1Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi,
with Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, the son of Peleth, sons of
Reuben, took men:
2and they rose up before Moses, with certain of
the children of Israel, two hundred fifty princes of the congregation, called
to the assembly, men of renown;
3and they assembled themselves together
against Moses and against Aaron, and said to them, You take too much on
you, seeing all the congregation are holy, everyone of them, and Yahweh is
among them: why then lift yourselves up above the assembly of Yahweh?
4When Moses heard it, he fell on his face:
5and he spoke to Korah and
to all his company, saying, In the morning Yahweh will show who are his, and
who is holy, and will cause him to come near to him: even him whom he shall
choose he will cause to come near to him.
6This do: take you censers,
Korah, and all his company;
7and put fire in them, and put incense on
them before Yahweh tomorrow: and it shall be that the man whom Yahweh does
choose, he shall be holy: you take too much on you, you
sons of Levi.
8Moses said to Korah, Hear now, you sons of Levi:
9seems it but a small thing to you, that the God of Israel has
separated you from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to himself,
to do the service of the tent of Yahweh, and to stand before the congregation
to minister to them;
10and that he has brought you near, and all your
brothers the sons of Levi with you? and seek you the priesthood also?
11Therefore you and all your company are gathered together against
Yahweh: and Aaron, what is he who you murmur against him?
sent to call Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab; and they said, We won’t
13is it a small thing that you have brought us up out of a land
flowing with milk and honey, to kill us in the wilderness, but you must needs
make yourself also a prince over us?
14Moreover you haven’t brought us
into a land flowing with milk and honey, nor given us inheritance of fields
and vineyards: will you put out the eyes of these men? we won’t come up.
15Moses was very angry, and said to Yahweh, “Don’t respect their
offering: I have not taken one donkey from them, neither have I hurt one of
16Moses said to Korah, You and all your company go before Yahweh,
you, and they, and Aaron, tomorrow:
17and take every man his censer,
and put incense on them, and bring you before Yahweh every man his
censer, two hundred fifty censers; you also, and Aaron, each his censer.
18They took every man his censer, and put fire in them, and laid incense
thereon, and stood at the door of the tent of meeting with Moses and Aaron.
19Korah assembled all the congregation against them to the door of the
tent of meeting: and the glory of Yahweh appeared to all the congregation.
20Yahweh spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying,
from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment.
fell on their faces, and said, God, the God of the spirits of all flesh,
shall one man sin, and will you be angry with all the congregation?
23Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying,
24Speak to the congregation, saying,
Get away from around the tent of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram.
up and went to Dathan and Abiram; and the elders of Israel followed him.
26He spoke to the congregation, saying, Depart, I pray you, from the
tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs, lest you be
consumed in all their sins.
27So they got them up from the tent of Korah,
Dathan, and Abiram, on every side: and Dathan and Abiram came out, and stood
at the door of their tents, and their wives, and their sons, and their little
28Moses said, Hereby you shall know that Yahweh has sent me to
do all these works; for I have not done them of my own mind.
29If these men die the common death of all men, or if they be visited
after the visitation of all men; then Yahweh hasn’t sent me.
Yahweh make a new thing, and the ground open its mouth, and swallow them up,
with all that appertain to them, and they go down alive into Sheol; then
you shall understand that these men have despised Yahweh.
happened, as he made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground
split apart that was under them;
32and the earth opened its mouth, and
swallowed them up, and their households, and all the men who appertained to
Korah, and all their goods.
33So they, and all that appertained to them,
went down alive into Sheol: and the earth closed on them, and they perished
from among the assembly.
34All Israel that were round about them fled at
the cry of them; for they said, Lest the earth swallow us up.
forth from Yahweh, and devoured the two hundred fifty men who offered the
36Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying,
37Speak to Eleazar the son
of Aaron the priest, that he take up the censers out of the burning, and
scatter you the fire yonder; for they are holy,
38even the censers of
these sinners against their own lives; and let them be made beaten plates for
a covering of the altar: for they offered them before Yahweh; therefore they
are holy; and they shall be a sign to the children of Israel.
the priest took the brazen censers, which those who were burnt had offered;
and they beat them out for a covering of the altar,
40to be a memorial to
the children of Israel, to the end that no stranger, who isn’t of the seed of
Aaron, comes near to burn incense before Yahweh; that he not be as Korah, and
as his company: as Yahweh spoke to him by Moses.
41But on the next day
all the congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and
against Aaron, saying, You have killed the people of Yahweh.
happened, when the congregation was assembled against Moses and against
Aaron, that they looked toward the tent of meeting: and behold, the cloud
covered it, and the glory of Yahweh appeared.
43Moses and Aaron came to
the front of the tent of meeting.
44Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying,
45Get away from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a
moment. They fell on their faces.
46Moses said to Aaron, Take your
censer, and put fire therein from off the altar, and lay incense thereon, and
carry it quickly to the congregation, and make atonement for them: for there
is wrath gone out from Yahweh; the plague is begun.
47Aaron took as Moses
spoke, and ran into the midst of the assembly; and behold, the plague was
begun among the people: and he put on the incense, and made atonement for the
48He stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was
49Now those who died by the plague were fourteen thousand and
seven hundred, besides those who died about the matter of Korah.
returned to Moses to the door of the tent of meeting: and the plague was