1Yahweh said to Moses and Aaron in Egypt, 2'This month must be the first of al the months for you, the first month of your year. 3Speak to the whole community of Israel and say, "On the tenth day of this month each man must takean animal from the flock for his family: one animal for each household. 4If the household is too smal for the animal, he must join with his neighbour nearest to his house,depending on the number of persons. When you choose the animal, you wil take into account what each caneat. 5It must be an animal without blemish, a male one year old; you may choose it either from the sheep orfrom the goats. 6You must keep it til the fourteenth day of the month when the whole assembly of the community ofIsrael wil slaughter it at twilight. 7Some of the blood must then be taken and put on both door-posts and the lintel of the houses where itis eaten. 8That night, the flesh must be eaten, roasted over the fire; it must be eaten with unleavened bread andbitter herbs. 9Do not eat any of it raw or boiled in water, but roasted over the fire, with the head, feet and entrails. 10You must not leave any of it over till the morning: whatever is left till morning you must burn. 11This is how you must eat it: with a belt round your waist, your sandals on your feet and your staff inyour hand. You must eat it hurriedly: it is a Passover in Yahweh's honour. 12That night, I shal go through Egypt and strike down all the first-born in Egypt, man and beast alike,and shal execute justice on al the gods of Egypt, I, Yahweh! 13The blood wil be a sign for you on the houses where you are. When I see the blood I shall pass overyou, and you wil escape the destructive plague when I strike Egypt. 14This day must be commemorated by you, and you must keep it as a feast in Yahweh's honour. Youmust keep it as a feast-day for al generations; this is a decree for al time. 15"For seven days you must eat unleavened bread. On the first day you must clean the leaven out ofyour houses, for anyone who eats leavened bread from the first to the seventh day must be outlawed from Israel. 16On the first day you must hold a sacred assembly, and on the seventh day a sacred assembly. Onthose days no work may be done; you wil prepare only what each requires to eat. 17You must keep the feast of Unleavened Bread because it was on that same day that I brought yourarmies out of Egypt. You wil keep that day, generation after generation; this is a decree for al time. 18In the first month, from the evening of the fourteenth day until the evening of the twenty-first day, youmust eat unleavened bread. 19For seven days there may be no leaven in your houses, since anyone, either stranger or citizen ofthe country, who eats leavened bread wil be outlawed from the community of Israel. 20You wil eat nothing with leaven in it; wherever you live, you will eat unleavened bread." ' 21Moses summoned al the elders of Israel and said to them, 'Go and choose a lamb or kid for yourfamilies, and kil the Passover victim. 22Then take a bunch of hyssop, dip it in the blood that is in the basin, and with the blood from the basintouch the lintel and both door-posts; then let none of you venture out of the house til morning. 23Then, when Yahweh goes through Egypt to strike it, and sees the blood on the lintel and on bothdoor-posts, he wil pass over the door and not al ow the Destroyer to enter your homes and strike. 24You wil observe this as a decree binding you and your children for al time, 25and when you have entered the country which Yahweh will give you, as he has promised, you wilobserve this ritual. 26And when your children ask you, "What does this ritual mean?" 27you will tel them, "It is the Passover sacrifice in honour of Yahweh who passed over the houses ofthe Israelites in Egypt, and struck Egypt but spared our houses." ' And the people bowed in worship. 28The Israelites then went away and did as Yahweh had ordered Moses and Aaron. 29And at midnight Yahweh struck down al the first-born in Egypt from the first-born of Pharaoh, heir tohis throne, to the first-born of the prisoner in the dungeon, and the first-born of all the livestock. 30Pharaoh and al his officials and al the Egyptians got up in the night, and there was great wailing inEgypt, for there was not a house without its dead. 31It was stil dark when Pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and said, 'Up, leave my subjects, youand the Israelites! Go and worship Yahweh as you have asked! 32And take your flocks and herds as you have asked, and go! And bless me too!' 33The Egyptians urged the people on and hurried them out of the country because, they said,'Otherwise we shal al be dead.' 34So the people carried off their dough stil unleavened, their bowls wrapped in their cloaks, on theirshoulders. 35The Israelites did as Moses had told them and asked the Egyptians for silver and golden jewel ery,and clothing. 36Yahweh made the Egyptians so much impressed with the people that they gave them what theyasked. So they despoiled the Egyptians. 37The Israelites left Rameses for Succoth, about six hundred thousand on the march-men, that is, notcounting their families. 38A mixed crowd of people went with them, and flocks and herds, quantities of livestock. 39And with the dough which they had brought from Egypt they baked unleavened cakes, because thedough had not risen, since they had been driven out of Egypt without time to linger or to prepare food forthemselves. 40The time that the Israelites spent in Egypt was four hundred and thirty years. 41And on the very day the four hundred and thirty years ended, al Yahweh's armies left Egypt. 42The night when Yahweh kept vigil to bring them out of Egypt must be kept as a vigil in honour ofYahweh by al Israelites, for al generations. 43Yahweh said to Moses and Aaron, 'This is the ritual for the Passover: no alien may eat it, 44but any slave bought for money may eat it, once you have circumcised him. 45No stranger and no hired servant may eat it. 46It must be eaten in one house alone; you wil not take any of the meat out of the house; nor may youbreak any of its bones. 47'The whole community of Israel must keep it. 48Should a stranger residing with you wish to keep the Passover in honour of Yahweh, al the males ofhis household must be circumcised: he wil then be al owed to keep it and wil count as a citizen of the country.But no uncircumcised person may eat it. 49The same law will apply to the citizen and the stranger resident among you.' 50The Israelites all did as Yahweh had ordered Moses and Aaron, 51and that same day Yahweh brought the Israelites out of Egypt in their armies.
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