17:1 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:
17:2 Speak to the children of Israel, and take of every one of them a rod by their kindreds, of all the princes of the tribes, twelve rods, and write the name of every man upon his rod.
17:3 And the name of Aaron shall be for the tribe of Levi, and one rod shall contain all their families:
17:4 And thou shalt lay them up in the tabernacle of the covenant before the testimony, where I will speak to thee.
17:5 Whomsoever of these I shall choose, his rod shall blossom: and I will make to cease from me the murmurings of the children of Israel, wherewith they murmur against you.
17:6 And Moses spoke to the children of Israel: and all the princes gave him rods one for every tribe: and there were twelve rods besides the rod of Aaron.
17:7 And when Moses had laid them up before the Lord in the tabernacle of the testimony:
17:8 He returned on the following day, and found that the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi, was budded: and that the buds swelling it had bloomed blossoms, which spreading the leaves, were formed into almonds.
17:9 Moses therefore brought out all the rods from before the Lord to all the children of Israel: and they saw, and every one received their rods.
17:10 And the Lord said to Moses: Carry back the rod of Aaron into the tabernacle of the testimony, that it may be kept there for a token of the rebellious children of Israel, and that their complaints may cease from me lest they die.
17:11 And Moses did as the Lord had commanded.
17:12 And the children of Israel said to Moses: Behold we are consumed, we all perish.
17:13 Whosoever approacheth to the tabernacle of the Lord, he dieth. Are we all to a man to be utterly destroyed?
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