EXODUS CHAPTER TWELVE


1 Now later on, the LORD told Moses and

Aaron: 2 “This month is to be the first month

Out of the year for you. 3 Inform the people

Of Israel that on the tenth day of

The month each family head must choose a lamb

Or young goat for his family to eat,

4 And if a family has too few in it

To eat the entire animal, they have

To share it with their next‑door neighbors. 5 Choose

Either a sheep or goat, but it must be

A one‑year‑old male that has nothing wrong

With it. It must be large enough for all

To have some meat. 6 Each family must take

Care of its animal until the evening

Upon the fourteenth day out of the month,

When you’re to kill the animals. 7 Some blood

Has to be put on the two doorposts and

Above the door of every house where you

Will eat the animals. 8 You’ll roast and eat

The animals that night, together with

Some bitter herbs and thin bread with no yeast.

9 Don’t eat the meat when raw or boiled. You have

To roast the entire animal, including

Its head and legs, and insides. 10 Eat what you

Want that night, and next morning burn whatever

Remains, 11 and when you eat the meal, be dressed,

Ready to travel. Have your sandals on,

Carry your walking stick within your hand;

Eat quickly. This is the Passover Feast

To honor me, your LORD. 12 That night I’ll pass

Through Egypt and I’ll kill the first‑born son

In every family and the first‑born male

Of all the animals. I am the LORD,

And I will punish Egypt’s gods. 13 The blood

On houses will show me where you live, and

When I see blood, I will pass over you,

Then the disasters I will bring on Egypt

Won’t bother you. 14 You must recall this day

And celebrate it each year as a feast

To honor me. 15 For seven days you must

Eat bread that has no yeast, and on the first

Out of these seven days, you must remove

Yeast from your homes. If you eat anything

During this festival that does have yeast,

You will no more be part of Israel.

16 During the festival, upon the first

And seventh days, come meet for worship, and

The only work that you may do on either

Of these two days is to prepare the bread.

17 Celebrate this Feast of Unleavened Bread,

For then you will recall the day I brought

Your tribes and families from Egypt, and

Do this each year. 18 Begin the evening of

The fourteenth day of the first month by eating

Bread with no yeast. Continue with this feast

‘Til evening of the twenty‑first day. 19 During

These seven days, nobody is to have

Yeast at home, whether Israelites or not.

If you are caught while eating anything

Made with yeast, no more will you be a part

Of Israel. 20 Stay back from yeast, no matter

Where you live. No one is allowed to eat

A thing that’s made with yeast. 21 Then Moses called

Leaders of Israel together and

He said: “Each family shall pick a sheep

And kill it for the Passover, 22 and make

A brush from some small branches taken from

A hyssop plant and dip the brush inside

The bowl with th’animal’s blood in it. Brush

Some blood above the door and on the posts

At each door side within your house, and after

This, everyone shall stay inside, 23 for in

That night the LORD will go throughout the land

Of Egypt and will kill the first‑born son

In each Egyptian family. He’ll see

Where you have put the blood, and he won’t come

Into your house, and his death angel will

Pass over and won’t kill your first‑born sons.

24 Once you have crossed into the country promised

You by the LORD, you and your children must

25 Keep celebrating Passover each year.

26 ‘What do we celebrate?’ your children will

Ask you, and you’ll reply, ‘The Passover

Animal’s killed to honor God. 27 We do

These things because on that night long ago

The LORD passed over homes of all our people

In Egypt, and he killed the first‑born sons

Of the Egyptians, but he saved our children

From death.” When Moses stopped his talk, the people

Of Israel knelt down and worshiped God,

28 Then they departed and they did what Moses

And Aaron had told them to do. 29 At midnight

God killed the first‑born son of each Egyptian

Family, from the king’s son to the son

Of every prisoner in jail. He also

Killed the first‑born male of each animal

That the Egyptians owned. 30 That night the king,

His ministers, and everybody else

In Egypt rose and started crying. In

Every Egyptian home, a boy was dead.

            31 During the night the king sent for both Moses

And Aaron and said, “Get your people out

Of Egypt and leave us alone. Go out

And worship God, as you have asked, 32 and take

Your cattle, sheep, and goats, and leave, but ask

Your God to treat me well.” 33 Egyptians did

All that they could to get the Israelites

To leave their country fast. They said, “Please hurry

And leave, for if you don’t, we’ll all be dead.”

34 The Israelites made bread dough and put it

In pans, but they did not mix any yeast

Inside the dough to make it rise. They wrapped

Some cloth around the pans and carried them

Upon their shoulders. 35 Now the Israelites

Already had obeyed what Moses said:

They’d gone to their Egyptian neighbors and

Had asked for gold and silver and for clothes.

36 The LORD had made Egyptians friendly toward

People of Israel, and they gave them

Whatever they asked for. In this way they

Took the Egyptians’ wealth when they left Egypt.

37 The Israelites walked from the city of

Rameses to the city, Succoth. Their

Group had about six hundred thousand, women

And children not included. 38 Many others

Went with them too, and they had many sheep

And goats and cattle. 39 They left Egypt so

Swiftly that they did not have time to cook

Some food except the bread dough made without

The yeast, so they baked it and made thin bread.

40 God’s people left from Egypt just four hundred

Thirty years after they’d arrived, and at

The finish of four hundred thirty years,

Down to the very day, all God’s divisions

Left Egypt. 42 That night the LORD kept watch

For them, and on this same night on each year

            Will Israel keep watch to honor God.

43 These regulations are what God gave Moses

And Aaron for the Passover: “None but

The Israelites may eat the Passover

            Meal, 44 though your slaves may eat the meal if they’ve

Been circumcised. 45 No foreigners who work

For you can eat the meal. 46 The entire meal

            Has to be eaten indoors, and no one

May leave the house while Passover goes on.

The Passover lamb’s bones may not be broken.

            47 And all the Israelites must join the meal.

48 If anyone who’s not an Israelite

Does want to celebrate the Passover

            With you, then every man and boy inside

That family must first be circumcised.

Then they may join you at the meal, just like

The native Israelites. No man or boy

Uncircumcised may eat the Passover;

49 This law applies to native Israelites

           And to those foreigners who live with you.”

50 The Israelites obeyed all that the LORD

Told Moses and told Aaron to tell them.

51 On that same day the LORD brought Israel’s

Families and tribes from Egypt, where they’d dwelt.

EXODUS CHAPTER ELEVEN


1 The LORD explained to Moses: “I am going

To punish Egypt’s king and people one

More time, then he will gladly let you leave

His land, so I’ll stop punishing Egyptians.

He’ll even chase you out. 2 Now go and tell

My people to ask their Egyptian neighbors

For gold and silver jewelry, 3 so God

Made the Egyptians value Israelites,

And everyone, including Egypt’s king

And his officials, thought of Moses as

A major leader. 4 Moses went and saw

The king and said: “I’ve come to let you know

What God’s about to do. About the time

Of midnight he’ll go through the land of Egypt.

Wherever he will go, 5 the first‑born son

In every family will die. Your son

Will die, as will the son of the slave woman.

6 The first‑born males of cattle will die, too.

Throughout the land of Egypt will be wailing.

Nothing like this has happened in the past

Or ever will occur again, 7 but there

But Israelites won’t need to cry, for things

Will be so quiet that no one will hear

Even a barking dog, then you Egyptians

Will know the LORD is good to Israelites,

Even while he inflicts his punishment

On you. 8 Your leaders will come and bow down,

Begging me to leave Egypt with my people.

Then we’ll leave.” Moses was quite angry, and

He turned and left the king. 9 What God had said

To Moses earlier had come true. He

Had said, “The king of Egypt will not listen.

Then I’ll perform more miracles,” 10 and so

The king of Egypt saw that Moses and

Aaron worked wonders, but God made him ban

Departure by the Hebrews from his land.