Aaron’s Staff Is Chosen

1 Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying,

References for Numbers 17:1

      2 "Speak to the {Israelites}, and take from among them twelve staffs, {a staff from each family} from among all their leaders according to their families' households. Write the name of each man on his staff,

      References for Numbers 17:2

        • a 17:2 - Literally "sons/children of Israel"
        • b 17:2 - Literally "a staff from a house of a father"
          3 and the name of Aaron on the staff of Levi, because one staff [is] for the head of [each of] {their families}.

          References for Numbers 17:3

            • c 17:3 - Literally "the house of their fathers"
              4 You must then put them in the tent of assembly {before} the testimony where I meet with you.

              References for Numbers 17:4

                • d 17:4 - Literally "in the presence of"
                • e 17:4 - Or "the statute"
                  5 And it will happen, the man whom I will choose, his staff will blossom, and so I will rid from upon myself the grumblings of the {Israelites}, who [are] grumbling against you."

                  References for Numbers 17:5

                    • f 17:5 - Literally "sons/children of Israel"
                      6 Moses spoke to the {Israelites}, and all their leaders gave him a staff for each leader, one from {each of their families}, twelve staffs, and the staff of Aaron [was] in the midst of their tribes.

                      References for Numbers 17:6

                        • g 17:6 - Literally "sons/children of Israel"
                        • h 17:6 - Literally "each from the house of their fathers"
                          7 And Moses put the staffs before Yahweh in the tent of testimony.
                          8 Then the next day, Moses went into the tent of the testimony, and behold the staff of Aaron for the house of Levi blossomed and put forth a flower and produced blossoms, and it produced almonds.
                          9 Then Moses brought out to all the {Israelites} all the staffs before the presence of Yahweh, and they saw, and each man took his staff.

                          References for Numbers 17:9

                            • i 17:9 - Literally "sons/children of Israel"
                              10 And Yahweh said to Moses, "Bring back the staff of Aaron before the testimony as a guard and sign for the children of rebellion, and let them finish their grumblings before me and not die."

                              References for Numbers 17:10

                                • j 17:10 - Or "the statute"
                                  11 So Moses did; just as Yahweh commanded him, so he did.
                                  12 And the {Israelites} said to Moses, saying, "Look! We will die! We will be destroyed! All of us will perish!

                                  References for Numbers 17:12

                                    • k 17:12 - Literally "sons/children of Israel"
                                      13 Anyone who approaches the tabernacle of Yahweh will die. {Will we all die}?"

                                      References for Numbers 17:13

                                        • l 17:13 - Literally "Will we all die to perish?"