I gave warning, and I give warning-- as when I was present the second time, so now while I am absent-- to those who sinned before and to all the rest: if I come again, I will not be lenient,
This is why I am writing these things while absent, that when I am there I will not use severity, in keeping with the authority the Lord gave me for building up and not for tearing down.
He warned the community, "Get away now from the tents of these wicked men. Don't touch anything that belongs to them, or you will be swept away because of all their sins."
So they got away from the dwellings of Korah, Dathan, and Abiram. Meanwhile, Dathan and Abiram came out and stood at the entrance of their tents with their wives, children, and infants.
Then Moses said, "This is how you will know that the LORD sent me to do all these things and that it was not of my own will:
If these men die [naturally] as all people would, and suffer the fate of all, then the LORD has not sent me.
But if the LORD brings about something unprecedented, and the ground opens its mouth and swallows them along with all that belongs to them so that they go down alive into Sheol, then you will know that these men have despised the LORD."
Then Peter said, "Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the proceeds from the field?
Wasn't it yours while you possessed it? And after it was sold, wasn't it at your disposal? Why is it that you planned this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God!"
When he heard these words, Ananias dropped dead, and a great fear came on all who heard.
The young men got up, wrapped [his body], carried him out, and buried him.
There was an interval of about three hours; then his wife came in, not knowing what had happened.
"Tell me," Peter asked her, "did you sell the field for this price?" "Yes," she said, "for that price."
Then Peter said to her, "Why did you agree to test the Spirit of the Lord? Look! The feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out!"
Instantly she dropped dead at his feet. When the young men came in, they found her dead, carried her out, and buried her beside her husband.
Then great fear came on the whole church and on all who heard these things.
and said, "You son of the Devil, full of all deceit and all fraud, enemy of all righteousness! Won't you ever stop perverting the straight paths of the Lord?
Now, look! The Lord's hand is against you: you are going to be blind, and will not see the sun for a time." Suddenly a mist and darkness fell on him, and he went around seeking someone to lead him by the hand.
What do you want? Should I come to you with a rod, or in love and a spirit of gentleness?
For though absent in body but present in spirit, I have already decided about him who has done this thing as though I were present.
In the name of our Lord Jesus, when you are assembled, along with my spirit and with the power of our Lord Jesus,
turn that one over to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, so that his spirit may be saved in the Day of the Lord.
Hymenaeus and Alexander are among them, and I have delivered them to Satan, so that they may be taught not to blaspheme.
This is why, if I come, I will remind him of the works he is doing, slandering us with malicious words. And he is not satisfied with that! He not only refuses to welcome the brothers himself, but he even stops those who want to do so and expels them from the church.
It was for this purpose I wrote: so I may know your proven character, if you are obedient in everything.
And his affection toward you is even greater as he remembers the obedience of all of you, and how you received him with fear and trembling.