The LORD will go throughout Egypt to kill the Egyptians. When he sees the blood on the top and sides of the doorframe, he will pass over that doorway, and he will not let the destroyer come into your home to kill you.
"You must follow these instructions. They are a permanent law for you and your children.
When you enter the land that the LORD will give you as he promised, observe this ceremony.
When your children ask you what this ceremony means to you,
you must answer, 'It's the Passover sacrifice in the LORD's honor. The LORD passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt and spared our homes when he killed the Egyptians.'" Then the people knelt, bowing with their faces touching the ground.
The Israelites did as the LORD had commanded Moses and Aaron.
At midnight the LORD killed every firstborn male in Egypt from the firstborn son of Pharaoh who ruled the land to the firstborn son of the prisoner in jail, and also every firstborn animal.
Pharaoh, all his officials, and all the [other] Egyptians got up during the night. There was loud crying throughout Egypt because in every house someone had died.
Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron during the night. He said, "You and the Israelites must leave my people at once. Go, worship the LORD as you asked.
Take your flocks and herds, too, as you asked. Just go! And bless me, too!"
The Egyptians begged the people to leave the country quickly. They said, "Soon we'll all be dead!"