Numbers 17

1 And יהוה spake unto Moses (Mosheh), saying:

2 “Speak unto the children of Yisrael, and take of every one of them a rod according to the house of their fathers, of all their princes according to the house of their fathers twelve rods: write you every man’s name upon his rod.

3 And you shalt write Aaron (Aharon)’s name upon the rod of Lewi; for one rod shall be for the head of the house of their fathers.

4 And you shalt lay them up in the tabernacle of the congregation before the Testimony, where I will meet with you.

5 And it shall come to pass, that the man’s rod, whom I shall choose, shall blossom; and I will make to cease from me the murmurings of the children of Yisrael, whereby they murmur against you.

6 And Moses (Mosheh) spake unto the children of Yisrael, and every one of their princes gave him a rod apiece, for each prince one, according to their fathers’ houses, even twelve rods; and the rod of Aaron (Aharon) was among their rods.

7 And Moses (Mosheh) laid up the rods before יהוה in the tabernacle of witness.

8 And it came to pass, that on the next day Moses (Mosheh) went into the tabernacle of witness; and, behold, the rod of Aaron (Aharon) for the house of Lewi was budded, and brought forth buds, and bloomed blossoms, and yielded almonds.

9 And Moses (Mosheh) brought out all the rods from before יהוה unto all the children of Yisrael; and they looked, and took every man his rod.

10 And יהוה said unto Moses (Mosheh), “Bring Aaron (Aharon)’s rod again before the Testimony, to be kept for a token against the rebels; and you shalt quite take away their murmurings from Me, that they die not.”

11 And Moses (Mosheh) did so; as יהוה commanded him, so did he.

12 And the children of Yisrael spake unto Moses (Mosheh), saying, “Behold, we die, we perish, we all perish!

13 Whosoever cometh anything near unto the tabernacle of יהוה shall die: shall we perish completely?”