“This month is to be for you the first month,(A) the first month of your year. Tell the whole community of Israel that on the tenth day of this month each man is to take a lamb[a](B) for his family, one for each household.(C) 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,(D) and you may take them from the sheep or the goats. Take care of them until the fourteenth day of the month,(E) when all the members of the community of Israel must slaughter them at twilight.(F) Then they are to take some of the blood(G) and put it on the sides and tops of the doorframes of the houses where they eat the lambs. That same night(H) they are to eat the meat roasted(I) over the fire, along with bitter herbs,(J) and bread made without yeast.(K) Do not eat the meat raw or boiled in water, but roast it over a fire—with the head, legs and internal organs.(L) 10 Do not leave any of it till morning;(M) if some is left till morning, you must burn it. 11 This is how you are to eat it: with your cloak tucked into your belt, your sandals on your feet and your staff in your hand. Eat it in haste;(N) it is the Lord’s Passover.(O)

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Footnotes

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

43 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron, “These are the regulations for the Passover meal:(A)

“No foreigner(B) may eat it. 44 Any slave you have bought may eat it after you have circumcised(C) him, 45 but a temporary resident or a hired worker(D) may not eat it.

46 “It must be eaten inside the house; take none of the meat outside the house. Do not break any of the bones.(E) 47 The whole community of Israel must celebrate it.

48 “A foreigner residing among you who wants to celebrate the Lord’s Passover must have all the males in his household circumcised; then he may take part like one born in the land.(F) No uncircumcised(G) male may eat it. 49 The same law applies both to the native-born and to the foreigner(H) residing among you.”

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The Lord’s Passover(A) begins at twilight on the fourteenth day of the first month.(B) On the fifteenth day of that month the Lord’s Festival of Unleavened Bread(C) begins; for seven days(D) you must eat bread made without yeast. On the first day hold a sacred assembly(E) and do no regular work. For seven days present a food offering to the Lord.(F) And on the seventh day hold a sacred assembly and do no regular work.’”

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The Passover(A)

16 Observe the month of Aviv(B) and celebrate the Passover(C) of the Lord your God, because in the month of Aviv he brought you out of Egypt by night. Sacrifice as the Passover to the Lord your God an animal from your flock or herd at the place the Lord will choose as a dwelling for his Name.(D) Do not eat it with bread made with yeast, but for seven days eat unleavened bread, the bread of affliction,(E) because you left Egypt in haste(F)—so that all the days of your life you may remember the time of your departure from Egypt.(G) Let no yeast be found in your possession in all your land for seven days. Do not let any of the meat you sacrifice on the evening(H) of the first day remain until morning.(I)

You must not sacrifice the Passover in any town the Lord your God gives you except in the place he will choose as a dwelling for his Name. There you must sacrifice the Passover in the evening, when the sun goes down, on the anniversary[a](J) of your departure from Egypt. Roast(K) it and eat it at the place the Lord your God will choose. Then in the morning return to your tents. For six days eat unleavened bread and on the seventh day hold an assembly(L) to the Lord your God and do no work.(M)

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Footnotes

  1. Deuteronomy 16:6 Or down, at the time of day
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