Numbers 15:1–16:50

Supplementary Offerings

15 The Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘After you enter the land I am giving youx as a home and you present to the Lord food offerings from the herd or the flock,y as an aroma pleasing to the Lordz—whether burnt offeringsa or sacrifices, for special vows or freewill offeringsb or festival offeringscthen the person who brings an offering shall present to the Lord a grain offeringd of a tenth of an ephaha of the finest floure mixed with a quarter of a hinb of olive oil. With each lambf for the burnt offering or the sacrifice, prepare a quarter of a hin of wineg as a drink offering.h

“ ‘With a rami prepare a grain offeringj of two-tenths of an ephahc k of the finest flour mixed with a third of a hind of olive oil,l and a third of a hin of winem as a drink offering.n Offer it as an aroma pleasing to the Lord.o

“ ‘When you prepare a young bullp as a burnt offering or sacrifice, for a special vowq or a fellowship offeringr to the Lord, bring with the bull a grain offerings of three-tenths of an ephahe t of the finest flour mixed with half a hinf of olive oil, 10 and also bring half a hin of wineu as a drink offering.v This will be a food offering, an aroma pleasing to the Lord.w 11 Each bull or ram, each lamb or young goat, is to be prepared in this manner. 12 Do this for each one, for as many as you prepare.x

13 “ ‘Everyone who is native-borny must do these things in this way when they present a food offering as an aroma pleasing to the Lord.z 14 For the generations to come,a whenever a foreignerb or anyone else living among you presents a foodc offeringd as an aroma pleasing to the Lord, they must do exactly as you do. 15 The community is to have the same rules for you and for the foreigner residing among you; this is a lasting ordinance for the generations to come.e You and the foreigner shall be the same before the Lord: 16 The same laws and regulations will apply both to you and to the foreigner residing among you.f’ ”

17 The Lord said to Moses, 18 “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When you enter the land to which I am taking youg 19 and you eat the food of the land,h present a portion as an offering to the Lord.i 20 Present a loaf from the first of your ground mealj and present it as an offering from the threshing floor.k 21 Throughout the generations to comel you are to give this offering to the Lord from the first of your ground meal.m

Offerings for Unintentional Sins

22 “ ‘Now if you as a community unintentionally fail to keep any of these commands the Lord gave Mosesn23 any of the Lord’s commands to you through him, from the day the Lord gave them and continuing through the generations to comeo24 and if this is done unintentionallyp without the community being aware of it,q then the whole community is to offer a young bull for a burnt offeringr as an aroma pleasing to the Lord,s along with its prescribed grain offeringt and drink offering,u and a male goat for a sin offering.g v 25 The priest is to make atonement for the whole Israelite community, and they will be forgiven,w for it was not intentionalx and they have presented to the Lord for their wrong a food offeringy and a sin offering.z 26 The whole Israelite community and the foreigners residing among them will be forgiven, because all the people were involved in the unintentional wrong.a

27 “ ‘But if just one person sins unintentionally,b that person must bring a year-old female goat for a sin offering.c 28 The priest is to make atonementd before the Lord for the one who erred by sinning unintentionally, and when atonement has been made, that person will be forgiven.e 29 One and the same law applies to everyone who sins unintentionally, whether a native-born Israelite or a foreigner residing among you.f

30 “ ‘But anyone who sins defiantly,g whether native-born or foreigner,h blasphemes the Lordi and must be cut off from the people of Israel.j 31 Because they have despisedk the Lord’s word and broken his commands,l they must surely be cut off; their guilt remains on them.m’ ”

The Sabbath-Breaker Put to Death

32 While the Israelites were in the wilderness,n a man was found gathering wood on the Sabbath day.o 33 Those who found him gathering wood brought him to Moses and Aaron and the whole assembly, 34 and they kept him in custody, because it was not clear what should be done to him.p 35 Then the Lord said to Moses, “The man must die.q The whole assembly must stone him outside the camp.r36 So the assembly took him outside the camp and stoned hims to death,t as the Lord commanded Moses.u

Tassels on Garments

37 The Lord said to Moses, 38 “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘Throughout the generations to comev you are to make tassels on the corners of your garments,w with a blue cord on each tassel. 39 You will have these tassels to look at and so you will rememberx all the commands of the Lord, that you may obey them and not prostitute yourselvesy by chasing after the lusts of your own heartsz and eyes. 40 Then you will remember to obey all my commandsa and will be consecrated to your God.b 41 I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt to be your God.c I am the Lord your God.d’ ”

Korah, Dathan and Abiram

16 Korahe son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and certain Reubenites—Dathan and Abiramf, sons of Eliab,g and On son of Peleth—became insolenta and rose up against Moses.h With them were 250 Israelite men, well-known community leaders who had been appointed members of the council.i They came as a group to oppose Moses and Aaronj and said to them, “You have gone too far! The whole community is holy,k every one of them, and the Lord is with them.l Why then do you set yourselves above the Lord’s assembly?”m

When Moses heard this, he fell facedown.n Then he said to Korah and all his followers: “In the morning the Lord will show who belongs to him and who is holy,o and he will have that person come near him.p The man he choosesq he will cause to come near him. You, Korah, and all your followersr are to do this: Take censerss and tomorrow put burning coalst and incenseu in them before the Lord. The man the Lord choosesv will be the one who is holy.w You Levites have gone too far!”

Moses also said to Korah, “Now listen, you Levites! Isn’t it enoughx for you that the God of Israel has separated you from the rest of the Israelite community and brought you near himself to do the work at the Lord’s tabernacle and to stand before the community and minister to them?y 10 He has brought you and all your fellow Levites near himself, but now you are trying to get the priesthood too.z 11 It is against the Lord that you and all your followers have banded together. Who is Aaron that you should grumblea against him?b

12 Then Moses summoned Dathan and Abiram,c the sons of Eliab. But they said, “We will not come!d 13 Isn’t it enough that you have brought us up out of a land flowing with milk and honeye to kill us in the wilderness?f And now you also want to lord it over us!g 14 Moreover, you haven’t brought us into a land flowing with milk and honeyh or given us an inheritance of fields and vineyards.i Do you want to treat these men like slavesb?j No, we will not come!k

15 Then Moses became very angryl and said to the Lord, “Do not accept their offering. I have not taken so much as a donkeym from them, nor have I wronged any of them.”

16 Moses said to Korah, “You and all your followers are to appear before the Lord tomorrow—you and they and Aaron.n 17 Each man is to take his censer and put incense in it—250 censers in all—and present it before the Lord. You and Aaron are to present your censers also.o18 So each of them took his censer,p put burning coals and incense in it, and stood with Moses and Aaron at the entrance to the tent of meeting. 19 When Korah had gathered all his followers in opposition to themq at the entrance to the tent of meeting, the glory of the Lordr appeared to the entire assembly. 20 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, 21 “Separate yourselvess from this assembly so I can put an end to them at once.”t

22 But Moses and Aaron fell facedownu and cried out, “O God, the God who gives breath to all living things,v will you be angry with the entire assemblyw when only one man sins?”x

23 Then the Lord said to Moses, 24 “Say to the assembly, ‘Move away from the tents of Korah, Dathan and Abiram.’ ”

25 Moses got up and went to Dathan and Abiram, and the elders of Israely followed him. 26 He warned the assembly, “Move back from the tents of these wicked men!z Do not touch anything belonging to them, or you will be swept awaya because of all their sins.b27 So they moved away from the tents of Korah, Dathan and Abiram.c Dathan and Abiram had come out and were standing with their wives, childrend and little ones at the entrances to their tents.e

28 Then Moses said, “This is how you will knowf that the Lord has sent meg to do all these things and that it was not my idea: 29 If these men die a natural death and suffer the fate of all mankind, then the Lord has not sent me.h 30 But if the Lord brings about something totally new, and the earth opens its mouthi and swallows them, with everything that belongs to them, and they go down alive into the realm of the dead,j then you will know that these men have treated the Lord with contempt.k

31 As soon as he finished saying all this, the ground under them split apartl 32 and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed themm and their households, and all those associated with Korah, together with their possessions. 33 They went down alive into the realm of the dead,n with everything they owned; the earth closed over them, and they perished and were gone from the community. 34 At their cries, all the Israelites around them fled, shouting, “The earth is going to swallow us too!”

35 And fire came out from the Lordo and consumedp the 250 men who were offering the incense.

36 The Lord said to Moses, 37 “Tell

Read more