New Living Translation
So they went down alive into the grave, along with all their belongings. The earth closed over them, and they all vanished from among the people of Israel.
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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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
16:33 Into the pit - Into the earth, which first opened itself to receive them, and then shut itself to destroy them.
Like the last part of Exodus, and the whole of Leviticus, the first part of Numbers, i.-x. 28--so called, rather inappropriately, from the census in i., iii., (iv.), xxvi.--is unmistakably priestly in its interests and language. Beginning with a census of the men of war (i.) and the order of the camp (ii.), it devotes specific attention to the Levites, their numbers and duties (iii., iv.). Then follow laws for the exclusion of the unclean, v. 1-4, for determining the manner and amount of restitution …
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament
The earth opened its mouth and swallowed the men, along with their households and all their followers who were standing with them, and everything they owned.
All the people around them fled when they heard their screams. "The earth will swallow us, too!" they cried.
However, the sons of Korah did not die that day.
For my anger blazes forth like fire and burns to the depths of the grave. It devours the earth and all its crops and ignites the foundations of the mountains.
Let death stalk my enemies; let the grave swallow them alive, for evil makes its home within them.
Don't let the floods overwhelm me, or the deep waters swallow me, or the pit of death devour me.
Like rocks brought up by a plow, the bones of the wicked will lie scattered without burial.
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