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Exodus 12

The beginning of the year is changed.

Exodus 12:1 Then the Lord spake to Moses and to Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, Exodus 12:2 This moneth shalbe vnto you the beginning of moneths: it shalbe to you the first moneth of the yere.

The Passover is instituted.

Exodus 12:3 Speake ye vnto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth of this moneth let euery man take vnto him a lambe, according to the house of the fathers, a lambe for an house. Exodus 12:4 And if the housholde be too litle for the lambe, he shall take his neighbour, which is next vnto his house, according to the nomber of the persons: euery one of you, according to his eating shall make your count for the lambes, Exodus 12:5 Your lambe shalbe without blemish, a male of a yeere olde: ye shall take it of the lambes, or of the kiddes. Exodus 12:6 And yee shall keepe it vntill the fourteenth day of this moneth: then al the multitude of the Congregation of Israel shall kill it at euen. Exodus 12:7 After, they shall take of the blood, & strike it on the two postes, and on the vpper doore post of the houses where they shall eate it. Exodus 12:8 And they shal eate the flesh the same night, roste with fire, and vnleauened bread: with sowre herbes they shall eate it. Exodus 12:9 Eate not thereof rawe, boyled nor sodden in water, but rost with fire, both his head, his feete, and his purtenance. Exodus 12:10 And ye shal reserue nothing of it vnto the morning: but that, which remaineth of it vnto the morowe, shall ye burne with fire.

The rite of the Passover.

Exodus 12:11 And thus shall yee eate it, Your loynes girded, your shoes on your feete, and your staues in your handes, and yee shall eate it in haste: for it is the Lords Passeouer. Exodus 12:12 For I will passe through the lande of Egypt the same night, and will smite all the first borne in the land of Egypt, both man and beast, and I will execute iudgement vpon all the gods of Egypt. I am the Lord. Exodus 12:13 And the blood shalbe a toke for you vpon the houses where ye are: so when I see the blood, I will passe ouer you, and the plague shall not be vpon you to destruction, when I smite the lande of Egypt. Exodus 12:14 And this day shalbe vnto you a remembrance: and ye shall keepe it an holie feast vnto the Lord, throughout your generations: yee shall keepe it holie by an ordinance for euer.

Unleavened bread.

Exodus 12:15 Seuen daies shall ye eat vnleauened bread, and in any case ye shall put away leauen the first day out of your houses: for whosoeuer eateth leauened bread from the first daie vntill the seuenth day, that person shalbe cut off from Israel. Exodus 12:16 And in the first day shalbe an holie assemblie: also in the seuenth day shalbe an holy assemblie vnto you: no worke shalbe done in them, saue about that which euery man must eate: that onely may ye do. Exodus 12:17 Ye shall keepe also the feast of vnleauened bread: for that same daye I will bring your armies out of the lande of Egypt: therefore ye shal obserue this day, throughout your posteritie, by an ordinance for euer.

Exodus 12:18 In the first moneth and the fourteenth day of the moneth at euen, yee shall eate vnleauened bread vnto the one and twentieth day of the moneth at euen. Exodus 12:19 Seuen daies shall no leauen be founde in your houses: for whosoeuer eateth leauened bread, that person shalbe cut off from the Congregation of Israel: whether he bee a stranger, or borne in the land. Exodus 12:20 Ye shall eate no leauened bread: but in all your habitations shall ye eate vnleauened bread.

Exodus 12:21 Then Moses called all the Elders of Israel, and saide vnto them, Choose out and take you for euerie of your housholdes a lambe, & kill the Passeouer. Exodus 12:22 And take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the basen, and strike the lintell, and the doore cheekes with the blood that is in the basen, and let none of you goe out at the doore of his house, vntill the morning. Exodus 12:23 For the Lord will passe by to smite the Egyptians: and when he seeth the blood vpon the lintel and on the two doore cheekes, the Lorde wil passe ouer the doore, & wil not suffer the destroyer to come into your houses to plague you. Exodus 12:24 Therefore shall ye obserue this thing as an ordinance both for thee and thy sonnes for euer. Exodus 12:25 And when ye shall come into the land, which the Lord will giue you as hee hath promised, then ye shall keepe this seruice. Exodus 12:26 And when your children aske you, What seruice is this ye keepe? Exodus 12:27 Then ye shall saye, It is the sacrifice of the Lordes Passeouer, which passed ouer the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he smote the Egyptians, and preserued our houses. Then the people bowed them selues, & worshipped. Exodus 12:28 So the children of Israel went, and did as the Lorde had commanded Moses and Aaron: so did they.

The firstborn are slain.

Exodus 12:29 Nowe at midnight, the Lorde smote all the first borne in the lande of Egypt, from the first borne of Pharaoh that sate on his throne, vnto the first borne of the captiue that was in prison, and all the first borne of beastes. Exodus 12:30 And Pharaoh rose vp in the night, he, and all his seruants and all the Egyptians: and there was a great crye in Egypt: for there was no house where there was not one dead.

The Israelites are driven out of the land.

Exodus 12:31 And hee called to Moses and to Aaron by night, and saide, Rise vp, get you out from among my people, both yee, and the children of Israel, and goe serue the Lorde as ye haue sayde. Exodus 12:32 Take also your sheepe and your cattell as yee haue sayde, & depart, and blesse me also. Exodus 12:33 And the Egyptians did force the people, because they would send them out of the land in haste: for they said, We die all. Exodus 12:34 Therfore the people tooke their dough before it was leauened, euen their dough bound in clothes vpon their shoulders. Exodus 12:35 And the children of Israel did according to the saying of Moses, & they asked of ye Egyptians iewels of siluer & iewels of gold, & raiment. Exodus 12:36 And the Lorde gaue the people fauour in the sight of the Egyptians: and they graunted their request: so they spoyled the Egyptians.

They come to Succoth.

Exodus 12:37 Then the children of Israel tooke their iourney from Rameses to Succoth about sixe hundreth thousand men of foote, beside children. Exodus 12:38 And a great multitude of sundrie sortes of people went out with them, and sheepe, and beeues, and cattel in great abundance. Exodus 12:39 And they baked the dough which they brought out of Egypt, & made vnleauened cakes: for it was not leauened, because they were thrust out of Egypt, neither coulde they tarie, nor yet prepare themselues vitailes.

Exodus 12:40 So the dwelling of the children of Israel, while they dwelled in Egypt, was foure hundreth and thirtie yeres. Exodus 12:41 And when the foure hundreth & thirtie yeeres were expired, euen the selfe same day departed all the hostes of the Lord out of the land of Egypt. Exodus 12:42 It is a night to be kept holie to the Lord, because he brought them out of the lande of Egypt: this is that night of the Lord, which all the children of Israel must keepe throughout their generations.

The ordinance of the Passover.

Exodus 12:43 Also the Lorde said vnto Moses & Aaron, This is the Lawe of the Passeouer: no stranger shall eate thereof. Exodus 12:44 But euerie seruant that is bought for money, when thou hast circumcised him, then shall he eat thereof. Exodus 12:45 A stranger or an hyred seruant shall not eat thereof. Exodus 12:46 In one house shall it bee eaten: thou shalt carie none of ye flesh out of the house, neither shall ye breake a bone thereof. Exodus 12:47 All the Congregation of Israel shall obserue it. Exodus 12:48 But if a stranger dwell with thee, and will obserue the Passeouer of the Lorde, let him circumcise all the males, that belong vnto him, and then let him come and obserue it, & he shall be as one that is borne in the land: for none vncircumcised person shall eate thereof. Exodus 12:49 One lawe shalbe to him that is borne in the land, and to the stranger that dwelleth among you. Exodus 12:50 Then all the children of Israel did as the Lorde commaunded Moses and Aaron: so did they. Exodus 12:51 And the selfe same day did the Lord bring the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt by their armies.

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