1Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying,
2Speak 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 you every
man’s name on his rod.
3You shall write Aaron’s name on the rod of Levi;
for there shall be one rod for each head of their fathers’ houses.
shall lay them up in the tent of meeting before the testimony, where I meet
5It 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.
6Moses 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
7Moses laid up the rods before Yahweh in the tent of the
8It 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.
9Moses brought out all the rods from before Yahweh to all the children of
Israel: and they looked, and took every man his rod.
10Yahweh 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.
11Thus did Moses: as Yahweh
commanded him, so did he.
12The children of Israel spoke to Moses,
saying, Behold, we perish, we are undone, we are all undone.
who comes near, who comes near to the tent of Yahweh, dies: shall we perish
all of us?