Korah, Dathan and Abiram
16:1 Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath,
the son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab,
and On, the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men:
16:2 And they rose up before Moses, with certain of the
children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the
assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown:
16:3 And they gathered themselves together against Moses
and against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon
you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of
them, and the LORD is among them: wherefore then lift ye up
yourselves above the congregation of the LORD?
16:4 And when Moses heard it, he fell upon his face:
16:5 And he spake unto Korah and unto all his company,
saying, Even to morrow the LORD will show who are his, and
who is holy; and will cause him to come near unto him: even
him whom he hath chosen will he cause to come near unto him.
16:6 This do; Take you censers, Korah, and all his company;
16:7 And put fire therein, and put incense in them before
the LORD to morrow: and it shall be that the man whom the
LORD doth choose, he shall be holy: ye take too much upon
you, ye sons of Levi.
16:8 And Moses said unto Korah, Hear, I pray you, ye sons
16:9 Seemeth it but a small thing unto you, that the God of
Israel hath separated you from the congregation of Israel,
to bring you near to himself to do the service of the
tabernacle of the LORD, and to stand before the congregation
to minister unto them?
16:10 And he hath brought thee near to him, and all thy
brethren the sons of Levi with thee: and seek ye the
16:11 For which cause both thou and all thy company are
gathered together against the LORD: and what is Aaron, that
ye murmur against him?
16:12 And Moses sent to call Dathan and Abiram, the sons of
Eliab: which said, We will not come up:
16:13 Is it a small thing that thou hast brought us up out
of a land that floweth with milk and honey, to kill us in
the wilderness, except thou make thyself altogether a prince
16:14 Moreover thou hast not brought us into a land that
floweth with milk and honey, or given us inheritance of
fields and vineyards: wilt thou put out the eyes of these
men? we will not come up.
16:15 And Moses was very wroth, and said unto the LORD,
Respect not thou their offering: I have not taken one ass
from them, neither have I hurt one of them.
16:16 And Moses said unto Korah, Be thou and all thy
company before the LORD, thou, and they, and Aaron, to
16:17 And take every man his censer, and put incense in
them, and bring ye before the LORD every man his censer, two
hundred and fifty censers; thou also, and Aaron, each of you
16:18 And they took every man his censer, and put fire in
them, and laid incense thereon, and stood in the door of the
tabernacle of the congregation with Moses and Aaron.
16:19 And Korah gathered all the congregation against them
unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: and the
glory of the LORD appeared unto all the congregation.
16:20 And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying,
16:21 Separate yourselves from among this congregation,
that I may consume them in a moment.
16:22 And they fell upon their faces, and said, O God, the
God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin, and wilt
thou be wroth with all the congregation?
16:23 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
16:24 Speak unto the congregation, saying, Get you up from
about the tabernacle of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram.
16:25 And Moses rose up and went unto Dathan and Abiram;
and the elders of Israel followed him.
16:26 And he spake unto the congregation, saying, Depart, I
pray you, from the tents of these wicked men, and touch
nothing of theirs, lest ye be consumed in all their sins.
16:27 So they gat up from the tabernacle of Korah, Dathan,
and Abiram, on every side: and Dathan and Abiram came out,
and stood in the door of their tents, and their wives, and
their sons, and their little children.
16:28 And Moses said, Hereby ye shall know that the LORD
hath sent me to do all these works; for I have not done them
of mine own mind.
16:29 If these men die the common death of all men, or if
they be visited after the visitation of all men; then the
LORD hath not sent me.
16:30 But if the LORD make a new thing, and the earth open
her mouth, and swallow them up, with all that appertain unto
them, and they go down quick into the pit; then ye shall
understand that these men have provoked the LORD.
16:31 And it came to pass, as he had made an end of
speaking all these words, that the ground clave asunder that
was under them:
16:32 And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them
up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto
Korah, and all their goods.
16:33 They, and all that appertained to them, went down
alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them: and they
perished from among the congregation.
16:34 And all Israel that were round about them fled at the
cry of them: for they said, Lest the earth swallow us up
16:35 And there came out a fire from the LORD, and consumed
the two hundred and fifty men that offered incense.
16:36 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
16:37 Speak unto Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest, that
he take up the censers out of the burning, and scatter thou
the fire yonder; for they are hallowed.
16:38 The censers of these sinners against their own souls,
let them make them broad plates for a covering of the altar:
for they offered them before the LORD, therefore they are
hallowed: and they shall be a sign unto the children of
16:39 And Eleazar the priest took the brazen censers,
wherewith they that were burnt had offered; and they were
made broad plates for a covering of the altar:
16:40 To be a memorial unto the children of Israel, that no
stranger, which is not of the seed of Aaron, come near to
offer incense before the LORD; that he be not as Korah, and
as his company: as the LORD said to him by the hand of
16:41 But on the morrow all the congregation of the
children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron,
saying, Ye have killed the people of the LORD.
16:42 And it came to pass, when the congregation was
gathered against Moses and against Aaron, that they looked
toward the tabernacle of the congregation: and, behold, the
cloud covered it, and the glory of the LORD appeared.
16:43 And Moses and Aaron came before the tabernacle of the
16:44 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
16:45 Get you up from among this congregation, that I may
consume them as in a moment. And they fell upon their faces.
16:46 And Moses said unto Aaron, Take a censer, and put
fire therein from off the altar, and put on incense, and go
quickly unto the congregation, and make an atonement for
them: for there is wrath gone out from the LORD; the plague
16:47 And Aaron took as Moses commanded, and ran into the
midst of the congregation; and, behold, the plague was begun
among the people: and he put on incense, and made an
atonement for the people.
16:48 And he stood between the dead and the living; and the
plague was stayed.
16:49 Now they that died in the plague were fourteen
thousand and seven hundred, beside them that died about the
matter of Korah.
16:50 And Aaron returned unto Moses unto the door of the
tabernacle of the congregation: and the plague was stayed.