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“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.”

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Numbers 16:33 Translation & Meaning

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They, הֵ֣ם They (only used when emphatic) They
and all וְכָל Properly, the whole; hence, all, any or every (in the singular only, but often in a plural sense) all
that אֲשֶׁ֥ר Who, which, what, that; also (as an adverb and a conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc that
appertained (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
to them, went down וַיֵּ֨רְד֜וּ To descend (literally, to go downwards; or conventionally to a lower region, as the shore, a boundary, the enemy, etc.; or figuratively, to fall); causatively, to bring down (in all the above applications) down
alive חַיִּ֖ים Alive; hence, raw (flesh); fresh (plant, water, year), strong; also (as noun, especially in the feminine singular and masculine plural) life (or living thing), whether literally or figuratively alive
into the pit, שְׁאֹ֑לָה Hades or the world of the dead (as if a subterranean retreat), including its accessories and inmates pit
and the earth הָאָ֔רֶץ The earth (at large, or partitively a land) earth
closed וַתְּכַ֤ס Properly, to plump, i.e., fill up hollows; by implication, to cover (for clothing or secrecy) closed
upon עֲלֵיהֶם֙ Above, over, upon, or against (yet always in this last relation with a downward aspect) in a great variety of applications upon
them: and they perished וַיֹּֽאבְד֖וּ Properly, to wander away, i.e., lose oneself; by implication to perish (causative, destroy) perished
from among מִתּ֥וֹךְ A bisection, i.e., (by implication) the center among
the congregation. הַקָּהָֽל׃ Assemblage (usually concretely) congregation

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  • 31  And it came to pass, as he had made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground clave asunder that was under them:

  • 32  And the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed them up, and their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods.

  • 33  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.

  • 34  And all Israel that were round about them fled at the cry of them: for they said, Lest the earth swallow us up also.

  • 35  And there came out a fire from the Lord, and consumed the two hundred and fifty men that offered incense.


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