Numbers 17 TNIV

The Budding of Aaron's Staff

1 The LORD said to Moses,

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      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.

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      3 On the staff of Levi write Aaron's name,3 for there must be one staff for the head of each ancestral tribe.

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      4 Place them in the tent of meeting4 in front of the ark of the covenant law,5 where I meet with you.6

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      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."

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          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 covenant law.10

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          8 The next day Moses entered the tent11 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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              9 Then Moses brought out all the staffs14 from the LORD's presence to all the Israelites. They looked at them, and each of the leaders took his own staff.

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                  10 The LORD said to Moses, "Put back Aaron's staff15 in front of the ark of the covenant law, to be kept as a sign to the rebellious.16 This will put an end to their grumbling against me, so that they will not die."

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                  11 Moses did just as the LORD commanded him.
                  12 The Israelites said to Moses, "We will die! We are lost, we are all lost!17

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                  13 Anyone who even comes near the tabernacle of the LORD will die.18 Are we all going to die?"

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