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Exodus 12:21

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 Passover lamb.

Read Exodus 12:21 Using Other Translations

Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them, Draw out and take you a lamb according to your families, and kill the passover.
Then Moses called all the elders of Israel and said to them, "Go and select lambs for yourselves according to your clans, and kill the Passover lamb.
Then Moses called all the elders of Israel together and said to them, “Go, pick out a lamb or young goat for each of your families, and slaughter the Passover animal.

What does Exodus 12:21 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Exodus 12:21

Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel
Not in age but in office, who were either heads of families, or at least principal men in the tribes; which explains in what manner he was to speak to the congregation of Israel, and convey to them the will of God concerning the observation of these feasts, ( Exodus 12:3 ) , and said unto them, draw out;
a lamb or a kid, out of the flocks on the tenth day of the month, and keep it up until the fourteenth, as in ( Exodus 12:3 Exodus 12:6 ) and take you a lamb, according to your families;
or "take ye of the flock" F18, whether a lamb or a kid; a lamb for every family, if there was a sufficient number in it to eat it up; if not, two or more families were to join and keep the feast together: and kill the passover;
the lamb for the passover, which was to be done on the fourteenth day of the month; and before the priesthood was established in the family of Aaron, and before the Israelites were possessed of the land of Canaan, and the temple was built at Jerusalem, the passover was killed by the heads of families, and in their own houses, but afterwards it was killed only by the priests, and at Jerusalem and in the temple there, see ( Deuteronomy 16:5 ) .


FOOTNOTES:

F18 (zau) "de filiis gregis", Onk. & Jon.
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