Numbers 17:3
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.

Berean Study Bible
and write Aaron’s name on the staff of Levi, because there must be one staff for the head of each tribe.

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.

New King James Version
And you shall write Aaron’s name on the rod of Levi. For there shall be one rod for the head of each father’s house.

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

NASB 1995
and write Aaron's name on the rod of Levi; for there is one rod for the head of each of their fathers' households.

NASB 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.

Amplified Bible
and write Aaron’s name on the rod of Levi [his ancestor]; for there is one rod for the head of each of their fathers’ households.

Christian Standard Bible
Write Aaron’s name on Levi’s staff, because there is to be one staff for the head of each tribe.

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.

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.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And write the Name of Ahron on the rod of Levi, because each tribe is for the house of their fathers.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And write the name of Aaron on the rod of Levi; for it is one rod for each: they shall give them according to the tribe of the house of their families.

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

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.

Good News Translation
and then write Aaron's name on the stick representing Levi. There will be one stick for each tribal leader.

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.

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.

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.

Literal Standard Version
and you write Aaron’s name on the tribe of Levi; for one rod [is] for the head of their fathers’ house.

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.

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:

Additional Translations ...
Context
Aaron's Staff Buds
2“Speak to the Israelites and take from them twelve staffs, one from the leader of each tribe. Write each man’s name on his staff, 3and write Aaron’s name on the staff of Levi, because there must be one staff for the head of each tribe. 4Place the staffs in the Tent of Meeting in front of the Testimony, where I meet with you.…

Cross References
Numbers 17:2
"Speak to the Israelites and take from them twelve staffs, one from the leader of each tribe. Write each man's name on his staff,

Numbers 17:4
Place the staffs in the Tent of Meeting in front of the Testimony, where I meet with you.

Ezekiel 37:16
"And you, son of man, take a single stick and write on it: 'Belonging to Judah and to the Israelites associated with him.' Then take another stick and write on it: 'Belonging to Joseph--the stick of Ephraim--and to all the house of Israel associated with him.'


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, and Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar…

Numbers 18:1,7
And the LORD said unto Aaron, Thou and thy sons and thy father's house with thee shall bear the iniquity of the sanctuary: and thou and thy sons with thee shall bear the iniquity of your priesthood…

Exodus 6:16,20
And these are the names of the sons of Levi according to their generations; Gershon, and Kohath, and Merari: and the years of the life of Levi were an hundred thirty and seven years…









(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.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
and
וְאֵת֙ (wə·’êṯ)
Conjunctive waw | Direct object marker
Strong's 853: Untranslatable mark of the accusative case

write
תִּכְתֹּ֖ב (tiḵ·tōḇ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 3789: To grave, to write

Aaron’s
אַהֲרֹ֔ן (’a·hă·rōn)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 175: Aaron -- an elder brother of Moses

name
שֵׁ֣ם (šêm)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 8034: A name

on
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against

the staff
מַטֵּ֣ה (maṭ·ṭêh)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 4294: A staff, rod, shaft, branch, a tribe

of Levi,
לֵוִ֑י (lê·wî)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3878: Levi -- a son of Jacob, also the tribe descended from him

because
כִּ֚י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

there must be one
אֶחָ֔ד (’e·ḥāḏ)
Number - masculine singular
Strong's 259: United, one, first

staff
מַטֶּ֣ה (maṭ·ṭeh)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4294: A staff, rod, shaft, branch, a tribe

for the head
לְרֹ֖אשׁ (lə·rōš)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 7218: The head

of each tribe.
אֲבוֹתָֽם׃ (’ă·ḇō·w·ṯām)
Noun - masculine plural construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's 1: Father


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