And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
Speak unto the children of Israel, and take of every one of them a rod
according to the house of their fathers, of all their princes according to
the house of their fathers twelve rods: write thou every man's name upon his
And thou shalt write Aaron's name upon the rod of Levi: for one rod shall
be for the head of the house of their fathers.
(17:1-3) God tells Moses to make twelve rods, one for each of the tribes of Israel. Each rod is
to have the name of a man from each tribe written on it. Aaron's name is to be written on the rod of Levi.
And thou shalt lay them up in the tabernacle of the congregation before
the testimony, where I will meet with you.
And it shall come to pass, that the man's rod, whom I shall choose, shall
blossom: and I will make to cease from me the murmurings of the children of
Israel, whereby they murmur against you.
And Moses spake unto the children of Israel, and every one of their
princes gave him a rod apiece, for each prince one, according to their
fathers' houses, even twelve rods: and the rod of Aaron was among their
And Moses laid up the rods before the LORD in the tabernacle of witness.
(17:4-7) God says he will choose one of the rods and make it blossom! That will make the murmurers stop their
And it came to pass, that on the morrow Moses went into the tabernacle of
witness; and, behold, 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
children of Israel: and they looked, and took every man his rod.
(17:8) Behold, the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi was budded, and brought forth buds,
and bloomed blossoms, and yielded almonds.
Aaron's rod buds, blooms, and yield almonds. (He's getting better at his magic tricks.)
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 shalt quite take away
their murmurings from me, that they die not.
And Moses did so: as the LORD commanded him, so did he.
And the children of
Israel spake unto Moses, saying, Behold, we die, we perish, we all perish.
Whosoever cometh any
thing near unto the tabernacle of the LORD shall die: shall we be
consumed with dying?