17:1 And the LORD spake unto a Moses, saying,
(a) While he was in the door of the tabernacle.
And it shall come to pass, [that] the man's rod, whom I shall b
choose, shall blossom: and I will make to cease from me the murmurings of the
children of Israel, whereby they murmur against you.
(b) To be the chief priest.
17:6 And Moses spake unto the children of Israel,
and every one of their princes gave him a rod apiece, for each prince one,
according to their fathers' houses, [even] twelve rods: and the rod c
of Aaron [was] among their rods.
(c) Though Joseph's tribe was divided into two
in the distribution of the land, yet here it is but one and Levi makes a
17:8 And it came to pass, that
on the morrow Moses went into the tabernacle of witness; and, behold, the rod of
Aaron d for the house of Levi was
budded, and brought forth buds, and bloomed blossoms, and yielded almonds.
(d) To declare that God chose the house of Levi
to serve him in the tabernacle.
17:10 And the LORD said unto
Moses, Bring Aaron's rod again before the testimony, to be kept for a token
against the rebels; and thou shalt quite take away their e
murmurings from me, that they die not.
(e) Grudging that Aaron should be high priest.
17:12 And the children of
Israel spake unto Moses, saying, Behold, f
we die, we perish, we all perish.
(f) The Chaldea text describes their complaining
in this way; "We die by the sword, the earth swallows us up, the
pestilence consumes us."