Numbers 16:32

“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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them vp, and their houses, and all the men that appertained vnto Korah, and all their goods.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, and their households, and all the men who belonged to Korah with {their} possessions.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

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.
- American Standard Version (1901)

And the earth, opening her mouth, took them in, with their families, and all the men who were joined to Korah, and their goods.
- Basic English Bible

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.
- Darby Bible

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.
- Webster's 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.
- World English Bible

and the earth openeth her mouth, and swalloweth them, and their houses, and all the men who [are] for Korah, and all the goods,
- Youngs Literal Bible

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.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Numbers 16:32


16:32 All that appertained unto Korah - That is, all his family which were there, women, children, and servants; but his sons, who were spared, #Num 26:11|,58 #1Ch 6:22|,37, were absent either upon some service of the tabernacle, or upon some other occasion, God so ordering it by his providence either because they disliked their fathers act, or upon Moses's intercession for them. This expression may intimate, that Korah himself was not here, but that he continued with his two hundred and fifty men before the Lord, where they were waiting for God's decision of the controversy. Nor is it probable that their chief captain would desert them, and leave them standing there without an head, especially, when Aaron his great adversary, abode there still, and did not go with Moses to Dathan. And Korah may seem to have been consumed with those two hundred and fifty. And so much is intimated, #Nu 16:40|, that no stranger come near to offer incense before the Lord, that he be not as Korah, and as his company, that is, destroyed, as they were, by fire from the Lord. And when the Psalmist relates this history, #Psa 106:17 |- 18, the earth's swallowing them up is confined to Dathan and Abiram, #Psa 106:17|, and for all the rest of that conspiracy it is added, #Psa 106:18|. And a fire was kindled in their company, the flame burnt up the wicked.


Discussion for Numbers 16:32

  • Milos Korac for verse 32
    28 Then Moses said, "This is how you will know that the LORD has sent me to do all these things and that it was not my idea:
    29 If these men die a natural death and experience only what usually happens to men, then the LORD has not sent me.
    30 But if the LORD brings about something totally new, and the earth opens its mouth and swallows them, with everything that belongs to them, and they go down alive into the grave, then you will know that these men have treated the LORD with contempt."

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