You shall observe this rite as an ordinance for you and for your sons for ever.
And when you come to the land which the LORD will give you, as he has promised, you shall keep this service.
And when your children say to you, 'What do you mean by this service?'
you shall say, 'It is the sacrifice of the LORD's passover, for he passed over the houses of the people of Israel in Egypt, when he slew the Egyptians but spared our houses.'" And the people bowed their heads and worshiped.
Then the people of Israel went and did so; as the LORD had commanded Moses and Aaron, so they did.
At midnight the LORD smote all the first-born in the land of Egypt, from the first-born of Pharaoh who sat on his throne to the first-born of the captive who was in the dungeon, and all the first-born of the cattle.
And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he, and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and there was a great cry in Egypt, for there was not a house where one was not dead.
And he summoned Moses and Aaron by night, and said, "Rise up, go forth from among my people, both you and the people of Israel; and go, serve the LORD, as you have said.
Take your flocks and your herds, as you have said, and be gone; and bless me also!"
And the Egyptians were urgent with the people, to send them out of the land in haste; for they said, "We are all dead men."
So the people took their dough before it was leavened, their kneading bowls being bound up in their mantles on their shoulders.
Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright 1952 [2nd edition, 1971] by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. (Revised Standard Version - Holy Bible)