1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 2 "Speak unto the children of Israel and take of them, for every principal house, a rod, of their princes over the houses of their fathers: even twelve rods, and write every man's name upon his rod. 3 And write Aaron's name upon the staff of Levi: for every headman over the houses of their fathers shall have a rod. 4 And put them in the tabernacle of witness where I will meet you. 5 And his rod whom I chose, shall blossom: So I will make cease from me the grudgings of the children of Israel which they grudge against you."
6 And Moses spake unto the children of Israel, and all the princes gave him for every prince over their fathers' houses, a rod: even twelve rods, and the rod of Aaron was among the rods. 7 And Moses put the rods before the LORD in the tabernacle of witness.
8 And on the morrow, Moses went in to the tabernacle: and behold, the rod of Aaron of the house of Levi was budded and bare blossoms and almonds. 9 And Moses brought out all the staves from before the LORD, unto all the children of Israel, and they looked upon them, and took every man his staff. 10 And the LORD said unto Moses, "Bring Aaron's rod again before the witness to be kept for a token unto the children of rebellion, that their murmurings may cease from me, that they die not." 11 And Moses did as the LORD commanded him.
12 And the children of Israel spake unto Moses, saying, "Behold, we are destroyed and all come to nought: 13 for whosoever cometh nigh the dwelling of the LORD, dieth. Shall we utterly consume away?"