13 The blood shall be a signLXXXIII for you on the houses where you live:LXXXIV when I seeLXXXV the blood, I will passLXXXVI over you, andLXXXVII no plagueLXXXVIII shall destroyLXXXIX you when I strike the land of Egypt.
15 SevenXCVII days you shall eat unleavened bread; on the first day you shall removeXCVIII leavenXCIX from your houses, for whoeverC eats leavened breadCI from the first day until the seventhCII day shall be cut offCIII from Israel.
16 On the first day you shall hold a solemnCIV assembly,CV and on the seventh day a solemn assembly; noCVI workCVII shall be doneCVIII on those days; only what everyoneCIX must eat, that aloneCX may be preparedCXI by you.
17 You shall observeCXII the festival of unleavened bread, for on this veryCXIII day I broughtCXIV your companiesCXV out of the land of Egypt: you shall observeCXVI this day throughout your generations as a perpetual ordinance. 18 In the first month, from the eveningCXVII of the fourteenth day until the evening of the twentyCXVIII-firstCXIX day, you shall eat unleavened bread.
19 For seven days no leaven shall be foundCXX in your houses; for whoeverCXXI eats what is leavened shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether an alienCXXII or a nativeCXXIII of the land. 20 You shall eat nothing leavened; in all your settlementsCXXIV you shall eat unleavened bread.
22 Take a bunchCXXXII of hyssop, dipCXXXIII it in the blood that is in the basin,CXXXIV and touchCXXXV the lintel and the two doorposts with the blood in the basin. NoneCXXXVI of you shall go outsideCXXXVII the doorCXXXVIII of your house until morning.
23 For the Lord will passCXXXIX through to strike downCXL the Egyptians;CXLI when he sees the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, the Lord will passCXLII over that door and will not allowCXLIII the destroyerCXLIV to enterCXLV your houses to strike you down.CXLVI
24 You shall observe this riteCXLVII as a perpetual ordinanceCXLVIII for you and your children.CXLIX 25 CLWhen you comeCLI to the land that the Lord will giveCLII you, as he has promised,CLIII you shall keepCLIV this observance.CLV
26 AndCLVI when your children ask you, ‘What do you mean by this observance?’ 27 you shall say, ‘It is the passover sacrificeCLVII to the Lord, for he passedCLVIII over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt, when he struck downCLIX the Egyptians but sparedCLX our houses.’”
And the peopleCLXI bowed downCLXII and worshiped.CLXIII
31 Then he summonedCLXXXII Moses and Aaron in the night, and said, “Rise up,CLXXXIII go awayCLXXXIV fromCLXXXV my people, both you and the Israelites! Go, worshipCLXXXVI the Lord, as you said.CLXXXVII 32 Take your flocksCLXXXVIII and your herds,CLXXXIX as you said, and be gone. And bring a blessingCXC on me too!”
33 The Egyptians urgedCXCI the people to hastenCXCII their departureCXCIII from the land, for they said, “We shall all be dead.”
34 So the people tookCXCIV their doughCXCV before it was leavened,CXCVI
with their kneading bowlsCXCVII wrapped upCXCVIII in their cloaksCXCIX on their shoulders.CC 35 The Israelites had done as Moses told them; they had askedCCI the Egyptians for jewelryCCII of silverCCIII
andCCIV gold,CCV and for clothing,CCVI 36 and the Lord had given the people favorCCVII in the sightCCVIII of the Egyptians, so that they let them have what they asked. And so they plunderedCCIX the Egyptians.
39 They bakedCCXXV unleavened cakesCCXXVI of the dough that they had brought out of Egypt; it was not leavened, because they were driven outCCXXVII of Egypt and couldCCXXVIII not wait,CCXXIX nor had they prepared any provisionsCCXXX for themselves. 40 The timeCCXXXI that the Israelites had livedCCXXXII in Egypt was fourCCXXXIII hundred thirtyCCXXXIV years.
41 CCXXXVAt the endCCXXXVI of four hundred thirty years,CCXXXVII on that very day, all the companies of the Lord went outCCXXXVIII from the land of Egypt. 42 That was for the Lord a night of vigil,CCXXXIX to bring them out of the land of Egypt. That same night is a vigil to be kept for the Lord by all the Israelites throughout their generations.
43 The Lord said to Moses and Aaron: This is the ordinance for the passover: no foreignerCCXL shall eat of it, 44 but anyCCXLI slaveCCXLII who has been purchasedCCXLIII may eat of it after he has been circumcised;CCXLIV
45 no boundCCXLV or hired servantCCXLVI may eat of it. 46 It shall be eaten in oneCCXLVII house; you shall not takeCCXLVIII any of the animalCCXLIX outsideCCL the house, and you shall not breakCCLI any of its bones.CCLII
47 The whole congregation of Israel shall celebrateCCLIII it. 48 If an alien who residesCCLIV with you wants to celebrate the passover to the Lord, all his males shall be circumcised; then he may draw nearCCLV to celebrate it; he shall be regardedCCLVI as a native of the land. But noCCLVII uncircumcised person shallCCLVIII eat of it;
49 there shall be one lawCCLIX for the native and for the alien who resides amongCCLX you. 50 All the Israelites did just as the Lord had commanded Moses and Aaron.CCLXI 51 CCLXIIThat very day the Lord brought the Israelites out of the land of Egypt, company by company.
Image credit: “Lamentations over the Death of the First-Born of Egypt,” by Charles Sprague Pearce, 1877.