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17:1 (17:16)(v) Aharon Exalted
And YEHOVAH (יהוה) spoke to Mosheh, saying:
17:2 (17:17)Daber el-benei Yisrael vekakh meitam mateh mateh leveit av meet kol-nesiehem leveit avotam sheneim asar matot ish et-shemo tikhtov al-matehu:
"Speak to the children of Yisrael, and get from them a rod from each father's house, all their leaders according to their fathers' houses—twelve rods. Write each man's name on his rod.
17:3 (17:18) And you shall write Aharon's name upon the rod of Levi: for one rod [shall be] for the head of the houses their avot.
17:4 (17:19) And you shall lay them up in the oleh Moed before the edut, where I will meet with you.
17:5 (17:20) And it shall be that the rod of the man whom I choose will blossom; thus I will rid Myself of the complaints of the children of Yisrael, which they make against you."
17:6 (17:21) And Mosheh spoke to the benai Yisrael, and every one of their sarim gave him a rod apiece, for each prince one, according to their avot' houses, [even] twelve rods: and the rod of Aharon [was] among their rods.
17:7 (17:22) And Mosheh laid up the rods before YEHOVAH (יהוה) in the tabernacle of witness.
17:8 (17:23) Vayehi mimakhorat vayavo Mosheh el-ohel haedut vehineh parakh mateh-Aharon leveit Levi vayotse perakh vayatzetz tzitz vayigmol shekedim:
Now it came to pass on the next day that Mosheh went into the tabernacle of witness, and behold, the rod of Aharon, of the house of Levi, had sprouted and put forth buds, had produced blossoms and yielded ripe almonds.
17:9 (17:24) And Mosheh brought out all the rods from before YEHOVAH (יהוה) to all the benai Yisra'el: and they looked, and took every man his rod.
17:10 (17:25) (vi) Worship Restored:
And YEHOVAH (יהוה) said to Mosheh:
Bring Aharon's rod again before the edut, to be kept for a token against the rebels; and you shall quite take away their telunnah (murmurings) from me, that they die not.
17:11 (17:26)And Mosheh did [so]: as YEHOVAH (יהוה) commanded him, so did he.
17:12 (17:27)And the benai Yisrael spoke to Mosheh, saying, Hinei, we die, we perish, we all perish.
17:13 (17:28)Whosoever comes any thing near to the mishkan of YEHOVAH (יהוה) shall die: shall we be consumed with dying?
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