1 The LordA spokeB to Moses,C saying,
2 “Speak to the Israelites,D and getE twelveF staffsG from them,
oneH for each ancestralI house,J from allK the leadersL of their ancestral houses.
WriteM each man’sN nameO on his staff,
3 and write Aaron’sP name on the staff of Levi.Q For there shall be oneR staff for the headS of each ancestral house.
4 PlaceT them in the tentU of meetingV
beforeW the covenant,X where I meetY with you.
5 AndZ the staff of the man whom I chooseAA shall sprout;BB
thus I will put a stopCC to the complaintsDD of the Israelites that they continually makeEE against you.”
6 Moses spoke to the Israelites, and all their leaders gaveFF him staffs, one for each leader,GG according to their ancestral houses, twelve staffs; and the staff of Aaron was amongHH theirs. 7 So Moses placed the staffs beforeII the Lord in the tent of the covenant.
8 WhenJJ Moses wentKK into the tent of the covenant on the next day,LL MMthe staff of Aaron for the house of Levi had sprouted. It put forthNN buds,OO
producedPP blossoms,QQ and boreRR ripe almonds.SS
9 Then Moses brought outTT all the staffs from beforeUU the LordVV to all the Israelites, and they looked,WW and each man tookXX his staff.
10 And the LordYY said to Moses, “Put backZZ the staff of Aaron beforeAAA the covenant, to be keptBBB as a warningCCC
toDDD rebels,EEE so that you may make an endFFF of their complaints against me, or else they will die.”GGG
11 Moses didHHH so; just as the LordIII commandedJJJ him, soKKK he did.
12 The Israelites said to Moses, “LLLWe are perishing;MMM we are lost;NNN all of us are lost!
13 EveryoneOOO who approachesPPP the tabernacleQQQ of the LordRRR will die. Are we allSSS to perish?”
Image credit: “Timna Tabernacle Inside the Ark of the Covenant.” Photo by Ori229, 2009.