Korach קֹרַח is the thirty-eighth parsha in the annual reading cycle. It is the fifth reading in Bamidbar (Numbers). Korach קֹרַח is translated as “Korah”, “Korach“, or “Qorah“. This is a proper name it is kinda’ standard in how it is translated. The various spellings deal with the tradition of how letters are translated.
In the Strongs and BDB you will see baldness ?, or to make bald, as the definition of this name. This is not the true meaning. See, in Hebrew, letters are added to the beginning or ending of a root word. This will change the meaning of the word. Here by doing this it can take on the meaning “to make bald” or “to shear“. Also changing the vowel points creates new words.
According to the Etymological Dictionary of Biblical Hebrew, (a kosher source) the letters ק qoph, ר resh, ח chet (קרח) means “cohere“. The extended meanings are (1) “balding”, (2) “smooth interior garment” (3) “frost; hold together” so strictly speaking here this word does not mean “balding” or “to make bald”.
Korach קֹרַח is the second word and the first distinctive word in the Hebrew text (see text below).
- Hebrew letters – 5,325
- Hebrew words – 1,409
- Pesukim (sentences) – 95
- Verses – 95
- Lines in a Torah Scroll- 184
- Number of Mitzvot – 9 Mitzvot in Parsha Korach קֹרַח
- Positive – 5
- Negative – 4
- Double Count – 2 Doubles in Parsha Korach קֹרַח
- See Hebrew text for Parsha Korach קֹרַח
Halftorah: 1 Samuel 11:14 – 12:22
Brit Hahagaddah: Acts 15:1-11
First reading — B’midbar (Numbers) 16:1–13
Second reading — B’midbar (Numbers) 16:14-19
Third reading — B’midbar (Numbers) 16:20-17:8
Fourth reading — B’midbar (Numbers) 17:9-15
Fifth reading — B’midbar (Numbers) 17:16-24
Sixth reading — B’midbar (Numbers) 17:25-18:20
Seventh reading — B’midbar (Numbers) 18:21-32
Num 16:1 Now Korah, the son of Izhar, the son of Kohath, the son of Levi, with Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab, and On, the son of Peleth, sons of Reuben, took men;
Num 16:2 and they rose up in face of Moses, with certain of the children of Israel, two hundred and fifty men; they were princes of the congregation, the elect men of the assembly, men of renown;
Num 16:3 and they assembled themselves together against Moses and against Aaron, and said unto them: ‘Ye take too much upon you, seeing all the congregation are holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them; wherefore then lift ye up yourselves above the assembly of the LORD?’
Num 16:4 And when Moses heard it, he fell upon his face.
Num 16:5 And he spoke unto Korah and unto all his company, saying: ‘In the morning the LORD will show who are His, and who is holy, and will cause him to come near unto Him; even him whom He may choose will He cause to come near unto Him.
Num 16:6 This do: take you censors, Korah, and all his company;
Num 16:7 and put fire therein, and put incense upon them before the LORD to-morrow; and it shall be that the man whom the LORD doth choose, he shall be holy; ye take too much upon you, ye sons of Levi.’
Num 16:8 And Moses said unto Korah: ‘Hear now, ye sons of Levi:
Num 16:9 is it but a small thing unto you, that the God of Israel hath separated you from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to Himself, to do the service of the tabernacle of the LORD, and to stand before the congregation to minister unto them;
Num 16:10 and that He hath brought thee near, and all thy brethren the sons of Levi with thee? and will ye seek the priesthood also?
Num 16:11 Therefore thou and all thy company that are gathered together against the LORD – ; and as to Aaron, what is he that ye murmur against him?’
Num 16:12 And Moses sent to call Dathan and Abiram, the sons of Eliab; and they said: ‘We will not come up;
Num 16:13 is it a small thing that thou hast brought us up out of a land flowing with milk and honey, to kill us in the wilderness, but thou must needs make thyself also a prince over us?
Num 16:14 Moreover thou hast not brought us into a land flowing with milk and honey, nor given us inheritance of fields and vineyards; wilt thou put out the eyes of these men? we will not come up.’
Num 16:15 And Moses was very wroth, and said unto the LORD: ‘Respect not Thou their offering; I have not taken one ass from them, neither have I hurt one of them.’
Num 16:16 And Moses said unto Korah: ‘Be thou and all thy congregation before the LORD, thou, and they, and Aaron, to-morrow;
Num 16:17 and take ye every man his fire-pan, and put incense upon them, and bring ye before the LORD every man his fire-pan, two hundred and fifty fire-pans; thou also, and Aaron, each his fire-pan.’
Num 16:18 And they took every man his fire-pan, and put fire in them, and laid incense thereon, and stood at the door of the tent of meeting with Moses and Aaron.
Num 16:19 And Korah assembled all the congregation against them unto the door of the tent of meeting; and the glory of the LORD appeared unto all the congregation.
Num 16:20 And the LORD spoke unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying:
Num 16:21 ‘Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment.’
Num 16:22 And they fell upon their faces, and said: ‘O God, the God of the spirits of all flesh, shall one man sin, and wilt Thou be wroth with all the congregation?’
Num 16:23 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying:
Num 16:24 ‘Speak unto the congregation, saying: Get you up from about the dwelling of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram.’
Num 16:25 And Moses rose up and went unto Dathan and Abiram; and the elders of Israel followed him.
Num 16:26 And he spoke unto the congregation, saying: ‘Depart, I pray you, from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs, lest ye be swept away in all their sins.’
Num 16:27 So they got them up from the dwelling of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram, on every side; and Dathan and Abiram came out, and stood at the door of their tents, with their wives, and their sons, and their little ones.
Num 16:28 And Moses said: ‘Hereby ye shall know that the LORD hath sent me to do all these works, and that I have not done them of mine own mind.
Num 16:29 If these men die the common death of all men, and be visited after the visitation of all men, then the LORD hath not sent Me.
Num 16:30 But if the LORD make a new thing, and the ground open her mouth, and swallow them up, with all that appertain unto them, and they go down alive into the pit, then ye shall understand that these men have despised the LORD.’
Num 16:31 And it came to pass, as he made an end of speaking all these words, that the ground did cleave asunder that was under them.
Num 16:32 And the earth opened her mouth and swallowed them up, and their households, and all the men that appertained unto Korah, and all their goods.
Num 16:33 So 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 assembly.
Num 16:34 And all Israel that were round about them fled at the cry of them; for they said: ‘Lest the earth swallow us up.’
Num 16:35 And fire came forth from the LORD, and devoured the two hundred and fifty men that offered the incense.
Chapter 17:8 (16:36-43)
Num 16:36 (17:1) And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying:
Num 16:37 (17:2) ‘Speak unto Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest, that he take up the fire-pans out of the burning, and scatter thou the fire yonder; for they are become holy;
Num 16:38 (17:3) even the fire-pans of these men who have sinned at the cost of their lives, and let them be made beaten plates for a covering of the altar – for they are become holy, because they were offered before the LORD – that they may be a sign unto the children of Israel.’
Num 16:39 (17:4) 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,
Num 16:40 (17:5) to be a memorial unto the children of Israel, to the end that no common man, that is not of the seed of Aaron, draw near to burn incense before the LORD; that he fare not as Korah, and as his company; as the LORD spoke unto him by the hand of Moses.
Num 16:41 (17:6) But on the morrow all the congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron, saying: ‘Ye have killed the people of the LORD.’
Num 16:42 (17:7) And it came to pass, when the congregation was assembled against Moses and against Aaron, that they looked toward the tent of meeting; and, behold, the cloud covered it, and the glory of the LORD appeared.
Num 16:43 (17:8) And Moses and Aaron came to the front of the tent of meeting.
Chapter 17:9-15 (16:44-50)
Num 16:44 (17:9) And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying:
Num 16:45 (17:10) ‘Get you up from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment.’ And they fell upon their faces.
Num 16:46 (17:11) And Moses said unto Aaron: ‘Take thy fire-pan, and put fire therein from off the altar, and lay incense thereon, and carry it quickly unto the congregation, and make atonement for them; for there is wrath gone out from the LORD: the plague is begun.’
Num 16:47 (17:12) And Aaron took as Moses spoke, and ran into the midst of the assembly; and, behold, the plague was begun among the people; and he put on the incense, and made atonement for the people.
Num 16:48 (17:13) And he stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was stayed.
Num 16:49 (17:14) Now they that died by the plague were fourteen thousand and seven hundred, besides them that died about the matter of Korah.
Num 16:50 (17:15) And Aaron returned unto Moses unto the door of the tent of meeting, and the plague was stayed.
Chapter 17:16-24 (17:1-9)
Aaron’s Staff Buds
Num 17:1 (17:16) And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying:
Num 17:2 (17:17) ‘Speak unto the children of Israel, and take of them rods, one for each fathers’ house, of all their princes according to their fathers’ houses, twelve rods; thou shalt write every man’s name upon his rod.
Num 17:3 (17:18) And thou shalt write Aaron’s name upon the rod of Levi, for there shall be one rod for the head of their fathers’ houses.
Num 17:4 (17:19) And thou shalt lay them up in the tent of meeting before the testimony, where I meet with you.
Num 17:5 (17:20) And it shall come to pass, that the man whom I shall choose, his rod shall bud; and I will make to cease from Me the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmur against you.’
Num 17:6 (17:21) And Moses spoke unto the children of Israel; and all their princes gave him rods, for each prince one, according to their fathers’ houses, even twelve rods; and the rod of Aaron was among their rods.
Num 17:7 (17:22) And Moses laid up the rods before the LORD in the tent of the testimony.
Num 17:8 (17:23) And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses went into the tent of the testimony; and, behold, the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi was budded, and put forth buds, and bloomed blossoms, and bore ripe almonds.
Num 17:9 (17:24) And Moses brought out all the rods from before the LORD unto all the children of Israel; and they looked, and took every man his rod.
Chapter 17:25-28 (17:10-13)
Num 17:10 (17:25) And the LORD said unto Moses: ‘Put back the rod of Aaron before the testimony, to be kept there, for a token against the rebellious children; that there may be made an end of their murmurings against Me, that they die not.’
Num 17:11 (17:26) Thus did Moses; as the LORD commanded him, so did he.
Num 17:12 (17:27) And the children of Israel spoke unto Moses, saying: ‘Behold, we perish, we are undone, we are all undone.
Num 17:13 (17:28) Every one that cometh near, that cometh near unto the tabernacle of the LORD, is to die; shall we wholly perish?’
Duties of Priests and Levites
Num 18:1 And the LORD said unto Aaron: ‘Thou and thy sons and thy fathers’ house with thee shall bear the iniquity of the sanctuary; and thou and thy sons with thee shall bear the iniquity of your priesthood.
Num 18:2 And thy brethren also, the tribe of Levi, the tribe of thy father, bring thou near with thee, that they may be joined unto thee, and minister unto thee, thou and thy sons with thee being before the tent of the testimony.
Num 18:3 And they shall keep thy charge, and the charge of all the Tent; only they shall not come nigh unto the holy furniture and unto the altar, that they die not, neither they, nor ye.
Num 18:4 And they shall be joined unto thee, and keep the charge of the tent of meeting, whatsoever the service of the Tent may be; but a common man shall not draw nigh unto you.
Num 18:5 And ye shall keep the charge of the holy things, and the charge of the altar, that there be wrath no more upon the children of Israel.
Num 18:6 And I, behold, I have taken your brethren the Levites from among the children of Israel; for you they are given as a gift unto the LORD, to do the service of the tent of meeting.
Num 18:7 And thou and thy sons with thee shall keep your priesthood in everything that pertaineth to the altar, and to that within the veil; and ye shall serve; I give you the priesthood as a service of gift; and the common man that draweth nigh shall be put to death.’
Num 18:8 And the LORD spoke unto Aaron: ‘And I, behold, I have given thee the charge of My heave-offerings; even of all the hallowed things of the children of Israel unto thee have I given them for a consecrated portion, and to thy sons, as a due for ever.
Num 18:9 This shall be thine of the most holy things, reserved from the fire: every offering of theirs, even every meal-offering of theirs, and every sin-offering of theirs, and every guilt-offering of theirs, which they may render unto Me, shall be most holy for thee and for thy sons.
Num 18:10 In a most holy place shalt thou eat thereof; every male may eat thereof; it shall be holy unto thee.
Num 18:11 And this is thine: the heave-offering of their gift, even all the wave-offerings of the children of Israel; I have given them unto thee, and to thy sons and to thy daughters with thee, as a due for ever; every one that is clean in thy house may eat thereof.
Num 18:12 All the best of the oil, and all the best of the wine, and of the corn, the first part of them which they give unto the LORD, to thee have I given them.
Num 18:13 The first-ripe fruits of all that is in their land, which they bring unto the LORD, shall be thine; every one that is clean in thy house may eat thereof.
Num 18:14 Every thing devoted in Israel shall be thine.
Num 18:15 Every thing that openeth the womb, of all flesh which they offer unto the LORD, both of man and beast, shall be thine; howbeit the first-born of man shalt thou surely redeem, and the firstling of unclean beasts shalt thou redeem.
Num 18:16 And their redemption-money – from a month old shalt thou redeem them – shall be, according to thy valuation, five shekels of silver, after the shekel of the sanctuary – the same is twenty gerahs.
Num 18:17 But the firstling of an ox, or the firstling of a sheep, or the firstling of a goat, thou shalt not redeem; they are holy: thou shalt dash their blood against the altar, and shalt make their fat smoke for an offering made by fire, for a sweet savour unto the LORD.
Num 18:18 And the flesh of them shall be thine, as the wave-breast and as the right thigh, it shall be thine.
Num 18:19 All the heave-offerings of the holy things, which the children of Israel offer unto the LORD, have I given thee, and thy sons and thy daughters with thee, as a due for ever; it is an everlasting covenant of salt before the LORD unto thee and to thy seed with thee.’
Num 18:20 And the LORD said unto Aaron: ‘Thou shalt have no inheritance in their land, neither shalt thou have any portion among them; I am thy portion and thine inheritance among the children of Israel.
Num 18:21 And unto the children of Levi, behold, I have given all the tithe in Israel for an inheritance, in return for their service which they serve, even the service of the tent of meeting.
Num 18:22 And henceforth the children of Israel shall not come nigh the tent of meeting, lest they bear sin, and die.
Num 18:23 But the Levites alone shall do the service of the tent of meeting, and they shall bear their iniquity; it shall be a statute for ever throughout your generations, and among the children of Israel they shall have no inheritance.
Num 18:24 For the tithe of the children of Israel, which they set apart as a gift unto the LORD, I have given to the Levites for an inheritance; therefore I have said unto them: Among the children of Israel they shall have no inheritance.’
Num 18:25 And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying:
Num 18:26 ‘Moreover thou shalt speak unto the Levites, and say unto them: When ye take of the children of Israel the tithe which I have given you from them for your inheritance, then ye shall set apart of it a gift for the LORD, even a tithe of the tithe.
Num 18:27 And the gift which ye set apart shall be reckoned unto you, as though it were the corn of the threshing-floor, and as the fulness of the wine-press.
Num 18:28 Thus ye also shall set apart a gift unto the LORD of all your tithes, which ye receive of the children of Israel; and thereof ye shall give the gift which is set apart unto the LORD to Aaron the priest.
Num 18:29 Out of all that is given you ye shall set apart all of that which is due unto the LORD, of all the best thereof, even the hallowed part thereof out of it.
Num 18:30 Therefore thou shalt say unto them: When ye set apart the best thereof from it, then it shall be counted unto the Levites as the increase of the threshing-floor, and as the increase of the wine-press.
Num 18:31 And ye may eat it in every place, ye and your households; for it is your reward in return for your service in the tent of meeting.
Num 18:32 And ye shall bear no sin by reason of it, seeing that ye have set apart from it the best thereof; and ye shall not profane the holy things of the children of Israel, that ye die not.’
1Sa 11:14 Then Samuel said to the people, “Come, let us go to Gilgal and there renew the kingdom.”
1Sa 11:15 So all the people went to Gilgal, and there they made Saul king before the LORD in Gilgal. There they sacrificed peace offerings before the LORD, and there Saul and all the men of Israel rejoiced greatly.
Samuel’s Farewell Address
1Sa 12:1 And Samuel said to all Israel, “Behold, I have obeyed your voice in all that you have said to me and have made a king over you.
1Sa 12:2 And now, behold, the king walks before you, and I am old and gray; and behold, my sons are with you. I have walked before you from my youth until this day.
1Sa 12:3 Here I am; testify against me before the LORD and before his anointed. Whose ox have I taken? Or whose donkey have I taken? Or whom have I defrauded? Whom have I oppressed? Or from whose hand have I taken a bribe to blind my eyes with it? Testify against me and I will restore it to you.”
1Sa 12:4 They said, “You have not defrauded us or oppressed us or taken anything from any man’s hand.”
1Sa 12:5 And he said to them, “The LORD is witness against you, and his anointed is witness this day, that you have not found anything in my hand.” And they said, “He is witness.”
1Sa 12:6 And Samuel said to the people, “The LORD is witness, who appointed Moses and Aaron and brought your fathers up out of the land of Egypt.
1Sa 12:7 Now therefore stand still that I may plead with you before the LORD concerning all the righteous deeds of the LORD that he performed for you and for your fathers.
1Sa 12:8 When Jacob went into Egypt, and the Egyptians oppressed them, then your fathers cried out to the LORD and the LORD sent Moses and Aaron, who brought your fathers out of Egypt and made them dwell in this place.
1Sa 12:9 But they forgot the LORD their God. And he sold them into the hand of Sisera, commander of the army of Hazor, and into the hand of the Philistines, and into the hand of the king of Moab. And they fought against them.
1Sa 12:10 And they cried out to the LORD and said, ‘We have sinned, because we have forsaken the LORD and have served the Baals and the Ashtaroth. But now deliver us out of the hand of our enemies, that we may serve you.’
1Sa 12:11 And the LORD sent Jerubbaal and Barak and Jephthah and Samuel and delivered you out of the hand of your enemies on every side, and you lived in safety.
1Sa 12:12 And when you saw that Nahash the king of the Ammonites came against you, you said to me, ‘No, but a king shall reign over us,’ when the LORD your God was your king.
1Sa 12:13 And now behold the king whom you have chosen, for whom you have asked; behold, the LORD has set a king over you.
1Sa 12:14 If you will fear the LORD and serve him and obey his voice and not rebel against the commandment of the LORD, and if both you and the king who reigns over you will follow the LORD your God, it will be well.
1Sa 12:15 But if you will not obey the voice of the LORD, but rebel against the commandment of the LORD, then the hand of the LORD will be against you and your king.
1Sa 12:16 Now therefore stand still and see this great thing that the LORD will do before your eyes.
1Sa 12:17 Is it not wheat harvest today? I will call upon the LORD, that he may send thunder and rain. And you shall know and see that your wickedness is great, which you have done in the sight of the LORD, in asking for yourselves a king.”
1Sa 12:18 So Samuel called upon the LORD, and the LORD sent thunder and rain that day, and all the people greatly feared the LORD and Samuel.
1Sa 12:19 And all the people said to Samuel, “Pray for your servants to the LORD your God, that we may not die, for we have added to all our sins this evil, to ask for ourselves a king.”
1Sa 12:20 And Samuel said to the people, “Do not be afraid; you have done all this evil. Yet do not turn aside from following the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart.
1Sa 12:21 And do not turn aside after empty things that cannot profit or deliver, for they are empty.
1Sa 12:22 For the LORD will not forsake his people, for his great name’s sake, because it has pleased the LORD to make you a people for himself.
Act 15:1 But some men came down from Judea and were teaching the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.”
Act 15:2 And after Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and debate with them, Paul and Barnabas and some of the others were appointed to go up to Jerusalem to the apostles and the elders about this question.
Act 15:3 So, being sent on their way by the church, they passed through both Phoenicia and Samaria, describing in detail the conversion of the Gentiles, and brought great joy to all the brothers.
Act 15:4 When they came to Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church and the apostles and the elders, and they declared all that God had done with them.
Act 15:5 But some believers who belonged to the party of the Pharisees rose up and said, “It is necessary to circumcise them and to order them to keep the law of Moses.”
Act 15:6 The apostles and the elders were gathered together to consider this matter.
Act 15:7 And after there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, “Brothers, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that by my mouth the Gentiles should hear the word of the gospel and believe.
Act 15:8 And God, who knows the heart, bore witness to them, by giving them the Holy Spirit just as he did to us,
Act 15:9 and he made no distinction between us and them, having cleansed their hearts by faith.
Act 15:10 Now, therefore, why are you putting God to the test by placing a yoke on the neck of the disciples that neither our fathers nor we have been able to bear?
Act 15:11 But we believe that we will be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they will.”
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