You shall observe this rite as a perpetual ordinance for you and your children.
When you come to the land that the Lord will give you, as he has promised, you shall keep this observance.
And when your children ask you, "What do you mean by this observance?'
you shall say, "It is the passover sacrifice to the Lord, for he passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt, when he struck down the Egyptians but spared our houses.' " And the people bowed down and worshiped.
The Israelites went and did just as the Lord had commanded Moses and Aaron.
At midnight the Lord struck down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sat on his throne to the firstborn of the prisoner who was in the dungeon, and all the firstborn of the livestock.
Pharaoh arose in the night, he and all his officials and all the Egyptians; and there was a loud cry in Egypt, for there was not a house without someone dead.
Then he summoned Moses and Aaron in the night, and said, "Rise up, go away from my people, both you and the Israelites! Go, worship the Lord, as you said.
Take your flocks and your herds, as you said, and be gone. And bring a blessing on me too!"
The Egyptians urged the people to hasten their departure from the land, for they said, "We shall all be dead."
So the people took their dough before it was leavened, with their kneading bowls wrapped up in their cloaks on their shoulders.
The Israelites had done as Moses told them; they had asked the Egyptians for jewelry of silver and gold, and for clothing,