Numbers 17:13
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English Standard Version
Everyone who comes near, who comes near to the tabernacle of the LORD, shall die. Are we all to perish?”

King James Bible
Whosoever cometh any thing near unto the tabernacle of the LORD shall die: shall we be consumed with dying?

American Standard Version
Every one that cometh near, that cometh near unto the tabernacle of Jehovah, dieth: shall we perish all of us?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Whosoever approacheth to the tabernacle of the Lord, he dieth. Are we all to a man to be utterly destroyed?

English Revised Version
Every one that cometh near, that cometh near unto the tabernacle of the LORD, dieth: shall we perish all of us?

Webster's Bible Translation
Whoever approacheth the tabernacle of the LORD shall die: shall we be consumed with dying?

Numbers 17:13 Parallel
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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Moses carried out this command. And when he went into the tabernacle the following morning, behold Aaron's rod of the house of Levi had sprouted, and put forth shoots, and had borne blossoms and matured almonds. And Moses brought all the rods out of the sanctuary, and gave every man his own; the rest, as we may gather from the context, being all unchanged, so that the whole nation could satisfy itself that God had chosen Aaron. Thus was the word fulfilled which Moses had spoken at the commencement of the rebellion of the company of Korah (Numbers 16:5), and that in a way which could not fail to accredit him before the whole congregation as sent of God.

So far as the occurrence itself is concerned, there can hardly be any need to remark, that the natural interpretation which has lately been attempted by Ewald, viz., that Moses had laid several almond rods in the holy place, which had just been freshly cut off, that he might see the next day which of them would flower the best during the night, is directly at variance with the words of the text, and also with the fact, that a rod even freshly cut off, when laid in a dry place, would not bear ripe fruit in a single night. The miracle which God wrought here as the Creator of nature, was at the same time a significant symbol of the nature and meaning of the priesthood. The choice of the rods had also a bearing upon the object in question. A man's rod was the sign of his position as ruler in the house and congregation; with a prince the rod becomes a sceptre, the insignia of rule (Genesis 49:10). As a severed branch, the rod could not put forth shoots and blossom in a natural way. But God could impart new vital powers even to the dry rod. And so Aaron had naturally no pre-eminence above the heads of the other tribes. But the priesthood was founded not upon natural qualifications and gifts, but upon the power of the Spirit, which God communicates according to the choice of His wisdom, and which He had imparted to Aaron through his consecration with holy anointing oil. It was this which the Lord intended to show to the people, by causing Aaron's rod to put forth branches, blossom, and fruit, through a miracle of His omnipotence; whereas the rods of the other heads of the tribes remained as barren as before. In this way, therefore, it was not without deep significance that Aaron's rod not only put forth shoots, by which the divine election might be recognised, but bore even blossom and ripe fruit. This showed that Aaron was not only qualified for his calling, but administered his office in the full power of the Spirit, and bore the fruit expected of him. The almond rod was especially adapted to exhibit this, as an almond-tree flowers and bears fruit the earliest of all the trees, and has received its name of שׁקד, "awake," from this very fact (cf. Jeremiah 1:11).

God then commanded (Numbers 17:10, Numbers 17:11) that Aaron's rod should be taken back into the sanctuary, and preserved before the testimony, "for a sign for the rebellious, that thou puttest an end to their murmuring, and they die not." The preservation of the rod before the ark of the covenant, in the immediate presence of the Lord, was a pledge to Aaron of the continuance of his election, and the permanent duration of his priesthood; though we have no need to assume, that through a perpetual miracle the staff continued green and blossoming. In this way the staff became a sign to the rebellious, which could not fail to stop their murmuring.

Numbers 17:13 Parallel Commentaries

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Whosoever

Numbers 1:51-53 And when the tabernacle sets forward, the Levites shall take it down: and when the tabernacle is to be pitched...

Numbers 18:4-7 And they shall be joined to you, and keep the charge of the tabernacle of the congregation, for all the service of the tabernacle...

any thing

Genesis 3:3 But of the fruit of the tree which is in the middle of the garden, God has said, You shall not eat of it, neither shall you touch it...

1 Samuel 6:19-21 And he smote the men of Bethshemesh, because they had looked into the ark of the LORD...

2 Samuel 6:6-12 And when they came to Nachon's threshing floor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it...

1 Chronicles 13:11-13 And David was displeased, because the LORD had made a breach on Uzza: why that place is called Perezuzza to this day...

1 Chronicles 15:13 For because you did it not at the first, the LORD our God made a breach on us, for that we sought him not after the due order.

Psalm 130:3,4 If you, LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand...

Acts 5:5,11-14 And Ananias hearing these words fell down, and gave up the ghost: and great fear came on all them that heard these things...

Ephesians 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus you who sometimes were far off are made near by the blood of Christ.

Hebrews 10:19-22 Having therefore, brothers, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus...

consumed

Numbers 16:26 And he spoke to the congregation, saying, Depart, I pray you, from the tents of these wicked men, and touch nothing of theirs...

Numbers 32:13 And the LORD's anger was kindled against Israel, and he made them wander in the wilderness forty years, until all the generation...

Deuteronomy 2:16 So it came to pass, when all the men of war were consumed and dead from among the people,

Job 34:14,15 If he set his heart on man, if he gather to himself his spirit and his breath...

Psalm 90:7 For we are consumed by your anger, and by your wrath are we troubled.

Isaiah 28:22 Now therefore be you not mockers, lest your bands be made strong: for I have heard from the Lord GOD of hosts a consumption...

Cross References
Numbers 1:51
When the tabernacle is to set out, the Levites shall take it down, and when the tabernacle is to be pitched, the Levites shall set it up. And if any outsider comes near, he shall be put to death.

Numbers 18:1
So the LORD said to Aaron, "You and your sons and your father's house with you shall bear iniquity connected with the sanctuary, and you and your sons with you shall bear iniquity connected with your priesthood.

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