During the night, Pharaoh sent for Moses and Aaron. He said to them, "Get out of here! You and the Israelites, leave my people! Go. Worship the Lord, just as you have asked.
Go. Take your flocks and herds, just as you have said. And also give me your blessing."
The Egyptians begged the people of Israel to hurry up and leave the country. "If you don't," they said, "we'll all die!"
So the people took their dough before the yeast was added to it. They carried it on their shoulders in bread pans that were wrapped in clothes.
They did just as Moses had directed them. They asked the Egyptians for articles that were made out of silver and gold. They also asked them for clothes.
The LORD had caused the Egyptians to treat the people of Israel in a kind way. So they gave them what they asked for. The people of Israel took many expensive things that belonged to the Egyptians.
The Israelites traveled from Rameses to Succoth. There were about 600,000 men who were old enough to go into battle. The women and children went with them.
So did many other people. The Israelites also took large flocks and herds with them.
They brought dough from Egypt. With it they baked bread without yeast. The dough didn't have any yeast in it. That's because the people had been driven out of Egypt before they had time to prepare their food.
The people of Israel lived in Egypt for 430 years.
At the end of the 430 years, to the very day, all of the LORD's people marched out of Egypt like an army.
The LORD kept watch that night to bring them out of Egypt. So on that same night every year all of the Israelites must keep watch. They must do it to honor the LORD for all time to come.