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Numbers 16 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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Korah’s Rebellion

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:1 - Now 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,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:2 - and they stood before Moses, [fn]together with some of the sons of Israel, 250 leaders of the congregation [fn]chosen in the assembly, men of renown.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:3 - They assembled together against Moses and Aaron, and said to them, “[fn]You have gone far enough! For all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is in their midst; so why do you exalt yourselves above the assembly of the LORD?”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:4 - When Moses heard this, he fell on his face;
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:5 - and he spoke to Korah and all his group, saying, “Tomorrow morning the LORD will make known who is His, and who is holy, and will bring that one near to Himself; indeed, the one whom He will choose, He will bring near to Himself.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:6 - “Do this: take censers for yourselves, Korah and [fn]your whole group,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:7 - and put fire in them, and place incense upon them in the presence of the LORD tomorrow; and the man whom the LORD chooses shall be the one who is holy. [fn]You have gone far enough, you sons of Levi!”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:8 - Then Moses said to Korah, “Hear now, you sons of Levi:
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:9 - Is it too small an honor for you that the God of Israel has singled you out from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to Himself, to perform the service of the tabernacle of the LORD, and to stand before the congregation to minister to them;
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:10 - and that He has brought you near, Korah, and all your brothers, sons of Levi, with you? But are you seeking the priesthood as well?
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:11 - “Therefore you and your whole group are the ones gathered together against the LORD; but as for Aaron, [fn]who is he, that you grumble against him?”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:12 - Then Moses sent [fn]a summons to Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab; but they said, “We will not come up.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:13 - “Is it [fn]not enough that you have brought us up out of a land flowing with milk and honey to have us die in the wilderness, but you would also appoint yourself as master over us?
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:14 - “Indeed, you have not brought us into a land flowing with milk and honey, nor have you given us an inheritance of fields and vineyards. Would you gouge out the eyes of [fn]these men? We will not come up!”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:15 - Then Moses became very angry and said to the LORD, “Pay no attention to their offering! I have not taken a single donkey from them, nor have I done harm to any of them.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:16 - Moses said to Korah, “You and all your group be present before the LORD tomorrow, you and they along with Aaron.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:17 - “And each of you take his censer and put incense on [fn]it, and each of you bring his censer before the LORD, 250 censers; also you and Aaron shall each bring his censer.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:18 - So they took, each one his own censer, and put fire on [fn]it, and placed incense on [fn]it; and they stood at the entrance of the tent of meeting, with Moses and Aaron.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:19 - So Korah assembled all the congregation against them at the entrance of the tent of meeting. And the glory of the LORD appeared to all the congregation.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:20 - Then the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:21 - “Separate yourselves from among this congregation, so that I may consume them instantly.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:22 - But they fell on their faces and said, “God, the God of the spirits of [fn]humanity, when one person sins, will You be angry with the entire congregation?”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:23 - Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:24 - “Speak to the congregation, saying, ‘Get away from the areas around the [fn]tents of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram.’”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:25 - Then Moses arose and went to Dathan and Abiram, with the elders of Israel following him,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:26 - and he spoke to the congregation, saying, “Get away now from the tents of these wicked men, and do not touch anything that belongs to them, or you will be swept away in all their sin!”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:27 - So they moved away from the areas around the [fn]tents of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram; and Dathan and Abiram came out and stood at the entrances of their tents, along with their wives, their sons, and their little ones.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:28 - Then Moses said, “By this you shall know that the LORD has sent me to do all these deeds; for it is not [fn]my doing.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:29 - “If these men die [fn]the death of all mankind, or [fn]if they suffer the fate of all mankind, then the LORD has not sent me.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:30 - “But if the LORD [fn]brings about an entirely new thing and the ground opens its mouth and swallows them with everything that is theirs, and they descend alive into [fn]Sheol, then you will know that these men have been disrespectful to the LORD.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:31 - And as he finished speaking all these words, the ground that was under them split open;
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:32 - and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them, their households, and all the people who belonged to Korah with all their possessions.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:33 - So they and all that belonged to them went down alive to [fn]Sheol; and the earth closed over them, and they perished from the midst of the assembly.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:34 - Then all Israel who were around them fled at their [fn]outcry, for they said, “The earth might swallow us!”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:35 - Fire also came out from the LORD and consumed the 250 men who were offering the incense.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:36 - [fn]Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:37 - “Tell Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, that he shall pick up the censers from the midst of the burned area, because they are holy; and you are to scatter the [fn]burning coals further away.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:38 - “As for the censers of these [fn]men who have sinned at the cost of their own lives, have them made into hammered sheets as plating for the altar, since they did present them before the LORD and they are holy; and they shall [fn]serve as a sign to the sons of Israel.”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:39 - So the priest Eleazar took the bronze censers which the men who were burned had offered, and they hammered them out as plating for the altar,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:40 - as a reminder to the sons of Israel so that no [fn]layman, anyone who was not of the [fn]descendants of Aaron, would approach to burn incense before the LORD; then he would not become like Korah and his group—just as the LORD had spoken to him [fn]through Moses.

Murmuring and Plague

Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:41 - But on the next day all the congregation of the sons of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron, saying, “You are the ones who have caused the death of the LORD’S people!”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:42 - It came about, however, when the congregation had assembled against Moses and Aaron, that they turned toward the tent of meeting, and behold, the cloud covered it and the glory of the LORD appeared.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:43 - Then Moses and Aaron came to the front of the tent of meeting,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:44 - and the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:45 - “Get away from among this congregation so that I may consume them instantly.” Then they fell on their faces.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:46 - And Moses said to Aaron, “Take your censer and put fire in it from the altar, and place incense on it; then bring it quickly to the congregation and make atonement for them, for wrath has gone out from the LORD, the plague has begun!”
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:47 - Then Aaron took it just as Moses had spoken, and he ran into the midst of the assembly; and behold, the plague had begun among the people. So he put on the incense and made atonement for the people.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:48 - And he took his stand between the dead and the living, so that the plague was brought to a halt.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:49 - But those who died by the plague were 14,700 in number, besides those who died on account of Korah.
Unchecked Copy BoxNum 16:50 - Then Aaron returned to Moses at the entrance of the tent of meeting, for the plague had been brought to a halt.
NASB20 Footnotes
Lit and men from
Lit called ones of
Lit Much for you
Lit his
Lit Much for you
Lit what
Lit to call to
Lit a little thing
Lit those
Lit them
Lit them
Lit them
Lit all flesh
Lit residence
Lit dwelling place
Lit from my heart
Lit like the death
Lit the visitation of all men is visited upon them
Lit creates
I.e., the netherworld
I.e., the netherworld
Or voice
Ch 17:1 in Heb
Lit the fire
Lit sinners against their lives
Lit be for a
Lit stranger
Lit seed
Lit by the hand of

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