Exodus 12

The Institution of the Passover

12:11 The Lord said2 to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt,3 12:2 “This month is to be your beginning of months; it will be your first month of the year.4 12:3 Tell the whole community of Israel, ‘In the tenth day of this month they each5 must take a lamb6 for themselves according to their families7 – a lamb for each household.8 12:4 If any household is too small9 for a lamb,10 the man11 and his next-door neighbor12 are to take13 a lamb according to the number of people – you will make your count for the lamb according to how much each one can eat.14 12:5 Your lamb must be15 perfect,16 a male, one year old;17 you may take18 it from the sheep or from the goats. 12:6 You must care for it19 until the fourteenth day of this month, and then the whole community20 of Israel will kill it around sundown.21 12:7 They will take some of the blood and put it on the two side posts and top of the doorframe of the houses where they will eat it. 12:8 They will eat the meat the same night;22 they will eat it roasted over the fire with bread made without yeast23 and with bitter herbs. 12:9 Do not eat it raw24 or boiled in water, but roast it over the fire with its head, its legs, and its entrails. 12:10 You must leave nothing until morning, but you must burn with fire whatever remains of it until morning. 12:11 This is how you are to eat it – dressed to travel,25 your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. You are to eat it in haste. It is the Lord’s Passover.26

12:12 I will pass through27 the land of Egypt in the same28 night, and I will attack29 all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both of humans and of animals,30 and on all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment.31 I am the Lord. 12:13 The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, so that when I see32 the blood I will pass over you,33 and this plague34 will not fall on you to destroy you35 when I attack36 the land of Egypt.37

12:14 This day will become38 a memorial39 for you, and you will celebrate it as a festival40 to the Lord – you will celebrate it perpetually as a lasting ordinance.41 12:15 For seven days42 you must eat43 bread made without yeast.44 Surely45 on the first day you must put away yeast from your houses because anyone who eats bread made with yeast46 from the first day to the seventh day will be cut off47 from Israel.

12:16 On the first day there will be a holy convocation,48 and on the seventh day there will be a holy convocation for you. You must do no work of any kind49 on them, only what every person will eat – that alone may be prepared for you. 12:17 So you will keep the Feast of Unleavened Bread, because on this very50 day I brought your regiments51 out from the land of Egypt, and so you must keep this day perpetually as a lasting ordinance.52 12:18 In the first month,53 from the fourteenth day of the month, in the evening, you will eat bread made without yeast until the twenty-first day of the month in the evening. 12:19 For seven days54 yeast must not be found in your houses, for whoever eats what is made with yeast – that person55 will be cut off from the community of Israel, whether a foreigner56 or one born in the land. 12:20 You will not eat anything made with yeast; in all the places where you live you must eat bread made without yeast.’”

12:21 Then Moses summoned all the elders of Israel, and told them, “Go and select57 for yourselves a lamb or young goat58 for your families, and kill the Passover animals.59 12:22 Take a branch of hyssop,60 dip it in the blood that is in the basin,61 and apply to the top of the doorframe and the two side posts some of the blood that is in the basin. Not one of you is to go out62 the door of his house until morning. 12:23 For the Lord will pass through to strike Egypt, and when he sees63 the blood on the top of the doorframe and the two side posts, then the Lord will pass over the door, and he will not permit the destroyer64 to enter your houses to strike you.65 12:24 You must observe this event as an ordinance for you and for your children forever. 12:25 When you enter the land that the Lord will give to you, just as he said, you must observe66 this ceremony. 12:26 When your children ask you, ‘What does this ceremony mean to you?’6712:27 then you will say, ‘It is the sacrifice68 of the Lord’s Passover, when he passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt, when he struck69 Egypt and delivered our households.’” The people bowed down low70 to the ground, 12:28 and the Israelites went away and did exactly as the Lord had commanded Moses and Aaron.71

The Deliverance from Egypt

12:2972 It happened73 at midnight – the Lord attacked all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne to the firstborn of the captive who was in the prison, and all the firstborn of the cattle. 12:30 Pharaoh got up74 in the night,75 along with all his servants and all Egypt, and there was a great cry in Egypt, for there was no house76 in which there was not someone dead. 12:31 Pharaoh77 summoned Moses and Aaron in the night and said, “Get up, get out78 from among my people, both you and the Israelites! Go, serve the Lord as you have requested!79 12:32 Also, take your flocks and your herds, just as you have requested, and leave. But bless me also.”80

12:33 The Egyptians were urging81 the people on, in order to send them out of the land quickly,82 for they were saying, “We are all dead!” 12:34 So the people took their dough before the yeast was added,83 with their kneading troughs bound up in their clothing on their shoulders. 12:35 Now the Israelites had done84 as Moses told them – they had requested from the Egyptians85 silver and gold items and clothing. 12:36 The Lord86 gave the people favor87 in the sight of the Egyptians, and they gave them whatever they wanted,88 and so they plundered Egypt.89

12:37 The Israelites journeyed90 from Rameses91 to Sukkoth. There were about 600,000 men92 on foot, plus their dependants.93 12:38 A mixed multitude94 also went up with them, and flocks and herds – a very large number of cattle.95 12:39 They baked cakes of bread without yeast using the dough they had brought from Egypt, for it was made without yeast – because they were thrust out96 of Egypt and were not able to delay, they97 could not prepare98 food for themselves either.

12:40 Now the length of time the Israelites lived in Egypt was 430 years.99 12:41 At the end of the 430 years, on the very day, all the regiments100 of the Lord went out of the land of Egypt. 12:42 It was a night of vigil for the Lord to bring them out from the land of Egypt,101 and so102 on this night all Israel is to keep the vigil103 to the Lord for generations to come.

Participation in the Passover

12:43104 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “This is the ordinance of the Passover. No foreigner may105 share in eating it.106 12:44 But everyone’s servant who is bought for money, after you have circumcised him, may eat it. 12:45 A foreigner and a hired worker must not eat it. 12:46 It must be eaten in one house; you must not bring any of the meat outside the house, and you must not break a bone of it. 12:47 The whole community of Israel must observe it.

12:48 “When a foreigner lives107 with you and wants to observe the Passover to the Lord, all his males must be circumcised,108 and then he may approach and observe it, and he will be like one who is born in the land109 – but no uncircumcised person may eat of it. 12:49 The same law will apply110 to the person who is native-born and to the foreigner who lives among you.”

12:50 So all the Israelites did exactly as the Lord commanded Moses and Aaron.111 12:51 And on this very day the Lord brought the Israelites out of the land of Egypt by their regiments.

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