Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb[a](A) for his family, one for each household.(B) If any household is too small for a whole lamb, they must share one with their nearest neighbor, having taken into account the number of people there are. You are to determine the amount of lamb needed in accordance with what each person will eat. The animals you choose must be year-old males without defect,(C) and you may take them from the sheep or the goats. Take care of them until the fourteenth day of the month,(D) when all the members of the community of Israel must slaughter them at twilight.(E) Then they are to take some of the blood(F) and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the lambs.

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  1. Exodus 12:3 The Hebrew word can mean lamb or kid; also in verse 4.

12 “On that same night I will pass through(A) Egypt and strike down(B) every firstborn(C) of both people and animals, and I will bring judgment on all the gods(D) of Egypt. I am the Lord.(E) 13 The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are, and when I see the blood, I will pass over(F) you. No destructive plague will touch you when I strike Egypt.(G)

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