Numbers 17



1 16 And Jehovah spoke to Moses, saying,

2 17 Speak to the sons of Israel, and take from them a rod, a rod for the house of their fathers, from all their chiefs for the house of their fathers, twelve rods; write thou the name of each on his rod.

3 18 And thou shalt write Aaron’s name upon the rod of Levi; for one rod shall be for the head of the house of their fathers.

4 19 And thou shalt place them in the Tabernacle of the congregation before the testimony, where I will meet·​·together with you.

5 20 And it shall be that the man whom I shall choose, his rod shall flourish; and I will make to subside from upon Me the murmurings of the sons of Israel, by which they murmur against you.

6 21 And Moses spoke to the sons of Israel, and all of their chiefs gave to him one rod for a chief, one rod for a chief, for the house of their fathers, twelve rods; and the rod of Aaron was in the midst of their rods.

7 22 And Moses placed the rods before Jehovah in the Tabernacle of testimony.

8 23 And it was, on the morrow that Moses came into the Tabernacle of testimony; and, behold, the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi flourished, and brought·​·out blossoms, and flowered flowers, and yielded almonds.

9 24 And Moses brought·​·out all the rods from before Jehovah to all the sons of Israel; and they looked, and took each·​·man his rod.

10 25 And Jehovah said to Moses, Return the rod of Aaron before the testimony, to be a charge for a sign against the sons of rebellion; and thou shalt completely·​·end their murmurings from upon Me, and they will not die.

11 26 And Moses did so; as Jehovah commanded him, so he did.

12 27 And the sons of Israel said to Moses, saying, Behold, we expire, we perish, we all perish.

13 28 Everyone who draws·​·near, who draws·​·near to the Habitation of Jehovah shall·​·die; shall we be entirely consumed, even to expire?

Thanks to the Kempton Project for the permission to use this New Church translation of the Word.