The Budding of Aaron’s Rod
1And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: 2“Speak to the children of Israel, and get from them a rod from each father’s house, all their leaders according to their fathers’ houses—twelve rods. Write each man’s name on his rod. 3And you shall write Aaron’s name on the rod of Levi. For there shall be one rod for the head of each father’s house. 4Then you shall place them in the tabernacle of meeting before #Ex. 25:16the Testimony, #Ex. 25:22; 29:42, 43; 30:36; Num. 17:7where I meet with you. 5And it shall be that the rod of the man #Num. 16:5whom I choose will blossom; thus I will rid Myself of the complaints of the children of Israel, #Num. 16:11which they make against you.”
6So Moses spoke to the children of Israel, and each of their leaders gave him a rod apiece, for each leader according to their fathers’ houses, twelve rods; and the rod of Aaron was among their rods. 7And Moses placed the rods before the Lord in #Ex. 38:21; Num. 1:50, 51; 9:15; 18:2; Acts 7:44the tabernacle of witness.
8Now it came to pass on the next day that Moses went into the tabernacle of witness, and behold, the #(Ezek. 17:24); Heb. 9:4rod of Aaron, of the house of Levi, had sprouted and put forth buds, had produced blossoms and yielded ripe almonds. 9Then Moses brought out all the rods from before the Lord to all the children of Israel; and they looked, and each man took his rod.
10And the Lord said to Moses, “Bring #Heb. 9:4Aaron’s rod back before the Testimony, to be kept #Num. 16:38; Deut. 9:7, 24as a sign against the rebels, #Num. 17:5that you may put their complaints away from Me, lest they die.” 11Thus did Moses; just as the Lord had commanded him, so he did.
12So the children of Israel spoke to Moses, saying, “Surely we die, we perish, we all perish! 13#Num. 1:51, 53; 18:4, 7Whoever even comes near the tabernacle of the Lord must die. Shall we all utterly die?”