Amplified Bible

Numbers 17

Aaron’s Rod Buds

1Then the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the sons of Israel and get rods from them, a rod for each father’s household, from all their leaders according to their fathers’ households, twelve rods. Write every man’s name on his rod, and write Aaron’s name on the rod of Levi [his ancestor]; for there is one rod for the head of each of their fathers’ households. You shall then deposit them in the Tent of Meeting (tabernacle) in front of [the ark of] the Testimony, where I meet with you. It shall be that the rod of the man whom I choose will bud, and I will no longer hear the constant grumblings of the Israelites, who are grumbling against you.” So Moses spoke to the Israelites, and each of their leaders gave him a rod, one for each leader according to their fathers’ households, twelve rods, and the rod of Aaron was among their rods. So Moses deposited the rods before the Lord in the Tent of the Testimony (tabernacle).

Now on the next day Moses went into the Tent of the Testimony, and [a]the rod of Aaron of the tribe of Levi had sprouted and put out buds and produced blossoms and yielded [ripe] almonds. Moses brought out all the rods from the presence of Lord to all the Israelites; and they looked, and each man took his rod. 10 But the Lord said to Moses, “Put Aaron’s rod back before the Testimony [in the ark], to be kept as a [warning] sign for the rebellious and contentious, so that you may put an end to their murmurings [of discontent] against Me, so that they do not die.” 11 And Moses did so; just as the Lord had commanded him, so he did.

12 The sons of Israel said to Moses, “Look, we perish, we are doomed, all doomed! 13 Everyone who approaches, who approaches the tabernacle of the Lord, must die. Are we to perish completely?”

Notas al pie

  1. Numbers 17:8 Once again God confirmed before the people His choice of Aaron as high priest and the significance of the tribe of Levi.

Japanese Living Bible

民数記 17

アロンの杖

11-3 それから、主はモーセに命じました。「族長たちに、自分の名を彫った杖を持って来させなさい。アロンの名はレビ族の杖に彫る。 十二本の杖を幕屋の契約の箱の前、わたしがあなたと会う場所に置きなさい。 この杖で、わたしがだれを選ぶかを決めよう。わたしの選んだ者の杖は芽を出すのだ。これだけはっきりさせれば、彼らも不平は言わなくなるだろう。」

十二人の族長は、それぞれモーセのところに杖を持って来ました。アロンの杖も入っています。 モーセは、幕屋の奥の主の前にそれを置きました。

翌日そこへ行ってみると、レビ族を代表するアロンの杖が芽を出し、花が咲き、アーモンドの実がなっているではありませんか。 それを持って来て見せると、人々はあっけにとられ、ただ見つめるばかりです。それでも族長たちは気を取り直し、自分の杖を引き取りました。

10 「アロンの杖を、この事件の苦い思い出として、いつまでも契約の箱のそばに置きなさい。アロンの権威を疑う者がまた出たら、それを見せてやりなさい。そうすれば、民が不平を言っていろいろな災難を被らずにすむだろう。」主がそう命じたので、 11 モーセはそのとおりにしました。

12-13 しかし人々は、それでもこりずに不平を言うのでした。「これでは、みんな死んだも同然だ。幕屋に近づくだけで死ぬのなら、だれも助かるわけないではないか。」