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3 They assembled together aagainst Moses and Aaron, and said to them, “1bYou have gone far enough, for all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and cthe Lord is in their midst; so why do you exalt yourselves above the assembly of the Lord?”
4 When Moses heard this, ahe fell on his face;
5 and he spoke to Korah and all his company, saying, “Tomorrow morning the Lord will show who is His, and awho is holy, and will bring him near to Himself; even bthe one whom He will choose, He will bring near to Himself.
6 “Do this: take censers for yourselves, Korah and all 1your company,
9 ais it 1not enough for you that the God of Israel has separated you from the rest of the congregation of Israel, bto bring you near to Himself, to do the service of the tabernacle of the Lord, and to stand before the congregation to minister to them;
10 and that He has brought you near, Korah, and all your brothers, sons of Levi, with you? And are you aseeking for the priesthood also?
12 Then Moses sent 1a summons to Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab; but they said, “We will not come up.
14 “Indeed, you have not brought us ainto a land flowing with milk and honey, nor have you given us an inheritance of bfields and vineyards. Would you 1cput out the eyes of 2these men? We will not come up!”
17 “Each of you take his firepan and put incense on 1it, and each of you bring his censer before the Lord, two hundred and fifty firepans; also you and Aaron shall each bring his firepan.”
19 Thus Korah assembled all the congregation against them at the doorway of the tent of meeting. And athe glory of the Lord appeared to all the congregation.
24 “Speak to the congregation, saying, ‘aGet back from around the dwellings of Korah, Dathan and Abiram.’ ”
27 So they got back from around the dwellings of Korah, Dathan and Abiram; and Dathan and Abiram came out and stood at the doorway of their tents, along with their wives and atheir sons and their little ones.
30 “But aif the Lord 1brings about an entirely new thing and the ground opens its mouth and swallows them up with all that is theirs, and they bdescend alive into 2Sheol, then you will understand that these men have spurned the Lord.”
33 So they and all that belonged to them went down alive to 1Sheol; and the earth closed over them, and they perished from the midst of the assembly.
34 All Israel who were around them fled at their 1outcry, for they said, “The earth may swallow us up!”
36 1Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,
38 “As for the censers of these 1men who have sinned at the cost of their lives, let them be made into hammered sheets for a plating of the altar, since they did present them before the Lord and they are holy; and athey shall be for a sign to the sons of Israel.”
40 as a 1reminder to the sons of Israel that ano 2layman who is not of the 3descendants of Aaron should come near bto burn incense before the Lord; so that he will not become like Korah and his company—just as the Lord had spoken to him 4through Moses.
41 But on the next day all the congregation of the sons of Israel agrumbled against Moses and Aaron, saying, “You are the ones who have caused the death of the Lord’s people.”
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 athe glory of the Lord appeared.
46 Moses said to Aaron, “Take your censer and put in it fire from the altar, and lay incense on it; then bring it quickly to the congregation and amake atonement for them, for bwrath has gone forth from the Lord, the plague has begun!”
47 Then Aaron took it as Moses had spoken, and ran into the midst of the assembly, for behold, the plague had begun among the people. aSo he put on the incense and made atonement for the people.
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