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Exodus 12:15-51 (New International Version)

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15 For seven days you are to eat bread made without yeast.1 On the first day remove the yeast from your houses, for whoever eats anything with yeast in it from the first day through the seventh must be cut off2 from Israel. 16 On the first day hold a sacred assembly, and another one on the seventh day. Do no work3 at all on these days, except to prepare food for everyone to eat--that is all you may do. 17 "Celebrate the Feast of Unleavened Bread,4 because it was on this very day that I brought your divisions out of Egypt.5 Celebrate this day as a lasting ordinance for the generations to come.6 18 In the first month7 you are to eat bread made without yeast, from the evening of the fourteenth day until the evening of the twenty-first day. 19 For seven days no yeast is to be found in your houses. And whoever eats anything with yeast in it must be cut off8 from the community of Israel, whether he is an alien9 or native-born. 20 Eat nothing made with yeast. Wherever you live,10 you must eat unleavened bread."11 21 Then Moses summoned all the elders of Israel and said to them, "Go at once and select the animals for your families and slaughter the Passover12 lamb. 22 Take a bunch of hyssop,13 dip it into the blood in the basin and put some of the blood14 on the top and on both sides of the doorframe. Not one of you shall go out the door of his house until morning. 23 When the LORD goes through the land to strike15 down the Egyptians, he will see the blood16 on the top and sides of the doorframe and will pass over17 that doorway, and he will not permit the destroyer18 to enter your houses and strike you down. 24 "Obey these instructions as a lasting ordinance19 for you and your descendants. 25 When you enter the land20 that the LORD will give you as he promised, observe this ceremony. 26 And when your children21 ask you, 'What does this ceremony mean to you?' 27 then tell them, 'It is the Passover22 sacrifice to the LORD, who passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt and spared our homes when he struck down the Egyptians.' "23 Then the people bowed down and worshiped.24 28 The Israelites did just what the LORD commanded25 Moses and Aaron. 29 At midnight26 the LORD 27 struck down all the firstborn28 in Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh, who sat on the throne, to the firstborn of the prisoner, who was in the dungeon, and the firstborn of all the livestock29 as well. 30 Pharaoh and all his officials and all the Egyptians got up during the night, and there was loud wailing30 in Egypt, for there was not a house without someone dead.

The Exodus

31 During the night Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, "Up! Leave my people, you and the Israelites! Go, worship31 the LORD as you have requested. 32 Take your flocks and herds,32 as you have said, and go. And also bless33 me." 33 The Egyptians urged the people to hurry34 and leave35 the country. "For otherwise," they said, "we will all die!"36 34 So the people took their dough before the yeast was added, and carried it on their shoulders in kneading troughs37 wrapped in clothing. 35 The Israelites did as Moses instructed and asked the Egyptians for articles of silver and gold38 and for clothing.39 36 The LORD had made the Egyptians favorably disposed40 toward the people, and they gave them what they asked for; so they plundered41 the Egyptians. 37 The Israelites journeyed from Rameses42 to Succoth.43 There were about six hundred thousand men44 on foot, besides women and children. 38 Many other people45 went up with them, as well as large droves of livestock, both flocks and herds. 39 With the dough they had brought from Egypt, they baked cakes of unleavened bread. The dough was without yeast because they had been driven out46 of Egypt and did not have time to prepare food for themselves. 40 Now the length of time the Israelite people lived in Egypta was 430 years.47 41 At the end of the 430 years, to the very day, all the LORD's divisions48 left Egypt.49 42 Because the LORD kept vigil that night to bring them out of Egypt, on this night all the Israelites are to keep vigil to honor the LORD for the generations to come.50

Passover Restrictions

43 The LORD said to Moses and Aaron, "These are the regulations for the Passover:51 "No foreigner52 is to eat of it. 44 Any slave you have bought may eat of it after you have circumcised53 him, 45 but a temporary resident and a hired worker54 may not eat of it. 46 "It must be eaten inside one house; take none of the meat outside the house. Do not break any of the bones.55 47 The whole community of Israel must celebrate it. 48 "An alien living among you who wants to celebrate the LORD's Passover must have all the males in his household circumcised; then he may take part like one born in the land.56 No uncircumcised57 male may eat of it. 49 The same law applies to the native-born and to the alien58 living among you." 50 All the Israelites did just what the LORD had commanded59 Moses and Aaron. 51 And on that very day the LORD brought the Israelites out of Egypt60 by their divisions.61
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