Leviticus 10:2
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New International Version
So fire came out from the presence of the LORD and consumed them, and they died before the LORD.

New Living Translation
So fire blazed forth from the LORD's presence and burned them up, and they died there before the LORD.

English Standard Version
And fire came out from before the LORD and consumed them, and they died before the LORD.

Berean Study Bible
So fire came out from the presence of the LORD and devoured them, and they died before the LORD.

New American Standard Bible
And fire came out from the presence of the LORD and consumed them, and they died before the LORD.

King James Bible
And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD.

Christian Standard Bible
Then fire came from the LORD and consumed them, and they died before the LORD.

Contemporary English Version
Suddenly the LORD sent fiery flames and burned them to death.

Good News Translation
Suddenly the LORD sent fire, and it burned them to death there in the presence of the LORD.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then fire came from the LORD and burned them to death before the LORD.

International Standard Version
As a result, fire came out from the LORD's presence and incinerated them. They died while in the LORD's presence.

NET Bible
So fire went out from the presence of the LORD and consumed them so that they died before the LORD.

New Heart English Bible
And fire came forth from before the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
A fire flashed from the LORD and burned them, and they died in the presence of the LORD.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And there came forth fire from before the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD.

New American Standard 1977
And fire came out from the presence of the LORD and consumed them, and they died before the LORD.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And there went out fire from the LORD and devoured them, and they died before the LORD.

King James 2000 Bible
And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD.

American King James Version
And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD.

American Standard Version
And there came forth fire from before Jehovah, and devoured them, and they died before Jehovah.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And fire coming out from the Lord destroyed them, and they died before the Lord.

Darby Bible Translation
And there went out fire from before Jehovah, and devoured them, and they died before Jehovah.

English Revised Version
And there came forth fire from before the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD.

Webster's Bible Translation
And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD.

World English Bible
And fire came forth from before Yahweh, and devoured them, and they died before Yahweh.

Young's Literal Translation
and fire goeth out from before Jehovah, and consumeth them, and they die before Jehovah.
Study Bible
The Sin of Nadab and Abihu
1Now Aaron’s sons Nadab and Abihu took their censers, put fire in them, placed incense on them, and offered unauthorized fire before the LORD, contrary to His command. 2So fire came out from the presence of the LORD and devoured them, and they died before the LORD. 3Then Moses said to Aaron, “This is what the LORD meant when He said: ‘To those who come near Me I will show My holiness, and in the sight of all the people I will reveal My glory.’” But Aaron remained silent.…
Cross References
Exodus 24:1
Then the LORD said to Moses, "Come up to the LORD--you and Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, and seventy of Israel's elders--and you are to worship at a distance.

Leviticus 16:1
Now the LORD spoke to Moses after the death of two of Aaron's sons when they approached the presence of the LORD.

Numbers 3:4
Nadab and Abihu, however, died in the presence of the LORD when they offered strange fire before the LORD in the Wilderness of Sinai. And since they had no sons, only Eleazar and Ithamar served as priests during the lifetime of their father Aaron.

Numbers 16:35
And fire came forth from the LORD and consumed the 250 men who were offering the incense.

Numbers 26:61
but Nadab and Abihu died when they offered unauthorized fire before the LORD.

1 Kings 18:38
Then the fire of the LORD fell and consumed the sacrifice, the wood, the stones, and the dust, and it licked up the water in the trench.

1 Chronicles 13:10
And the anger of the LORD burned against Uzzah, and He struck him down because he had put his hand on the ark. So he died there before God.

1 Chronicles 24:2
But Nadab and Abihu died before their father did, and they had no sons; so Eleazar and Ithamar served as priests.

Job 1:16
While he was still speaking, another messenger came and reported: "The fire of God fell from heaven. It burned and consumed the sheep and the servants, and I alone have escaped to tell you!"

Psalm 50:3
Our God comes and will not be silent! Consuming fire precedes Him, and a tempest rages around Him.

Treasury of Scripture

And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD.

fire

Leviticus 9:24 And there came a fire out from before the LORD, and consumed on the …

Leviticus 16:1 And the LORD spoke to Moses after the death of the two sons of Aaron, …

Numbers 3:3,4 These are the names of the sons of Aaron, the priests which were …

Numbers 16:35 And there came out a fire from the LORD, and consumed the two hundred …

Numbers 26:61 And Nadab and Abihu died, when they offered strange fire before the LORD.

2 Samuel 6:7 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote …

2 Kings 1:10,12 And Elijah answered and said to the captain of fifty, If I be a man …

1 Chronicles 24:2 But Nadab and Abihu died before their father, and had no children: …

they died

Numbers 3:3,4 These are the names of the sons of Aaron, the priests which were …

Numbers 16:32,33,49 And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their …

Numbers 26:61 And Nadab and Abihu died, when they offered strange fire before the LORD.

1 Samuel 6:19 And he smote the men of Bethshemesh, because they had looked into …

1 Chronicles 13:10 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzza, and he smote …

1 Chronicles 15:13 For because you did it not at the first, the LORD our God made a …

Acts 5:5,10 And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: …

1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened to them for ensamples: and they are …

This fire, which destroyed the sacrificers, came from the same source with that which had consumed the sacrifices

Leviticus 9:24 And there came a fire out from before the LORD, and consumed on the …

Note. {they died}. The wages of sin is death.--They died {suddenly}--they died {before the Lord}; that is, before the vail that covered the mercy-seat. They died {by fire}, as by fire they sinned. The fire did not burn them to ashes, as it had done the sacrifices, nor so much as singe their coats, (verse

Leviticus 10:5 So they went near, and carried them in their coats out of the camp; …

Isaiah 30:33 For Tophet is ordained of old; yes, for the king it is prepared; …

(2) And there went out fire from the Lord.--By fire they sinned, and by fire they died. The Divine fire which issued forth to consume the sacrifices as a token of acceptance, now descended as the avenger of sin to consume the sacrificers, just as the same gospel is to one a savour of life unto life, and to another a savour of death unto death. (2Corinthians 2:16.)

And devoured them.--That is, slay them, since we are told in Leviticus 10:5 that not only were their bodies in a perfect state of preservation, but even their garments were not burnt. The word consume, however, is used here to keep up the connection between this verse and chap 9:24.

They died before the Lord.--That is, in the court of the sanctuary (see Leviticus 10:1), on the very spot where the sin was committed.

Verse 2. - And there went out fire from the Lord, and devoured. These are the exact words used in Leviticus 9:24 of the fire that consumed the sacrifices. The fire was the same; its source was the same; its effect was the same, and yet how different! They died before the Lord; that is, they were struck dead at the door of the tabernacle. And there went out fire from the Lord,.... They sinned by fire, and they were punished by fire, either from heaven, or from the most holy place, where the Lord dwelt between the cherubim; this was of the nature of lightning, as appears by what follows:

and devoured them; not reduced them to ashes, for neither their bodies nor their clothes were burnt with this fire, as is clear from Leviticus 10:4 but their lives were destroyed, they were lifeless, their souls were separated from their bodies by it, and they died; which is often the case by the lightning, that the clothes of those who are killed with it are untouched, and scarce any marks of violence on their bodies; and so the Targum of Jonathan says of these, their bodies were not burnt:

and they died before the Lord; upon the spot where they were offering incense, in the holy place, over against the most holy place. This was very awful, like the case of Ananias and Sapphira, and may seem severe: it was for the terror of others in the priesthood, or who should come after, to take care that they performed their office according to the divine precepts, and brought in no innovation into their service. And when it is considered that these were the sons of the high priest, newly invested with an high and honourable office, and just had the laws of the priesthood delivered unto them, and yet deviated from them as soon as in their office, and very probably, from what follows, went drunk into their service, their sin will appear aggravated, and the punishment less severe. This shows there is nothing in carnal descent, these were the sons of Aaron the high priest, that acted this part, and came to this end; the proneness of men to transgress the laws of God as soon as given them; thus the people of Israel fell into idolatry as soon as the moral law was given; and here the priests, as soon as the ceremonial laws, relating to the priesthood, were delivered to them; and also that the law made sinful men priests, and that the Levitical priesthood was imperfect; and that no order of men are free from sin, or exempt from punishment: and the whole of the divine conduct in this affair may lead us to observe how jealous God is in matters of worship; how much he dislikes hypocrites, and formal professors; how severe he will be against such who bring in strange doctrines; what will be the fate of the contemners of Gospel doctrines and ordinances; and how much he resents those who trust in themselves, and their works, and bring in anything of their own in the business of salvation, which is strange fire, sparks of their own kindling, a burning incense to their own drag, and sacrificing to their own net. 2. there went out fire from the Lord, and devoured them—rather, "killed them"; for it appears (Le 10:5) that neither their bodies nor their robes were consumed. The expression, "from the Lord," indicates that this fire issued from the most holy place. In the destruction of these two young priests by the infliction of an awful judgment, the wisdom of God observed the same course, in repressing the first instance of contempt for sacred things, as he did at the commencement of the Christian dispensation (Ac 5:1-11).10:1,2 Next to Moses and Aaron, none were more likely to be honourable in Israel than Nadab and Abihu. There is reason to think that they were puffed up with pride, and that they were heated with wine. While the people were prostrate before the Lord, adoring his presence and glory, they rushed into the tabernacle to burn incense, though not at the appointed time; both together, instead of one alone, and with fire not taken from the altar. If it had been done through ignorance, they had been allowed to bring a sin-offering. But the soul that doeth presumptuously, and in contempt of God's majesty and justice, that soul shall be cut off. The wages of sin is death. They died in the very act of their sin. The sin and punishment of these priests showed the imperfection of that priesthood from the very beginning, and that it could not shelter any from the fire of God's wrath, otherwise than as it was typical of Christ's priesthood.
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