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you lift up yourselves above the congregation of the the Lord? And when Moses heard it, he fell upon his face, and said unto Kore, and his company, to-morrow the Lord will then who is bis, and who is holy, and will cause him to come near him, even him bu has chofen; this do, take you cenfors, Kore and his company, and put fire and incense in them to-morrow, and it mall be, the man who the Lord chuseth, he shall be holy. You take too much upon you, you was of Levi. And Moses sent to call Dathan and Abiran, who said, we will not come. Is it a small thing to bring us out of a land flowing with milk and honey, to kill us in the wilderness, and to make yourself prince over us? And Moses was angry, and said unto the Lord, Refpe&t not their offspring, I have not wronged nor hurt one of them. And Moses said to Kore, be thou and all thy company before the Lord and Aaron to-morrow, and every man his cenfor with incense 250 censors ; and they took every man his censor and put fire in theni, and laid incense therein, and stood in the door of the tabernacle of the congregation with Moses and Aaron. And Kore gathered all the congregation against them to the door of the tabernacle, and the glory of the Lord appeared to all the congregation. And the Lord Ipake to Moses aud Aaron, saying, Separate yourselves from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment. And they fell upon their faces, and said, O God, the God of the Spirit of all flesh, Mall one man fin, and wili thou be angry with all the congregation ? And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak to the congreD4
tion to get from the tabernacle of Kore, Datban and Abiram. Moses rose up and went to Dathan and Abiram, and the elders of Israel followed him, and he spake to the congregation, Depart, I pray you, from the tents of those wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs, left you be consumed in their fin; so get from the tabernacle of Kore, Dathan and Abiram. And Dathan and Abiram stood in the door of their tents, with their wives and children, and Moses said, hereby you fall know that the Lord has fent me to do all ihese works, for I have not done them of myself. If these men die a common death then the Lord bath not jent 112e ; but the Lord make a new thing, and the earth opens and swallows then up, with all that appertains to them, and they go down into the pit, then you mall understand that these men have provoked the Lord. As he made an end of speaking, the earth opened and swallowed up them, their houses, and all the men that appertained unto Kore, and all their goods, and the earth closed upon them, and all Israel that was round about them fied to the cry of them; for they said, left the earth swallow us up also. And there came out a fire from the Lord, and consumed the 250 men that offered incense. And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, speak to Eleazar, the son of Aaron the priest, that he tak: up the censors out of the burn. ing and fiatter then the fire yonder, for they are hallowed the cenfors of these finners against their own souls ; let them make them broad plates for a covering of the altar, for they offered them before ?: Lord, therefore they are hallowed and shall be a Sign unto ihe children of Israel. And Eleazar the priest took the brazen censors, wherewith they that were burned had offered, and they were made broad plates for a covering of the altar, to be a memorial unto the children of Israel, that no stranger, which is not of the feed of Aaron, come near to offer incense before the Lord, that he be not as Kore, and his coulpany, as the Lord said to him by the hand of Moses. But on the morrow all the congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and Aaron, saying, you have killed the people of the Lord. And when they were gathered again together against Moses and Aaron, that they looked towards the tabernacle, and the cloud covered it; and the glory of the Lord appeared, and Moses and Aaron came before the tabernacle, and the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, get you up from this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment; and they fell on their faces, and Moses said to Aaron, take c. cenfor, and put fire therein, from the altar, and put on incense, and go quickly unto the congregation and make an atonement for them, for their wrath is gone out from ihe Lord, the plague is bigun. And Aaron took, as Moses conimanded, and ran into the midst of the congregation, and behold the plague was begun among the people, and he put on incense, and made an atonement for the people, and he stood between the dead and the living, and the plague was stayed. Now they that died in the plague were 14,700, besides, them that died about the matter of Kore, and Aaron returned unto Moses, and .
unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and the plague was stayed. And the Lord spoke unto Mofes, Speak unto the children of Israel, and take of every one of them a rod according to the bouse of their fathers, of all their princes, twelve rods, write every man's name upon bis rod, and write Aaron's name on the rod of Levi, for one rod shall be for the head of the house of their futhers, and lay them up in the tabernacle, before the testimony, where I will meet with you, and the man's rod that I shall choose Mall blossom, and I will make to cease from fin the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmur against you. And Moses spoke to the children of Israel, and every one of their princes gave him a rod, for each prince one, according to their fathers houses, even 12 rods, and the rod of Aaron was aniong their rods, and Moses laid up the rods before the Lord, in the tabernacle of wit. ness, and on the morrow Moses went into the tabernacle of witness, and the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi was budded, and brought forth buds, and bloomed blossoms, and yielded almonds; and Moses brought out all the rods, from before the Lord, unto all the chil. dren of Israel, and they looked, and took every man his rod, and the Lord said unto Moses, bring Aaron's rod again, before the testimony, to be kept for a token against the rebels, and thou malt quite take away their murmuring, from me that they die not. And Moses did so, as the Lord commanded him, and the children of Israel spoke unto Moses, saying, Bebold we die,
whoever comelb near to the tabernacle of the Lord ball die.'
These and many other parts of scriptures are convincing proofs of the malice of schism and heresy, and there can be no crime more detestable in its nature, nor meets with greater marks of divine displeasure and punishments; it is blasphemy and the highest insult that can be offered to the Majesty of God. But this language is unreasonable to divines, from whom I ought to seek instruction, and I have ever made it a rule rather to be taught, than to teach, and to embrace wisdom wherever I can find her. Salvation is a prize worthy our attention, and it is this with settled in me, that eggs me on to seek in-others what I find want, ing in my own conceptions. This I am persuaded is our joint with and happy if we can allist each other to attain the desired haven.
Luth. • Calv. We will heartily concur with you in this great and noble pursuit; for, will it avail us to gain the world at the expence of our happiness?
Mf. Divine truths are to be obtained at the þead, from whence they ifsue, a system different from that of Calvin, who would have them perfected by time, to bring or ripen into maturity, putting them in the weak and imperfect state, as matter.
Luth. & Calv. God is truth and every man a liar.
Mof. To prove what I assert, we will begin with the creation. The scripture bears record that all things were, in their creation, good