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Numbers 17:1-8 (New International Version)

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The Budding of Aaron's Staff

1 The LORD said to Moses, 2 "Speak to the Israelites and get twelve staffs1 from them, one from the leader of each of their ancestral tribes.2 Write the name of each man on his staff. 3 On the staff of Levi write Aaron's name,3 for there must be one staff for the head of each ancestral tribe. 4 Place them in the Tent of Meeting4 in front of the Testimony,5 where I meet with you.6 5 The staff belonging to the man I choose7 will sprout,8 and I will rid myself of this constant grumbling9 against you by the Israelites." 6 So Moses spoke to the Israelites, and their leaders gave him twelve staffs, one for the leader of each of their ancestral tribes, and Aaron's staff was among them. 7 Moses placed the staffs before the LORD in the Tent of the Testimony.10 8 The next day Moses entered the Tent of the Testimony11 and saw that Aaron's staff,12 which represented the house of Levi, had not only sprouted but had budded, blossomed and produced almonds.13
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