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12:6-22
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“Take special care of this chosen animal until the evening of the fourteenth day of this first month. Then the whole assembly of the community
of Israel must slaughter their lamb or young goat at twilight. They are to
take some of the blood and smear it on the sides and top of the doorframes
of the houses where they eat the animal. That same night they must roast
the meat over a fire and eat it along with bitter salad greens and bread
made without yeast. Do not eat any of the meat raw or boiled in water.
The whole a­ nimal—­including the head, legs, and internal o­ rgans—­must
be roasted over a fire. Do not leave any of it until the next morning. Burn
whatever is not eaten before morning.
“These are your instructions for eating this meal: Be fully dressed, wear
your sandals, and carry your walking stick in your hand. Eat the meal with
urgency, for this is the Lord’s Passover. On that night I will pass through
the land of Egypt and strike down every firstborn son and firstborn male
animal in the land of Egypt. I will execute judgment against all the gods of
Egypt, for I am the Lord! But the blood on your doorposts will serve as
a sign, marking the houses where you are staying. When I see the blood,
I will pass over you. This plague of death will not touch you when I strike
the land of Egypt.
“This is a day to remember. Each year, from generation to generation,
you must celebrate it as a special festival to the Lord. This is a law for all
time. For seven days the bread you eat must be made without yeast. On the
first day of the festival, remove every trace of yeast from your homes. Anyone who eats bread made with yeast during the seven days of the festival
will be cut off from the community of Israel. On the first day of the festival
and again on the seventh day, all the people must observe an official day
for holy assembly. No work of any kind may be done on these days except
in the preparation of food.
“Celebrate this Festival of Unleavened Bread, for it will remind you that
I brought your forces out of the land of Egypt on this very day. This festival will be a permanent law for you; celebrate this day from generation
to generation. The bread you eat must be made without yeast from the
evening of the fourteenth day of the first month until the evening of the
­twenty-­first day of that month. During those seven days, there must be no
trace of yeast in your homes. Anyone who eats anything made with yeast
during this week will be cut off from the community of Israel. These regulations apply both to the foreigners living among you and to the ­native-
­born ­Israelites. During those days you must not eat anything made with
yeast. Wherever you live, eat only bread made without yeast.”
Then Moses called all the elders of Israel together and said to them,
“Go, pick out a lamb or young goat for each of your families, and slaughter
the Passover animal. Drain the blood into a basin. Then take a bundle of





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