"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.215
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.
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.
"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.818
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.
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.
Eat nothing made with yeast. Wherever you live,12 you must eat unleavened bread."1321
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.
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.
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.
"Obey these instructions as a lasting ordinance21 for you and your descendants.
When you enter the land22 that the LORD will give you as he promised, observe this ceremony.
And when your children23 ask you, 'What does this ceremony mean to you?'
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.2628
The Israelites did just what the LORD commanded27 Moses and Aaron.
At midnight28 the LORD29 struck down all the firstborn30 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 livestock31 as well.
Pharaoh and all his officials and all the Egyptians got up during the night, and there was loud wailing32 in Egypt, for there was not a house without someone dead.
During the night Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, "Up! Leave my people, you and the Israelites! Go, worship33 the LORD as you have requested.
Take your flocks and herds,34 as you have said, and go. And also bless35 me."
The Egyptians urged the people to hurry36 and leave37 the country. "For otherwise," they said, "we will all die!"3834
So the people took their dough before the yeast was added, and carried it on their shoulders in kneading troughs39 wrapped in clothing.
The Israelites did as Moses instructed and asked the Egyptians for articles of silver and gold40 and for clothing.4136
The LORD had made the Egyptians favorably disposed42 toward the people, and they gave them what they asked for; so they plundered43 the Egyptians.
The Israelites journeyed from Rameses44 to Succoth.45 There were about six hundred thousand men46 on foot, besides women and children.
Many other people47 went up with them, as well as large droves of livestock, both flocks and herds.
With the dough they had brought from Egypt, they baked cakes of unleavened bread. The dough was without yeast because they had been driven out48 of Egypt and did not have time to prepare food for themselves.
Now the length of time the Israelite people lived in Egypta was 430 years.4941
At the end of the 430 years, to the very day, all the LORD's divisions50 left Egypt.5142
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.52
The LORD said to Moses and Aaron, "These are the regulations for the Passover:53 "No foreigner54 is to eat of it.
Any slave you have bought may eat of it after you have circumcised55 him,
but a temporary resident and a hired worker56 may not eat of it.
"It must be eaten inside one house; take none of the meat outside the house. Do not break any of the bones.5747
The whole community of Israel must celebrate it.
"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.58 No uncircumcised59 male may eat of it.
The same law applies to the native-born and to the alien60 living among you."
All the Israelites did just what the LORD had commanded61 Moses and Aaron.
And on that very day the LORD brought the Israelites out of Egypt62 by their divisions.63