Numbers 17 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Then the LORD said to Moses, 1 The LORD said to Moses,
2 "Take twelve wooden staffs, one from each of Israel's ancestral tribes, and inscribe each tribal leader'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 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. 3 On the staff of Levi write Aaron's name, for there must be one staff for the head of each ancestral tribe.
4 Put these staffs in the Tabernacle in front of the Ark of the Covenant, where I meet with you. 4 Place them in the Tent of Meeting in front of the Testimony, where I meet with you.
5 Buds will sprout on the staff belonging to the man I choose. Then I will finally put an end to this murmuring and complaining 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 the instructions to the people of Israel, and each of the twelve tribal leaders, including Aaron, brought Moses a staff. 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 put the staffs in the LORD's presence in the Tabernacle of the Covenant. 7 Moses placed the staffs before the LORD in the Tent of the Testimony.
8 When he went into the Tabernacle of the Covenant the next day, he found that Aaron's staff, representing the tribe of Levi, had sprouted, blossomed, and produced 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 When Moses brought all the staffs out from the LORD's presence, he showed them to the people. Each man claimed his own 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 And the LORD said to Moses: "Place Aaron's staff permanently before the Ark of the Covenant as a warning to rebels. This should put an end to their complaints against me and prevent any further deaths." 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 So Moses did as the LORD commanded him. 11 Moses did just as the LORD commanded him.
12 Then the people of Israel said to Moses, "We are as good as dead! We are ruined! 12 The Israelites said to Moses, "We will die! We are lost, we are all lost!
13 Everyone who even comes close to the Tabernacle of the LORD dies. We are all doomed!" 13 Anyone who even comes near the tabernacle of the LORD will die. Are we all going to die?"