God said to Moses, 'Put Aaron's staff back there before the [Ark of] Testimony as a keepsake. Let it be a sign for anyone who wants to rebel. This should put an end to their complaints to Me, and then they will not die.'
Vayomer Adonay el-Moshe hashev et-mateh Aharon lifney ha'edut lemishmeret le'ot livney-Meri utechal telunotam me'alay velo yamutu.
||Moses did exactly as God had instructed him.
Vaya'as Moshe ka'asher tsivah Adonay oto ken asah.
||The Israelites said to Moses, 'We're going to die! We will be destroyed! We are all lost!
Vayomeru bney Yisra'el el-Moshe lemor hen gavanu avadnu kulanu avadnu.
(Midrash HaGadol). According to some, however, it was actually placed inside the ark (Ralbag).