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Exodus 12:1-28 (New American Standard)

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The Passover Lamb

1 Now the LORD said to Moses and Aaron in the land of aEgypt, 2 "1This month shall be the beginning of months for you; it is to be the first month of the year to you. 3 "Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying, 'On the tenth of this month they are each one to take a blamb for themselves, according to their fathers' households, a clamb for deach household. 4 'Now if the household is too small for a elamb, then he and his neighbor nearest to his house are to take one according to the fnumber of persons in them; according to gwhat each man should eat, you are to hdivide the lamb. 5 'Your ilamb shall be 2an unblemished male a year old; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats. 6 'jYou shall keep it until the 3fourteenth day of the same month, then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel is to kill it k4at twilight. 7 '5Moreover, they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel lof the houses in which they eat it. 8 'They shall eat the flesh 6that same night, 7roasted with fire, and they shall eat it with 8unleavened bread m9and bitter herbs. 9 'Do not eat any of it raw or boiled at all with water, but rather 10roasted with fire, both its head and its legs along with 11its entrails. 10 '12And you shall not leave any of it over until morning, but whatever is left of it until morning, you shall burn with fire. 11 'Now you shall eat it in this manner: with your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it in haste -it is 13the LORD'S Passover. 12 'For 14I will go through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and 15against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments -16I am the LORD. 13 '17The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you nlive; and when I see the blood I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you oto destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.

Feast of Unleavened Bread

14 'Now 18this day will be 19a memorial to you, and you shall celebrate it as a feast to the LORD; throughout your generations you are to celebrate it as p20a permanent ordinance. 15 '21Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, but on the first day you shall qremove leaven from your houses; for whoever eats anything leavened from the first day until the seventh day, 22that rperson shall be cut off from Israel. 16 '23On the first day you shall have a holy assembly, and another holy assembly on the seventh day; no work at all shall be done on them, except what must be eaten sby every person, that alone may be tprepared by you. 17 'You shall also observe 24the Feast of Unleavened Bread, for on this 25very day I brought your hosts out of the land of Egypt; therefore you shall observe this day throughout your generations as 26a upermanent ordinance. 18 '27In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at evening, you shall eat unleavened bread, until the twenty-first day of the month at evening. 19 '28Seven days there shall be no leaven found in your houses; for whoever eats what is leavened, that v29person shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he is an alien or a native of the land. 20 'You shall not eat anything leavened; in all your dwellings you shall eat unleavened bread.' " 21 Then 30Moses called for all the elders of Israel and said to them, "wGo and 31take for yourselves xlambs according to your families, and slay 32the Passover lamb. 22 "33You shall take a bunch of hyssop and dip it in the blood which is in the basin, and yapply some of the blood that is in the basin to the lintel and the two doorposts; and none of you shall go outside the door of his house until morning.

A Memorial of Redemption

23 "For 34the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when He sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the LORD will pass over the door and will 35not allow the 36destroyer to come in to your houses to smite you. 24 "And 37you shall observe this event as an ordinance for you and your children forever . 25 "When you enter the land which the LORD will give you, as He has zpromised, you shall observe this aarite. 26 "38And when your children say to you, 'bbWhat does this rite mean to you?' 27 you shall say, 'It is a Passover sacrifice to 39the LORD ccwho passed over the houses of the sons of Israel in Egypt when He smote the Egyptians, but ddspared our homes.' " 40And the people bowed low and worshiped. 28 Then the sons of Israel went and did so; just as the LORD had commanded Moses and Aaron, so they did.
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