Aaron's rod among all the rods of the tribes only flourisheth.
Numbers 17:1 Then spake Yahweh unto Moses, saying: Numbers 17:2 Speak unto the sons of Israel, and take of them, one staff each for an ancestral house, of all their princes, by their ancestral houses, twelve staves,each man's name, shalt thou write upon his staff; Numbers 17:3 and, Aaron's name, shalt thou write upon the staff of Levi,for, one staff, shall there be for the head of their ancestral house. Numbers 17:4 Then shalt thou lay them up in the tent of meeting,before the testimony, where I meet with you. Numbers 17:5 So shall it come to pass, that, the man whom I shall choose, his staff, shall bud,so will I cause to cease from against me, the murmurings of the sons of Israel, wherewith, they, are murmuring against you.
Numbers 17:6 And Moses spake unto the sons of Israel, and every one of their princes gave unto him, a staff apiece, for each prince, by their ancestral houses, twelve staves,and, the staff of Aaron, was in the midst of their staves. Numbers 17:7 So Moses laid up the staves before Yahweh,in the tent of the testimony. Numbers 17:8 And it came to pass, on the morrow, that Moses entered into the tent of the testimony; and lo! the staff of Aaron for the house of Levi, had budded,yea it had brought forth buds, and bloomed blossoms, and borne ripe almonds. Numbers 17:9 So then Moses brought forth, all the staves, from before Yahweh, unto all the sons of Israel,and they saw and took, each man his own staff.
It is left for a monument against the rebels.
Numbers 17:10 And Yahweh said unto MosesPut back the rod of Aaron, before the testimony, to be kept as a sign unto such as are perverse,that thou mayest bring to an end their murmurings against me, that they die not. Numbers 17:11 Thus did Moses,as Yahweh commanded him, so, did he. Numbers 17:12 Then spake the sons of Israel unto Moses, saying: Lo! we have breathed our lastwe are lost, we are, all, lost: Numbers 17:13 whosoever draweth neardraweth nearunto the habitation of Yahweh, dieth,are we ever to have made an end of breathing our last?