Numbers 17 BBE/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 And the Lord said to Moses, 1 The LORD said to Moses,
2 Say to the children of Israel that they are to give you rods, one for every family, for every chief, the head of his father's house, making twelve rods; let every man's name be placed on his rod. 2 "Speak to the Israelites and get twelve staffs from them, one from the leader of each of their ancestral tribes. Write the name of each man on his staff.
3 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. 3 On the staff of Levi write Aaron's name, for there must be one staff for the head of each ancestral tribe.
4 And let them be stored up in the Tent of meeting, in front of the ark of witness where I come to you. 4 Place them in the Tent of Meeting in front of the Testimony, where I meet with you.
5 And the rod of that man who is marked out by me for myself will have buds on it; so I will put a stop to the outcries which the children of Israel make to me against you. 5 The staff belonging to the man I choose will sprout, and I will rid myself of this constant grumbling against you by the Israelites."
6 So Moses gave these orders to the children of Israel, and all their chiefs gave him rods, one for the head of every family, making twelve rods: and Aaron's rod was among them. 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 And Moses put the rods before the Lord in the Tent of witness. 7 Moses placed the staffs before the LORD in the Tent of the Testimony.
8 Now on the day after, Moses went into the Tent of witness; and he saw that Aaron's rod, the rod of the house of Levi, had put out buds, and was covered with buds and flowers and fruit. 8 The next day Moses entered the Tent of the Testimony and saw that Aaron's staff, which represented the house of Levi, had not only sprouted but had budded, blossomed and produced almonds.
9 Then Moses took out all the rods from before the Lord, and gave them back to the children of Israel: and they saw them, and every man took his rod. 9 Then Moses brought out all the staffs from the LORD's presence to all the Israelites. They looked at them, and each man took his own staff.
10 And the Lord said to Moses, Put Aaron's rod back in front of the ark of witness, to be kept for a sign against this false-hearted people, so that you may put a stop to their outcries against me, and death may not overtake them. 10 The LORD said to Moses, "Put back Aaron's staff in front of the Testimony, to be kept as a sign to the rebellious. This will put an end to their grumbling against me, so that they will not die."
11 This Moses did: as the Lord gave orders, so he did. 11 Moses did just as the LORD commanded him.
12 And the children of Israel said to Moses, Truly, destruction has come on us; an evil fate has overtaken us all. 12 The Israelites said to Moses, "We will die! We are lost, we are all lost!
13 Death will overtake everyone who comes near, who comes near the House of the Lord: are we all to come to destruction? 13 Anyone who even comes near the tabernacle of the LORD will die. Are we all going to die?"