Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
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"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,
and write Aaron's name on the rod of Levi; for there is one rod 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.
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"It will come about that the rod of 2the 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."
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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.
So Moses deposited the rods before the LORD in 3the tent of the testimony.
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Now on the next day Moses went into the tent of the testimony; and behold, 4the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi had sprouted and put forth buds and produced blossoms, and it bore ripe almonds.
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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.
But the LORD said to Moses, "Put back the rod of Aaron 5before the testimony to be kept as a sign against the 6rebels, that you may put an end to their grumblings against Me, so that they will not die."
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Thus Moses did; just as the LORD had commanded him, so he did.
Then the sons of Israel spoke to Moses, saying, "7Behold, we perish, we are dying, we are all dying!
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"8Everyone who comes near, who comes near to the tabernacle of the LORD, must die. Are we to perish completely?"
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