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Numbers 17 CEB/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 The LORD spoke to Moses: 1 The LORD said to Moses,
2 Speak to the Israelites and take from them a staff from each household, from each of the chiefs of their households, twelve staffs. Write each person's name on his staff. 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 Write Aaron's name on Levi's staff, for there will be one staff for the leader of each household. 3 On the staff of Levi write Aaron's name, for there must be one staff for the head of each ancestral tribe.
4 Then you will place them in the meeting tent in front of the chest containing the covenant, where I meet you. 4 Place them in the Tent of Meeting in front of the Testimony, where I meet with you.
5 The staff of the person I choose will sprout. Then I will rid myself of the Israelites' complaints that they make 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 Moses spoke to the Israelites, and each of their chiefs gave him a staff, one staff for each chief and his household, twelve staffs, and the staff of Aaron was with their staffs. 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 meeting tent. 7 Moses placed the staffs before the LORD in the Tent of the Testimony.
8 The next day Moses entered the covenant tent, and Aaron's staff of Levi's household had sprouted. It grew shoots, produced blossoms, and bore almonds. 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 Moses brought out all the staffs from the LORD's presence to the Israelites. They saw what happened, and each person took back his staff. 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 Then the LORD said to Moses, "Return Aaron's staff in front of the chest containing the covenant to serve as a sign to the rebels so that their complaints against me end and they don't die." 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 Moses did exactly as the LORD commanded him. 11 Moses did just as the LORD commanded him.
12 The Israelites said to Moses, "We are perishing. We are being destroyed. All of us are being destroyed. 12 The Israelites said to Moses, "We will die! We are lost, we are all lost!
13 Anyone who approaches the LORD's dwelling will die. Are we doomed to perish?" 13 Anyone who even comes near the tabernacle of the LORD will die. Are we all going to die?"