Numbers 16

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1 And Korah, the son of Izehar, 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;

2 and they rose·​·up before Moses, and men from the sons of Israel, fifty and two·​·hundred chiefs of the congregation, called·​·upon in the congregation, men with a name;

3 and they assembled against Moses and against Aaron, and said to them, You take too much for you; for all the congregation, all of them, are holy, and Jehovah is among them; wherefore then do you lift up yourselves above the assembly of Jehovah?

4 And Moses heard it, and he fell upon his face;

5 and he spoke to Korah and to all his congregation, saying, And in the morning Jehovah will know who are His, and who is holy; and will cause him to come·​·near to Him; and him whom He has chosen will He cause to come·​·near to Him.

6 This do; Take you censers, Korah, and all his congregation;

7 and put fire in them, and set incense on them before Jehovah tomorrow; and it shall be that the man whom Jehovah chooses, he shall be holy: you take too much for yourselves, ye sons of Levi.

8 And Moses said to Korah, Hear, I pray you, ye sons of Levi;

9 Is it a·​·little thing to you, that the God of Israel has distinguished you from the congregation of Israel, to offer you to Himself to serve the service of the Habitation of Jehovah, and to stand before the congregation to minister to them?

10 And He has brought· thee ·near, and all thy brothers the sons of Levi with thee; and do you seek even the priesthood?

11 Therefore thou and all thy congregation are congregated against Jehovah; and Aaron, what is he, that you murmur against him?

12 And Moses sent to call Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, who said, We will not go· ·up;

13 Is it a·​·little thing that thou hast brought· us ·up from a land that flows with milk and honey, to·​·put· us ·to·​·death in the wilderness? For thou makest·​·thyself·​·a·​·prince over us, even making·​·thyself·​·a·​·prince.

14 Yea, thou hast not brought us into a land that flows with milk and honey, or given us inheritance of fields and vineyards; wilt thou take·​·out the eyes of these men? We will not go· ·up.

15 And Moses was very incensed, and said to Jehovah, Turn· not Thy ·face to their gift·​·offering; I have not carried one donkey from them, and I have not done·​·evil with one of them.

16 And Moses said to Korah, Be thou and all thy congregation before Jehovah, thou, and they, and Aaron, tomorrow;

17 and take each man his censer, and put incense on them, and offer ye before Jehovah each man his censer, fifty and two·​·hundred censers; and thou, and Aaron, each man his censer.

18 And they took each man his censer, and put fire on them, and set incense on it, and stood in the door of the Tabernacle of the congregation, and Moses and Aaron.

19 And Korah assembled all the congregation against them to the entrance of the Tabernacle of the congregation; and the glory of Jehovah appeared to all the congregation.

20 And Jehovah spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying,

21 Separate yourselves from the midst of this congregation, and I will consume· them ·all in a moment.

22 And they fell on their faces, and said, O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin, and wilt Thou be·​·enraged against all the congregation?

23 And Jehovah spoke to Moses, saying,

24 Speak to the congregation, saying, Go·​·up from around the habitation of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram.

25 And Moses rose·​·up and went to Dathan and Abiram; and the elders of Israel went after him.

26 And he spoke to the congregation, saying, Turn·​·aside, I pray you, from the tents of these wicked men, and touch not anything that they have, lest you be consumed in all their sins.

27 And they went·​·up from the habitation of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, from all around; and Dathan and Abiram went·​·out, and stood·​·up in the entrance of their tents, and their wives, and their sons, and their infants.

28 And Moses said, By this you shall know that Jehovah has sent me to do all these works; for I have not done them of my own heart.

29 If these die the death of all man, or they be visited with the visitation of all man, then Jehovah has not sent me.

30 But if Jehovah create a creation, and the ground gape·​·open with her mouth, and swallow· them ·up, and all that they have, and they go·​·down alive unto hell; then you shall know that these men have disdained Jehovah.

31 And it was, as he had completed speaking all these words, that the ground split·​·open that was under them;

32 and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed· them ·up, and their houses, and all of man who were for Korah, and all their acquisition.

33 And they, and all that belonged to them, went·​·down towards hell alive, and the earth covered over them; and they perished from the midst of the assembly.

34 And all Israel who were all around them fled at the voice of them; for they said, Lest the earth swallow· us ·up also.

35 And there came·​·out fire from Jehovah, and devoured the fifty and two·​·hundred men who offered incense.

36 17:1 And Jehovah spoke to Moses, saying,

37 17:2 Say to Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest, that he lift·​·up the censers from between what is burning·​·up, and disperse the fire beyond; for they are sanctified,

38 17:3 the censers of these sinners against their own souls, and make them spread·​·out thin·​·plates for an overlay for the altar; for they offered them before Jehovah, and they are sanctified: and they shall be for a sign to the sons of Israel.

39 17:4 And Eleazar the priest took the censers of bronze, with which they who were burnt·​·up had offered; and they were spread·​·out for an overlay for the altar;

40 17:5 To be a memorial to the sons of Israel, that a man, he, that is a stranger, who is not of the seed of Aaron, come· not ·near to burn·​·incense before Jehovah; and he be not as Korah, and as his congregation; as Jehovah spoke to him by the hand of Moses.

41 17:6 But on the morrow all the congregation of the sons of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron, saying, You have put·​·to·​·death the people of Jehovah.

42 17:7 And it was, when the congregation was assembled against Moses and against Aaron, that they turned· their ·faces toward the Tabernacle of the congregation; and, behold, the cloud covered it, and the glory of Jehovah appeared.

43 17:8 And Moses and Aaron came before the Tabernacle of the congregation.

44 17:9 And Jehovah spoke to Moses, saying,

45 17:10 Be exalted from the midst of this congregation, and I will consume· them ·all as in a moment. And they fell on their faces.

46 17:11 And Moses said to Aaron, Take the censer, and put fire on it from on the altar, and set incense on it, and go hastily to the congregation, and make·​·atonement for them; for the rage has gone·​·out from before Jehovah; the striking has begun.

47 17:12 And Aaron took as Moses had spoken, and ran into the midst of the assembly; and, behold, the striking had begun among the people; and he put on the incense, and made·​·atonement for the people.

48 17:13 And he stood between the dead and the living; and the striking was restrained.

49 17:14 And they who died in the striking were fourteen thousand and seven hundred, apart from those who died on·​·account·​·of the matter of Korah.

50 17:15 And Aaron returned to Moses to the entrance of the Tabernacle of the congregation; and the striking was restrained.

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Explanation of Numbers 16      

Napsal(a) Henry MacLagan

Verses 1-3. On the opposition of those in faith without charity to the true church. They support themselves apparently by the primary doctrines of the church; they approve Divine Good as well as Divine Truth; and they urge that every man is led by selfish love.

Verses 4-19. But the man of the true church comes into profound humiliation on being thus tempted; he depends upon influx from the Lord through the heavens; he sees that the wicked are allowed to assume the appearance of genuine worship; he condemns their vain assumptions, and their discontent; and he knows that their pretensions will be thoroughly tested.

Verses 20-27. Also revelation is made, and exhortation is given to the true church to separate themselves, which actually happens; and the false church continues its opposition.

Verses 28-35. Concerning the judgement and condemnation of those in faith without charity.

Verses 36-40. Concerning the preservation of true external worship, although that which is false and selfish is rejected.

Verses 41-50. And also concerning the effect of false external worship, and true external worship, the former resulting in the destruction of spiritual life by the destruction of remains, and the latter in its preservation.

Swedenborg

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korah
Korah was a man of the tribe of Levi, who together with Dathan and Abiram, both Reubenites, led an insurrection against Moses and Aaron. Apparently...

son
Marriages in the Bible represent the union we all can have between the desire for good and the understanding of truth (or an understanding of...

levi
'Levi' signifies truth in practice, which is the good of life. 'Levi,' in the highest sense, signifies love and mercy, in a spiritual sense, he...

reuben
'Reuben,' in the highest sense, signifies omniscience. In a spiritual sense, he signifies wisdom, intelligence, science, and faith. In a natural sense, he signifies sight....

rose
It is common in the Bible for people to "rise up," and it would be easy to pass over the phrase as simply describing a...

before
In most cases, the meaning of "before" is pretty straightforward, both as a way of assessing relative time, and in its use meaning "in someone's...

moses
Moses's name appears 814 times in the Bible (KJV), third-most of any one character (Jesus at 961 actually trails David at 991). He himself wrote...

israel
'Israel,' in Jeremiah 23:8, signifies the spiritual natural church. The children of Israel dispersed all the literal sense of the Word by falsities. 'The children...

fifty
God rested on the seventh day of creation. That represents a state of holiness and tranquility that was preserved in the form of the sabbath....

hundred
It's a landmark for a young child to count to 100; it sort of covers all the "ordinary" numbers. One hundred is obviously significant for...

congregation
A congregation is a group of people with common loves, interests, and purposes. It often refers to a church group. In the Word it is...

name
It's easy to see that names are important in the Bible. Jehovah changed Abram and Sarai to Abraham and Sarah, changed Jacob to Israel and...

aaron
Aaron was the brother of Moses. He symbolizes two things, at different stages of the story. During the first part of the exodus, when he...

said
As with many common verbs, the meaning of “to say” in the Bible is highly dependent on context. Who is speaking? Who is hearing? What...

much
Intellectual things – ideas, knowledge, facts, even insight and understanding – are more separate and free-standing than emotional things, and it’s easier to imagine numbering...

jehovah
The Lord, in the simplest terms, is love itself expressed as wisdom itself. In philosophic terms, love is the Lord's substance and wisdom is His...

lift
The idea of "lifting" is used in a number of different ways in the Bible. In general, it means connecting with a higher spiritual state...

assembly
A congregation is a group of people with common loves, interests, and purposes. It often refers to a church group. In the Word it is...

heard
Thanks to modern science, we now understand that hearing actually happens in the brain, not the ears. The ears collect vibrations in the air and...

fell
Like other common verbs, the meaning of "fall" is highly dependent on context in regular language, and is highly dependent on context in a spiritual...

face
“The eyes are the windows of the soul.” That’s a sentiment with roots somewhere in murky antiquity, but one that has become hopelessly cliché because...

spoke
Like "say," the word "speak" refers to thoughts and feelings moving from our more internal spiritual levels to our more external ones – and ultimately...

morning
Morning comes with the rising of the sun, and the sun – which gives life to the earth with its warmth and light – represents...

know
Like so many common verbs, the meaning of "know" in the Bible is varied and dependent on context. And in some cases – when it...

near
'Near,' in the Word, signifies presence and conjunction. 'To be near' signifies being on internal levels. Near,' as in Genesis 19:20, signifies truth bordering upon...

Put
'To put' has reference to order, arrangement, application, and influx.

fire
Just as natural fire can be both comforting in keeping you warm or scary in burning down your house, so fire in the spiritual sense...

Incense
'Incense' or 'odors' signify worship and confession of the Lord, from spiritual goods and truths.

tomorrow
'Tomorrow' signifies eternity.

man
"Man" is a tricky word to discuss, because the Hebrew of the Old Testament uses six different words that are generally translated as "man," with...

Sons of Levi
'The sons of Levi,' as in Deuteronomy 21:5, signify the affection of good and truth, which is charity.

hear
Thanks to modern science, we now understand that hearing actually happens in the brain, not the ears. The ears collect vibrations in the air and...

God
When the Bible speaks of "Jehovah," it is representing love itself, the inmost love that is the essence of the Lord. That divine love is...

serve
Generally speaking, those who are at lower levels of an organization serve those at higher levels. Bosses boss and their employees serve; coaches devise strategy...

service
'Service' denotes everything beneath, which is subordinate and obeys, and so, truth being derived from good, and ministering to good.

stand
'To stand,' and 'come forth' as in Daniel 7:10, refers to truth. In Genesis 24:13, it signifies a state of conjunction of divine truth with...

minister
'To minister,' as in Genesis 40:2, relates to scientific ideas.

brothers
Brethren (Gen. 27:29) signify the affections of good.

seek
The meaning of "to seek" in the Bible is pretty straightforward, but there is a bit of nuance: Swedenborg tells us that in most cases...

priesthood
'The priesthood' represents the Lord regarding the work of salvation, because this proceeds from the divine good of his divine love. 'The priesthood of Aaron,...

murmur
'To murmur' denotes complaint and pain from the bitterness of temptation.

sent
'To send' signifies revealing.

call
'To proclaim' signifies exploration from influx of the Lord.

us
Angels do give us guidance, but they are mere helpers; the Lord alone governs us, through angels and spirits. Since angels have their assisting role,...

land
"Earth" in the Bible can mean a person or a group of like-minded people as in a church. But it refers specifically to the external...

milk
Water represents true ideas about day-to-day life, and other drinks and liquids in general represent different forms of truth. Milk is a drink that contains...

honey
'Honey' signifies the delight derived from good and truth or from the affection thereof, and specifically the external delight. Thus it signifies the delight of...

wilderness
'The wilderness of Sin,' as in Exodus 16, signifies the good from truth in a state of temptation.

given
Like other common verbs, the meaning of "give" in the Bible is affected by context: who is giving what to whom? In general, though, giving...

inheritance
In Biblical times, possessions passed from fathers to sons, a patriarchal system that would not be accepted in today's society – but one that is...

fields
When we have a desire to be good people and to do good things, the natural first questions are "What does that mean?" "What should...

vineyards
A vineyard signifies the church where the Word is, by which the Lord is known. (Apocalypse Revealed 650)

eyes
'Pairs of hands, eyes, etc.' relate to the will and understanding, or to good and truth. The right side to the will or good, and...

offering
It was customary in the representative Ancient Church, and later in the Jewish Church, when people went to the judges, and at a later time,...

one
A company might have executives setting policy and strategy, engineers designing products, line workers building them, managers handling personnel and others handling various functions. They...

donkey
Donkeys signify the things relating to the self-intelligence of the sensual man; and camels, the things of self-intelligence in the natural man (Isa 30:6, 7.)

stood
'To stand,' and 'come forth' as in Daniel 7:10, refers to truth. In Genesis 24:13, it signifies a state of conjunction of divine truth with...

door
In a general sense, doors in the Bible represent the initial desires for good and concepts of truth that introduce people to new levels of...

tabernacle
'The tabernacle' has almost the same meaning as 'temple,' that is, in the highest sense, the Lord’s divine humanity, and in a relative sense, heaven...

entrance
In a general sense, doors in the Bible represent the initial desires for good and concepts of truth that introduce people to new levels of...

midst
The "midst" of something in the Bible represents the thing that is most central and most important to the spiritual state being described, the motivation...

faces
“The eyes are the windows of the soul.” That’s a sentiment with roots somewhere in murky antiquity, but one that has become hopelessly cliché because...

flesh
Flesh has several meanings just in its most obvious form. It can mean all living creatures as when the Lord talks about the flood "destroying...

speak
Like "say," the word "speak" refers to thoughts and feelings moving from our more internal spiritual levels to our more external ones – and ultimately...

elders
Ancients of the people, and the princes thereof ('Isaiah 3:14'), have a similar signification with the twelve disciples.

Elders of Israel
The elders of Israel (Deut. 1:13, 15) represent celestial men.

after
Behind, or after, (Gen. 16:13), signifies within or above, or an interior or superior principle.

Tents
'Ohalim' or 'tabernacles' signify the holy part of what is good.

Wicked
Swedenborg several times associates the “wicked” with “malevolence,” defines “malevolence” as “destroying good, interior and exterior,” and says that the wicked do this by disowning...

touch
Imagine having your mother touch your cheek. Then imagine having your spouse or someone you love romantically touch your cheek. Then imagine having a baby...

sins
In the Word three terms are used to mean bad things that are done. These three are transgression, iniquity, and sin, and they are here...

habitation
'The sanctuary and habitation' together signify heaven and the church, 'sanctuary' regarding the good of love, and 'tabernacle' regarding truths of that good, because the...

wives
The Hebrew of the Old Testament has six different common words which are generally translated as "wife," which largely overlap but have different nuances. Swedenborg...

To
‘To grieve at heart’ is in reference to love, and ‘to repent,’ to wisdom, as in Genesis 6:6.

works
'Works,' as in Genesis 46:33, denote goods, because they are from the will, and anything from the will is either good or evil, but anything...

own
In many cases, the spiritual meaning of "own," both as a verb and as an adjective, is relatively literal. When people are described as the...

heart
The heart means love. A good heart means love to the Lord and to the neighbor while a hard or stony heart means the love...

die
Dead (Gen. 23:8) signifies night, in respect to the goodnesses and truths of faith.

visited
There is a long history of using travel to round out an education, from the 19th-century “world tours” taken by Oxford and Cambridge graduates to...

visitation
The end time of the church and each individual, is called 'the visitation,' and precedes judgment. 'Visitation' is nothing but an exploration of the quality...

Create
The creation of heaven and earth in the first chapter of Genesis means the new creation of the celestial church called 'Man'.

creation
The creation of heaven and earth in the first chapter of Genesis means the new creation of the celestial church called 'Man'.

open
To open,' as in Revelation 9, signifies communication and conjunction.

mouth
In most cases, "mouth" in the Bible represents thought and logic, especially the kind of active, concrete thought that is connected with speech. The reason...

swallow
To 'swallow' signifies natural truth.

go
In the physical world, the places we inhabit and the distances between them are physical realities, and we have to get our physical bodies through...

down
"Down" is used many different ways in natural language, and its spiritual meaning in the Bible is highly dependent on context. Phrases like "bowing down,"...

hell
'Hell,' as mentioned in Jonah 2:3, signifies the earth below.

words
'Word,' as in Psalms 119:6-17, stands for doctrine in general. 'The Word,' as in Psalms 147:18, signifies divine good united with divine truth. 'Word,' as...

under
Generally speaking things that are seen as lower physically in the Bible represent things that are lower or more external spiritually. In some cases this...

earth
Is there any difference in meaning between “earth” and “ground”? At first it doesn’t seem so; both refer to the soil making up the land...

opened
To open,' as in Revelation 9, signifies communication and conjunction.

swallowed
To 'swallow' signifies natural truth.

houses
A "house" is essentially a container - for a person, for a family, for several families or even for a large group with shared interests...

acquisition
Acquisition (Genesis 12:5) means all things which are sensual truths or things of science which are the ground of thought in man. Acquisition and purchase...

covered
The "high mountains being covered " (Gen. 7:19) signifies that all the good things of charity were extin­guished.

fled
To flee signifies to escape, and be rescued. To flee signifies to be overcome.

voice
In Genesis 27:22, 'voice' relates to truth, and 'hand,' to good.

devoured
When we eat, our bodies break down the food and get from it both energy and materials for building and repairing the body. The process...

men
"Man" is a tricky word to discuss, because the Hebrew of the Old Testament uses six different words that are generally translated as "man," with...

say
As with many common verbs, the meaning of “to say” in the Bible is highly dependent on context. Who is speaking? Who is hearing? What...

burning
Just as natural fire can be both comforting in keeping you warm or scary in burning down your house, so fire in the spiritual sense...

sanctified
'To sanctify' denotes being led by the Lord. 'To sanctify' denotes being incapable of being violated.

souls
The nature of the soul is a deep and complicated topic, but it can be summarized as "spiritual life," who we are in terms of...

altar
The first altar mentioned in the Word was built by Noah after he came out of the ark. On that altar, he sacrificed clean animals...

sign
'A token,' as in Genesis 9:12, 13, 17, signifies causing it to be.

bronze
Brass and iron as in Isaiah 48:4 and Daniel 7:19 signify what is hard.

memorial
'For a sign and for a memorial,' denotes that a thing should be perpetually remembered.

Sons of Israel
'The camp of the sons of Israel' represents the church.

seed
'A seed' signifies love, and everyone who has love, as in Genesis 12:7. 8:15, 16. 'A seed' signifies faith grounded in charity. 'A seed' signifies...

hand
In Genesis 27:22, 'voice' relates to truth, and 'hand,' to good.

murmured
'To murmur' denotes complaint and pain from the bitterness of temptation.

cloud
In Isaiah 19:1, "Jehovah rides upon a light cloud, and comes into Egypt", signifies the visitation of the natural man from spiritual-natural Divine Truth, for...

came
As with common verbs in general, the meaning of “come” in the Bible is highly dependent on context – its meaning is determined largely by...

dead
Dead (Gen. 23:8) signifies night, in respect to the goodnesses and truths of faith.

living
'Lives' is used in the plural, because of the will and understanding, and because these two lives make one.

died
Dead (Gen. 23:8) signifies night, in respect to the goodnesses and truths of faith.

fourteen
Fourteen, as in Genesis 31:40, signifies a first period of time. The fourteenth year, as in Genesis 14:5, signifies the first temptation of the Lord...

thousand
As children, most of us at some point frustrated our mothers into using the phrase “if I've told you once, I've told you a thousand...

seven
The number 'seven' was considered holy, as is well known, because of the six days of creation, and the seventh, which is the celestial self,...

returned
Everyone knows the phrase "the natural order of things." It means that everything is in its proper place, occupying the niche it is meant to...

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