NASB — Numbers 17 — KJV

Aaron’s Rod Buds

1 IThen the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 2 “Speak to the sons of Israel, and get from them a rod for each father’s household: twelve rods, from all their leaders according to their fathers’ households. You shall write each name on his rod, 3 and write Aaron’s name on the rod of Levi; for there is one rod for the head [of each] of their fathers’ households. 4 You shall then deposit them in the tent of meeting in front of athe testimony, where I meet with you. 5 It will come about that the rod of athe man whom I choose will sprout. Thus I will lessen from upon Myself the grumblings of the sons of Israel, who are grumbling against you.” 6 Moses therefore spoke to the sons of Israel, and all their leaders gave him a rod apiece, for each leader according to their fathers’ households, twelve rods, with the rod of Aaron among their rods. 7 So Moses deposited the rods before the LORD in athe tent of the testimony.

[1] ICh 17:16 in Heb
[4] aEx 25:16, 21, 22; Nu 17:7
[5] aNu 16:5
[7] aNu 1:50, 53; 9:15

8 ¶ Now on the next day Moses went into the tent of the testimony; and behold, athe rod of Aaron for the house of Levi had sprouted and put forth buds and produced blossoms, and it bore ripe almonds. 9 Moses then brought out all the rods from the presence of the LORD to all the sons of Israel; and they looked, and each man took his rod. 10 But the LORD said to Moses, “Put back the rod of Aaron abefore the testimony Ito be kept as a sign against the IIbrebels, that you may put an end to their grumblings against Me, so that they will not die.” 11 Thus Moses did; just as the LORD had commanded him, so he did.

[8] aEzk 17:24; He 9:4
[10] ILit for preserving IILit sons of rebellion aNu 17:4 bDt 9:7, 24

12 ¶ Then the sons of Israel spoke to Moses, saying, “aBehold, we perish, we are dying, we are all dying! 13 aEveryone who comes near, who comes near to the tabernacle of the LORD, must die. Are we to perish completely?”

[12] aIs 6:5
[13] aNu 1:51


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Aaron's rod among all the rods of the tribes only flourisheth.

1 ¶ And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 2 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 rod. 3 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. 4 And thou shalt lay them up in the tabernacle of the congregation before the testimony, where I will meet with you. 5 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.

[2] Gn 49:10; Ex 4:2, 17; Nu 1:5; 2:3; 10:14; Ps 110:2; 125:3; Ezk 19:14; 21:10, 13; 37:16; Mi 7:14.
[3] Ex 6:16, 20; Nu 3:2; 18:1, 7.
[4] Ex 25:16; 29:42; 30:6, 36.
[5] Nu 16:5, 11; 17:8, 10; Is 5:24; 11:1; 13:11; 27:6; 35:1; Ezk 16:41; 23:27; Ho 14:5.

6 ¶ 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 rods. 7 And Moses laid up the rods before the LORD in the tabernacle of witness. 8 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. 9 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.

[6] Nu 17:2.
[7] Ex 38:21; Nu 18:2; Ac 7:44.
[8] Gn 40:10; Nu 17:5; Ps 110:2; 132:17; So 2:3; Is 4:2; Ezk 17:24; 19:12, 14; Jn 15:1.

It is left for a monument against the rebels.

10 ¶ 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. 11 And Moses did [so]: as the LORD commanded him, so did he. 12 And the children of Israel spake unto Moses, saying, Behold, we die, we perish, we all perish. 13 Whosoever cometh any thing near unto the tabernacle of the LORD shall die: shall we be consumed with dying?

[10] Ex 16:32; Nu 16:38, 40; 17:5; Dt 31:19; 1S 2:12; 30:22; Ps 57:4; Is 1:2; Ho 10:9; Ep 2:2; 5:6; He 9:4.
[12] Nu 26:11; Ps 90:7; Pv 19:3; Is 57:16; He 12:5.
[13] Gn 3:3; Nu 1:51; 16:26; 18:4; 32:13; Dt 2:16; 1S 6:19; 2S 6:6; 1Ch 13:11; 15:13; Jb 34:14; Ps 90:7; 130:3; Is 28:22; Ac 5:5, 11; Ep 2:13; He 10:19.


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