1 Now Korah (Qorach), the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Lewi, and Dathan and Aviram, the sons of Eliav, and On, the son of Peleth, sons of Reuven, took men;
2 And they rose up before Moses (Mosheh), with certain of the children of Yisrael, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown.
3 And they gathered themselves together against Moses (Mosheh) and against Aaron (Aharon), and said unto them, “You take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and יהוה is among them. Wherefore then lift you up yourselves above the congregation of יהוה?”
4 And when Moses (Mosheh) heard it, he fell upon his face;
5 And he spake unto Korah (Qorach) and unto all his company, saying, “Tomorrow יהוה will shew who are His, and who is holy; and will cause him to come near unto Him; him whom he hath chosen will He cause to come near unto Him.
6 This do: Take you censers, Korah (Qorach), and all his company;
7 And put fire therein, and put incense in them before יהוה tomorrow; and it shall be that the man whom יהוה doth choose, he shall be holy. You take too much upon you, you sons of Lewi!”
8 And Moses (Mosheh) said unto Korah (Qorach), “Please hear, you sons of Lewi:
9 Seemeth it but a small thing unto you, that the God of Israel (Elohei Yisrael) hath separated you from the congregation of Yisrael, to bring you near to Himself to do the service of the tabernacle of יהוה, and to stand before the congregation to minister unto them?
10 And He hath brought you near to Him, and all your brethren the sons of Lewi with you; and seek you the priesthood (kehunnah) also?
11 For which cause both you and all your company are gathered together against יהוה. And what is Aaron (Aharon), that you murmur against him?”
12 And Moses (Mosheh) sent to call Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliav, who said, “We will not come up!
13 Is it a small thing that you have brought us up out of a land that floweth with milk and honey, to kill us in the wilderness, except you make yourself altogether a prince over us?
14 Moreover you have not brought us into a land that floweth with milk and honey, or given us inheritance of fields and vineyards. Wilt you put out the eyes of these men? We will not come up!”
15 And Moses (Mosheh) was very wroth, and said unto יהוה, “Respect not You their offering. I have not taken one ass from them, neither have I hurt one of them.”
16 And Moses (Mosheh) said unto Korah (Qorach), “Be you and all your company present before יהוה, you, and they, and Aaron (Aharon), tomorrow.
17 And take every man his censer, and put incense in them, and bring you before יהוה every man his censer, two hundred and fifty censers; you also, and Aaron (Aharon), each of you his censer.
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 (Mosheh) and Aaron (Aharon).
19 And Korah (Qorach) gathered all the congregation against them unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation; and the glory of יהוה appeared unto all the congregation.
20 And יהוה spake unto Moses (Mosheh) and unto Aaron (Aharon), saying,
21 “Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment.”
22 And they fell upon their faces, and said, “O God (El), God (Elohim) of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin, and wilt You be wroth with all the congregation?”
23 And יהוה spake unto Moses (Mosheh), saying,
24 “Speak unto the congregation, saying, ‘Get you up from about the tabernacle of Korah (Qorach), Dathan, and Abiram.’”
25 And Moses (Mosheh) rose up and went unto Dathan and Abiram; and the elders of Yisrael followed him.
26 And he spake unto the congregation, saying, “Please depart from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs, lest you be consumed in all their sins.”
27 So they gat up from the tabernacle of Korah (Qorach), 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.
28 And Moses (Mosheh) said, “Hereby you shall know that יהוה hath sent me to do all these works; for I have not done them of mine own mind.
29 If these men die the common death of all men, or if they be visited after the visitation of all men; then יהוה hath not sent me.
30 But if יהוה 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 you shall understand that these men have provoked יהוה.”
31 And it came to pass, as he had made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground that was under them split apart;
32 And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah (Qorach), and all their goods.
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.
34 And all Yisrael who were round about them fled at the cry of them, for they said, “Lest the earth swallow us up also.”
35 And there came out a fire from יהוה, and consumed the two hundred and fifty men who offered incense.
36 And יהוה spake unto Moses (Mosheh), saying,
37 Speak unto Eleazar the son of Aaron (Aharon) the priest (kohen), that he takes up the censers out of the burning, and scatter you the fire yonder; for they are sanctified.
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 יהוה, therefore they are sanctified; and they shall be a sign unto the children of Yisrael.”
39 And Eleazar the priest (kohen) took the brasen censers, wherewith they that were burnt had offered; and they were made broad plates for a covering of the altar,
40 To be a memorial unto the children of Yisrael, that no stranger, who is not of the seed of Aaron (Aharon), come near to offer incense before יהוה; that he be not as Korah (Qorach), and as his company, as יהוה said to him by the hand of Moses (Mosheh).
41 But on the next day all the congregation of the children of Yisrael murmured against Moses (Mosheh) and against Aaron (Aharon), saying, “You have killed the people of יהוה”
42 And it came to pass, when the congregation was gathered against Moses (Mosheh) and against Aaron (Aharon), that they looked toward the tabernacle of the congregation; and, behold, the cloud covered it, and the glory of יהוה appeared.
43 And Moses (Mosheh) and Aaron (Aharon) came before the tabernacle of the congregation.
44 And יהוה spake unto Moses (Mosheh), saying,
45 “Get you up from among this congregation, that I may consume them as in a moment.” And they fell upon their faces.
46 And Moses (Mosheh) said unto Aaron (Aharon), “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 יהוה; the plague has begun.”
47 And Aaron (Aharon) took as Moses (Mosheh) commanded, and ran into the midst of the congregation; and, behold, the plague had begun among the people. And he put on incense, and made an atonement for the people.
48 And he stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was stopped.
49 Now they who died in the plague were fourteen thousand and seven hundred, besides them who died about the matter of Korah (Qorach).
50 And Aaron (Aharon) returned unto Moses (Mosheh) unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation; for the plague had stopped.