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Numbers 17

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Only Aaron's rod, among all the rods of the tribes, flourishes.

17:1 Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying,

17:2 “Speak to 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: write every man’s name on his rod.

17:3 You shall write Aaron’s name on the rod of Levi; for there shall be one rod for each head of their fathers’ houses.

17:4 You shall lay them up in the Tent of Meeting before the testimony, where I meet with you.

17:5 It shall happen, that the rod of the man whom I shall choose shall bud: and I will make to cease from me the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmur against you.”

17:6 Moses spoke to 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.

17:7 Moses laid up the rods before Yahweh in the tent of the testimony.

17:8 It happened on the next day, 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 produced blossoms, and bore ripe almonds.

17:9 Moses brought out all the rods from before Yahweh to all the children of Israel: and they looked, and took every man his rod.

It is left for a monument against the rebels.

17:10 Yahweh said to Moses, “Put back the rod of Aaron before the testimony, to be kept for a token against the children of rebellion; that you may make an end of their murmurings against me, that they not die.”

17:11 Moses did so. As Yahweh commanded him, so he did.

17:12 The children of Israel spoke to Moses, saying, “Behold, we perish! We are undone! We are all undone!

17:13 Everyone who comes near, who comes near to the tabernacle of Yahweh, dies! Will we all perish?

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