Numbers 17:2
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.

New Living Translation
“Tell the people of Israel to bring you twelve wooden staffs, one from each leader of Israel’s ancestral tribes, and inscribe each leader’s name on his staff.

English Standard Version
“Speak to the people of Israel, and get from them staffs, one for each fathers’ house, from all their chiefs according to their fathers’ houses, twelve staffs. Write each man’s name on his staff,

Berean Study Bible
“Speak to the Israelites and take from them twelve staffs, one from the leader of each tribe. Write each man’s name on his staff,

New American Standard Bible
"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,

New King James Version
“Speak to the children of Israel, and get from them a rod from each father’s house, all their leaders according to their fathers’ houses—twelve rods. Write each man’s name on his rod.

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.

Christian Standard Bible
"Speak to the Israelites and take one staff from them for each ancestral tribe, twelve staffs from all the leaders of their tribes. Write each man's name on his staff.

Good News Translation
"Tell the people of Israel to give you twelve walking sticks, one from the leader of each tribe. Write each man's name on his stick

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Speak to the Israelites and take one staff from them for each ancestral house, 12 staffs from all the leaders of their ancestral houses. Write each man's name on his staff.

International Standard Version
"Tell the Israelis to take a rod—one from each ancestral house, that is, one from every leader, for a total of twelve rods. Write each tribal name on his rod.

NET Bible
"Speak to the Israelites, and receive from them a staff from each tribe, one from every tribal leader, twelve staffs; you must write each man's name on his staff.

New Heart 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.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Speak to the Israelites, and get 12 staffs from them, one from the leader of each of their tribes. Write each man's name on his staff.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Speak unto 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; thou shalt write every man's name upon his rod.

New American Standard 1977
“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,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Speak unto the sons of Israel and take of each of them a rod according to the houses of their fathers, of all their princes, twelve rods according to the houses of their fathers, and write thou each man's name upon his rod.

King James 2000 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 leaders according to the house of their fathers twelve rods: write every man's name upon his rod.

American King James Version
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 you every man's name on his rod.

American Standard Version
Speak unto 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 thou every man's name upon his rod.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Speak to the children of Israel, and take rods of them, according to the houses of their families, a rod from all their princes, according to the houses of their families, twelve rods, and write the name of each on his rod.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Speak to the children of Israel, and take of every one of them a rod by their kindreds, of all the princes of the tribes, twelve rods, and write the name of every man 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.

English Revised Version
Speak unto 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 thou every man's name upon his rod.

Webster's Bible Translation
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.

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,
Study Bible
Aaron's Staff Buds
1And the LORD said to Moses, 2“Speak to the Israelites and take from them twelve staffs, one from the leader of each tribe. Write each man’s name on his staff, 3and write Aaron’s name on the staff of Levi, because there must be one staff for the head of each tribe.…
Cross References
Numbers 17:1
And the LORD said to Moses,

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

Ezekiel 37:16
"And you, son of man, take a single stick and write on it: 'Belonging to Judah and to the Israelites associated with him.' Then take another stick and write on it: 'Belonging to Joseph--the stick of Ephraim--and to all the house of Israel associated with him.'

Treasury of Scripture

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 you every man's name on his rod.

A rod.

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: and Nahshon the son of Amminadab shall be captain of the children of Judah…

Numbers 10:14-27
In the first place went the standard of the camp of the children of Judah according to their armies: and over his host was Nahshon the son of Amminadab…

twelve rods

Genesis 49:10
The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.

Exodus 4:2,17
And the LORD said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod…

Psalm 110:2
The LORD shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: rule thou in the midst of thine enemies.







Lexicon
“Speak
דַּבֵּ֣ר ׀ (dab·bêr)
Verb - Piel - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1696: To arrange, to speak, to subdue

to
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to

the Israelites
בְּנֵ֣י (bə·nê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 1121: A son

and take
וְקַ֣ח (wə·qaḥ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3947: To take

from them
מֵֽאִתָּ֡ם (mê·’it·tām)
Preposition-m | Direct object marker | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 853: Untranslatable mark of the accusative case

twelve
שְׁנֵ֥ים (šə·nêm)
Number - md
Strong's Hebrew 8147: Two (a cardinal number)

staffs,
מַטֶּה֩ (maṭ·ṭeh)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4294: A staff, rod, shaft, branch, a tribe

[one]
מַטֶּ֣ה (maṭ·ṭeh)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4294: A staff, rod, shaft, branch, a tribe

from the leader
נְשִֽׂיאֵהֶם֙ (nə·śî·’ê·hem)
Noun - masculine plural construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 5387: An exalted one, a king, sheik, a rising mist

of each
כָּל־ (kāl-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3605: The whole, all, any, every

tribe.
אֲבֹתָ֔ם (’ă·ḇō·ṯām)
Noun - masculine plural construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1: Father

Write
תִּכְתֹּ֖ב (tiḵ·tōḇ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3789: To grave, to write

each
אִ֣ישׁ (’îš)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 376: A man as an individual, a male person

man’s name
שְׁמ֔וֹ (šə·mōw)
Noun - masculine singular construct | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8034: A name

on
עַל־ (‘al-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 5921: Above, over, upon, against

his staff,
מַטּ֑וֹת (maṭ·ṭō·wṯ)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 4294: A staff, rod, shaft, branch, a tribe
XVII.

(2) And take of every one of them . . . --Better, And take of them a rod for each father's house.

Twelve rods.--Some suppose that Aaron's rod was not included amongst the twelve. Others suppose that one rod only was taken for the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh. The latter supposition is more accordant with the terms here employed than the former, and is supported by Deuteronomy 27:12-13, where Joseph stands for the two tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh, and Levi is included amongst the twelve tribes.

Write thou every man's name upon his rod.--This was in accordance with an Egyptian custom. (See Wilkinson's Ancient Egyptians, III. 388.) The prophet Ezekiel received a similar injunction (Ezekiel 37:16).

Verse 2. - Take of every one of them a rod. Literally, "take of them a rod, a rod," i.e., a rod apiece, in the way immediately particularized. מַטֶּה (Septuagint, ῥάβδον,) is used for the staff of Judah (Genesis 38:18) and for the rod of Moses (Exodus 4:2). It is also used in the sense of "tribe" (Numbers 1:4, 16). Each tribe was but a branch, or rod, out of the stock of Israel, and, therefore, was most naturally represented by the rod cut from the tree. 'The words used for scepter in Genesis 49:10, and in Psalm 45:7, and for rod in Isaiah 11:1, and elsewhere are different, but the same imagery underlies the use of all of them. Of all their princes... twelve rods. These princes must be those named in chapter 2 and 7. Since among these are to be found the tribe princes of Ephraim and Manasseh, standing upon a perfect equality with the rest, it is evident that the twelve rods were exclusive of that of Aaron. The joining together of Ephraim and Manasseh in Deuteronomy 27:12 was a very different thing, because it could not raise any question as between the two. 17:1-7 It is an instance of the grace of God, that, having wrought divers miracles to punish sin, he would work one more to prevent it. Twelve rods or staves were to be brought in. It is probable that they were the staves which the princes used as ensigns of their authority; old dry staves, that had no sap in them. They were to expect that the rod of the tribe, or prince, whom God chose to the priesthood, should bud and blossom. Moses did not object that the matter was sufficiently settled already; he did not undertake to determine it; but left the case before the Lord.
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