Numbers 16:39
New International Version
So Eleazar the priest collected the bronze censers brought by those who had been burned to death, and he had them hammered out to overlay the altar,

New Living Translation
So Eleazar the priest collected the 250 bronze incense burners that had been used by the men who died in the fire, and the bronze was hammered into a thin sheet to overlay the altar.

English Standard Version
So Eleazar the priest took the bronze censers, which those who were burned had offered, and they were hammered out as a covering for the altar,

Berean Study Bible
So Eleazar the priest took the bronze censers brought by those who had been burned up, and he had them hammered out to overlay the altar,

New American Standard Bible
So Eleazar the priest took the bronze censers which the men who were burned had offered, and they hammered them out as a plating for the altar,

New King James Version
So Eleazar the priest took the bronze censers, which those who were burned up had presented, and they were hammered out as a covering on the altar,

King James Bible
And Eleazar the priest took the brasen censers, wherewith they that were burnt had offered; and they were made broad plates for a covering of the altar:

Christian Standard Bible
So the priest Eleazar took the bronze firepans that those who were burned had presented, and they were hammered into plating for the altar,

Contemporary English Version
Eleazar collected the pans and had them hammered into a thin layer of bronze as a covering for the altar,

Good News Translation
So Eleazar the priest took the fire pans and had them beaten into thin plates to make a covering for the altar.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
So Eleazar the priest took the bronze firepans that those who were burned had presented, and they were hammered into plating for the altar,

International Standard Version
So Eleazar the priest took the bronze censers that had been burned and beat them into metal plates for the altar,

NET Bible
So Eleazar the priest took the bronze censers presented by those who had been burned up, and they were hammered out as a covering for the altar.

New Heart English Bible
Eleazar the priest took the bronze censers, which those who were burnt had offered; and they beat them out for a covering of the altar,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
So the priest Eleazar took the bronze incense burners which had been brought by those who had been burned to death. The incense burners were then hammered into thin metal sheets to cover the altar,

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Eleazar the priest took the brazen fire-pans, which they that were burnt had offered; and they beat them out for a covering of the altar,

New American Standard 1977
So Eleazar the priest took the bronze censers which the men who were burned had offered; and they hammered them out as a plating for the altar,

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Eleazar, the priest, took the brass censers with which those that were burnt had offered, and they were made into a broad covering of the altar

King James 2000 Bible
And Eleazar the priest took the bronze censers, with which they that were burned had offered; and they were hammered out for a covering of the altar:

American King James Version
And Eleazar the priest took the brazen censers, with which they that were burnt had offered; and they were made broad plates for a covering of the altar:

American Standard Version
And Eleazar the priest took the brazen censers, which they that were burnt had offered; and they beat them out for a covering of the altar,

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest took the brazen censers, which the men who had been burnt brought near, and they put them as a covering on the altar:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Then Eleazar the priest took the brazen censers, wherein they had offered, whom the burning fire had devoured, and beat them into plates, fastening them to the altar:

Darby Bible Translation
And Eleazar the priest took the copper censers, which they that were burnt had presented; and they were made broad plates for a covering of the altar:

English Revised Version
And Eleazar the priest took the brasen censers, which they that were burnt had offered; and they beat them out for a covering of the altar:

Webster's Bible Translation
And Eleazar the priest took the brazen censers, with which they that were burnt had offered; and they were made broad plates for a covering of the altar:

World English Bible
Eleazar the priest took the bronze censers, which those who were burnt had offered; and they beat them out for a covering of the altar,

Young's Literal Translation
And Eleazar the priest taketh the brazen censers which they who are burnt had brought near, and they spread them out, a covering for the altar --
Study Bible
The Censers Reserved for Holy Use
38As for the censers of those who sinned at the cost of their own lives, hammer them into sheets to overlay the altar, for these were presented before the LORD, and so have become holy. They will serve as a sign to the Israelites.” 39So Eleazar the priest took the bronze censers brought by those who had been burned up, and he had them hammered out to overlay the altar, 40just as the LORD commanded him through Moses. This was to be a reminder to the Israelites that no outsider who is not a descendant of Aaron should approach to offer incense before the LORD, lest he become like Korah and his followers.…
Cross References
Numbers 16:38
As for the censers of those who sinned at the cost of their own lives, hammer them into sheets to overlay the altar, for these were presented before the LORD, and so have become holy. They will serve as a sign to the Israelites."

Numbers 16:40
just as the LORD commanded him through Moses. This was to be a reminder to the Israelites that no outsider who is not a descendant of Aaron should approach to offer incense before the LORD, lest he become like Korah and his followers.

2 Chronicles 26:18
They took their stand against King Uzziah and said, "Uzziah, you have no right to offer incense to the LORD. Only the priests, the descendants of Aaron, are consecrated to burn incense. Leave the sanctuary, for you have acted unfaithfully; you will not receive honor from the LORD God."

Ezra 2:62
These men searched for their family records, but they could not find them and so were excluded from the priesthood as unclean.

Treasury of Scripture

And Eleazar the priest took the brazen censers, with which they that were burnt had offered; and they were made broad plates for a covering of the altar:







Lexicon
So Eleazar
אֶלְעָזָ֣ר (’el·‘ā·zār)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 499: Eleazar -- 'God has helped', six Israelites

the priest
הַכֹּהֵ֗ן (hak·kō·hên)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3548: Priest

took
וַיִּקַּ֞ח (way·yiq·qaḥ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3947: To take

the bronze
הַנְּחֹ֔שֶׁת (han·nə·ḥō·šeṯ)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5178: Copper, something made of that metal, coin, a fetter, base

censers
מַחְתּ֣וֹת (maḥ·tō·wṯ)
Noun - feminine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 4289: A fireholder, censer, snuff dish

brought
הִקְרִ֖יבוּ (hiq·rî·ḇū)
Verb - Hifil - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 7126: To come near, approach

by those who had been burned up,
הַשְּׂרֻפִ֑ים (haś·śə·ru·p̄îm)
Article | Verb - Qal - QalPassParticiple - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 8313: To be, on fire

and he had them hammered out
וַֽיְרַקְּע֖וּם (way·raq·qə·‘ūm)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 7554: To pound the earth, to expand, to overlay

to overlay
צִפּ֥וּי (ṣip·pui)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6826: (metal) plating

the altar,
לַמִּזְבֵּֽחַ׃ (lam·miz·bê·aḥ)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4196: An altar
(39) Wherewith they that were burnt had offered.--Or, which they who were burnt had brought nigh (i.e. unto the Lord).

16:35-40 A fire went out from the Lord, and consumed the two hundred and fifty men that offered incense, while Aaron, who stood with them, was preserved alive. God is jealous of the honour of his own institutions, and will not have them invaded. The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord. The censers are devoted, and, as all devoted things, must be made serviceable to the glory of God. This covering of the altar would remind the children of Israel of this event, that others might hear and fear, and do no more presumptuously. They brought destruction on themselves both in body and soul. Thus all who break the law and neglect the gospel choose and love death.
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