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Exodus 13:1-10 (New International Version)

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Consecration of the Firstborn

1 The LORD said to Moses, 2 "Consecrate to me every firstborn male.1 The first offspring of every womb among the Israelites belongs to me, whether man or animal." 3 Then Moses said to the people, "Commemorate this day, the day you came out of Egypt,2 out of the land of slavery, because the LORD brought you out of it with a mighty hand.3 Eat nothing containing yeast.4 4 Today, in the month of Abib,5 you are leaving. 5 When the LORD brings you into the land of the Canaanites,6 Hittites, Amorites, Hivites and Jebusites7--the land he swore to your forefathers to give you, a land flowing with milk and honey8--you are to observe this ceremony9 in this month: 6 For seven days eat bread made without yeast and on the seventh day hold a festival10 to the LORD. 7 Eat unleavened bread during those seven days; nothing with yeast in it is to be seen among you, nor shall any yeast be seen anywhere within your borders. 8 On that day tell your son,11 'I do this because of what the LORD did for me when I came out of Egypt.' 9 This observance will be for you like a sign on your hand12 and a reminder on your forehead13 that the law of the LORD is to be on your lips. For the LORD brought you out of Egypt with his mighty hand.14 10 You must keep this ordinance15 at the appointed time16 year after year.
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