Numbers 16

Thomson(i) 1 . When Kore son of Issaar, son of Kaath, son of Levi, spoke, backed by Dathan and Abiron, the son of Eliab, and by Ami, son of Phaleth, son of Reuben,; 2 when they rose up against Moses, with two hundred and fifty men of the sons of Israel, leaders of the congregation, eminent for counsel and men of renown; 3 when they rose in a body against Moses and Aaron, and said, Be it known to yon that the whole congregation are holy, and the Lord is among them. Why then do you set yourselves against the congregation of the Lord? 4 Moses, upon hearing this, fell on his face, 5 and spoke to Kore, and to all his company, saying, God hath seen and known who are his, and who are holy, and hath brought them near to himself. Even those whom he chose he hath brought near to himself. 6 Do this. Take for yourself censers, thou Kore, and all you his company; 7 and put fire therein, and lay incense thereon before the Lord to-morrow. And let the man whom the Lord hath chosen be the holy man. Let this suffice you, ye sons of Levi. 8 Moreover, Moses said to Kore, Hearken to me, ye sons of Levi; 9 Is this a small thing to you, that the God of Israel hath separated you from among the congregation of Israel, and brought you near to himself, to perform the holy services of the tabernacle of the Lord, and to attend before the tabernacle to perform them? 10 He hath indeed brought thee near, and all thy brethren the children of Levi with thee. And do you seek in this manner to officiate also as priests; 11 Thou and all this thy company who are tumultuously assembled before God? As for Aaron, who is he that you murmur against him? 12 Then Moses sent for Dathan and Abiron, the sons of Eliab; but they said we will not go up. 13 Is it a small matter that thou hast been bringing us up to a land flowing with milk and honey, to kill us in this wilderness, that thou tyrannisest over us? 14 Thou art a chief! And thou hast brought us to a land flowing with milk and honey! and hast given us a portion of land, and vineyards! Fain wouldst thou put out the eyes of these men! We will not go up. 15 Upon this Moses was greatly incensed, and said to the Lord, Respect not their sacrifice. I have not taken from any of them an object of desire, nor have I injured any of them. 16 Then Moses said to Kore, Hallow thy company and be ready before the Lord, thou and Aaron and they, to morrow. 17 And take every one his censer, and put incense thereon, and present before the Lord, every one, his censer, two hundred and fifty censers; thou also and Aaron, each his censer. 18 And when every one had taken his censer, and put fire therein, and laid incense on it, and Moses and Aaron stood at the doors of the tabernacle of the testimony; 19 and Kore had collected against them all his company, at the doors of the tabernacle of the testimony, the glory of the Lord appeared to the whole congregation. 20 And the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron saying, 21 Separate yourselves from among this congregation, and I will consume them all at once. 22 At this they fell on their faces and said, God, the God of the spirits even of all flesh! If one man hath sinned, is the wrath of the Lord against the whole congregation? 23 Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 24 Speak to the congregation, and say, Withdraw all around from the congregation of Kore. 25 Accordingly Moses, arose, and went to Dathan and Abiron; and all the elders of Israel accompanied him. 26 And he spoke to the congregation, saying, Separate yourselves from the tents of these wicked men, and touch not any of the things which belong to them, lest you be consumed with them in their sins. 27 And when they had drawn back, all around, from the tent of Kore, Dathan and Abiron came out, and stood at the doors of their tents, with their wives and their children, and their attendants. 28 And Moses said, By this you shall know that the Lord hath sent me to do all these works, and that they are not of myself; 29 If these men die the common death of all men; or if their visitation be according to the visitation of all men, the Lord hath not sent me: 30 but if the Lord demonstrate by a miracle, and the earth opening its mouth, shall swallow up them and their households, and their tents, and all that belong to them; and they go down alive to the mansion of the dead; then you will know that these men have provoked the Lord. 31 And when he had made an end of speaking all these words, the earth was rent under them; 32 and the earth opened; and it swallowed up them, and their households, and all the men who were with Kore, and all their cattle. 33 And they, and all that belonged to them, went down alive to the mansions of the dead, and the earth covered them. And they were destroyed from among the congregation. 34 And all the Israelites who were around them fled at their cry; for they said, Perhaps the earth may swallow us up. 35 And there went forth a fire from the Lord, and consumed the two hundred and fifty men, who were offering incense! 36 Then the Lord said to Moses, 37 and to Eleazar the priest, the son of Aaron, Gather up the brasen censers from among them who were burned; but as for the strange fire, scatter it there 38 Because they have hallowed the censers of these sinful men with their lives, therefore make them up into thin plates, as a cover for the altar. Because they were presented before the Lord, therefore they are hallowed, and made a sign for the children of Israel. 39 So Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, took the brasen censers which they who were burned up had presented; and of them made a cover for the altar, 40 a memorial to the children of Israel, that none of another family, who is not of the seed of Aaron, should come near to present incense before the Lord, lest he be like Kore, and his confederacy, as the Lord spoke to him by the ministry of Moses. 41 On the next day, when the people murmured against Moses and Aaron, saying, You have slain the people of the Lord; 42 when, in their insurrection against Moses and Aaron, the congregation were rushing upon the tabernacle of the testimony, the cloud covered it, and the glory of the Lord appeared: 43 And Moses went in, with Aaron, in front of the tabernacle of the testimony, 44 and the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, 45 Withdraw from among this congregation, and I will destroy them all at once. 46 Whereupon they fell on their face. And Moses said to Aaron, Take the censer, and put therein fire from the altar, and throw incense on it, and carry it with all haste to the camp, and make atonement for them; for wrath is gone forth from the presence of the Lord, and hath begun to slay the people. 47 So Aaron took as Moses commanded him, and ran into the congregation; [Now the destruction among the people had already begun] and he threw on the incense, and made atonement for the people, 48 and stood between the dead and the living; and the plague ceased. 49 Now they who died by the plague were fourteen thousand seven hundred, besides those who died on the account of Kore. 50 When Aaron returned to Moses to the door of the tabernacle of the testimony, and the plague had ceased,
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