Numbers 16:49
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English Standard Version
Now those who died in the plague were 14,700, besides those who died in the affair of Korah.

King James Bible
Now they that died in the plague were fourteen thousand and seven hundred, beside them that died about the matter of Korah.

American Standard Version
Now they that died by the plague were fourteen thousand and seven hundred, besides them that died about the matter of Korah.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the number of them that were slain was fourteen thousand and seven hundred men, besides them that had perished in the sedition of Core.

English Revised Version
Now they that died by the plague were fourteen thousand and seven hundred, besides them that died about the matter of Korah.

Webster's Bible Translation
Now they that died in the plague were fourteen thousand and seven hundred, besides them that died about the matter of Korah.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Thereupon they both went into the court of (פּני אל, as in Leviticus 9:5) the tabernacle, and God commanded them to rise up (הרמּוּ, Niphal of רמם equals רוּם; see Ges. 65, Anm. 5) out of this congregation, which He would immediately destroy. But they fell upon their faces in prayer, as in Numbers 16:21-22. This time, however, they could not avert the bursting forth of the wrathful judgment, as they had done the day before (Numbers 16:22). The plague had already commenced, when Moses told Aaron to take the censer quickly into the midst of the congregation, with coals and incense (הולך, imper. Hiph.), to make expiation for it with an incense-offering. And when this was done, and Aaron placed himself between the dead and the living, the plague, which had already destroyed 14,700 men, was stayed. The plague consisted apparently of a sudden death, as in the case of a pestilence raging with extreme violence, though we cannot regard it as an actual pestilence.

The means resorted to by Moses to stay the plague showed afresh how the faithful servant of God bore the rescue of his people upon his heart. All the motives which he had hitherto pleaded, in his repeated intercession that this evil congregation might be spared, were now exhausted. He could not stake his life for the nation, as at Horeb (Exodus 32:32), for the nation had rejected him. He could no longer appeal to the honour of Jehovah among the heathen, seeing that the Lord, even when sentencing the rebellious race to fall in the desert, had assured him that the whole earth should be filled with His glory (Numbers 14:20.). Still less could he pray to God that He would not be wrathful with all for the sake of one or a few sinners, as in Numbers 16:22, seeing that the whole congregation had taken part with the rebels. In this condition of things there was but one way left of averting the threatened destruction of the whole nation, namely, to adopt the means which the Lord Himself had given to His congregation, in the high-priestly office, to wipe away their sins, and recover the divine grace which they had forfeited through sin, - viz., the offering of incense which embodied the high-priestly prayer, and the strength and operation of which were not dependent upon the sincerity and earnestness of subjective faith, but had a firm and immovable foundation in the objective force of the divine appointment. This was the means adopted by the faithful servant of the Lord, and the judgment of wrath was averted in its course; the plague was averted. - The effectual operation of the incense-offering of the high priest also served to furnish the people with a practical proof of the power and operation of the true and divinely appointed priesthood. "The priesthood which the company of Korah had so wickedly usurped, had brought down death and destruction upon himself, through his offering of incense; but the divinely appointed priesthood of Aaron averted death and destruction from the whole congregation when incense was offered by him, and stayed the well-merited judgment, which had broken forth upon it" (Kurtz).

Numbers 16:49 Parallel Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

fourteen thousand

Numbers 16:32-35 And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained to Korah...

Numbers 25:9 And those that died in the plague were twenty and four thousand.

1 Chronicles 21:14 So the LORD sent pestilence on Israel: and there fell of Israel seventy thousand men.

Hebrews 2:1-3 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip...

Hebrews 10:28,29 He that despised Moses' law died without mercy under two or three witnesses...

Hebrews 12:25 See that you refuse not him that speaks. For if they escaped not who refused him that spoke on earth, much more shall not we escape...

Cross References
1 Corinthians 10:10
nor grumble, as some of them did and were destroyed by the Destroyer.

Numbers 14:37
the men who brought up a bad report of the land--died by plague before the LORD.

Numbers 16:32
And the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them up, with their households and all the people who belonged to Korah and all their goods.

Numbers 16:35
And fire came out from the LORD and consumed the 250 men offering the incense.

Numbers 16:48
And he stood between the dead and the living, and the plague was stopped.

Numbers 16:50
And Aaron returned to Moses at the entrance of the tent of meeting, when the plague was stopped.

Numbers 25:9
Nevertheless, those who died by the plague were twenty-four thousand.

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