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1Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, with Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took [men]: 2and they rose up before Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred fifty princes of the congregation, called to the assembly, men of renown; 3and they assembled themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said to them, "You take too much on yourself, since all the congregation are holy, everyone of them, and TheIAM (Yahweh) is among them: why then lift yourselves up above the assembly of TheIAM (Yahweh) ?" 4When Moses heard it, he fell on his face: 5and he spoke to Korah and to all his company, saying, "In the morning TheIAM (Yahweh) will show who are his, and who is holy, and will cause him to come near to him: even him whom he shall choose he will cause to come near to him. 6Do this: take censers, Korah, and all his company; 7and put fire in them, and put incense on them before TheIAM (Yahweh) tomorrow: and it shall be that the man whom TheIAM (Yahweh) chooses, he shall be holy. You have gone too far, you sons of Levi!" 8Moses said to Korah, "Hear now, you sons of Levi! 9Is it a small thing to you, that the God (Elohim) of Israel has separated you from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to himself, to do the service of the tabernacle of TheIAM (Yahweh) , and to stand before the congregation to minister to them; 10and that he has brought you near, and all your brothers the sons of Levi with you? and do you seek the priesthood also? 11Therefore you and all your company are gathered together against TheIAM (Yahweh) : and Aaron, what is he that you murmur against him?" 12Moses sent to call Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab; and they said, "We won't come up: 13is it a small thing that you have brought us up out of a land flowing with milk and honey, to kill us in the wilderness, but you must also make yourself a prince over us? 14Moreover you haven't brought us into a land flowing with milk and honey, nor given us inheritance of fields and vineyards: will you put out the eyes of these men? We won't come up." 15Moses was very angry, and said to TheIAM (Yahweh) , "Don't respect their offering: I have not taken one donkey from them, neither have I hurt one of them." 16Moses said to Korah, "You and all your company go before TheIAM (Yahweh) , you, and they, and Aaron, tomorrow: 17and each man take his censer, and put incense on them, and each man bring before TheIAM (Yahweh) his censer, two hundred fifty censers; you also, and Aaron, each his censer." 18They each took his censer, and put fire in them, and laid incense thereon, and stood at the door of the Tent of Meeting with Moses and Aaron. 19Korah assembled all the congregation against them to the door of the Tent of Meeting: and the glory of TheIAM (Yahweh) appeared to all the congregation. 20TheIAM (Yahweh) spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying, 21"Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment!" 22They fell on their faces, and said, "God (El) , the God (Elohim) of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin, and will you be angry with all the congregation?" 23TheIAM (Yahweh) spoke to Moses, saying, 24"Speak to the congregation, saying, 'Get away from around the tent of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram!'" 25Moses rose up and went to Dathan and Abiram; and the elders of Israel followed him. 26He spoke to the congregation, saying, "Depart, please, from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs, lest you be consumed in all their sins!" 27So they went away from the tent of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, on every side: and Dathan and Abiram came out, and stood at the door of their tents, and their wives, and their sons, and their little ones. 28Moses said, "Hereby you shall know that TheIAM (Yahweh) has sent me to do all these works; for [I have] not [done them] of my own mind. 29If these men die the common death of all men, or if they be visited after the visitation of all men; then TheIAM (Yahweh) hasn't sent me. 30But if TheIAM (Yahweh) make a new thing, and the ground open its mouth, and swallow them up, with all that appertain to them, and they go down alive into Sheol; then you shall understand that these men have despised TheIAM (Yahweh) ." 31It happened, as he made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground split apart that was under them; 32and the earth opened its mouth, and swallowed them up, and their households, and all the men who appertained to Korah, and all their goods. 33So they, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into Sheol: and the earth closed on them, and they perished from among the assembly. 34All Israel that were around them fled at the cry of them; for they said, "Lest the earth swallow us up!" 35Fire came forth from TheIAM (Yahweh) , and devoured the two hundred fifty men who offered the incense. 36TheIAM (Yahweh) spoke to Moses, saying, 37"Speak to Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest, that he take up the censers out of the burning, and scatter the fire yonder; for they are holy, 38even the censers of these sinners against their own lives; and let them be made beaten plates for a covering of the altar: for they offered them before TheIAM (Yahweh) ; therefore they are holy; and they shall be a sign to the children of Israel." 39Eleazar the priest took the bronze censers, which those who were burnt had offered; and they beat them out for a covering of the altar, 40to be a memorial to the children of Israel, to the end that no stranger, who isn't of the seed of Aaron, comes near to burn incense before TheIAM (Yahweh) ; that he not be as Korah, and as his company: as TheIAM (Yahweh) spoke to him by Moses. 41But on the next day all the congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron, saying, "You have killed TheIAM (Yahweh) 's people!" 42It happened, when the congregation was assembled against Moses and against Aaron, that they looked toward the Tent of Meeting: and behold, the cloud covered it, and the glory of TheIAM (Yahweh) appeared. 43Moses and Aaron came to the front of the Tent of Meeting. 44TheIAM (Yahweh) spoke to Moses, saying, 45"Get away from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment!" They fell on their faces. 46Moses said to Aaron, "Take your censer, and put fire from off the altar in it, and lay incense on it, and carry it quickly to the congregation, and make atonement for them; for wrath has gone out from TheIAM (Yahweh) ! The plague has begun." 47Aaron did as Moses said, and ran into the midst of the assembly; and behold, the plague has begun among the people: and he put on the incense, and made atonement for the people. 48He stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was stayed. 49Now those who died by the plague were fourteen thousand and seven hundred, besides those who died about the matter of Korah. 50Aaron returned to Moses to the door of the Tent of Meeting: and the plague was stayed.
1The word which came to Jeremiah from TheIAM (Yahweh) , after that Nebuzaradan the captain of the guard had let him go from Ramah, when he had taken him being bound in chains among all the captives of Jerusalem and Judah, who were carried away captive to Babylon. 2The captain of the guard took Jeremiah, and said to him, TheIAM (Yahweh) your God (Elohim) pronounced this evil on this place; 3and TheIAM (Yahweh) has brought it, and done according as he spoke: because you have sinned against TheIAM (Yahweh) , and have not obeyed his voice, therefore this thing has come on you. 4Now, behold, I release you this day from the chains which are on your hand. If it seems good to you to come with me into Babylon, come, and I will take care of you; but if it seems bad to you to come with me into Babylon, don't: behold, all the land is before you; where it seems good and right to you to go, there go. 5Now while he was not yet gone back, Go back then, [said he], to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan, whom the king of Babylon has made governor over the cities of Judah, and dwell with him among the people; or go wherever it seems right to you to go. So the captain of the guard gave him food and a present, and let him go. 6Then went Jeremiah to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam to Mizpah, and lived with him among the people who were left in the land. 7Now when all the captains of the forces who were in the fields, even they and their men, heard that the king of Babylon had made Gedaliah the son of Ahikam governor in the land, and had committed to him men, and women, and children, and of the poorest of the land, of those who were not carried away captive to Babylon; 8then they came to Gedaliah to Mizpah, [to wit], Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, and Johanan and Jonathan the sons of Kareah, and Seraiah the son of Tanhumeth, and the sons of Ephai the Netophathite, and Jezaniah the son of the Maacathite, they and their men. 9Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the son of Shaphan swore to them and to their men, saying, Don't be afraid to serve the Chaldeans: dwell in the land, and serve the king of Babylon, and it shall be well with you. 10As for me, behold, I will dwell at Mizpah, to stand before the Chaldeans who shall come to us: but you, gather wine and summer fruits and oil, and put them in your vessels, and dwell in your cities that you have taken. 11Likewise when all the Jews who were in Moab, and among the children of Ammon, and in Edom, and who were in all the countries, heard that the king of Babylon had left a remnant of Judah, and that he had set over them Gedaliah the son of Ahikam, the son of Shaphan; 12then all the Jews returned out of all places where they were driven, and came to the land of Judah, to Gedaliah, to Mizpah, and gathered wine and summer fruits very much. 13Moreover Johanan the son of Kareah, and all the captains of the forces who were in the fields, came to Gedaliah to Mizpah, 14and said to him, Do you know that Baalis the king of the children of Ammon has sent Ishmael the son of Nethaniah to take your life? But Gedaliah the son of Ahikam didn't believe them. 15Then Johanan the son of Kareah spoke to Gedaliah in Mizpah secretly, saying, Please let me go, and I will kill Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, and no man shall know it: why should he take your life, that all the Jews who are gathered to you should be scattered, and the remnant of Judah perish? 16But Gedaliah the son of Ahikam said to Johanan the son of Kareah, You shall not do this thing; for you speak falsely of Ishmael.
1Now it happened in the seventh month, that Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, the son of Elishama, of the seed royal and [one of] the chief officers of the king, and ten men with him, came to Gedaliah the son of Ahikam to Mizpah; and there they ate bread together in Mizpah. 2Then arose Ishmael the son of Nethaniah, and the ten men who were with him, and struck Gedaliah the son of Ahikam the son of Shaphan with the sword, and killed him, whom the king of Babylon had made governor over the land. 3Ishmael also killed all the Jews who were with him, [to wit], with Gedaliah, at Mizpah, and the Chaldeans who were found there, the men of war.
1Praise TheIAM (Yahweh) ! Give thanks to TheIAM (Yahweh) , for he is good, for his loving kindness endures forever. 2Who can utter the mighty acts of TheIAM (Yahweh) , or fully declare all his praise? 3Blessed are those who keep justice. Blessed is one who does what is right at all times. 4Remember me, TheIAM (Yahweh) , with the favor that you show to your people. Visit me with your salvation, 5that I may see the prosperity of your chosen, that I may rejoice in the gladness of your nation, that I may glory with your inheritance. 6We have sinned with our fathers. We have committed iniquity. We have done wickedly. 7Our fathers didn't understand your wonders in Egypt. They didn't remember the multitude of your loving kindnesses, but were rebellious at the sea, even at the Red Sea. 8Nevertheless he saved them for his name's sake, that he might make his mighty power known. 9He rebuked the Red Sea also, and it was dried up; so he led them through the depths, as through a desert. 10He saved them from the hand of him who hated them, and redeemed them from the hand of the enemy. 11The waters covered their adversaries. There was not one of them left. 12Then they believed his words. They sang his praise. 13They soon forgot his works. They didn't wait for his counsel, 14but gave in to craving in the desert, and tested God (El) in the wasteland. 15He gave them their request, but sent leanness into their soul. 16They envied Moses also in the camp, and Aaron, TheIAM (Yahweh) 's saint. 17The earth opened and swallowed up Dathan, and covered the company of Abiram. 18A fire was kindled in their company. The flame burned up the wicked. 19They made a calf in Horeb, and worshiped a molten image. 20Thus they exchanged their glory for an image of a bull that eats grass (esev) . 21They forgot God (El) , their Savior, who had done great things in Egypt, 22Wondrous works in the land of Ham, and awesome things by the Red Sea. 23Therefore he said that he would destroy them, had Moses, his chosen, not stood before him in the breach, to turn away his wrath, so that he wouldn't destroy them. 24Yes, they despised the pleasant land. They didn't believe his word, 25but murmured in their tents, and didn't listen to TheIAM (Yahweh) 's voice. 26Therefore he swore to them that he would overthrow them in the wilderness, 27that he would overthrow their seed among the nations, and scatter them in the lands. 28They joined themselves also to Baal Peor, and ate the sacrifices of the dead. 29Thus they provoked him to anger with their deeds. The plague broke in on them. 30Then Phinehas stood up, and executed judgment, so the plague was stopped. 31That was credited to him for righteousness, for all generations to come. 32They angered him also at the waters of Meribah, so that Moses was troubled for their sakes; 33because they were rebellious against his spirit, he spoke rashly with his lips. 34They didn't destroy the peoples, as TheIAM (Yahweh) commanded them, 35but mixed themselves with the nations, and learned their works. 36They served their idols, which became a snare to them. 37Yes, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters to demons. 38They shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters, whom they sacrificed to the idols of Canaan. The land was polluted with blood. 39Thus were they defiled with their works, and prostituted themselves in their deeds. 40Therefore TheIAM (Yahweh) burned with anger against his people. He abhorred his inheritance. 41He gave them into the hand of the nations. Those who hated them ruled over them. 42Their enemies also oppressed them. They were brought into subjection under their hand. 43Many times he delivered them, but they were rebellious in their counsel, and were brought low in their iniquity. 44Nevertheless he regarded their distress, when he heard their cry. 45He remembered for them his covenant, and repented according to the multitude of his loving kindnesses. 46He made them also to be pitied by all those who carried them captive. 47Save us, TheIAM (Yahweh) , our God (Elohim) , gather us from among the nations, to give thanks to your holy name, to triumph in your praise! 48Blessed be TheIAM (Yahweh) , the God (Elohim) of Israel, from everlasting even to everlasting! Let all the people say, "Amen." Praise IAM (Yah) ! [BOOK IV end]
1Are we beginning again to commend ourselves? Or do we need, as do some, letters of commendation to you or from you? 2You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all men; 3being revealed that you are a letter of the AnointedOne (Kristos) , served by us, written not with ink, but with the Spirit of the living God; not in tablets of stone, but in tablets that are hearts of flesh. 4Such confidence we have through the AnointedOne (Kristos) toward God; 5not that we are sufficient of ourselves, to account anything as from ourselves; but our sufficiency is from God; 6who also made us sufficient as servants of a new covenant; not of the letter, but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life. 7But if the service of death, written engraved on stones, came with glory, so that the children of Israel could not look steadfastly on the face of Moses for the glory of his face; which was passing away: 8won't service of the Spirit be with much more glory? 9For if the service of condemnation has glory, the service of righteousness exceeds much more in glory. 10For most certainly that which has been made glorious has not been made glorious in this respect, by reason of the glory that surpasses. 11For if that which passes away was with glory, much more that which remains is in glory. 12Having therefore such a hope, we use great boldness of speech, 13and not as Moses, who put a veil on his face, that the children of Israel wouldn't look steadfastly on the end of that which was passing away. 14But their minds were hardened, for until this very day at the reading of the old covenant the same veil remains, because in the AnointedOne (Kristos) it passes away. 15But to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart. 16But whenever one turns to the Lord (Kurios) , the veil is taken away. 17Now the Lord (Kurios) is the Spirit and where the Spirit of the Lord (Kurios) is, there is liberty. 18But we all, with unveiled face beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord (Kurios) , are transformed into the same image from glory to glory, even as from the Lord (Kurios) , the Spirit.
1Therefore seeing we have this ministry, even as we obtained mercy, we don't faint. 2But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by the manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God. 3Even if our Good News is veiled, it is veiled in those who perish; 4in whom the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelieving, that the light of the Good News of the glory of the AnointedOne (Kristos) , who is the image of God, should not dawn on them. 5For we don't preach ourselves, but AnointedOne (Kristos) Jesus as Lord (Kurios) , and ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake; 6seeing it is God who said, "Out of darkness light shall shine," who has shone in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus AnointedOne (Kristos) .