12 1THE LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, 2This month shall be to you the beginning of months, the first month of the year to you. 3Tell all the congregation of Israel, On the tenth day of this month they shall take every man a lamb or kid, according to [the size of] the family of which he is the father, a lamb or kid for each house. 4And if the household is too small to consume the lamb, let him and his next door neighbor take it according to the number of persons, every man according to what each can eat shall make your count for the lamb. 5Your lamb or kid shall be without blemish, a male of the first year; you shall take it from the sheep or the goats. 6And you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month; and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall [each] kill [his] lamb in the evening. 7They shall take of the blood and put it on the two side posts and on the lintel [above the door space] of the houses in which they shall eat [the Passover lamb]. 8They shall eat the flesh that night roasted; with unleavened bread and bitter herbs they shall eat it. 9Eat not of it raw nor boiled at all with water, but roasted--its head, its legs, and its inner parts. 10You shall let nothing of the meat remain until the morning; and the bones and unedible bits which remain of it until morning you shall burn with fire. 11And you shall eat it thus: [as fully prepared for a journey] your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it in haste. It is the Lord’s Passover. 12For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment [proving their helplessness]. I am the Lord. 13The blood shall be for a token or sign to you upon [the doorposts of] the houses where you are, [that] when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and no plague shall be upon you to destroy you when I smite the land of Egypt. 14And this day shall be to you for a memorial. You shall keep it as a feast to the Lord throughout your generations, keep it as an ordinance forever. 15[In celebration of the Passover in future years] seven days shall you eat unleavened bread; even the first day you shall put away leaven [symbolic of corruption] out of your houses; for whoever eats leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that person shall be cut off from Israel. 16On the first day you shall hold a solemn and holy assembly, and on the seventh day there shall be a solemn and holy assembly; no kind of work shall be done in them, save [preparation of] that which every person must eat--that only may be done by you. 17And you shall observe the Feast of Unleavened Bread, for on this very day have I brought your hosts out of the land of Egypt; therefore shall you observe this day throughout your generations as an ordinance forever. 18In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at evening, you shall eat unleavened bread [and continue] until the twenty-first day of the month at evening. 19Seven days no leaven [symbolic of corruption] shall be found in your houses; whoever eats what is leavened shall be excluded from the congregation of Israel, whether a stranger or native-born. 20You shall eat nothing leavened; in all your dwellings you shall eat unleavened bread [during that week]. 21Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said to them, Go forth, select and take a lamb according to your families and kill the Passover [lamb]. 22And you shall take a bunch of hyssop, dip it in the blood in the basin, and touch the lintel above the door and the two side posts with the blood; and none of you shall go out of his house until morning. 23For the Lord will pass through to slay the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood upon the lintel and the two side posts, the Lord will pass over the door and will not allow the destroyer to come into your houses to slay you. 24You shall observe this rite for an ordinance to you and to your sons forever. 25When you come to the land which the Lord will give you, as He has promised, you shall keep this service. 26When your children shall say to you, What do you mean by this service? 27You shall say, It is the sacrifice of the Lord’s Passover, for He passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt when He slew the Egyptians but spared our houses. And the people bowed their heads and worshiped. 28The Israelites went and, as the Lord had commanded Moses and Aaron, so they did. 29At midnight the Lord slew every firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne to the firstborn of the prisoner in the dungeon, and all the firstborn of the livestock. 30Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt, for there was not a house where there was not one dead. 31He called for Moses and Aaron by night, and said, Rise up, get out from among my people, both you and the Israelites; and go, serve the Lord, as you said. 32Also take your flocks and your herds, as you have said, and be gone! And [ask your God to] bless me also. 33The Egyptians were urgent with the people to depart, that they might send them out of the land in haste; for they said, We are all dead men. 34The people took their dough before it was leavened, their kneading bowls being bound up in their clothes on their shoulders. 35The Israelites did according to the word of Moses; and they [urgently] asked of the Egyptians jewels of silver and of gold, and clothing. 36The Lord gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they gave them what they asked. And they stripped the Egyptians [of those things]. 37The Israelites journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about 600,000 men on foot, besides women and children. 38And a mixed multitude went also with them, and very much livestock, both flocks and herds. 39They baked unleavened cakes of the dough which they brought from Egypt; it was not leavened because they were driven from Egypt and could not delay, nor had they prepared for themselves any food. 40Now the time the Israelites dwelt in Egypt was 430 years. 41At the end of the 430 years, even that very day, all the hosts of the Lord went out of Egypt. 42It was a night of watching unto the Lord and to be much observed for bringing them out of Egypt; this same night of watching unto the Lord is to be observed by all the Israelites throughout their generations. 43The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, This is the ordinance of the Passover: No foreigner shall eat of it; 44But every man’s servant who is bought for money, when you have circumcised him, then may he eat of it. 45A foreigner or hired servant shall not eat of it. 46In one house shall it be eaten [by one company]; you shall not carry any of the flesh outside the house; neither shall you break a bone of it. 47All the congregation of Israel shall keep it. 48When a stranger sojourning with you wishes to keep the Passover to the Lord, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as one that is born in the land. But no uncircumcised person shall eat of it. 49There shall be one law for the native-born and for the stranger or foreigner who sojourns among you. 50Thus did all the Israelites; as the Lord commanded Moses and Aaron, so did they. 51And on that very day the Lord brought the Israelites out of the land of Egypt by their hosts.
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