Numbers 17:2
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New International Version
"Speak to the Israelites and get twelve staffs from them, one from the leader of each of their ancestral tribes. Write the name of each man on his staff.

King James Bible
Speak unto 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.

Darby Bible Translation
Speak unto the children of Israel, and take of them a staff, a staff for each father's house, of all their princes according to the houses of their fathers, twelve staves: thou shalt write each one's name upon his staff.

World English Bible
"Speak to the children of Israel, and take of them rods, one for each fathers' house, of all their princes according to their fathers' houses, twelve rods: write every man's name on his rod.

Young's Literal Translation
'Speak unto the sons of Israel, and take from them each a rod, for a father's house, from all their princes, for the house of their fathers, twelve rods; the name of each thou dost write on his rod,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

And take of every one of them a rod - מטה matteh, the staff or scepter, which the prince or chief of each tribe bore, and which was the sign of office or royalty among almost all the people of the earth.

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A rod. The word matteh signifies a staff, or sceptre, which the prience or chief of each tribe bore, and which was the sign of office or royalty among almost all the people of the earth. All their princes.

Numbers 1:5-16 And these are the names of the men that shall stand with you: of the tribe of Reuben; Elizur the son of Shedeur...

Numbers 2:3-30 And on the east side toward the rising of the sun shall they of the standard of the camp of Judah pitch throughout their armies...

Numbers 10:14-27 In the first place went the standard of the camp of the children of Judah according to their armies...

twelve rods

Genesis 49:10 The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come...

Exodus 4:2,17 And the LORD said to him, What is that in your hand? And he said, A rod...

Psalm 110:2 The LORD shall send the rod of your strength out of Zion: rule you in the middle of your enemies.

Psalm 125:3 For the rod of the wicked shall not rest on the lot of the righteous; lest the righteous put forth their hands to iniquity.

Ezekiel 19:14 And fire is gone out of a rod of her branches, which has devoured her fruit, so that she has no strong rod to be a scepter to rule...

Ezekiel 21:10,13 It is sharpened to make a sore slaughter; it is furbished that it may glitter: should we then make mirth? it scorns the rod of my son...

Ezekiel 37:16-20 Moreover, you son of man, take you one stick, and write on it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions...

Micah 7:14 Feed your people with your rod, the flock of your heritage, which dwell solitarily in the wood, in the middle of Carmel...

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The Fifth Commandment
Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.' Exod 20: 12. Having done with the first table, I am next to speak of the duties of the second table. The commandments may be likened to Jacob's ladder: the first table respects God, and is the top of the ladder that reaches to heaven; the second respects superiors and inferiors, and is the foot of the ladder that rests on the earth. By the first table, we walk religiously towards God; by
Thomas Watson—The Ten Commandments

Cross References
Numbers 17:1
The LORD said to Moses,

Numbers 17:3
On the staff of Levi write Aaron's name, for there must be one staff for the head of each ancestral tribe.

Ezekiel 37:16
"Son of man, take a stick of wood and write on it, 'Belonging to Judah and the Israelites associated with him.' Then take another stick of wood, and write on it, 'Belonging to Joseph (that is, to Ephraim) and all the Israelites associated with him.'

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