near and all thy brethren the sons of Levi with thee, and do ye seek to be priests also?
Num 16:11 Thus it is with thee and all thy congregation which is gathered together against God: and who is Aaron, that ye murmur against him?
Num 16:12 And Moses sent to call Dathan and Abiron sons of Eliab; and they said, We will not go up.
Num 16:13 Is it a little thing that thou hast brought us up to a land flowing with milk and honey, to kill us in the wilderness, and that thou altogether rulest over us?
Num 16:14 Thou art a prince, and hast thou brought us into a land flowing with milk and honey, and hast thou given us an inheritance of land and vineyards? wouldest thou have put out the eyes of those men? we will not go up.
Num 16:15 And Moses was exceedingly indignant, and said to the Lord, Do thou take no heed to their sacrifice: I have not taken away the desire of any one of them, neither have I hurt any one of them.
Num 16:16 And Moses said to Core, Sanctify thy company, and be ready before the Lord, thou and Aaron and they, to-morrow.
Num 16:17 And take each man his censer, and ye shall put incense upon them, and shall bring each one his censer before the Lord, two hundred and fifty censers, and thou and Aaron shall bring each his censer.
Num 16:18 And each man took his censer, and they put on them fire, and laid incense on them; and Moses and Aaron stood by the doors of the tabernacle of witness.
Num 16:19 And Core raised up against them all his company by the door of the tabernacle of witness; and the glory of the Lord appeared to all the congregation.
Num 16:20 and the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying,
Num 16:21 Separate yourselves from the midst of this congregation, and I will consume them at once.
Num 16:22 And they fell on their faces, and said, O God, the God of spirits and of all flesh, if one man has sinned, shall the wrath of the Lord be upon the whole congregation?
Num 16:23 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,
Num 16:24 Speak to the congregation, saying, Depart from the company of Core round about.
Num 16:25 And Moses rose up and went to Dathan and Abiron, and all the elders of Israel went with him.
Num 16:26 And he spoke to the congregation, saying, Separate yourselves from the tents of these stubborn men, and touch nothing that belongs to them, lest ye be consumed with them in all their sin.
Num 16:27 And they stood aloof from the tent of Core round about; and Dathan and Abiron went forth and stood by the doors of their tents, and their wives and their children and their store.
Num 16:28 And Moses said, Hereby shall ye know that the Lord has sent me to perform all these works, that I have not done them of myself.
Num 16:29 If these men shall die according to the death of all men, if also their visitation shall he according to the visitation of all men, then the Lord has not sent me.
Num 16:30 But if the Lord shall shew by a wonder, and the earth shall open her month and swallow them up, and their houses, and their tents, and all that belongs to them, and they shall go down alive into Hades, then ye shall know that these men have provoked the Lord.
Num 16:31 And when he ceased speaking all these words, the ground clave asunder beneath them.
Num 16:32 And the ground opened, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that were with Core, and their cattle.
Num 16:33 And they went down and all that they had, alive into Hades; and the ground covered them, and they perished from the midst of the congregation.
Num 16:34 And all Israel round about them fled from the sound of them, for they said, Lest the earth swallow us up also.
Num 16:35 And fire went forth from the Lord, and devoured the two hundred and fifty men that offered incense.
Num 16:36 And the Lord said to Moses,
Num 16:37 and to Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest, Take up the brazen censers out of the midst of the men that have been burnt, and scatter the strange fire yonder, for they have sanctified the censers
Num 16:38 of these sinners against their own souls, and do thou make them beaten plates a covering to the altar, because they were brought before the Lord and hallowed; and they became a sign to the children of Israel.
Num 16:39 And Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest took the brazen censers, which the men who had been burnt brought near, and they put them as a covering on the altar:
Num 16:40 a memorial to the children of Israel that no stranger might draw nigh, who is not of the seed of Aaron, to offer incense before the Lord; so he shall not be as Core and as they that conspired with him, as the Lord spoke to him by the hand of Moses.
Num 16:41 And the children of Israel murmured the next day against Moses and Aaron, saying, Ye have killed the people of the Lord.
Num 16:42 And it came to pass when the congregation combined against Moses and Aaron, that they ran impetuously to the tabernacle of witness; and the cloud covered it, and the glory of the Lord appeared.
Num 16:43 And Moses and Aaron went in, in front of the tabernacle of witness.
Num 16:44 And the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying,
Num 16:45 Depart out of the midst of this congregation, and I will consume them at once: and they fell upon their faces.
Num 16:46 And Moses said to Aaron, Take a censer, and put on it fire from the altar, and put incense on it, and carry it away quickly into the camp, and make atonement for them; for wrath is gone forth from the presence of the Lord, it has begun to destroy the people.
Num 16:47 And Aaron took as Moses spoke to him, and ran among the congregation, for already the plague had begun among the people; and he put on incense, and made an atonement for the people.
Num 16:48 And he stood between the dead and the living, and the plague ceased.
Num 16:49 And they that died in the plague were fourteen thousand and seven hundred, besides those that died on account of Core.
Num 16:50 And Aaron returned to Moses to the door of the tabernacle of witness, and the plague ceased.
[English translation of the Septuagint by Sir Lancelot Charles Lee
Brenton (1807-1862) originally published by Samuel Bagster & Sons,
Ltd., London, 1851]