17:1 Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying,
17:2 Speak to 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: write you every man's name on his rod.
17:3 You shall write Aaron's name on the rod of Levi; for there shall be one rod for each head of their fathers' houses.
17:4 You shall lay them up in the tent of meeting before the testimony, where I meet with you.
17:5 It shall happen, that the rod of the man whom I shall choose shall bud: and I will make to cease from me the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmur against you.
17:6 Moses spoke to 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.
17:7 Moses laid up the rods before Yahweh in the tent of the testimony.
17:8 It happened on the next day, 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 produced blossoms, and bore ripe almonds.
17:9 Moses brought out all the rods from before Yahweh to all the children of Israel: and they looked, and took every man his rod.
17:10 Yahweh said to Moses, Put back the rod of Aaron before the testimony, to be kept for a token against the children of rebellion; that you may make an end of their murmurings against me, that they not die.
17:11 Thus did Moses: as Yahweh commanded him, so did he.
17:12 The children of Israel spoke to Moses, saying, Behold, we perish, we are undone, we are all undone.
17:13 Everyone who comes near, who comes near to the tent of Yahweh, dies: shall we perish all of us?