New International Version
They went down alive into the realm of the dead, with everything they owned; the earth closed over them, and they perished and were gone from the community.
King James Bible
They, and all that appertained to them, went down alive into the pit, and the earth closed upon them: and they perished from among the congregation.
Darby Bible Translation
And they went down, they and all that they had, alive into Sheol, and the earth covered them; and they perished from among the congregation.
World English Bible
So 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.
Young's Literal Translation
and they go down, they, and all that they have, alive to Sheol, and the earth closeth over them, and they perish from the midst of the assembly;
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
They, and all that appertained to them - Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, and all that appertained to their respective families, went down into the pit caused by this supernatural earthquake; while the fire from the Lord consumed the 250 men that bare censers. Thus there were two distinct punishments, the pit and the fire, for the two divisions of these rebels.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibrarySeptember 3. "The God of Israel Hath Separated You" (Num. xvi. 9).
"The God of Israel hath separated you" (Num. xvi. 9). The little plant may grow out of a manure heap, and be surrounded by filth, and covered very often with the floating dust that is borne upon the breeze, but its white roots are separated from the unclean soil, and its leaves and flowers have no affinity with the dust that settles upon them; and after a shower of summer rain they throw off every particle of defilement, and look up, as fresh and spotless as before, for their intrinsic nature cannot …
Rev. A. B. Simpson—Days of Heaven Upon Earth
and the earth opened its mouth and swallowed them and their households, and all those associated with Korah, together with their possessions.
At their cries, all the Israelites around them fled, shouting, "The earth is going to swallow us too!"
The line of Korah, however, did not die out.
For a fire will be kindled by my wrath, one that burns down to the realm of the dead below. It will devour the earth and its harvests and set afire the foundations of the mountains.
Let death take my enemies by surprise; let them go down alive to the realm of the dead, for evil finds lodging among them.
Do not let the floodwaters engulf me or the depths swallow me up or the pit close its mouth over me.
They will say, "As one plows and breaks up the earth, so our bones have been scattered at the mouth of the grave."
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