Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb1 for his family, one for each household.2
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If any household is too small for a whole lamb, they must share one with their nearest neighbor, having taken into account the number of people there are. You are to determine the amount of lamb needed in accordance with what each person will eat.
The animals you choose must be year-old males without defect,3 and you may take them from the sheep or the goats.
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Take care of them until the fourteenth day of the month,4 when all the people of the community of Israel must slaughter them at twilight.5
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Then they are to take some of the blood6 and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the lambs.
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That same night7 they are to eat the meat roasted8 over the fire, along with bitter herbs,9 and bread made without yeast.10
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Do not eat the meat raw or cooked in water, but roast it over the fire--head, legs and inner parts.11
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Do not leave any of it till morning;12 if some is left till morning, you must burn it.
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This is how you are to eat it: with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand. Eat it in haste;13 it is the LORD's Passover.14
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"On that same night I will pass through15 Egypt and strike down16 every firstborn17--both men and animals--and I will bring judgment on all the gods18 of Egypt. I am the LORD.19
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The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are; and when I see the blood, I will pass over20 you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.21
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"This is a day you are to commemorate;22 for the generations to come you shall celebrate it as a festival to the LORD--a lasting ordinance.23
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For seven days you are to eat bread made without yeast.24 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 off25 from Israel.
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On the first day hold a sacred assembly, and another one on the seventh day. Do no work26 at all on these days, except to prepare food for everyone to eat--that is all you may do.
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"Celebrate the Feast of Unleavened Bread,27 because it was on this very day that I brought your divisions out of Egypt.28 Celebrate this day as a lasting ordinance for the generations to come.29
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In the first month30 you are to eat bread made without yeast, from the evening of the fourteenth day until the evening of the twenty-first day.
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For seven days no yeast is to be found in your houses. And whoever eats anything with yeast in it must be cut off31 from the community of Israel, whether he is an alien32 or native-born.
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Eat nothing made with yeast. Wherever you live,33 you must eat unleavened bread."34
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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 Passover35 lamb.
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Take a bunch of hyssop,36 dip it into the blood in the basin and put some of the blood37 on the top and on both sides of the doorframe. Not one of you shall go out the door of his house until morning.
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When the LORD goes through the land to strike38 down the Egyptians, he will see the blood39 on the top and sides of the doorframe and will pass over40 that doorway, and he will not permit the destroyer41 to enter your houses and strike you down.
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"Obey these instructions as a lasting ordinance42 for you and your descendants.
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When you enter the land43 that the LORD will give you as he promised, observe this ceremony.
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And when your children44 ask you, 'What does this ceremony mean to you?'
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then tell them, 'It is the Passover45 sacrifice to the LORD, who passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt and spared our homes when he struck down the Egyptians.' "46 Then the people bowed down and worshiped.47
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The Israelites did just what the LORD commanded48 Moses and Aaron.
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