41But on the next day all the congregation of the sons of Israel (A)grumbled against Moses and Aaron, saying, "You are the ones who have caused the death of the LORD'S people."42It came about, however, when the congregation had assembled against Moses and Aaron, that they turned toward the tent of meeting, and behold, the cloud covered it and (B)the glory of the LORD appeared. 43Then Moses and Aaron came to the front of the tent of meeting, 44and the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 45"(C)Get away from among this congregation, that I may consume them instantly." Then they fell on their faces. 46Moses said to Aaron, "Take your censer and put in it fire from the altar, and lay incense on it; then bring it quickly to the congregation and (D)make atonement for them, for (E)wrath has gone forth from the LORD, the plague has begun!" 47Then Aaron took it as Moses had spoken, and ran into the midst of the assembly, for behold, the plague had begun among the people. (F)So he put on the incense and made atonement for the people. 48He took his stand between the dead and the living, so that the plague was checked. 49(G)But those who died by the plague were 14,700, besides those who (H)died on account of Korah. 50Then Aaron returned to Moses at the doorway of the tent of meeting, for the plague had been checked.
1Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,2"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, 3and write Aaron's name on the rod of Levi; for there is one rod for the head of each of their fathers' households. 4"You shall then deposit them in the tent of meeting in front of (I)the testimony, where I meet with you. 5"It will come about that the rod of (J)the man whom I choose will sprout. Thus I will lessen from upon Myself the grumblings of the sons of Israel, who are grumbling against you." 6Moses therefore spoke to the sons of Israel, and all their leaders gave him a rod apiece, for each leader according to their fathers' households, twelve rods, with the rod of Aaron among their rods. 7So Moses deposited the rods before the LORD in (K)the tent of the testimony. 8Now on the next day Moses went into the tent of the testimony; and behold, (L)the rod of Aaron for the house of Levi had sprouted and put forth buds and produced blossoms, and it bore ripe almonds. 9Moses then brought out all the rods from the presence of the LORD to all the sons of Israel; and they looked, and each man took his rod. 10But the LORD said to Moses, "Put back the rod of Aaron (M)before the testimony to be kept as a sign against the (N)rebels, that you may put an end to their grumblings against Me, so that they will not die." 11Thus Moses did; just as the LORD had commanded him, so he did. 12Then the sons of Israel spoke to Moses, saying, "(O)Behold, we perish, we are dying, we are all dying! 13"(P)Everyone who comes near, who comes near to the tabernacle of the LORD, must die. Are we to perish completely?" New American Standard Bible (NASB) Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation