Numbers 17:3
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New International Version
On the staff of Levi write Aaron's name, for there must be one staff for the head of each ancestral tribe.

New Living Translation
Inscribe Aaron's name on the staff of the tribe of Levi, for there must be one staff for the leader of each ancestral tribe.

English Standard Version
and write Aaron’s name on the staff of Levi. For there shall be one staff for the head of each fathers’ house.

New American Standard Bible
and write Aaron's name on the rod of Levi; for there is one rod for the head of each of their fathers' households.

King James Bible
And thou shalt write Aaron's name upon the rod of Levi: for one rod shall be for the head of the house of their fathers.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Write Aaron's name on Levi's staff, because there must be one staff for the head of each ancestral house.

International Standard Version
You are also to write Aaron's name on the tribe of Levi, since there is to be one rod for every leader of their ancestral tribes.

NET Bible
You must write Aaron's name on the staff of Levi; for one staff is for the head of every tribe.

New Heart English Bible
You shall write Aaron's name on the rod of Levi; for there shall be one rod for each head of their fathers' houses.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Write Aaron's name on the staff for Levi because there must be one staff for the head of each tribe.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And thou shalt write Aaron's name upon the rod of Levi, for there shall be one rod for the head of their fathers' houses.

New American Standard 1977
and write Aaron’s name on the rod of Levi; for there is one rod for the head of each of their fathers’ households.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And thou shalt write Aaron's name upon the rod of Levi, for each head of family of their fathers shall have one rod.

King James 2000 Bible
And you shall write Aaron's name upon the rod of Levi: for one rod shall be for the head of the house of their fathers.

American King James Version
And you shall write Aaron's name on the rod of Levi: for one rod shall be for the head of the house of their fathers.

American Standard Version
And thou shalt write Aaron's name upon the rod of Levi; for there shall be one rod for each head of their fathers houses.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the name of Aaron shall be for the tribe of Levi, and one rod shall contain all their families:

Darby Bible Translation
And Aaron's name shalt thou write upon the staff of Levi; for one staff shall be for [each] head of their fathers' houses.

English Revised Version
And thou shalt write Aaron's name upon the rod of Levi: for there shall be one rod for each head of their fathers' houses.

Webster's Bible Translation
And thou shalt write Aaron's name upon the rod of Levi: for one rod shall be for the head of the house of their fathers.

World English Bible
You shall write Aaron's name on the rod of Levi; for there shall be one rod for each head of their fathers' houses.

Young's Literal Translation
and Aaron's name thou dost write on the tribe of Levi; for one rod is for the head of their fathers' house:
Study Bible
Aaron's Staff Buds
2"Speak to the sons of Israel, and get from them a rod for each father's household: twelve rods, from all their leaders according to their fathers' households. You shall write each name on his rod, 3and write Aaron's name on the rod of Levi; for there is one rod for the head of each of their fathers' households. 4"You shall then deposit them in the tent of meeting in front of the testimony, where I meet with you.…
Cross References
Numbers 17:2
"Speak to the sons of Israel, and get from them a rod for each father's household: twelve rods, from all their leaders according to their fathers' households. You shall write each name on his rod,

Numbers 17:4
"You shall then deposit them in the tent of meeting in front of the testimony, where I meet with you.

Ezekiel 37:16
"And you, son of man, take for yourself one stick and write on it, 'For Judah and for the sons of Israel, his companions'; then take another stick and write on it, 'For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim and all the house of Israel, his companions.'
Treasury of Scripture

And you shall write Aaron's name on the rod of Levi: for one rod shall be for the head of the house of their fathers.

Numbers 3:2,3 And these are the names of the sons of Aaron; Nadab the firstborn, …

Numbers 18:1,7 And the LORD said to Aaron, You and your sons and your father's house …

Exodus 6:16,20 And these are the names of the sons of Levi according to their generations; …

(3) And thou shalt write Aaron's name upon the rod of Levi.--Aaron was descended from the second son of Levi. He was not, therefore, the natural, but the divinely-appointed head of his father's house, and hence it would not have sufficed for the purpose contemplated to have inscribed the name of Levi upon the rod. Aaron was constituted the head alike of the priests and of the Levites, into which two classes the tribe of Levi was divided.

Verse 3. - Thou shalt write Aaron's name upon the rod of Levi. There was no tribe prince of Levi, and it is not probable that either of the three chiefs of the sub-tribes (Numbers 3:24, 30, 55) was called upon to bring a rod. This rod was, therefore, provided by Moses himself, and inscribed by him with the name of Aaron, who stood by Divine appointment (so recently and fearfully attested) above all his brethren. For the significance of the act cf. Ezekiel 37:16-28. For one rod... for the head of the house of their fathers. For Levi, therefore, there must be, not three rods inscribed with the names of the chiefs, but one only bearing the name of Aaron, as their common superior. And thou shalt write Aaron's name upon the rod of Levi,.... Or upon the rod that was for the tribe of Levi; the name of "Aaron" was to be written, not the word "Levi", or a "Levite", as Josephus (e); for that would not have decided the controversy about the priesthood, which chiefly lay between the Levites and the family of Aaron, who were of the same tribe:

for one rod shall be for the head of the house of their fathers; one rod for the head or prince of every tribe, every prince representing his own tribe he was the head of, and the rod the prince; and though the tribe of Levi was divided into two families, the family of the priests, and the family of the Levites; yet, as Jarchi observes, they were but one tribe, and so one rod for them, as for the other tribes.

(e) Antiqu. l. 4. c. 4. sect. 2.17:1-7 It is an instance of the grace of God, that, having wrought divers miracles to punish sin, he would work one more to prevent it. Twelve rods or staves were to be brought in. It is probable that they were the staves which the princes used as ensigns of their authority; old dry staves, that had no sap in them. They were to expect that the rod of the tribe, or prince, whom God chose to the priesthood, should bud and blossom. Moses did not object that the matter was sufficiently settled already; he did not undertake to determine it; but left the case before the Lord.
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