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Exodus 12:14-27 (New International Version)

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14 "This is a day you are to commemorate;1 for the generations to come you shall celebrate it as a festival to the LORD--a lasting ordinance.2 15 For seven days you are to eat bread made without yeast.3 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 off4 from Israel. 16 On the first day hold a sacred assembly, and another one on the seventh day. Do no work5 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,6 because it was on this very day that I brought your divisions out of Egypt.7 Celebrate this day as a lasting ordinance for the generations to come.8 18 In the first month9 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 off10 from the community of Israel, whether he is an alien11 or native-born. 20 Eat nothing made with yeast. Wherever you live,12 you must eat unleavened bread."13 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 Passover14 lamb. 22 Take a bunch of hyssop,15 dip it into the blood in the basin and put some of the blood16 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 strike17 down the Egyptians, he will see the blood18 on the top and sides of the doorframe and will pass over19 that doorway, and he will not permit the destroyer20 to enter your houses and strike you down. 24 "Obey these instructions as a lasting ordinance21 for you and your descendants. 25 When you enter the land22 that the LORD will give you as he promised, observe this ceremony. 26 And when your children23 ask you, 'What does this ceremony mean to you?' 27 then tell them, 'It is the Passover24 sacrifice to the LORD, who passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt and spared our homes when he struck down the Egyptians.' "25 Then the people bowed down and worshiped.26
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