VIN(i) 1 Korah son of Izhar, son of Kohath, son of Levi, arose along with Dathan and Abiram, sons of Eliab, and On son of Peleth (sons of Reuben);" 2 and they rose up against Moses, with two hundred and fifty men of the sons of Israel, princes of the congregation, of the council, men of renown; 3 They came together to confront Moses and Aaron. They said: "You have gone far enough! Everyone in the whole congregation is holy. the LORD is among them. Why do you set yourselves above the LORD's assembly?" 4 When Moses heard this, he fell on his face. 5 Then he said to Korah and all his followers: "In the morning the LORD will show who belongs to him, who is holy. He will have that person come near him. Only the person the LORD chooses will be allowed to come near him. 6 »Korah, you and all your followers must do this tomorrow: Take incense burners, 7 tomorrow put fire in them and place incense on them before the LORD; the man whom the LORD chooses will be the holy one. You take too much upon yourselves, sons of Levi!" 8 Moses also said to Korah: »Listen, you sons of Levi! 9 Is it 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 LORD's tabernacle, and to stand before the congregation to minister to them; 10 "He brought you and all the other Levites near. But now you demand to be priests. 11 "You and all your followers have joined forces against the LORD! Who is Aaron that you should complain about him?" 12 Then Moses sent for Dathan and Abiram, sons of Eliab. But they said: "We will not come! 13 "Is it not enough that you brought us out of a land flowing with milk and honey only to kill us in the desert? Do you also have to order us around? 14 Moreover you have not 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 will not come up. 15 Moses was very angry, and said to the LORD, "Do not respect their offering: I have not taken one donkey from them, neither have I hurt one of them." 16 And Moses said to Korah, You and all your band are to come before the Lord tomorrow, you and they and Aaron: 17 "Each man will take his incense burner and put incense in it. They will offer all two hundred and fifty incense burners to the LORD. Then you and Aaron offer your incense burners." 18 So each man took his incense burner. He put burning coals and incense in it and stood with Moses and Aaron at the entrance to the tent of meeting. 19 Korah assembled all his followers who opposed Moses and Aaron at the entrance to the tent of meeting. The glory of the LORD appeared to the entire group. 20 the LORD said to Moses and Aaron: 21 "Separate yourselves from this congregation, that I may consume them at once." 22 And they fell on their faces, and said, O God, God of the spirits of all flesh; shall one man sin, and will You be angry with all the congregation? 23 Then the LORD said to Moses: 24 Say to the people, Come away from the tent of Korah Dathan, and Abiram. 25 Moses got up and went to Dathan and Abiram, and the elders of Israel followed him. 26 He said to the congregation: "Move away from the tents of these wicked men. Do not touch anything that belongs to them, or you’ll be swept away because of all their sins." 27 So they moved away from the tents of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram. Dathan and Abiram came out and were standing at the entrances to their tents with their wives and children. 28 Moses said: "This is how you will know that the LORD sent me to do all these things and that it wasn’t my idea: 29 "If these men die a natural death like all other people the LORD has not sent me. 30 "But if the LORD does something totally new, if the ground opens up, swallows them and everything that belongs to them, and they go down alive to their graves; then you will know that these men have treated the LORD with contempt." 31 When he finished speaking, the ground under them split, 32 The earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up with their households, all of Korah's men, and all their goods. 33 They went down alive to their graves with everything that belonged to them. The ground covered them. They disappeared from the assembly. 34 And all Israel around them fled at their cry. For they said, Lest the earth swallow us up. 35 And fire came forth from the LORD and consumed the two hundred and fifty men that offered the incense. 36 Then the LORD said to Moses: 37 Speak unto Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest, that he take up the censers out of the blaze, and scatter the fire some distance away; for they are hallowed. 38 The censers of these who have sinned at the cost of their lives, let them be made into gilded leafing plating for the altar; because they presented them before the LORD, they are holy; and they will be a sign for the Israelites.'" 39 Eleazar the priest took the bronze censers which those who were burned had offered; and they beat them out for a covering of the altar, 40 He followed the LORD's command given through Moses. The copper-covered altar will remind Israel that no one but a descendant of Aaron may come near to burn incense to the LORD. Everyone else will die like Korah and his followers. 41 The next day all the community of the Israelites grumbled against Moses and Aaron, saying, "You have killed the people of the LORD!" 42 Then, when the community had gathered against Moses and Aaron, they turned to the tent of assembly, and behold, the cloud covered it, and the glory of the LORD appeared. 43 Then Moses and Aaron went to the front of the tent of meeting. 44 And the Lord said to Moses: 45 Get away from this congregation so that I may consume them as in a moment. And they fell upon their faces. 46 Moses said to Aaron, “Take your censer, put fire from the altar in it, lay incense on it, carry it quickly to the congregation, and make atonement for them; for wrath has gone out from the LORD! The plague has begun.” 47 Aaron did as Moses said, and ran into the middle of the assembly. The plague had already begun among the people. He put on the incense, and made atonement for the people. 48 He stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was stayed. 49 Fourteen thousand seven hundred died from the plague in addition to those who died because of Korah. 50 And Aaron returned to Moses to the entrance of the tent of meeting; and the plague was stayed.