Bishops' Bible

Numbers 17

Aaron's rod among all the rods of the tribes only flourisheth.

Numbers 17:1 And the Lorde spake vnto Moyses, saying: Numbers 17:2 Speake vnto the children of Israel, and take of euery one of them a rodde, after the houses of their fathers, of all their princes accordyng to the familie of their fathers, euen twelue roddes: and write euery mans name vpon his rodde. Numbers 17:3 And write Aarons name vpon the rodde of Leui: for euery rodde shalbe for ye head of the house of their fathers. Numbers 17:4 And put them in the tabernacle of the congregation, before [the arke] of the testimonie, where I wyll declare my selfe vnto you. Numbers 17:5 And the mans rodde whom I chose, shall blossome: And I wyll make ceasse from me the grudgynges of the children of Israel, wherby they grudge agaynst you.

Numbers 17:6 And Moyses spake vnto the children of Israel, and all the princes gaue hym a rodde, one rodde for euery prince, accordyng to their fathers houses, euen twelue roddes: and the rodde of Aaron was among their roddes. Numbers 17:7 And Moyses put the roddes before the Lorde in the tabernacle of witnesse. Numbers 17:8 And on the morowe, Moyses went into the tabernacle of witnesse: and beholde, the rodde of Aaron for the house of Leui was budded, and brought foorth buddes, bare blossomes, and rype almondes. Numbers 17:9 And Moyses brought out all ye roddes from before the Lorde, vnto all the children of Israel: and they loked vpon them, and toke euery man his rodde.

It is left for a monument against the rebels.

Numbers 17:10 And the Lorde sayde vnto Moyses: Bryng Aarons rodde agayne before the witnesse, to be kept for a token to the rebellious children, and that their murmuryng may cease from me, and that they dye not. Numbers 17:11 And Moyses dyd as the Lorde commaunded hym, euen so dyd he. Numbers 17:12 And the children of Israel spake vnto Moyses, saying: Beholde, we are wasted away and perished, we all come to naught. Numbers 17:13 Whosoeuer cometh nye, or approcheth to the tabernacle of the Lord, shall dye: Shall we vtterly consume away, and dye?

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