The Bible in Its Traditions

Numbers 17:1–5

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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.”