Bamidbar - Numbers 17


1And the Lord spoke unto Moses, saying:
2‘Speak unto Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest, that he take up the fire-pans out of the burning, and scatter thou the fire yonder; for they are become holy;
3even the fire-pans of these men who have sinned at the cost of their lives, and let them be made beaten plates for a covering of the altar—for they are become holy, because they were offered before the Lord—that they may be a sign unto the children of Israel.’
4And Eleazar the priest took the brazen fire-pans, which they that were burnt had offered; and they beat them out for a covering of the altar,
5to be a memorial unto the children of Israel, to the end that no common man, that is not of the seed of Aaron, draw near to burn incense before the Lord; that he fare not as Korah, and as his company; as the Lord spoke unto him by the hand of Moses.
6But on the morrow all the congregation of the children of Israel murmured against Moses and against Aaron, saying: ‘Ye have killed the people of the Lord.’
7And it came to pass, when the congregation was assembled against Moses and against Aaron, that they looked toward the tent of meeting; and, behold, the cloud covered it, and the glory of the Lord appeared.
8And Moses and Aaron came to the front of the tent of meeting.
9And the Lord spoke unto Moses, saying:
10‘Get you up from among this congregation, that I may consume them in a moment.’ And they fell upon their faces.
11And Moses said unto Aaron: ‘Take thy fire-pan, and put fire therein from off the altar, and lay incense thereon, and carry it quickly unto the congregation, and make atonement for them; for there is wrath gone out from the Lord: the plague is begun.’
12And Aaron took as Moses spoke, and ran into the midst of the assembly; and, behold, the plague was begun among the people; and he put on the incense, and made atonement for the people.
13And he stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was stayed.
14Now they that died by the plague were fourteen thousand and seven hundred, besides them that died about the matter of Korah.
15And Aaron returned unto Moses unto the door of the tent of meeting, and the plague was stayed.
16And the Lord spoke unto Moses, saying:
17‘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.
18And thou shalt write Aaron’s name upon the rod of Levi, for there shall be one rod for the head of their fathers’ houses.
19And thou shalt lay them up in the tent of meeting before the testimony, where I meet with you.
20And it shall come to pass, that the man whom I shall choose, his rod shall bud; and I will make to cease from Me the murmurings of the children of Israel, which they murmur against you.’
21And Moses spoke unto the children of Israel; and all their princes gave him rods, for each prince one, according to their fathers’ houses, even twelve rods; and the rod of Aaron was among their rods.
22And Moses laid up the rods before the Lord in the tent of the testimony.
23And it came to pass on the morrow, that Moses went into the tent of the testimony; and, behold, the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi was budded, and put forth buds, and bloomed blossoms, and bore ripe almonds.
24And Moses brought out all the rods from before the Lord unto all the children of Israel; and they looked, and took every man his rod.
25and the Lord said unto Moses: ‘Put back the rod of Aaron before the testimony, to be kept there, for a token against the rebellious children; that there may be made an end of their murmurings against Me, that they die not.’
26Thus did Moses; as the Lord commanded him, so did he.
27And the children of Israel spoke unto Moses, saying: ‘Behold, we perish, we are undone, we are all undone.
28Every one that cometh near, that cometh near unto the tabernacle of the Lord, is to die; shall we wholly perish?’