New Living Translation
He had hardly finished speaking the words when the ground suddenly split open beneath them.
King James Bible
And it came to pass, as he had made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground clave asunder that was under them:
Darby Bible Translation
And it came to pass when he had ended speaking all these words, that the ground clave apart that was under them.
World English Bible
It happened, as he made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground split apart that was under them;
Young's Literal Translation
And it cometh to pass at his finishing speaking all these words, that the ground which is under them cleaveth,
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CommentaryNumbers 16:31 Parallel Commentaries
Like the last part of Exodus, and the whole of Leviticus, the first part of Numbers, i.-x. 28--so called, rather inappropriately, from the census in i., iii., (iv.), xxvi.--is unmistakably priestly in its interests and language. Beginning with a census of the men of war (i.) and the order of the camp (ii.), it devotes specific attention to the Levites, their numbers and duties (iii., iv.). Then follow laws for the exclusion of the unclean, v. 1-4, for determining the manner and amount of restitution …
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament
What sorrow awaits them! For they follow in the footsteps of Cain, who killed his brother. Like Balaam, they deceive people for money. And like Korah, they perish in their rebellion.
But if the LORD does something entirely new and the ground opens its mouth and swallows them and all their belongings, and they go down alive into the grave, then you will know that these men have shown contempt for the LORD."
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.
The people blamed Moses and said, "If only we had died in the LORD's presence with our brothers!
The earth has broken up. It has utterly collapsed; it is violently shaken.
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