ContextAarons Rod Buds
1Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 2Speak to the sons of Israel, and get from them a rod for each fathers household: twelve rods, from all their leaders according to their fathers households. You shall write each name on his rod, 3and write Aarons name on the rod of Levi; for there is one rod for the head of each of their fathers households. 4You shall then deposit them in the tent of meeting in front of the testimony, where I meet with you. 5It will come about that the rod of the man whom I choose will sprout. Thus I will lessen from upon Myself the grumblings of the sons of Israel, who are grumbling against you. 6Moses therefore spoke to the sons of Israel, and all their leaders gave him a rod apiece, for each leader according to their fathers households, twelve rods, with the rod of Aaron among their rods. 7So Moses deposited the rods before the LORD in the tent of the testimony.
8Now on the next day Moses went into the tent of the testimony; and behold, the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi had sprouted and put forth buds and produced blossoms, and it bore ripe almonds. 9Moses then brought out all the rods from the presence of the LORD to all the sons of Israel; and they looked, and each man took his rod. 10But the LORD said to Moses, Put back the rod of Aaron before the testimony to be kept as a sign against the rebels, that you may put an end to their grumblings against Me, so that they will not die. 11Thus Moses did; just as the LORD had commanded him, so he did.
12Then the sons of Israel spoke to Moses, saying, Behold, we perish, we are dying, we are all dying! 13Everyone who comes near, who comes near to the tabernacle of the LORD, must die. Are we to perish completely?
Parallel VersesAmerican Standard Version
And Jehovah spake unto Moses, saying,
And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying:
Darby Bible Translation
And Jehovah spoke to Moses, saying,
English Revised Version
And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
Webster's Bible Translation
And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
World English Bible
Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying,
Young's Literal Translation
And Jehovah speaketh unto Moses, saying,
LibraryThe Fifth Commandment
Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.' Exod 20: 12. Having done with the first table, I am next to speak of the duties of the second table. The commandments may be likened to Jacob's ladder: the first table respects God, and is the top of the ladder that reaches to heaven; the second respects superiors and inferiors, and is the foot of the ladder that rests on the earth. By the first table, we walk religiously towards God; by …
Thomas Watson—The Ten Commandments
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