Numbers 16:32
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New International Version
and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them and their households, and all those associated with Korah, together with their possessions.

New Living Translation
The earth opened its mouth and swallowed the men, along with their households and all their followers who were standing with them, and everything they owned.

English Standard Version
And the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, with their households and all the people who belonged to Korah and all their goods.

New American Standard Bible
and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, and their households, and all the men who belonged to Korah with their possessions.

King James Bible
And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The earth opened its mouth and swallowed them and their households, all Korah's people, and all their possessions.

International Standard Version
The earth opened its mouth and swallowed them, all their households, everyone who was affiliated with Korah, and all of their property.

NET Bible
and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them, along with their households, and all Korah's men, and all their goods.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
and the earth opened up to swallow them, their families, the followers of Korah, and all their property.

Jubilee Bible 2000
the earth opened her mouth and swallowed them up, and their houses and all the men of Korah and all their goods.

King James 2000 Bible
And the earth opened its mouth, and swallowed them up, and their households, and all the men that belonged unto Korah, and all their goods.

American King James Version
And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained to Korah, and all their goods.

American Standard Version
and the earth opened its mouth, and swallowed them up, and their households, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And opening her mouth, devoured them with their tents and all their substance.

Darby Bible Translation
And the earth opened its mouth, and swallowed them up, and their households, and all the men that belonged to Korah, and all their property.

English Revised Version
and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their households, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods.

Webster's Bible Translation
And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained to Korah, and all their goods.

World English Bible
and the earth opened its mouth, and swallowed them up, and their households, and all the men who appertained to Korah, and all their goods.

Young's Literal Translation
and the earth openeth her mouth, and swalloweth them, and their houses, and all the men who are for Korah, and all the goods,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

16:23-34 The seventy elders of Israel attend Moses. It is our duty to do what we can to countenance and support lawful authority when it is opposed. And those who would not perish with sinners, must come out from among them, and be separate. It was in answer to the prayer of Moses, that God stirred up the hearts of the congregation to remove for their own safety. Grace to separate from evil-doers is one of the things that accompany salvation. God, in justice, left the rebels to the obstinacy and hardness of their own hearts. Moses, by Divine direction, when all Israel were waiting the event, declares that if the rebels die a common death, he will be content to be called and counted an imposter. As soon as Moses had spoken the word, God caused the earth to open and swallow them all up. The children perished with their parents; in which, though we cannot tell how bad they might be to deserve it, or how good God might be otherwise to them; yet of this we are sure, that Infinite Justice did them no wrong. It was altogether miraculous. God has, when he pleases, strange punishments for the workers of iniquity. It was very significant. Considering how the earth is still in like manner loaded with the weight of man's sins, we have reason to wonder that it does not now sink under its load. The ruin of others should be our warning. Could we, by faith, hear the outcries of those that are gone down to the bottomless pit, we should give more diligence than we do to escape for our lives, lest we also come into their condemnation.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 32. - And their houses, i.e., their families, as in Numbers 18:13. And all the men that appertained unto Korah. Literally, "all the men who to Korah." Whether it means his dependants, or his special partisans, is uncertain: Perhaps some had clung to his fortunes in blind confidence when the rest gat up from his mishcan.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And the earth opened her mouth and swallowed them up,.... Dathan and Abiram, their wives, sons, and little ones, that stood at the door of their tents with them, and all their goods, as follows: the earth, as if it was a living creature or a beast of prey, opened its mouth and swallowed them up, as such a creature does its prey:

and their houses; which may be meant both of their families or households, and of the tents they dwelt in, which were their houses; see Deuteronomy 1:6,

and all the men that appertained unto Korah: not Korah himself, for he was with the two hundred fifty men that had censers, and with Aaron at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation offering incense, and thereby making trial to whom the priesthood belonged; and who, it is highly probable, perished by fire with the two hundred fifty men, as Josephus, Aben Ezra, and others are of opinion; but the family of Korah, and not all of them, for his sons died not at that time, Numbers 26:11; and there were of his posterity in the times of David, to whom several of the psalms are inscribed, Psalm 42:1; these were either out of the way upon business, the providence of God so ordering it for their safety; or they disliked the proceedings of their father, and joined not with him; or if they did at first, repented of it and forsook him, as it is probable on of the tribe of Reuben also did, since no mention is made of him in the destruction:

and all their goods: their household goods, their substance and riches, their gold, silver, cattle, and whatever they were possessed of: a very extraordinary case this and which perhaps gave rise to some fabulous things among the Heathens; however, if they can be credited, this ought not to be thought incredible; as Amphiaraus, who with his chariot and its rider are said to be swallowed up in the earth, struck by a thunderbolt from Jupiter, and were never seen more (w); and other stories are told of persons praying to their deities for secrecy and shelter, and the earth has opened and hid them; as Althemenes, when he had slain his father (x); and the nymph Thalia pregnant by Jupiter, who, for fear of Juno, wished the earth might open and take her in, and it accordingly did, as is reported (y).

(w) Apollodorus de Deorum Origine, l. 3. p. 157. (x) lb. p. 134. (y) Macrob. Saturnal. l. 5. c. 19.



Numbers 16:32 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Earth Swallows Up Korah
31As he finished speaking all these words, the ground that was under them split open; 32and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, and their households, and all the men who belonged to Korah with their possessions. 33So they and all that belonged to them went down alive to Sheol; and the earth closed over them, and they perished from the midst of the assembly.…
Cross References
Numbers 16:31
As soon as he finished saying all this, the ground under them split apart

Numbers 16:33
They went down alive into the realm of the dead, with everything they owned; the earth closed over them, and they perished and were gone from the community.

Numbers 16:49
But 14,700 people died from the plague, in addition to those who had died because of Korah.

Numbers 26:10
The earth opened its mouth and swallowed them along with Korah, whose followers died when the fire devoured the 250 men. And they served as a warning sign.

Numbers 26:11
The line of Korah, however, did not die out.

Deuteronomy 11:6
and what he did to Dathan and Abiram, sons of Eliab the Reubenite, when the earth opened its mouth right in the middle of all Israel and swallowed them up with their households, their tents and every living thing that belonged to them.

Psalm 106:17
The earth opened up and swallowed Dathan; it buried the company of Abiram.

Psalm 141:7
They will say, "As one plows and breaks up the earth, so our bones have been scattered at the mouth of the grave."

Isaiah 24:19
The earth is broken up, the earth is split asunder, the earth is violently shaken.
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Numbers 16:17 And take every man his censer, and put incense in them, and bring …

Numbers 26:11 Notwithstanding the children of Korah died not.

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