“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)
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.