1: And the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 2: Speak to the children of Israel, and take of every one of them a rod according to the house of [their] fathers, of all their princes according to the house of their fathers, twelve rods: write thou every man's name upon his rod. 3: 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. 4: And thou shalt lay them in the tabernacle of the congregation before the testimony, where I will meet with you. 5: And it shall come to pass, [that] the man's rod, whom I shall choose, shall blossom: and I will make to cease from me the murmurings of the children of Israel, by which they murmur against you. 6: And Moses spoke to the children of Israel, and every one of their princes gave him a rod apiece, for each prince one, according to their fathers' houses, [even] twelve rods: and the rod of Aaron [was] among their rods. 7: And Moses laid the rods before the LORD in the tabernacle of witness. 8: And it came to pass, that on the morrow Moses went into the tabernacle of witness; and behold, the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi had budded, and brought forth buds, and bloomed blossoms, and yielded almonds. 9: And Moses brought out all the rods from before the LORD to all the children of Israel: and they looked, and took every man his rod. 10: And the LORD said to Moses, Bring Aaron's rod again, before the testimony, to be kept for a token against the rebels; and thou shalt quite take away their murmurings from me, that they die not. 11: And Moses did [so]: as the LORD commanded him, so did he. 12: And the children of Israel spoke to Moses, saying, Behold, we die, we perish, we all perish. 13: Whoever approacheth the tabernacle of the LORD shall die: shall we be consumed with dying?