New American Standard Bible
and write Aaron's name on the rod of Levi; for there is one rod for the head of each of their fathers' households.
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.
Darby Bible Translation
And Aaron's name shalt thou write upon the staff of Levi; for one staff shall be 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:
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Thou shalt write Aaron's name upon the rod of Levi - The Levites had taken part in the late outbreak. It was therefore necessary to vindicate the supremacy of the house of Aaron over them; and accordingly his name was written on the rod of Levi, although being the son of Kohath, the second son of Levi (Exodus 6:16 ff), he would not be the natural head of the tribe.
"Speak to the sons of Israel, and get from them a rod for each father's household: twelve rods, from all their leaders according to their fathers' households. You shall write each name on his rod,
"You shall then deposit them in the tent of meeting in front of the testimony, where I meet with you.
"And you, son of man, take for yourself one stick and write on it, 'For Judah and for the sons of Israel, his companions'; then take another stick and write on it, 'For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim and all the house of Israel, his companions.'
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