1aThen the LORDspoke to Moses, saying,
2"Speak to the sons of Israel, and get from them a rod for each father'shousehold: twelverods, from all their leaders according to their fathers'households. You shall writeeachname on his rod,
and writeAaron'sname on the rod of Levi; for there is onerod for the head of each of their fathers'households.
"You shall then deposit them in the tent of meeting in front of 1the testimony, where I meet with you.
"It will come about that the rod of 2the manwhom I choose will sprout. Thus I will lessen from upon Myself the grumblings of the sons of Israel, who are grumblingagainst you."
6Moses therefore spoke to the sons of Israel, and all their leadersgave him a rodapiece, for eachleader according to their fathers'households, twelverods, with the rod of Aaronamong their rods.
So Mosesdeposited the rodsbefore the LORD in 3the tent of the testimony.
Now on the nextdayMoseswent into the tent of the testimony; and behold, 4the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi had sprouted and putforthbuds and producedblossoms, and it boreripealmonds.
9Moses then brought out all the rods from the presence of the LORD to all the sons of Israel; and they looked, and eachmantook his rod.
But the LORDsaid to Moses, "Putback the rod of Aaron5before the testimonybto be kept as a sign against the c6rebels, that you may put an end to their grumblingsagainst Me, so that they will not die."
Thus Mosesdid; just as the LORD had commanded him, so he did.
Then the sons of Israelspoke to Moses, saying, "7Behold, we perish, we are dying, we are alldying!
"8Everyone who comesnear, who comesnear to the tabernacle of the LORD, must die. Are we to perishcompletely?"