Numbers 16:31

“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:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And it came to passe as he had made an ende of speaking all these words, that the ground claue asunder that was vnder them:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

As he finished speaking all these words, the ground that was under them split open;
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And it came to pass, as he made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground clave asunder that was under them;
- American Standard Version (1901)

And while these words were on his lips, the earth under them was parted in two;
- Basic English Bible

And it came to pass when he had ended speaking all these words, that the ground clave apart that was under them.
- Darby Bible

And it came to pass, as he had made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground cleaved asunder that was under them:
- Webster's Bible

It happened, as he made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground split apart that was under them;
- World English Bible

And it cometh to pass at his finishing speaking all these words, that the ground which [is] under them cleaveth,
- Youngs Literal Bible

And it came to pass, as he made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground did cleave asunder that was under them.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Numbers 16:31


16:29 The death of all men - By a natural death. The visitation of all men - By plague, or sword, or some usual judgment. The Lord hath not sent me - I am content that you take me for an imposter, falsely pretending to be sent of God.

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.

16:33 Into the pit - Into the earth, which first opened itself to receive them, and then shut itself to destroy them.


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