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

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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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.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Numbers 3:2,3 And these are the names of the sons of Aaron; Nadab the firstborn, and Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar...

Numbers 18:1,7 And the LORD said to Aaron, You and your sons and your father's house with you shall bear the iniquity of the sanctuary...

Exodus 6:16,20 And these are the names of the sons of Levi according to their generations; Gershon, and Kohath, and Merari...

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 17:2
"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.

Numbers 17:4
Place them in the tent of meeting in front of the ark of the covenant law, where I meet with you.

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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