SEV Biblia, Chapter 17:2 Habla a los hijos de Israel, y toma de ellos una vara por cada casa de los padres, de todos los príncipes de ellos, doce varas conforme a las casas de sus padres; y escribirás el nombre de cada uno sobre su vara.
Clarke's Bible Commentary - Numbers 17:2 Verse 2. And take of every one of them a rod] hfm matteh, the staff or scepter, which the prince or chief of each tribe bore, and which was the sign of office or royalty among almost all the people of the earth.
John Gill's Bible Commentary Ver. 2. Speak unto the children of Israel , etc.] The principal men among them of the several tribes: and take of everyone of them ; not of every individual of the people of Israel, but of their princes, as afterwards explained: a rod, according to the house of [their] fathers ; or “father”, of whom their house or tribe was called, as Reuben, Simeon, etc. this rod was either a common walking staff, as some think, or rather the ensign of their princely office and dignity, peculiar to each tribe; though some think it was now freshly cut off from an almond tree, and that all the rods were of one and the same tree; but supposing they were all of the almond kind, as Josephus thinks, yet being dry rods, and of long use, served to make the miracle appear the greater: of all their princes, according to the house of their fathers, twelve rods ; this explains who they were to be taken of, the princes of the several tribes, whose names are given, ( Numbers 1:5-15); and the number of them twelve, according to the number of the twelve tribes: write thou every man’s name upon his rod ; the name of each prince, or head of a tribe, either by cutting it into the rod, or fastening a writing to it, after the manner of those times; as, for instance, the name of Elizur for the tribe of Reuben; by which it was to be made and was made to appear, that to none of these tribes belonged the priesthood, but to the tribe of Levi, and to none of that tribe but the family of Aaron; whereby it should seem that some of all the tribes made pretensions to it, as being all holy, and especially the chief firstborn of every tribe, as such their princes were.
Matthew Henry Commentary Verses 1-7 - It is an instance of the grace of God, that, having wrought diver miracles to punish sin, he would work one more to prevent it. Twelv 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 dr 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 an blossom. Moses did not object that the matter was sufficiently settle already; he did not undertake to determine it; but left the case befor the Lord.
Original Hebrew דבר 1696 אל 413 בני 1121 ישׂראל 3478 וקח 3947 מאתם 853 מטה 4294 מטה 4294 לבית 1004 אב 1 מאת 853 כל 3605 נשׂיאהם 5387 לבית 1004 אבתם 1 שׁנים 8147 עשׂר 6240 מטות 4294 אישׁ 376 את 853 שׁמו 8034 תכתב 3789 על 5921 מטהו׃ 4294