Compare Translations for Numbers 17:3

Numbers 17:3 ASV
And thou shalt write Aaron's name upon the rod of Levi; for there shall be one rod for each head of their fathers' houses.
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Numbers 17:3 BBE
And let Aaron's name be placed on the rod of Levi: for there is to be one rod for the head of every family.
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Numbers 17:3 CEB
Write Aaron's name on Levi's staff, for there will be one staff for the leader of each household.
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Numbers 17:3 CJB
and write Aharon's name on the staff of Levi, for each tribe's leader is to have one staff.
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Numbers 17:3 RHE
And the name of Aaron shall be for the tribe of Levi, and one rod shall contain all their families:
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Numbers 17:3 ESV
and write Aaron's name on the staff of Levi. For there shall be one staff for the head of each fathers' house.
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Numbers 17:3 GW
Write Aaron's name on the staff for Levi because there must be one staff for the head of each tribe.
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Numbers 17:3 GNT
and then write Aaron's name on the stick representing Levi. There will be one stick for each tribal leader.
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Numbers 17:3 HNV
You shall write Aharon's name on the rod of Levi; for there shall be one rod for each head of their fathers' houses.
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Numbers 17:3 CSB
Write Aaron's name on Levi's staff, because there must be one staff for the head of each ancestral house.
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Numbers 17:3 KJV
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.
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Numbers 17:3 LEB
and the name of Aaron on the staff of Levi, because one staff [is] for the head of [each of] {their families}.
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Numbers 17:3 NAS
and write Aaron's name on the rod of Levi; for there is one rod for the head of each of their fathers' households.
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Numbers 17:3 NCV
on the stick from Levi, write Aaron's name. There must be one stick for the head of each tribe.
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Numbers 17:3 NIRV
Write Aaron's name on the staff of Levi. There must be one staff for the head of each of Israel's tribes.
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Numbers 17:3 NIV
On the staff of Levi write Aaron's name, for there must be one staff for the head of each ancestral tribe.
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Numbers 17:3 NKJV
And you shall write Aaron's name on the rod of Levi. For there shall be one rod for the head of each father's house.
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Numbers 17:3 NLT
Inscribe Aaron's name on the staff of the tribe of Levi, for there must be one staff for the leader of each ancestral tribe.
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Numbers 17:3 NRS
and write Aaron's name on the staff of Levi. For there shall be one staff for the head of each ancestral house.
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Numbers 17:3 RSV
and write Aaron's name upon the rod of Levi. For there shall be one rod for the head of each fathers' house.
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Numbers 17:3 DBY
And Aaron's name shalt thou write upon the staff of Levi; for one staff shall be for [each] head of their fathers' houses.
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Numbers 17:3 MSG
Start with Aaron; write Aaron's name on the staff of Levi and then proceed with the rest, a staff for the leader of each ancestral tribe.
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Numbers 17:3 WBT
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.
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Numbers 17:3 TMB
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.
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Numbers 17:3 TNIV
On the staff of Levi write Aaron's name, for there must be one staff for the head of each ancestral tribe.
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Numbers 17:3 TYN
And wryte Aarons name apon the staffe of Leui: for euery heedman ouer the housses of their fathers shall haue a rod.
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Numbers 17:3 WEB
You shall write Aaron's name on the rod of Levi; for there shall be one rod for each head of their fathers' houses.
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Numbers 17:3 WYC
soothly the name of Aaron shall be written in the lineage of Levi, and one rod shall contain all the families of Levi. (and Aaron's name shall be written on the staff of Levi; yea, one staff shall be for the head of each family.)
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Numbers 17:3 YLT
and Aaron's name thou dost write on the tribe of Levi; for one rod [is] for the head of their fathers' house:
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Numbers 17 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 17

Twelve rods laid up before the Lord. (1-7) Aaron's rod buds, and is kept for a memorial. (8-13)

Verses 1-7 It is an instance of the grace of God, that, having wrought divers miracles to punish sin, he would work one more to prevent it. Twelve rods or staves were to be brought in. It is probable that they were the staves which the princes used as ensigns of their authority; old dry staves, that had no sap in them. They were to expect that the rod of the tribe, or prince, whom God chose to the priesthood, should bud and blossom. Moses did not object that the matter was sufficiently settled already; he did not undertake to determine it; but left the case before the Lord.

Verses 8-13 While all the other rods remained as they were. Aaron's rod became a living branch. In some places there were buds, in others blossoms, in others fruit, at the same time; all this was miraculous. Thus Aaron was manifested to be under the special blessing of Heaven. Fruitfulness is the best evidence of a Divine call; and the plants of God's setting, and the boughs cut off them, will flourish. This rod was preserved, to take away the murmurings of the people, that they might not die. The design of God, in all his providences, and in the memorials of them, is to take away sin. Christ was manifested to take away sin. Christ is expressly called a rod out of the stem of Jesse: little prospect was there, according to human views, that he should ever flourish. But the dry rod revived and blossomed to the confusion of his adversaries. The people cry, Behold, we die, we perish, we all perish! This was the language of a repining people, quarrelling with the judgments of God, which by their own pride and obstinacy they brought upon themselves. It is very wicked to fret against God when we are in affliction, and in our distress thus to trespass yet more. If we die, if we perish, it is of ourselves, and the blame will be upon our own heads. When God judges, he will overcome, and will oblige the most obstinate gainsayers to confess their folly. And how great are our mercies, that we have a clearer and a better dispensation, established upon better promises!

Numbers 17 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

CHAPTER 17

Numbers 17:1-13 . AARON'S ROD FLOURISHES.

2-5. Speak unto the children of Israel--The controversy with Moses and Aaron about the priesthood was of such a nature and magnitude as required a decisive and authoritative settlement. For the removal of all doubts and the silencing of all murmuring in the future regarding the holder of the office, a miracle was wrought of a remarkable character and permanent duration; and in the manner of performing it, all the people were made to have a direct and special interest.
take of every one . . . princes . . . twelve rods--As the princes, being the oldest sons of the chief family, and heads of their tribes, might have advanced the best claims to the priesthood, if that sacred dignity was to be shared among all the tribes, they were therefore selected, and being twelve in number--that of Joseph being counted only one--Moses was ordered to see that the name of each was inscribed--a practice borrowed from the Egyptians--upon his rod or wand of office. The name of Aaron rather than of Levi was used, as the latter name would have opened a door of controversy among the Levites; and as there was to be one rod only for the head of each tribe, the express appointment of a rod for Aaron determined him to be the head of that tribe, as well as that branch or family of the tribe to which the priestly dignity should belong. These rods were to be laid in the tabernacle close to the ark (compare Numbers 17:10 and Hebrews 9:4 ), where a divine token was promised that would for all time terminate the dispute.

6. the rod of Aaron was among their rods--either one of the twelve, or, as many suppose, a thirteenth in the midst ( Hebrews 9:4 ). The rods were of dry sticks or wands, probably old, as transmitted from one head of the family to a succeeding.

8. Moses went into the tabernacle--being privileged to do so on this occasion by the special command of God. And he there beheld the remarkable spectacle of Aaron's rod--which, according to JOSEPHUS, was a stick of an almond tree, bearing fruit in three different stages at once--buds, blossoms, and fruit.

10. Bring Aaron's rod again before the testimony, to be kept for a token against the rebels--For if, after all admonitions and judgments, seconded by miracles, the people should still rebel, they would certainly pay the penalty by death.

12, 13. Behold, we die, we perish--an exclamation of fear, both from the remembrance of former judgments, and the apprehension of future relapses into murmuring.

13. cometh any thing near--that is, nearer than he ought to do; an error into which many may fall. Will the stern justice of God overtake every slight offense? We shall all be destroyed. Some, however, regard this exclamation as the symptom or a new discontent, rather than the indication of a reverential and submissive spirit. Let us fear and sin not.