The Bible in Its Traditions

Numbers 17:1–28

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And YHWH spoke unto Moses, saying

And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,

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'Speak unto the children of Israel, and take of them rods, one for each fathers' house, of all their princes according to their fathers' houses, twelve rods; thou shalt write every man's name upon his rod.

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And thou shalt write Aaron's name upon the rod of Levi, for there shall be one rod for the head of their fathers' houses.

And write the name of Aaron on the rod of Levi; for it is one rod for each: they shall give them according to the tribe of the house of their families.

But the name of Aaron shall be for the tribe of Levi, and one rod separately shall contain all their families.

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And thou shalt lay them up in the tent of meeting before the testimony, where I meet with you.

And you shall place these in the tabernacle of the covenant before the testimony, where I will speak to you.

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And it shall come to pass, that the man whom I shall choose, his rod shall bud; and I will make to cease from Me the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmur against you.'

Whomever of these I will choose, his rod will germinate, and so shall I restrain the complaints of the sons of Israel before me, by which they murmur against you.”

And Moses spoke unto the children of Israel; and all their princes gave him rods, for each prince one, according to their fathers' houses, even twelve rods; and the rod of Aaron was among their rods.

And Moses spoke to the sons of Israel. And all the leaders gave him rods, one for each tribe. And there were twelve rods, aside from the rod of Aaron.

And Moses laid up the rods before YHWH in the tent of the testimony.

And when Moses had placed these before the Lord, in the tabernacle of the testimony,

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And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses went into the tent of the testimony; and, behold, the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi was budded, and put forth buds, and bloomed blossoms, and bore ripe almonds.

returning on the following day, he found that the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi, had germinated, and that the swelling buds had opened into flowers, which, spreading their petals, were formed into those of an almond tree.

And on the morrow Moses went into the tabernacle of the testimony; and, behold, the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi was budded, and blossomed, and yielded ripe almonds.

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And Moses brought out all the rods from before YHWH unto all the children of Israel; and they looked, and took every man his rod.

Therefore, Moses brought out all the rods, from the sight of the Lord, to all the sons of Israel. And they saw, and each one received their rods.

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10  And YHWH said unto Moses: 'Put back the rod of Aaron before the testimony, to be kept there, for a token against the rebellious children; that there may be made an end of their murmurings against Me, that they die not.'

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11  Thus did Moses; as YHWH commanded him, so did he.

11  And Moses and Aaron did as the Lord commanded Moses, so did they.

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12  And the children of Israel spoke unto Moses, saying: 'Behold, we perish, we are undone, we are all undone.

12  Then the sons of Israel said to Moses: “Behold, we have been consumed; we have been ruined.

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13  Every one that cometh near, that cometh near unto the tabernacle of YHWH, is to die; shall we wholly perish?'

13  Whoever approaches to the tabernacle of the Lord dies. Will we all be wiped away, even to total annihilation?”

Nm17:28  Whosoever cometh any thing near unto the tabernacle of the LORD shall die: shall we be consumed with dying?