Daily Devotional

by Larry Stockstill

It is true that God will repay those who falsely accuse us, but how hard it is to remain silent and let God exact vengeance! Moses and Aaron knew this truth, as their attitudes remained perfect when faced with the strongest challenge to their authority in the wilderness. The "gainsaying of Core" (Jude 11 KJV) is marked as the most slanderous, dangerous illustration of rebellion in the Old Testament. Moses could have easily ordered the opposing leaders' deaths or fought them in a fistfight. Instead, he "threw himself down with his face to the ground" (Numbers 16:4). He chose to let God execute His own justice.

Christ displayed a quiet, humble spirit before Pilate. In spite of wave upon wave of slanderous accusations, "Jesus said nothing, much to Pilate's surprise" (Mark 15:5). The moment arrived when both Moses and Jesus were justified by God before all men-Moses when the ground swallowed Korah, and Jesus through the resurrection.

Be patient, humble, and quiet before your God. Proclaim with the psalmist, "But God is my helper. The Lord is the one who keeps me alive!" (Psalm 54:4).

Numbers 15:17-16:40

17 The Lord said to Moses,18 “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When you enter the land to which I am taking youS Lev 23:1019 and you eat the food of the land,Jos 5:11, 12 present a portion as an offering to the Lord.Nu 18:820 Present a loaf from the first of your ground mealS Lev 23:14 and present it as an offering from the threshing floor.S Ge 50:10; S Lev 2:14; S Nu 18:2721 Throughout the generations to comeS Lev 23:14 you are to give this offering to the Lord from the first of your ground meal.Eze 44:30; Ro 11:16

Offerings for Unintentional Sins

22 “‘Now if you as a community unintentionally fail to keep any of these commands the Lord gave MosesS Lev 4:223 any of the Lord’s commands to you through him, from the day the Lord gave them and continuing through the generations to comever 2124 and if this is done unintentionallyver 25, 26 without the community being aware of it,S Lev 5:15 then the whole community is to offer a young bull for a burnt offeringLev 4:14 as an aroma pleasing to the Lord,S ver 3 along with its prescribed grain offeringLev 2:1 and drink offering,Lev 23:13; Nu 6:15 and a male goat for a sin offering.Or purification offering; also in verses 25 and 27Lev 4:325 The priest is to make atonement for the whole Israelite community, and they will be forgiven,Lev 4:20; S Ro 3:25 for it was not intentionalver 22,S 24 and they have presented to the Lord for their wrong a food offeringver 14 and a sin offering.Lev 4:326 The whole Israelite community and the foreigners residing among them will be forgiven, because all the people were involved in the unintentional wrong.S ver 24

27 “‘But if just one person sins unintentionally,Lev 4:27 that person must bring a year-old female goat for a sin offering.Lev 4:3; Nu 6:1428 The priest is to make atonementNu 8:12; 28:22 before the Lord for the one who erred by sinning unintentionally, and when atonement has been made, that person will be forgiven.Lev 4:2029 One and the same law applies to everyone who sins unintentionally, whether a native-born Israelite or a foreigner residing among you.S Ex 12:49

30 “‘But anyone who sins defiantly,Nu 14:40-44; Dt 1:43; 17:13; Ps 19:13 whether native-born or foreigner,ver 14 blasphemes the Lord2Ki 19:6, 20; Isa 37:6, 23; Eze 20:27 and must be cut off from the people of Israel.S Ge 17:14; S Job 31:2231 Because they have despisedS Nu 14:11 the Lord’s word and broken his commands,1Sa 15:23, 26; 2Sa 11:27; 12:9; Ps 119:126; Pr 13:13 they must surely be cut off; their guilt remains on them.S Lev 5:1; Eze 18:20’”

The Sabbath-Breaker Put to Death

32 While the Israelites were in the wilderness,S Nu 12:16 a man was found gathering wood on the Sabbath day.Ex 31:14, 15; 35:2, 333 Those who found him gathering wood brought him to Moses and Aaron and the whole assembly,34 and they kept him in custody, because it was not clear what should be done to him.Nu 9:835 Then the Lord said to Moses, “The man must die.Ex 31:14, 15 The whole assembly must stone him outside the camp.S Lev 20:2; Lk 4:29; Ac 7:5836 So the assembly took him outside the camp and stoned himS Lev 20:2 to death,S Ex 31:14 as the Lord commanded Moses.Jer 17:21

Tassels on Garments

37 The Lord said to Moses,38 “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘Throughout the generations to comeLev 3:17; Nu 10:8 you are to make tassels on the corners of your garments,Dt 22:12; Mt 23:5 with a blue cord on each tassel.39 You will have these tassels to look at and so you will rememberDt 4:23; 6:12; Ps 73:27 all the commands of the Lord, that you may obey them and not prostitute yourselvesS Lev 17:7; Jdg 2:17; Ps 106:39; Jer 3:2; Hos 4:12 by chasing after the lusts of your own heartsPs 78:37; Jer 7:24; Eze 20:16 and eyes.40 Then you will remember to obey all my commandsS Ge 26:5; Dt 11:13; Ps 103:18; 119:56 and will be consecrated to your God.S Lev 11:44; Ro 12:1; Col 1:22; 1Pe 1:1541 I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt to be your God.S Ge 17:7 I am the Lord your God.S Ex 20:2’”

Korah, Dathan and Abiram

16 KorahS Ex 6:24; Jude 1:11 son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and certain Reubenites—Dathan and Abiramver 24; Ps 106:17, sons of Eliab,Nu 26:8; Dt 11:6 and On son of Peleth—became insolentOr Peleth—took menand rose up against Moses.Nu 27:3 With them were 250 Israelite men, well-known community leaders who had been appointed members of the council.Nu 1:16; 26:9They came as a group to oppose Moses and Aaronver 7; Ps 106:16 and said to them, “You have gone too far! The whole community is holy,Ex 19:6 every one of them, and the Lord is with them.S Nu 14:14 Why then do you set yourselves above the Lord’s assembly?”Nu 12:2

When Moses heard this, he fell facedown.Nu 14:5Then he said to Korah and all his followers: “In the morning the Lord will show who belongs to him and who is holy,S Lev 10:3; 2Ti 2:19* and he will have that person come near him.Jer 30:21 The man he choosesNu 17:5; Ps 65:4; 105:26; Jer 50:44 he will cause to come near him.You, Korah, and all your followersver 7, 16 are to do this: Take censersS Lev 10:1; Rev 8:3and tomorrow put burning coalsS Lev 10:1 and incenseS Ex 30:9 in them before the Lord. The man the Lord choosesS ver 6 will be the one who is holy.ver 5 You Levites have gone too far!”

Moses also said to Korah, “Now listen, you Levites!Isn’t it enoughS Ge 30:15 for you that the God of Israel has separated you from the rest of the Israelite community and brought you near himself to do the work at the Lord’s tabernacle and to stand before the community and minister to them?Nu 3:6; Dt 10:8; 17:12; 21:5; 1Sa 2:11; Ps 134:1; Eze 44:1110 He has brought you and all your fellow Levites near himself, but now you are trying to get the priesthood too.Nu 3:10; 18:7; Jdg 17:5, 1211 It is against the Lord that you and all your followers have banded together. Who is Aaron that you should grumblever 41; 1Co 10:10 against him?S Ex 16:7

12 Then Moses summoned Dathan and Abiram,S ver 1, 27 the sons of Eliab. But they said, “We will not come!ver 1413 Isn’t it enough that you have brought us up out of a land flowing with milk and honeyNu 13:27 to kill us in the wilderness?Nu 14:2 And now you also want to lord it over us!S Ge 13:8; Ac 7:27, 3514 Moreover, you haven’t brought us into a land flowing with milk and honeyS Lev 20:24 or given us an inheritance of fields and vineyards.Ex 22:5; 23:11; Nu 20:5; 1Ki 4:25; Ne 13:15; Ps 105:33; Jer 5:17; Hos 2:12; Joel 2:22; Hag 2:19; Zec 3:10 Do you want to treat these men like slavesOr to deceive these men; Hebrew Will you gouge out the eyes of these men?Jdg 16:21; 1Sa 11:2; Jer 39:7 No, we will not come!ver 12

15 Then Moses became very angryS Ex 4:14 and said to the Lord, “Do not accept their offering. I have not taken so much as a donkey1Sa 12:3 from them, nor have I wronged any of them.”

16 Moses said to Korah, “You and all your followers are to appear before the Lord tomorrow—you and they and Aaron.S ver 617 Each man is to take his censer and put incense in it—250 censers in all—and present it before the Lord. You and Aaron are to present your censers also.Eze 8:1118 So each of them took his censer,Lev 10:1 put burning coals and incense in it, and stood with Moses and Aaron at the entrance to the tent of meeting.19 When Korah had gathered all his followers in opposition to themver 42; Nu 20:2 at the entrance to the tent of meeting, the glory of the LordS Ex 16:7; Nu 14:10; 20:6 appeared to the entire assembly.20 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron,21 “Separate yourselvesver 24 from this assembly so I can put an end to them at once.”S Ge 19:14; S Ex 32:10

22 But Moses and Aaron fell facedownS Nu 14:5 and cried out, “O God, the God who gives breath to all living things,Nu 27:16; Job 12:10; 27:8; 33:4; 34:14; Jer 32:27; Eze 18:4; Heb 12:9 will you be angry with the entire assemblyS Lev 10:6 when only one man sins?”S Ge 18:23; S Job 21:20

23 Then the Lord said to Moses,24 “Say to the assembly, ‘Move away from the tents of Korah, Dathan and Abiram.’”

25 Moses got up and went to Dathan and Abiram, and the elders of IsraelS Ex 19:7 followed him.26 He warned the assembly, “Move back from the tents of these wicked men!Isa 52:11 Do not touch anything belonging to them, or you will be swept awayS Ge 19:15 because of all their sins.Jer 51:627 So they moved away from the tents of Korah, Dathan and Abiram.S ver 12 Dathan and Abiram had come out and were standing with their wives, childrenver 32; Jos 7:24; Isa 13:16; 14:21 and little ones at the entrances to their tents.S Ex 33:8

28 Then Moses said, “This is how you will know1Ki 18:36 that the Lord has sent meEx 3:12; Jn 5:36; 6:38 to do all these things and that it was not my idea:29 If these men die a natural death and suffer the fate of all mankind, then the Lord has not sent me.Nu 24:13; Job 31:2; Ecc 3:1930 But if the Lord brings about something totally new, and the earth opens its mouthPs 141:7; Isa 5:14 and swallows them, with everything that belongs to them, and they go down alive into the realm of the dead,ver 33; S Ge 37:35; 1Sa 2:6; Job 5:26; 21:13; Ps 9:17; 16:10; 55:15; Isa 14:11; 38:18 then you will know that these men have treated the Lord with contempt.S Nu 14:11; S Eze 26:20

31 As soon as he finished saying all this, the ground under them split apartIsa 64:1-2; Eze 47:1-12; Mic 1:3-4; Zec 14:432 and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed themS Ex 15:12 and their households, and all those associated with Korah, together with their possessions.33 They went down alive into the realm of the dead,S ver 30; S Ecc 9:10 with everything they owned; the earth closed over them, and they perished and were gone from the community.34 At their cries, all the Israelites around them fled, shouting, “The earth is going to swallow us too!”

35 And fire came out from the LordS Nu 11:1-3; 26:10; Rev 11:5 and consumedS Lev 10:2 the 250 men who were offering the incense.

36 The Lord said to Moses,37 “Tell EleazarS Ex 6:23 son of Aaron, the priest, to remove the censersver 6 from the charred remains and scatter the coals some distance away, for the censers are holy—38 the censers of the men who sinned at the cost of their lives.Lev 10:1; Pr 20:2 Hammer the censers into sheets to overlay the altar,S Ex 20:24; 38:1-7 for they were presented before the Lord and have become holy. Let them be a signNu 26:10; Dt 28:46; Jer 44:29; Eze 14:8; 2Pe 2:6 to the Israelites.”

39 So Eleazar the priest2Ch 26:18 collected the bronze censers brought by those who had been burned to death,S Lev 20:14 and he had them hammered out to overlay the altar,40 as the Lord directed him through Moses. This was to remind the Israelites that no one except a descendant of Aaron should come to burn incenseS Ex 30:1; 2Ki 12:3; Isa 1:13; 66:3; Jer 41:5; 44:3 before the Lord,S Ex 30:9; 2Ch 26:18 or he would become like Korah and his followers.S Nu 3:10

17 Then the Lord said to Moses,18 “Give the following instructions to the people of Israel.

“When you arrive in the land where I am taking you,19 and you eat the crops that grow there, you must set some aside as a sacred offering to the Lord.20 Present a cake from the first of the flour you grind, and set it aside as a sacred offering, as you do with the first grain from the threshing floor.21 Throughout the generations to come, you are to present a sacred offering to the Lord each year from the first of your ground flour.

22 “But suppose you unintentionally fail to carry out all these commands that the Lord has given you through Moses.23 And suppose your descendants in the future fail to do everything the Lord has commanded through Moses.24 If the mistake was made unintentionally, and the community was unaware of it, the whole community must present a young bull for a burnt offering as a pleasing aroma to the Lord. It must be offered along with its prescribed grain offering and liquid offering and with one male goat for a sin offering.25 With it the priest will purify the whole community of Israel, making them right with the Lord,Or will make atonement for the whole community of Israel. and they will be forgiven. For it was an unintentional sin, and they have corrected it with their offerings to the Lord—the special gift and the sin offering.26 The whole community of Israel will be forgiven, including the foreigners living among you, for all the people were involved in the sin.

27 “If one individual commits an unintentional sin, the guilty person must bring a one-year-old female goat for a sin offering.28 The priest will sacrifice it to purifyOr to make atonement for. the guilty person before the Lord, and that person will be forgiven.29 These same instructions apply both to native-born Israelites and to the foreigners living among you.

30 “But those who brazenly violate the Lord’s will, whether native-born Israelites or foreigners, have blasphemed the Lord, and they must be cut off from the community.31 Since they have treated the Lord’s word with contempt and deliberately disobeyed his command, they must be completely cut off and suffer the punishment for their guilt.”

Penalty for Breaking the Sabbath

32 One day while the people of Israel were in the wilderness, they discovered a man gathering wood on the Sabbath day.33 The people who found him doing this took him before Moses, Aaron, and the rest of the community.34 They held him in custody because they did not know what to do with him.35 Then the Lord said to Moses, “The man must be put to death! The whole community must stone him outside the camp.”36 So the whole community took the man outside the camp and stoned him to death, just as the Lord had commanded Moses.

Tassels on Clothing

37 Then the Lord said to Moses,38 “Give the following instructions to the people of Israel: Throughout the generations to come you must make tassels for the hems of your clothing and attach them with a blue cord.39 When you see the tassels, you will remember and obey all the commands of the Lord instead of following your own desires and defiling yourselves, as you are prone to do.40 The tassels will help you remember that you must obey all my commands and be holy to your God.41 I am the Lord your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt that I might be your God. I am the Lord your God!”

Korah’s Rebellion

16 One day Korah son of Izhar, a descendant of Kohath son of Levi, conspired with Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On son of Peleth, from the tribe of Reuben.They incited a rebellion against Moses, along with 250 other leaders of the community, all prominent members of the assembly.They united against Moses and Aaron and said, “You have gone too far! The whole community of Israel has been set apart by the Lord, and he is with all of us. What right do you have to act as though you are greater than the rest of the Lord’s people?”

When Moses heard what they were saying, he fell face down on the ground.Then he said to Korah and his followers, “Tomorrow morning the Lord will show us who belongs to himGreek version reads God has visited and knows those who are his. Compare 2 Tim 2:19. and who is holy. The Lord will allow only those whom he selects to enter his own presence.Korah, you and all your followers must prepare your incense burners.Light fires in them tomorrow, and burn incense before the Lord. Then we will see whom the Lord chooses as his holy one. You Levites are the ones who have gone too far!”

Then Moses spoke again to Korah: “Now listen, you Levites!Does it seem insignificant to you that the God of Israel has chosen you from among all the community of Israel to be near him so you can serve in the Lord’s Tabernacle and stand before the people to minister to them?10 Korah, he has already given this special ministry to you and your fellow Levites. Are you now demanding the priesthood as well?11 The Lord is the one you and your followers are really revolting against! For who is Aaron that you are complaining about him?”

12 Then Moses summoned Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, but they replied, “We refuse to come before you!13 Isn’t it enough that you brought us out of Egypt, a land flowing with milk and honey, to kill us here in this wilderness, and that you now treat us like your subjects?14 What’s more, you haven’t brought us into another land flowing with milk and honey. You haven’t given us a new homeland with fields and vineyards. Are you trying to fool these men?Hebrew Are you trying to put out the eyes of these men? We will not come.”

15 Then Moses became very angry and said to the Lord, “Do not accept their grain offerings! I have not taken so much as a donkey from them, and I have never hurt a single one of them.”16 And Moses said to Korah, “You and all your followers must come here tomorrow and present yourselves before the Lord. Aaron will also be here.17 You and each of your 250 followers must prepare an incense burner and put incense on it, so you can all present them before the Lord. Aaron will also bring his incense burner.”

18 So each of these men prepared an incense burner, lit the fire, and placed incense on it. Then they all stood at the entrance of the TabernacleHebrew the Tent of Meeting; also in 16:19, 42, 43, 50. with Moses and Aaron.19 Meanwhile, Korah had stirred up the entire community against Moses and Aaron, and they all gathered at the Tabernacle entrance. Then the glorious presence of the Lord appeared to the whole community,20 and the Lord said to Moses and Aaron,21 “Get away from all these people so that I may instantly destroy them!”

22 But Moses and Aaron fell face down on the ground. “O God,” they pleaded, “you are the God who gives breath to all creatures. Must you be angry with all the people when only one man sins?”

23 And the Lord said to Moses,24 “Then tell all the people to get away from the tents of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram.”

25 So Moses got up and rushed over to the tents of Dathan and Abiram, followed by the elders of Israel.26 “Quick!” he told the people. “Get away from the tents of these wicked men, and don’t touch anything that belongs to them. If you do, you will be destroyed for their sins.”27 So all the people stood back from the tents of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram. Then Dathan and Abiram came out and stood at the entrances of their tents, together with their wives and children and little ones.

28 And Moses said, “This is how you will know that the Lord has sent me to do all these things that I have done—for I have not done them on my own.29 If these men die a natural death, or if nothing unusual happens, then the Lord has not sent me.30 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,Hebrew into Sheol; also in 16:33. then you will know that these men have shown contempt for the Lord.”

31 He had hardly finished speaking the words when the ground suddenly split open beneath them.32 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.33 So they went down alive into the grave, along with all their belongings. The earth closed over them, and they all vanished from among the people of Israel.34 All the people around them fled when they heard their screams. “The earth will swallow us, too!” they cried.35 Then fire blazed forth from the Lord and burned up the 250 men who were offering incense.

36 Verses 16:36-50 are numbered 17:1-15 in Hebrew text.And the Lord said to Moses,37 “Tell Eleazar son of Aaron the priest to pull all the incense burners from the fire, for they are holy. Also tell him to scatter the burning coals.38 Take the incense burners of these men who have sinned at the cost of their lives, and hammer the metal into a thin sheet to overlay the altar. Since these burners were used in the Lord’s presence, they have become holy. Let them serve as a warning to the people of Israel.”

39 So Eleazar the priest collected the 250 bronze incense burners that had been used by the men who died in the fire, and the bronze was hammered into a thin sheet to overlay the altar.40 This would warn the Israelites that no unauthorized person—no one who was not a descendant of Aaron—should ever enter the Lord’s presence to burn incense. If anyone did, the same thing would happen to him as happened to Korah and his followers. So the Lord’s instructions to Moses were carried out.

17 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,

18 Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When ye come into the land whither I bring you,

19 Then it shall be, that, when ye eat of the bread of the land, ye shall offer up an heave offering unto the Lord.

20 Ye shall offer up a cake of the first of your dough for an heave offering: as ye do the heave offering of the threshingfloor, so shall ye heave it.

21 Of the first of your dough ye shall give unto the Lord an heave offering in your generations.

22 And if ye have erred, and not observed all these commandments, which the Lord hath spoken unto Moses,

23 Even all that the Lord hath commanded you by the hand of Moses, from the day that the Lord commanded Moses, and henceforward among your generations;

24 Then it shall be, if ought be committed by ignorance without the knowledge of the congregation, that all the congregation shall offer one young bullock for a burnt offering, for a sweet savour unto the Lord, with his meat offering, and his drink offering, according to the manner, and one kid of the goats for a sin offering.

25 And the priest shall make an atonement for all the congregation of the children of Israel, and it shall be forgiven them; for it is ignorance: and they shall bring their offering, a sacrifice made by fire unto the Lord, and their sin offering before the Lord, for their ignorance:

26 And it shall be forgiven all the congregation of the children of Israel, and the stranger that sojourneth among them; seeing all the people were in ignorance.

27 And if any soul sin through ignorance, then he shall bring a she goat of the first year for a sin offering.

28 And the priest shall make an atonement for the soul that sinneth ignorantly, when he sinneth by ignorance before the Lord, to make an atonement for him; and it shall be forgiven him.

29 Ye shall have one law for him that sinneth through ignorance, both for him that is born among the children of Israel, and for the stranger that sojourneth among them.

30 But the soul that doeth ought presumptuously, whether he be born in the land, or a stranger, the same reproacheth the Lord; and that soul shall be cut off from among his people.

31 Because he hath despised the word of the Lord, and hath broken his commandment, that soul shall utterly be cut off; his iniquity shall be upon him.

32 And while the children of Israel were in the wilderness, they found a man that gathered sticks upon the sabbath day.

33 And they that found him gathering sticks brought him unto Moses and Aaron, and unto all the congregation.

34 And they put him in ward, because it was not declared what should be done to him.

35 And the Lord said unto Moses, The man shall be surely put to death: all the congregation shall stone him with stones without the camp.

36 And all the congregation brought him without the camp, and stoned him with stones, and he died; as the Lord commanded Moses.

37 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,

38 Speak unto the children of Israel, and bid them that they make them fringes in the borders of their garments throughout their generations, and that they put upon the fringe of the borders a ribband of blue:

39 And it shall be unto you for a fringe, that ye may look upon it, and remember all the commandments of the Lord, and do them ; and that ye seek not after your own heart and your own eyes, after which ye use to go a whoring:

40 That ye may remember, and do all my commandments, and be holy unto your God.

41 I am the Lord your God, which brought you out of the land of Egypt, to be your God: I am the Lord your God.

16 Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, and Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men:

And they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty princes of the assembly, famous in the congregation, men of renown:

And they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them, Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the Lord is among them: wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the congregation of the Lord?

And when Moses heard it, he fell upon his face:

And he spake unto Korah and unto all his company, saying, Even to morrow the Lord will shew who are his, and who is holy; and will cause him to come near unto him: even him whom he hath chosen will he cause to come near unto him.

This do; Take you censers, Korah, and all his company;

And put fire therein, and put incense in them before the Lord to morrow: and it shall be that the man whom the Lord doth choose, he shall be holy: ye take too much upon you, ye sons of Levi.

And Moses said unto Korah, Hear, I pray you, ye sons of Levi:

Seemeth it but a small thing unto you, that the God of Israel hath separated you from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to himself to do the service of the tabernacle of the Lord, and to stand before the congregation to minister unto them?

10 And he hath brought thee near to him, and all thy brethren the sons of Levi with thee: and seek ye the priesthood also?

11 For which cause both thou and all thy company are gathered together against the Lord: and what is Aaron, that ye murmur against him?

12 And Moses sent to call Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab: which said, We will not come up:

13 Is it a small thing that thou hast brought us up out of a land that floweth with milk and honey, to kill us in the wilderness, except thou make thyself altogether a prince over us?

14 Moreover thou hast not brought us into a land that floweth with milk and honey, or given us inheritance of fields and vineyards: wilt thou put out the eyes of these men? we will not come up.

15 And Moses was very wroth, and said unto the Lord, Respect not thou their offering: I have not taken one ass from them, neither have I hurt one of them.

16 And Moses said unto Korah, Be thou and all thy company before the Lord, thou, and they, and Aaron, to morrow:

17 And take every man his censer, and put incense in them, and bring ye before the Lord every man his censer, two hundred and fifty censers; thou also, and Aaron, each of you his censer.

18 And they took every man his censer, and put fire in them, and laid incense thereon, and stood in the door of the tabernacle of the congregation with Moses and Aaron.

19 And Korah gathered all the congregation against them unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation: and the glory of the Lord appeared unto all the congregation.

20 And the Lord spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying,

21 Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment.

22 And they fell upon their faces, and said, O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin, and wilt thou be wroth with all the congregation?

23 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,

24 Speak unto the congregation, saying, Get you up from about the tabernacle of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram.

25 And Moses rose up and went unto Dathan and Abiram; and the elders of Israel followed him.

26 And he spake unto the congregation, saying, Depart, I pray you, from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of their's, lest ye be consumed in all their sins.

27 So they gat up from the tabernacle of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, on every side: and Dathan and Abiram came out, and stood in the door of their tents, and their wives, and their sons, and their little children.

28 And Moses said, Hereby ye shall know that the Lord hath sent me to do all these works; for I have not done them of mine own mind.

29 If these men die the common death of all men, or if they be visited after the visitation of all men; then the Lord hath not sent me.

30 But if the Lord make a new thing, and the earth open her mouth, and swallow them up, with all that appertain unto them, and they go down quick into the pit; then ye shall understand that these men have provoked the Lord.

31 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:

32 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.

33 They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them: and they perished from among the congregation.

34 And all Israel that were round about them fled at the cry of them: for they said, Lest the earth swallow us up also.

35 And there came out a fire from the Lord, and consumed the two hundred and fifty men that offered incense.

36 And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying,

37 Speak unto Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest, that he take up the censers out of the burning, and scatter thou the fire yonder; for they are hallowed.

38 The censers of these sinners against their own souls, let them make them broad plates for a covering of the altar: for they offered them before the Lord, therefore they are hallowed: and they shall be a sign unto the children of Israel.

39 And Eleazar the priest took the brasen censers, wherewith they that were burnt had offered; and they were made broad plates for a covering of the altar:

40 To be a memorial unto the children of Israel, that no stranger, which is not of the seed of Aaron, come near to offer incense before the Lord; that he be not as Korah, and as his company: as the Lord said to him by the hand of Moses.

Mark 15:1-47

Jesus Before Pilate15:2-15pp — Mt 27:11-26; Lk 23:2, 3, 18-25; Jn 18:29-19:16

15 Very early in the morning, the chief priests, with the elders, the teachers of the lawMt 27:1; Lk 22:66 and the whole Sanhedrin,S Mt 5:22 made their plans. So they bound Jesus, led him away and handed him over to Pilate.S Mt 27:2

“Are you the king of the Jews?”ver 9, 12, 18, 26; S Mt 2:2 asked Pilate.

“You have said so,” Jesus replied.

The chief priests accused him of many things.So again Pilate asked him, “Aren’t you going to answer? See how many things they are accusing you of.”

But Jesus still made no reply,S Mk 14:61 and Pilate was amazed.

Now it was the custom at the festival to release a prisoner whom the people requested.A man called Barabbas was in prison with the insurrectionists who had committed murder in the uprising.The crowd came up and asked Pilate to do for them what he usually did.

“Do you want me to release to you the king of the Jews?”S ver 2 asked Pilate,10 knowing it was out of self-interest that the chief priests had handed Jesus over to him.11 But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have Pilate release BarabbasAc 3:14 instead.

12 “What shall I do, then, with the one you call the king of the Jews?” Pilate asked them.

13 “Crucify him!” they shouted.

14 “Why? What crime has he committed?” asked Pilate.

But they shouted all the louder, “Crucify him!”

15 Wanting to satisfy the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. He had Jesus flogged,Isa 53:6 and handed him over to be crucified.

The Soldiers Mock Jesus15:16-20pp — Mt 27:27-31

16 The soldiers led Jesus away into the palaceJn 18:28, 33; 19:9 (that is, the Praetorium) and called together the whole company of soldiers.17 They put a purple robe on him, then twisted together a crown of thorns and set it on him.18 And they began to call out to him, “Hail, king of the Jews!”S ver 219 Again and again they struck him on the head with a staff and spit on him. Falling on their knees, they paid homage to him.20 And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple robe and put his own clothes on him. Then they led him outHeb 13:12 to crucify him.

The Crucifixion of Jesus15:22-32pp — Mt 27:33-44; Lk 23:33-43; Jn 19:17-24

21 A certain man from Cyrene,S Mt 27:32 Simon, the father of Alexander and Rufus,Ro 16:13 was passing by on his way in from the country, and they forced him to carry the cross.Mt 27:32; Lk 23:2622 They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means “the place of the skull”).23 Then they offered him wine mixed with myrrh,ver 36; Ps 69:21; Pr 31:6 but he did not take it.24 And they crucified him. Dividing up his clothes, they cast lotsPs 22:18 to see what each would get.

25 It was nine in the morning when they crucified him.26 The written notice of the charge against him read: the king of the jews.S ver 2

27 They crucified two rebels with him, one on his right and one on his left.[28] Some manuscripts include here words similar to Luke 22:37.29 Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their headsPs 22:7; 109:25 and saying, “So! You who are going to destroy the temple and build it in three days,S Jn 2:1930 come down from the cross and save yourself!”31 In the same way the chief priests and the teachers of the law mocked himPs 22:7 among themselves. “He saved others,” they said, “but he can’t save himself!32 Let this Messiah,S Mk 14:61 this king of Israel,S ver 2 come down now from the cross, that we may see and believe.” Those crucified with him also heaped insults on him.

The Death of Jesus15:33-41pp — Mt 27:45-56; Lk 23:44-49; Jn 19:29-30

33 At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon.Am 8:934 And at three in the afternoon Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” (which means “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”).Psalm 22:1Ps 22:1

35 When some of those standing near heard this, they said, “Listen, he’s calling Elijah.”

36 Someone ran, filled a sponge with wine vinegar,ver 23; Ps 69:21 put it on a staff, and offered it to Jesus to drink. “Now leave him alone. Let’s see if Elijah comes to take him down,” he said.

37 With a loud cry, Jesus breathed his last.Jn 19:30

38 The curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom.Heb 10:19, 2039 And when the centurion,ver 45 who stood there in front of Jesus, saw how he died,Some manuscripts saw that he died with such a cry he said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!”Mk 1:1, 11; 9:7; S Mt 4:3

40 Some women were watching from a distance.Ps 38:11 Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joseph,Greek Joses, a variant of Joseph; also in verse 47 and Salome.Mk 16:1; Lk 24:10; Jn 19:2541 In Galilee these women had followed him and cared for his needs. Many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem were also there.Mt 27:55, 56; Lk 8:2, 3

The Burial of Jesus15:42-47pp — Mt 27:57-61; Lk 23:50-56; Jn 19:38-42

42 It was Preparation Day (that is, the day before the Sabbath).Mt 27:62; Jn 19:31 So as evening approached,43 Joseph of Arimathea, a prominent member of the Council,S Mt 5:22 who was himself waiting for the kingdom of God,S Mt 3:2; Lk 2:25, 38 went boldly to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body.44 Pilate was surprised to hear that he was already dead. Summoning the centurion, he asked him if Jesus had already died.45 When he learned from the centurionver 39 that it was so, he gave the body to Joseph.46 So Joseph bought some linen cloth, took down the body, wrapped it in the linen, and placed it in a tomb cut out of rock. Then he rolled a stone against the entrance of the tomb.Mk 16:347 Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Josephver 40 saw where he was laid.

Jesus’ Trial before Pilate

15 Very early in the morning the leading priests, the elders, and the teachers of religious law—the entire high councilGreek the Sanhedrin; also in 15:43.—met to discuss their next step. They bound Jesus, led him away, and took him to Pilate, the Roman governor.

Pilate asked Jesus, “Are you the king of the Jews?”

Jesus replied, “You have said it.”

Then the leading priests kept accusing him of many crimes,and Pilate asked him, “Aren’t you going to answer them? What about all these charges they are bringing against you?”But Jesus said nothing, much to Pilate’s surprise.

Now it was the governor’s custom each year during the Passover celebration to release one prisoner—anyone the people requested.One of the prisoners at that time was Barabbas, a revolutionary who had committed murder in an uprising.The crowd went to Pilate and asked him to release a prisoner as usual.

“Would you like me to release to you this ‘King of the Jews’?” Pilate asked.10 (For he realized by now that the leading priests had arrested Jesus out of envy.)11 But at this point the leading priests stirred up the crowd to demand the release of Barabbas instead of Jesus.12 Pilate asked them, “Then what should I do with this man you call the king of the Jews?”

13 They shouted back, “Crucify him!”

14 “Why?” Pilate demanded. “What crime has he committed?”

But the mob roared even louder, “Crucify him!”

15 So to pacify the crowd, Pilate released Barabbas to them. He ordered Jesus flogged with a lead-tipped whip, then turned him over to the Roman soldiers to be crucified.

The Soldiers Mock Jesus

16 The soldiers took Jesus into the courtyard of the governor’s headquarters (called the Praetorium) and called out the entire regiment.17 They dressed him in a purple robe, and they wove thorn branches into a crown and put it on his head.18 Then they saluted him and taunted, “Hail! King of the Jews!”19 And they struck him on the head with a reed stick, spit on him, and dropped to their knees in mock worship.20 When they were finally tired of mocking him, they took off the purple robe and put his own clothes on him again. Then they led him away to be crucified.

The Crucifixion

21 A passerby named Simon, who was from Cyrene,Cyrene was a city in northern Africa. was coming in from the countryside just then, and the soldiers forced him to carry Jesus’ cross. (Simon was the father of Alexander and Rufus.)22 And they brought Jesus to a place called Golgotha (which means “Place of the Skull”).23 They offered him wine drugged with myrrh, but he refused it.

24 Then the soldiers nailed him to the cross. They divided his clothes and threw diceGreek cast lots. See Ps 22:18. to decide who would get each piece.25 It was nine o’clock in the morning when they crucified him.26 A sign announced the charge against him. It read, “The King of the Jews.”27 Two revolutionariesOr Two criminals. were crucified with him, one on his right and one on his left.Some manuscripts add verse 28, And the Scripture was fulfilled that said, “He was counted among those who were rebels.” See Isa 53:12; also compare Luke 22:37.

29 The people passing by shouted abuse, shaking their heads in mockery. “Ha! Look at you now!” they yelled at him. “You said you were going to destroy the Temple and rebuild it in three days.30 Well then, save yourself and come down from the cross!”

31 The leading priests and teachers of religious law also mocked Jesus. “He saved others,” they scoffed, “but he can’t save himself!32 Let this Messiah, this King of Israel, come down from the cross so we can see it and believe him!” Even the men who were crucified with Jesus ridiculed him.

The Death of Jesus

33 At noon, darkness fell across the whole land until three o’clock.34 Then at three o’clock Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthani?” which means “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”Ps 22:1.

35 Some of the bystanders misunderstood and thought he was calling for the prophet Elijah.36 One of them ran and filled a sponge with sour wine, holding it up to him on a reed stick so he could drink. “Wait!” he said. “Let’s see whether Elijah comes to take him down!”

37 Then Jesus uttered another loud cry and breathed his last.38 And the curtain in the sanctuary of the Temple was torn in two, from top to bottom.

39 When the Roman officerGreek the centurion; similarly in 15:44, 45. who stood facing himSome manuscripts add heard his cry and. saw how he had died, he exclaimed, “This man truly was the Son of God!”

40 Some women were there, watching from a distance, including Mary Magdalene, Mary (the mother of James the younger and of JosephGreek Joses; also in 15:47. See Matt 27:56.), and Salome.41 They had been followers of Jesus and had cared for him while he was in Galilee. Many other women who had come with him to Jerusalem were also there.

The Burial of Jesus

42 This all happened on Friday, the day of preparation,Greek It was the day of preparation. the day before the Sabbath. As evening approached,43 Joseph of Arimathea took a risk and went to Pilate and asked for Jesus’ body. (Joseph was an honored member of the high council, and he was waiting for the Kingdom of God to come.)44 Pilate couldn’t believe that Jesus was already dead, so he called for the Roman officer and asked if he had died yet.45 The officer confirmed that Jesus was dead, so Pilate told Joseph he could have the body.46 Joseph bought a long sheet of linen cloth. Then he took Jesus’ body down from the cross, wrapped it in the cloth, and laid it in a tomb that had been carved out of the rock. Then he rolled a stone in front of the entrance.47 Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joseph saw where Jesus’ body was laid.

15 And straightway in the morning the chief priests held a consultation with the elders and scribes and the whole council, and bound Jesus, and carried him away, and delivered him to Pilate.

And Pilate asked him, Art thou the King of the Jews? And he answering said unto them, Thou sayest it.

And the chief priests accused him of many things: but he answered nothing.

And Pilate asked him again, saying, Answerest thou nothing? behold how many things they witness against thee.

But Jesus yet answered nothing; so that Pilate marvelled.

Now at that feast he released unto them one prisoner, whomsoever they desired.

And there was one named Barabbas, which lay bound with them that had made insurrection with him, who had committed murder in the insurrection.

And the multitude crying aloud began to desire him to do as he had ever done unto them.

But Pilate answered them, saying, Will ye that I release unto you the King of the Jews?

10 For he knew that the chief priests had delivered him for envy.

11 But the chief priests moved the people, that he should rather release Barabbas unto them.

12 And Pilate answered and said again unto them, What will ye then that I shall do unto him whom ye call the King of the Jews?

13 And they cried out again, Crucify him.

14 Then Pilate said unto them, Why, what evil hath he done? And they cried out the more exceedingly, Crucify him.

15 And so Pilate, willing to content the people, released Barabbas unto them, and delivered Jesus, when he had scourged him, to be crucified.

16 And the soldiers led him away into the hall, called Praetorium; and they call together the whole band.

17 And they clothed him with purple, and platted a crown of thorns, and put it about his head,

18 And began to salute him, Hail, King of the Jews!

19 And they smote him on the head with a reed, and did spit upon him, and bowing their knees worshipped him.

20 And when they had mocked him, they took off the purple from him, and put his own clothes on him, and led him out to crucify him.

21 And they compel one Simon a Cyrenian, who passed by, coming out of the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to bear his cross.

22 And they bring him unto the place Golgotha, which is, being interpreted, The place of a skull.

23 And they gave him to drink wine mingled with myrrh: but he received it not.

24 And when they had crucified him, they parted his garments, casting lots upon them, what every man should take.

25 And it was the third hour, and they crucified him.

26 And the superscription of his accusation was written over, The King Of The Jews.

27 And with him they crucify two thieves; the one on his right hand, and the other on his left.

28 And the scripture was fulfilled, which saith, And he was numbered with the transgressors.

29 And they that passed by railed on him, wagging their heads, and saying, Ah, thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days,

30 Save thyself, and come down from the cross.

31 Likewise also the chief priests mocking said among themselves with the scribes, He saved others; himself he cannot save.

32 Let Christ the King of Israel descend now from the cross, that we may see and believe. And they that were crucified with him reviled him.

33 And when the sixth hour was come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour.

34 And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani? which is, being interpreted, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

35 And some of them that stood by, when they heard it, said, Behold, he calleth Elias.

36 And one ran and filled a spunge full of vinegar, and put it on a reed, and gave him to drink, saying, Let alone; let us see whether Elias will come to take him down.

37 And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost.

38 And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.

39 And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God.

40 There were also women looking on afar off: among whom was Mary Magdalene, and Mary the mother of James the less and of Joses, and Salome;

41 (Who also, when he was in Galilee, followed him, and ministered unto him;) and many other women which came up with him unto Jerusalem.

42 And now when the even was come, because it was the preparation, that is, the day before the sabbath,

43 Joseph of Arimathaea, an honourable counsellor, which also waited for the kingdom of God, came, and went in boldly unto Pilate, and craved the body of Jesus.

44 And Pilate marvelled if he were already dead: and calling unto him the centurion, he asked him whether he had been any while dead.

45 And when he knew it of the centurion, he gave the body to Joseph.

46 And he bought fine linen, and took him down, and wrapped him in the linen, and laid him in a sepulchre which was hewn out of a rock, and rolled a stone unto the door of the sepulchre.

47 And Mary Magdalene and Mary the mother of Joses beheld where he was laid.

Psalm 54:1-7

Psalm 54In Hebrew texts 54:1-7 is numbered 54:3-9.

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A maskilTitle: Probably a literary or musical term of David. When the Ziphites1Sa 23:19; 26:1 had gone to Saul and said, “Is not David hiding among us?”

Save meS 1Sa 24:15, O God, by your name;Ps 20:1

vindicate me by your might.2Ch 20:6

Hear my prayer, O God;S Ps 4:1; 5:1; 55:1

listen to the words of my mouth.

Arrogant foes are attacking me;Ps 86:14

ruthless peoplePs 18:48; 140:1, 4, 11 are trying to kill meS 1Sa 20:1

people without regard for God.The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.Ps 36:1

Surely God is my help;S 1Ch 5:20; S Ps 20:2

the Lord is the one who sustains me.S Ps 18:35

Let evil recoilS Dt 32:35; Ps 94:23; Pr 24:12 on those who slander me;

in your faithfulnessPs 89:49; Isa 42:3 destroy them.

I will sacrifice a freewill offeringS Lev 7:12, 16; S Ezr 1:4; S Ps 27:6 to you;

I will praisePs 44:8; 69:30; 138:2; 142:7; 145:1 your name, Lord, for it is good.Ps 52:9

You have delivered mePs 34:6 from all my troubles,

and my eyes have looked in triumph on my foes.Ps 59:10; 92:11; 112:8; 118:7

Psalm 54

For the choir director: A psalmHebrew maskil. This may be a literary or musical term. of David, regarding the time the Ziphites came and said to Saul, “We know where David is hiding.” To be accompanied by stringed instruments.

Come with great power, O God, and rescue me!

Defend me with your might.

Listen to my prayer, O God.

Pay attention to my plea.

For strangers are attacking me;

violent people are trying to kill me.

They care nothing for God. Interlude

But God is my helper.

The Lord keeps me alive!

May the evil plans of my enemies be turned against them.

Do as you promised and put an end to them.

I will sacrifice a voluntary offering to you;

I will praise your name, O Lord,

for it is good.

For you have rescued me from my troubles

and helped me to triumph over my enemies.

54 Save me, O God, by thy name, and judge me by thy strength.

Hear my prayer, O God; give ear to the words of my mouth.

For strangers are risen up against me, and oppressors seek after my soul: they have not set God before them. Selah.

Behold, God is mine helper: the Lord is with them that uphold my soul.

He shall reward evil unto mine enemies: cut them off in thy truth.

I will freely sacrifice unto thee: I will praise thy name, O Lord; for it is good.

For he hath delivered me out of all trouble: and mine eye hath seen his desire upon mine enemies.

Proverbs 11:5-6

The righteousness of the blameless makes their paths straight,S 1Ki 8:36

but the wicked are brought down by their own wickedness.S ver 3; Pr 5:21-23; 13:6; 21:7

The righteousness of the upright delivers them,

but the unfaithful are trapped by evil desires.S Est 7:9

The godly are directed by honesty;

the wicked fall beneath their load of sin.

The godliness of good people rescues them;

the ambition of treacherous people traps them.

The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness.

The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: but transgressors shall be taken in their own naughtiness.

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