The Holy Bible: Numbers 16-20

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Numbers

Chapters 16-20

     16[1-5] 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, gathered others together and went up before Moses, with some of the people of Israel. They called together 250 leaders of the people, those of importance; and gathered themselves together against Moses and Aaron. They said to them, “You take too much on yourselves, seeing all the people are holy, everyone of them, and Yahweh is with them. So why do you put yourselves above the people of Yahweh?” So when Moses heard it, he fell to the ground and told Korah and the others, “In the morning Yahweh will show who are God’s, and who are holy, and will make them come to God. Yahweh will make those who are chosen come to God.

     [6-11] Do this: take fire pans, Korah, and all these others; and put fire in them, and put incense on them before Yahweh tomorrow. Whoever Yahweh chooses will be holy. You take too much on you, sons of Levi. Then Moses said to Korah, “Listen, you sons of Levi: it seems but nothing to you that the God of Israel has set you apart from the people of Israel, to bring you near to God, to do the work of the Place of Worship of Yahweh, and to stand before the people to serve them; and that God has brought you near, and all your family, the sons of Levi with you? And now you seek the priesthood also? So you and all these others are gathered together against Yahweh: and what is Aaron that you complain against him?”

     [12-15] Then Moses sent to call Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab; and they said, “We won’t come up. Is it nothing that you have brought us up out of a land full of milk and honey, to kill us in the countryside, but you also make yourself a leader over us? And you haven’t brought us into a land full of milk and honey, nor given us any fields and vineyards of our own. Will you put out the eyes of these men? We won’t come up.” So Moses was very angry, and said to Yahweh, “Don’t respect their offering: I haven’t taken one donkey from them, nor I’ve hurt any of them.”

     [16-19] Then Moses said to Korah, “You and all your company go before Yahweh tomorrow, you all, and Aaron. Everyone take their fire pan, and put incense on them, and go before Yahweh with your fire pans, 250 fire pans; you also, and Aaron, with your fire pans. They each took their fire pans, and put fire in them, and laid incense on them, and stood at the door of the Meeting Place with Moses and Aaron. And Korah gathered all the people against them to the door of the Meeting Place: and the glory of Yahweh appeared to all the people.

     [20-24] Then Yahweh told Moses and Aaron, “Get away from among these people, that I may destroy them in a moment.” But they fell to the ground, and said, “God, the God of the spirits of all people, will one man sin, and you be angry with all the people?” So Yahweh told Moses, “Tell the people, Get away from around the tents of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram.”

     [25-30] So Moses got up and went to Dathan and Abiram; and the leaders of Israel followed them. He told the people, “Leave, I ask you, away from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs, or you’ll be destroyed when they are punished for all their sins. So they moved away from the tents of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, on every side. Then Dathan and Abiram came out, and stood at the door of their tents, and their wives, and their sons, and their little ones. Then Moses said, “By this, know that Yahweh has sent Me to do all these works; for I haven’t done them of My own mind. If these men die the natural death of all humans, or if they’re punished in the usual way of all humans; then Yahweh hasn’t sent Me. But if Yahweh does something new, and the ground opens up, and swallows them up with everything they have, and they go down alive into Hell; then know that these men have hated Yahweh.

     [31-35] As Moses finished saying these words, the ground split apart that was under them; and the earth opened up, and swallowed them up, and everything they had. So they, and everything they had, went down alive into Hell: and the earth closed back up on them, and they were destroyed from among the people. And all the people of Israel that were around them ran at their cry, saying, “The earth may swallow us up, too.” Then fire came out from Yahweh, and burned up the 250 men who offered the incense.

     [36-40] Then Yahweh told Moses, “Tell Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest, that he take up the fire pans out of the burning, and scatter the fire away. The fire pans of these sinners are holy even against their own lives. Let them be made beaten plates for a covering of the altar because they offered them to Yahweh. They’re holy; and they’ll be a sign to the people of Israel. So Eleazar the priest took the bronze fire pans, which those who were burnt up had offered; and beat them out for a covering of the altar, to be a reminder to the people of Israel, so that no one who isn’t of the children of Aaron comes near to burn incense before Yahweh; and that they won’t be as Korah and the others as Yahweh told them by Moses.

     [41-46] But on the next day all the people of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron, “You’ve killed the people of Yahweh. So, when the people were gathered against Moses and Aaron, they looked toward the Meeting Place. The cloud covered it, and the glory of Yahweh appeared. So Moses and Aaron came to the front of the Meeting Place. Then Yahweh told Moses, “Get away from among these people, that I may destroy them in a moment. And they fell to the ground. Then Moses said to Aaron, “Take your fire pan, and put fire in it from off the altar, and lay incense on it, and carry it quickly to the people, and cover their sins for them because Yahweh is very angry and trouble has already begun.

     [47-50] So Aaron did as Moses said, and ran into the midst of the people; but the people had already begun to die. So he put on the incense, and covered the sins for the people. He stood between the dead and the living; and the trouble stopped. Now those who died by that trouble were 14,700, besides those who died about the matter of Korah. Then Aaron came back to Moses to the door of the Meeting Place: and the trouble stopped.

     17[1-] Yahweh told Moses, “Tell the people of Israel to take walking sticks, one for each family group, of all their leaders by their family groups, twelve walking sticks in all: write everyone’s name on their walking stick. Write Aaron’s name on the walking stick of Levi; for there will be one walking stick for each leader of the family groups. Put them in the Meeting Place before the Law, where I meet with you. Then the walking stick of Whoever who I choose will bud: and I’ll put a stop to all the complaints of the people of Israel, which they complain against you.

     [6-9] So Moses told this to the people of Israel; and all their leaders gave the walking sticks of each leader to Moses, by their family groups, twelve walking sticks in all. The walking stick of Aaron was among their walking sticks. Then Moses laid up the walking sticks before Yahweh in the Meeting Place of God. So on the next day, when Moses went into the Meeting Place of God, the walking stick of Aaron for the house of Levi had budded, and put out buds, and made blossoms, and had ripe almonds. So Moses brought out all the walking sticks from before Yahweh to all the people of Israel. They looked, and everyone took their own walking stick.

     [10-13] Then Yahweh said to Moses, “Put back the walking stick of Aaron before the Law, to be kept for a sign against the rebellious ones; so that you put a stop to their complaints against Me, so that they won’t die. So Moses did as Yahweh told him. Then the people of Israel told Moses, “See, we die, We’ll all be killed; We’ll all be killed. Everyone who comes near to the Place of Worship of Yahweh, dies. Will all of us be killed?”

     18[1-7] Yahweh said to Aaron, You and your sons and your family group with be guilty of any fault of the Place of Worship; and you and your sons will be guilty of any fault of your priesthood. Your family also, the family of Levi, the family of your father, bring to be joined to you. They’ll work for you, but you and your sons will be before the Meeting Place of God. They’ll do what you say, and take care of all the Place of Worship: only they won’t come near the tools of the Place of Worship and the altar, so that they won’t die, neither they, nor you. They’ll be joined to you, and will take care of the Meeting Place, for all the work of the Place of Worship: and no one else will come near to you. Take care of the Place of Worship, and the altar; that there be no more great anger on the people of Israel. See, I’ve taken your family, the Levites, from among the people of Israel: they’re a gift, given to you from Yahweh to do the work of the Meeting Place. You and your sons will keep your priesthood for everything on the altar, and for whatever is behind the veil; and serve: I give you the priesthood as a gift of work: and anyone else who comes near will be put to death.

     [8-15] Yahweh told Aaron, I’ve given you the care of My wave offerings of all the holy things of the people of Israel; I’ve given them to you and your sons because of the anointing, as a rule forever. This will be yours of the most holy things, saved from the fire: every offering of theirs, every meal offering of theirs, every sin offering of theirs, and every guilt offering of theirs, which they’ll give to Me, will be most holy for you and for your sons. You’ll eat all the most holy things; every male will eat it and it’ll be holy to you. This is yours: their gift of wave offerings, all the wave offerings of the people of Israel; I’ve given them to you, and your sons and daughters with you, as a rule forever; everyone who’s fit in your house will eat it. All the best of the oil, and all the best of the wine, and of the grain, the first of whatever they give to Yahweh, I’ve given to you. The first-ripe fruits of all that’s in their land, which they bring to Yahweh, will be yours; everyone who’s fit in your house will eat it. Everything dedicated in Israel will be yours. Everything that opens the womb, of all people which they offer to Yahweh, both of man and animal will be yours: nevertheless the firstborn of man will be bought back, and the firstborn of unfit animals will be bought back.

     [16-19] Those who are to be bought back of them from a month old will be bought back by your value, for the money of five dollars, in the dollar of the Place of Worship (which is the same as twenty nickels). But the firstborn of a cow, or the firstborn of a sheep, or the firstborn of a goat, won’t be bought back; They’re holy: sprinkle their blood on the altar, and burn their fat for an offering made by fire for a good smell to Yahweh. The meat of them will be yours, as the wave offering breast and as the right thigh, it’ll be yours. All the wave offerings of the holy things, which the people of Israel offer to Yahweh, I’ve given to you, and your sons and daughters with you, as a rule forever. It’s a promise of salt forever before Yahweh to you and to your children with you.

     [20-24] Yahweh said to Aaron, “You’ll have nothing of your own in their land, nor have any part among them: I am your part and your own among the people of Israel. To the children of Levi, I’ve given all the first ten percent in Israel for their own, in return for the work they do in the Meeting Place. From now on the people of Israel won’t come near the Meeting Place, or they’ll be guilty of sin, and die. But the Levites will do the work of the Meeting Place, and they’ll be guilty of any fault: it’ll be a law forever throughout your people; and among the people of Israel that they’ll have nothing of their own. But the first ten percent of the people of Israel, which they offer as a wave offering to Yahweh, I’ve given to the Levites for their own: so I’ve said to them, ‘You’ll have nothing of your own among the people of Israel.’”

     [25-32] Yahweh told Moses, “Tell the Levites, ‘When you take from the people of Israel the first ten percent which I’ve given you from them for your own, then give a wave offering of it for Yahweh, ten percent of the first ten percent. Your wave offering will be counted to you, as though it were the grain of the barn floor, and as the ripe fruit of the winepress. So you’ll also give a wave offering to Yahweh of all your ten percent, which you get from the people of Israel; and of it give Yahweh’s wave offering to Aaron the priest. Out of all your gifts give every wave offering of Yahweh, of all the best of it, even the holy part of it out of it.’ So tell them, ‘When you lift up the best of it, then it’ll be counted to the Levites as the crops of the barn floor, and as the crops of the winepress. Eat it in every place, you and your families: for it’s your payment in return for your work in the Meeting Place. You’ll be guilty of no sin because of it, when you have lifted it up from the best of it. Don’t pollute the holy things of the people of Israel, so you won’t die.’”

     19[1-6] Yahweh told Moses and Aaron, “This is the rule of the law which Yahweh has said, ‘Tell the people of Israel to bring you a young red female cow without a spot, without anything wrong with it, and which never wore a harness. Give her to Eleazar the priest, and he’ll bring her outside of the camp, and one will kill her before them: and Eleazar the priest will take her blood on a finger, and sprinkle it toward the front of the Meeting Place seven times. Then someone will burn the young female cow in their sight; he’ll burn her skin, meat, and blood, with her wastes, and the priest will take cedar wood, and a a hyssop branch branch, and red dye, and throw it into the fire of the young female cow.

     [7-10] Then the priest will wash his clothes, and take a bath, and afterward come into the camp, and the priest will be unfit until the evening.  Whoever burns her will wash their clothes in water, and take a bath, and will be unfit until the evening. Someone who’s fit will gather up the ashes of the young female cow, and put them up outside the camp in a fit place; and it’ll be kept for the people of Israel for a cleansing water: it’s a sin offering. Whoever who gathers the ashes of the young female cow will wash their clothes, and be unfit until the evening: and it’ll be a law forever for the people of Israel, and anyone else who lives as a foreigner among them.

     [11-16] Anyone who touches a dead body will be unfit seven days and will wash themselves with it on the third day, and on the seventh day they’ll be fit: but if they don’t wash themselves the third day, then they won’t be fit on the seventh day. Whoever touches a dead person, the body of someone who has died, and doesn’t wash themselves, makes the Place of Worship of Yahweh unfit; and they’ll be cut off from Israel: they’ll be unfit because the cleansing water wasn’t sprinkled on them and their unfitness is still on them. This is the law when someone dies in a tent: everyone who comes into the tent, and everyone who’s in the tent, will be unfit seven days. Every open jar, which has no lid on it, is unfit. Whoever in the open field touches one who’s killed in war, or a dead body, or a bone of someone, or a grave, will be unfit seven days.

     [17-22] They’ll take some of the ashes of the burning of the sin offering for the unfit person; and running water will be put in a jar: and a fit person will take a hyssop branch, and dip it in the water, and sprinkle it on the tent, all the tools, and on the persons who were there, and on anyone who touched a bone, someone killed, a dead body, or a grave: and the fit person will sprinkle the unfit on the third day, and on the seventh day: and on the seventh day they’ll wash themselves; and their clothes, and take a bath, and will be fit at evening. But anyone who stays unfit, and won’t wash themselves will be cut off from among the people, because they have made the Place of Worship of Yahweh unfit: the cleansing water hasn’t been sprinkled on them so they’re unfit. It’ll be a law forever to them: and whoever sprinkles the cleansing water will wash their clothes, and whoever touches the cleansing water will be unfit until evening. Whatever the unfit person touches will be unfit; and whoever touches it will be unfit until evening.”

     20[1-5] All the people of Israel came into the countryside of Zin in the first month: and the people stayed in Kadesh; and Miriam died and was buried there. There was no water for the people, so they gathered themselves together against Moses and Aaron. The people argued with Moses and said, “We should have died when our brothers died before Yahweh! Why have you brought the people of Yahweh into this countryside that we should die here, we and our animals, too? Why have you made us come out of Egypt, only to bring us to this evil place? It’s no place to plant seed, or figs, or vines, or pomegranates; nor is there any water to drink.”

     [6-11] Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the people to the door of the Meeting Place, and fell to the ground: and the glory of Yahweh appeared to them. Then Yahweh told Moses, “Take the walking stick, and gather the people, you and Aaron your brother, and tell the rock in their sight to give its water; and bring them water out of the rock; so you’ll give the people and their tame animals drink.” So Moses took the walking stick from before Yahweh, as he told them. Then Moses and Aaron gathered the people together before the rock, and said to them, “Listen, you disobedient people; we’ll bring you water out of this rock!” So Moses lifted his hand, and hit the rock with the walking stick twice: and a whole lot of water came out, and the people drank along with their animals.

     [12-13] Then Yahweh said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you didn’t believe in Me enough to respect Me in the eyes of the people of Israel, you won’t bring this people into the land which I’ve given them.” These are the waters of Meribah; because the people of Israel argued with Yahweh, who was shown to be holy there.

     [14-17] Moses sent messengers from Kadesh to the king of Edom, saying, “So says your brother Israel, You know all the travail that has happened to us: how our ancestors went down into Egypt, and we lived in Egypt a long time; and the Egyptians treated us and our ancestors very badly.  When we cried to Yahweh, God heard our voice, and sent an angel, and brought us out of Egypt: and see, we’re now in Kadesh, a city in your farthest border. Please let us pass through your land: we won’t pass through field or through vineyard, neither will we drink of the water of the wells: we’ll go along the king’s highway; we won’t turn aside to the right hand nor to the left, until we have passed your border.”

     [18-22] Then Edom answered saying, “Don’t pass through here, or we’ll come out to war against you.” So the people of Israel said to them, “We’ll go up by the highway; and if we drink of your water, us and our animals, then we’ll pay you what it’s worth: only let us, without doing anything else, pass through on foot.” So Edom said, “Don’t pass through” and came out against them with many people, ready to fight. So Edom refused to let Israel pass through their border, and Israel turned away from them. They left from Kadesh: and all the people of Israel came to Mount Hor.

     [23-29] Yahweh told Moses and Aaron in Mount Hor by the border of the land of Edom, “Aaron will die here and go to his people; he won’t go in into the land which I’ve given to the people of Israel, because you  disobeyed My word at the waters of Meribah. Take Aaron and Eleazar his son, and bring them up to Mount Hor; and take Aaron clothes off, and put them on Eleazar his son: and Aaron will be gathered to his people, and will die there. So Moses did as Yahweh told him: and they went up into Mount Hor in the sight of all the people. Then Moses took Aaron’s clothes off, and put them on Eleazar his son; and Aaron died there on the top of the mountain.  Then Moses and Eleazar came down from the mountain. When all the people saw that Aaron was dead, all the house of Israel cried for Aaron for 30 days.

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