28 And Moses said, “This is how you will know that the Lord has sent me to do all these things that I have done—for I have not done them on my own.29 If these men die a natural death, or if nothing unusual happens, then the Lord has not sent me.30 But if the Lord does something entirely new and the ground opens its mouth and swallows them and all their belongings, and they go down alive into the grave,[a] then you will know that these men have shown contempt for the Lord.”
31 He had hardly finished speaking the words when the ground suddenly split open beneath them.32 The earth opened its mouth and swallowed the men, along with their households and all their followers who were standing with them, and everything they owned.33 So they went down alive into the grave, along with all their belongings. The earth closed over them, and they all vanished from among the people of Israel.34 All the people around them fled when they heard their screams. “The earth will swallow us, too!” they cried.35 Then fire blazed forth from the Lord and burned up the 250 men who were offering incense.
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