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    NUMBERS 16

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      1  The rebellion of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram.
    23  Moses separates the people from the rebels' tents.
    31  The earth swallows up Korah, and a fire consumes others.
    36  The censers are reserved to holy use.
    41  Fourteen thousand and seven hundred are slain by a plague,
        for murmuring against Moses and Aaron.
    46  Aaron by incense stays the plague.
    
    
    VERSE 1
    - Korah.
       * Nu 26:9,10; 27:3 Ex 6:18,21 Jude 1:11
    - sons of Reuben.
       * Ge 49:3,4 1Ch 5:1,2
    - took men.
      As the word men is not in the text, some read "took counsel;"
      and some "took courage."  Houbigant renders {yikkach,
      rebellionem fecerunt,} "they rebelled;" which scarcely any
      rule of criticism can ever justify.  Dr. Geddes' translation
      is, "Another insurrection was raised against Moses by Korah,"
      etc.  Others think that it may mean, "behaved with insolence."
      But, as Dr. A. Clarke observes, the verb {wyyikkach,} "and he
      took" which though at the end of the sentence in English, is
      the first word in Hebrew, is not in the plural, but the
      singular; and hence cannot be applied to the acts of all these
      chiefs.  In every part of the Scripture, where this rebellion
      is referred to, it is attributed to Korah, therefore the verb
      here belongs to him; and the whole verse should be translated,
      "Now Korah, son of Izhar, son of Kohath, son of Levi, he took
      even Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, son of
      Peleth, son of Reuben, and they rose up," etc.; reading, with
      some MSS., the Samaritan, and Septuagint, {ben,} son, instead
      of {beney,} sons.
    
    
    VERSE 2 
     - famous.
       * Nu 26:9 Ge 6:4 1Ch 5:24; 12:30 Eze 16:14; 23:10
    
    
    VERSE 3 
     - gathered.
       * :11; 12:1,2; 14:1-4 Ps 106:16 Ac 7:39,51
    - Ye take too much upon you.  Heb. It is much for you.  all
      the.
       * Ex 19:6 Ezr 9:2 Isa 1:11-16 Jer 7:3-12 Mt 3:9,10 Ro 2:28,29
    - the Lord.
       * Nu 14:14; 35:34 Ex 29:45,46 Ps 68:17
    
    VERSE 4
        * :45; 14:5; 20:6 Jos 7:6
    
    
    VERSE 5 
     - the Lord.
       * Mal 3:18 2Ti 2:19
    - who is holy.
       * :3 Le 21:6-8,12-15 Isa 61:5,6 1Pe 2:5-9 Re 1:6; 5:9,10
    - will cause.
       * Ex 28:43 Le 10:3 Ps 65:4 Eze 40:46; 44:15,16 Eph 2:13
       * Heb 10:19-22; 12:14
    - even him.
       * Nu 17:5 Ex 28:1 Le 8:2 1Sa 2:28 Ps 105:26 Joh 15:16 Ac 1:2,24
       * Ac 13:2; 15:7; 22:14 2Ti 2:3,4
    
    VERSE 6
        * :35-40,46-48 Le 10:1; 16:12,13 1Ki 18:21-23
    
    
    VERSE 7 
     - that the man.  See on ver.
       * :3,5 Eph 1:4 2Th 2:13 1Pe 2:9
    - too much.
       * :3 1Ki 18:17,18 Mt 21:23-27
    
    VERSE 8
    
    
    VERSE 9 
     - Seemeth it but.
       * :13 Ge 30:15 1Sa 18:23 2Sa 7:19 Isa 7:13 Eze 34:18 1Co 4:3
    - separated.
       * Nu 1:53; 3:41-45; 8:14-16; 18:2-6 De 10:8 2Ch 35:3 Ne 12:44
       * Eze 44:10,11 Ac 13:2
    
    
    VERSE 10 
     - and seek.
       * Pr 13:10 Mt 20:21,22 Lu 22:24 Ro 12:10 Php 2:3 3Jo 1:9
    
    
    VERSE 11 
     - against.
       * :3 1Sa 8:7 Lu 10:16 Joh 13:20 Ro 13:2
    - what is Aaron.
       * Ex 16:7,8; 17:2 Ac 5:4 1Co 3:5
    
    VERSE 12
        * Pr 29:9 Isa 3:5 1Pe 2:13,14 Jude 1:8
    
    
    VERSE 13 
     - a small.  See on ver.
       * :9
    - out of a.
       * Nu 11:5 Ex 1:11,22; 2:23
    - to kill.
       * Nu 20:3,4 Ex 16:3; 17:3
    - thou make.
       * Ex 2:14 Ps 2:2,3 Lu 19:14 Ac 7:25-27,35
    
    
    VERSE 14 
     - Moreover.
       * Nu 36:8-10
    - See on
       * Ex 3:8,17 Le 20:24
    - put out.  Heb. bore out.
    
    
    VERSE 15 
     - very wroth.
       * Nu 12:3 Ex 32:19 Mt 5:22 Mr 3:5 Eph 4:26
    - Respect.
       * :6,7 Ge 4:4,5 Isa 1:10-15
    - I have not.
      Though Moses was their ruler, under God, yet, so far from
      oppressing them, he had not imposed the smallest tax, nor
      taken, as a present, so much as an ass from one of them.  The
      common present that is now made to the great, in these
      countries, is a horse; but there is reason to believe, that an
      ass might formerly have answered the same purpose.  "If it is
      a visit of ceremony from a {bashaw,}" says Dr. Russell, "or
      other person in power, a fine horse, sometimes with furniture,
      or some such valuable present, is made to him at his
      departure."  As asses were esteemed no dishonorable beasts
      for the saddle, Sir. J. Chardin, in his MS., supposes, that
      when Samuel disclaimed having taken the ass of any one, (1 Sa
      3 12:3,) he is to be understood of not having taken any ass for
      his riding.  In the same light, he considers this similar
      declaration of Moses.  His reason is "asses being then
      esteemed very honorable creatures for riding on, (ch.  21 22:21,
      30.  Jud 5:10.  2 Sa 2 16:2,) as they are at this very time in
      Persia, being rode with saddles."
    
       * 1Sa 12:3,4 Ac 20:33,34 1Co 9:15 2Co 1:12; 7:2; 12:14-17
       * 1Th 2:10
    
    
    VERSE 16 
     - Be thou.  See on ver.
       * :6,7
    - before.
       * 1Sa 12:3,7 2Ti 2:14
    
    VERSE 17
        * 1Sa 12:7
    
    VERSE 18
    
    
    VERSE 19 
     - Korah.
       * :1,2
    - and the glory.
       * :42; 12:5; 14:10 Ex 16:7,10 Le 9:6,23
    
    VERSE 20
    
    
    VERSE 21 
     - Separate.
       * Ge 19:15-22 Jer 5:16 Ac 2:40 2Co 6:17 Eph 5:6,7 Re 18:4
    - that I may.
       * :45; 14:12,15 Ex 32:10; 33:5 Ps 73:19 Isa 37:36 Heb 12:28,29
    
    
    VERSE 22 
     - they fell.
       * :4,45; 14:5
    - the God.
       * Nu 27:16 Job 12:10 Ec 12:7 Isa 57:16 Zec 12:1 Heb 12:9
    - one man sin.
       * Ge 18:23-25,32 Jos 7:1-26 2Sa 24:1,17 Ro 5:18 1Co 13:7
    
    VERSE 23
    
    
    VERSE 24 
     - See on ver.
       * :21
      It should seem that Dathan and Abiram had set up a spacious
      tabernacle in the midst of the tents of their families, where
      they kept court, met in council, and hung out their flag of
      defiance against Moses; it is here called the tabernacle of
      Korah, Dathan, and Abiram.  There, as in the place of
      rendezvous, Dathan and Abiram stayed, when Korah and his
      friends went up to the tabernacle of the Lord, waiting the
      issue of their trial; but here we are told how they had their
      business done, before that trial was over.  God will take what
      method he pleases in his judgments.
    
    VERSE 25
        * Nu 11:16,17,25,30
    
    
    VERSE 26 
     - Depart, I pray you.
      The rebels, with all that belonged to them, were, as an
      accursed thing, devoted to utter destruction.  (Le 27:28, 29.
      Jos 7:13-15, 23-26.)  The people therefore were forbidden to
      touch anything belonging to them; that they might enter a
      solemn protest against their wickedness, acknowledge the
      justice of their punishment, and express their fear of being
      involved in it.
    
    - See on ver.
       * :21-24 Ge 19:12-14 De 13:17 Isa 52:11 Mt 10:14 Ac 8:20; 13:51
       * 2Co 6:17 1Ti 5:22 Re 18:4
    
    
    VERSE 27 
     - and stood.
       * 2Ki 9:30,31 Job 9:4; 40:10,11 Pr 16:18; 18:12 Isa 28:14
    
    
    VERSE 28 
     - Hereby.
       * Ex 3:12; 4:1-9; 7:9 De 18:22 Zec 2:9; 4:9 Joh 5:36; 11:42; 14:11
    - for I have.
      {Kee lo millibbee,} "and that not out of my heart."  It was
      not of my own device or contrivance.  It was not out of an
      ambitious desire to be great myself that I took upon me the
      government, nor out of private affection to my brother, that I
      appointed him and his family to the priesthood.
    
    - of mine.
       * Nu 24:13 1Ki 18:36 Jer 23:16 Eze 13:17 Joh 5:30; 6:38
    
    
    VERSE 29 
     - the common, etc.  Heb. as every man dieth.  visited.
       * Ex 20:5; 32:34 Job 35:15 Isa 10:3 Jer 5:9 La 4:22
    - the Lord
       * 1Ki 22:28 2Ch 18:27
    
    
    VERSE 30 
     - make a new thing.
      Heb. create a creature; {wim beriah yivra Yehowah,} "And if
      Jehovah should create a creation," i.e., do such a thing as
      was never done before.
    
       * Job 31:3 Isa 28:21; 43:19; 45:7,12 Jer 31:22
    - and they.
       * :33 Ps 55:15
    
    VERSE 31
        * Nu 26:10,11; 27:3 De 11:6 Ps 106:17,18
    
    
    VERSE 32 
     - the earth.
       * :30 Ge 4:11 Isa 5:14 Re 12:16
    - all the.
       * :17; 26:11; 27:3 1Ch 6:22,37 Ps 84:1; 85:1; 88:1 *titles
    
    
    VERSE 33 
     - into the.
       * Ps 9:15; 55:23; 69:15; 143:7 Isa 14:9,15 Eze 32:18,30
    - they perished.
       * Jude 1:11
    
    
    VERSE 34 
     - fled.
       * Isa 33:3 Zec 14:5 Re 6:15-17
    - Lest.
       * Nu 17:12,13
    
    
    VERSE 35 
     - And there.
       * Nu 11:1; 26:10 Le 10:2 Ps 106:18
    - two hundred.  See on ver.
       * :2,17
    
    VERSE 36
    
    
    VERSE 37 
     - the censers.  See on ver.
       * :7,18
    - hallowed.
      {Kadashoo,} consecrated, i.e., to the service of God, though
      in this instance, improperly employed.
    
    - See on
       * Le 27:28
    
    
    VERSE 38 
     - sinners.
       * 1Ki 2:23 Pr 1:18; 8:36; 20:2 Hab 2:10
    - a sign.
       * :40; 17:10; 26:10 Eze 14:8 1Co 10:11 2Pe 2:6
    
    VERSE 39
    
    
    VERSE 40 
     - that no.
       * Nu 3:10,38; 18:4-7 Le 22:10 2Ch 26:18-20 Jude 1:11
    - come near.
       * 1Ki 13:1-3 2Ch 26:16-21
    
    
    VERSE 41 
     - on the morrow.
      It is not unlikely, that the people persuaded themselves that
      Moses and Aaron had used some cunning in this business and
      that the earthquake and fire were artificial; for, had they
      discerned the hand of God in this punishment, they would
      scarcely have dared the anger of the Lord in the very face of
      his justice.  And while they thus absurdly imputed this
      judgement to Moses and Aaron, they impiously called the
      persons, thus perishing in their rebellion, "the people of the
      Lord!"
    
    - all the.  See on ver.
       * :1-7; 14:2 Ps 106:13,23,25-48 Isa 26:11
    - Ye have.
       * :3 2Sa 16:7,8 1Ki 18:17 Jer 37:13,14; 38:4; 43:3 Am 7:10 Mt 5:11
       * Ac 5:28; 21:28 2Co 6:8
    
    
    VERSE 42 
     - when the.
       * :19
    - the glory.
       * :19; 14:10; 20:6 Ex 16:7,10; 24:16; 40:34,35 Le 9:23
    
    VERSE 43
        * :43
    
    VERSE 44
    
    
    VERSE 45 
     - Get you up.  See on ver.
       * :21,24,26
    - And they.
       * :22; 20:6 1Ch 21:16 Mt 26:39
    
    
    VERSE 46 
     - from off.
       * Le 9:24; 10:1; 16:12,13 Isa 6:6,7 Ro 5:9,10 Heb 7:25-27; 9:25,26
       * Re 8:3-5
    - and put.
       * Ps 141:2 Mal 1:11
    - an atonement.
       * Ex 30:7-10 Le 16:11-16 1Jo 2:1,2
    - there is wrath.
       * Nu 1:53; 8:19; 11:33; 18:5 Le 10:6 1Ch 27:24 Ps 106:29
    - the plague is begun.
      God now punished them by a secret blast, so as to put the
      matter beyond dispute; His hand, and His alone, was seen, not
      only in the plague, but in the manner in which the mortality
      was arrested.  It was necessary that it should be done in this
      way, that the whole congregation might see that these men who
      had perished were not "the people of the Lord," and that God,
      not Moses and Aaron, had destroyed them.
    
    
    VERSE 47 
     - and ran.
       * Mt 5:44 Ro 12:21
    - and behold.
       * Ps 106:29
    - and he put.  See on ver.
       * :46 De 33:10,11 Isa 53:10-12
    
    
    VERSE 48
       What the plague was we know not; but it seems from this to
      have begun at one part of the camp, and to have proceeded
      regularly onward.
    
       * :18,35; 25:8-11 2Sa 24:16,17,25 1Ch 21:26,27 1Th 1:10
       * 1Ti 2:5,6 Heb 7:24,25 Jas 16 5:16 Joh 5:14
    
    
    VERSE 49 
     - fourteen thousand.
       * :32-35; 25:9 1Ch 21:14 Heb 2:1-3; 10:28,29; 12:25
    
    VERSE 50
        * :43 1Ch 21:26-30
    
    
    
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