12 Now the Lord said to Moses and Aaron in the land of [a]Egypt,2 “This month shall be the beginning of months for you; it is to be the first month of the year to you.3 Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying, ‘On the tenth of this month they are each one to take a [b]lamb for themselves, according to their fathers’ households, a [c]lamb for [d]each household.4 Now if the household is too small for a [e]lamb, then he and his neighbor nearest to his house are to take one according to the [f]number of persons in them; according to [g]what each man should eat, you are to [h]divide the lamb.5 Your [i]lamb shall be an unblemished male a year old; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats.6 [j]You shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month, then the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel is to kill it [k]at twilight.7 Moreover, they shall take some of the blood and put it on the two doorposts and on the lintel [l]of the houses in which they eat it.8 They shall eat the flesh that same night, roasted with fire, and they shall eat it with unleavened bread [m]and bitter herbs.9 Do not eat any of it raw or boiled at all with water, but rather roasted with fire, both its head and its legs along with its entrails.10 And you shall not leave any of it over until morning, but whatever is left of it until morning, you shall burn with fire.11 Now you shall eat it in this manner: with your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it in haste—it is the Lord’s Passover.12 For I will go through the land of Egypt on that night, and will strike down all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments—I am the Lord.13 The blood shall be a sign for you on the houses where you [n]live; and when I see the blood I will pass over you, and no plague will befall you [o]to destroy you when I strike the land of Egypt.
Feast of Unleavened Bread
14 ‘Now this day will be a memorial to you, and you shall celebrate it as a feast to the Lord; throughout your generations you are to celebrate it as[p]a permanent ordinance.
24 And you shall observe this event as an ordinance for you and your children forever.25 When you enter the land which the Lord will give you, as He has [a]promised, you shall observe this [b]rite.26 And when your children say to you, ‘[c]What does this rite mean to you?’27 you shall say, ‘It is a Passover sacrifice to the Lord[d]who passed over the houses of the sons of Israel in Egypt when He smote the Egyptians, but [e]spared our homes.’” And the people bowed low and worshiped.
8 You shall tell your son on that day, saying, ‘It is because of what the Lord did for me when I came out of Egypt.’9 And it shall [a]serve as a sign to you on your hand, and as a reminder [b]on your forehead, that the law of the Lord may be in your mouth; for with a powerful hand the Lord brought you out of Egypt.
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