18 In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at even, ye shall eat unleavened bread, until the one and twentieth day of the month at even.
19 Seven days shall there be no leaven found in your houses: for whosoever eateth that which is leavened, even that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he be a stranger, or born in the land.
20 Ye shall eat nothing leavened; in all your habitations shall ye eat unleavened bread.
21 Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them, Draw out and take you a lamb according to your families, and kill the passover.
22 And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip it in the blood that is in the bason, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that is in the bason; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning.
23 For the Lord will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the Lord will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite you.
24 And ye shall observe this thing for an ordinance to thee and to thy sons for ever.
25 And it shall come to pass, when ye be come to the land which the Lord will give you, according as he hath promised, that ye shall keep this service.
26 And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, What mean ye by this service?
27 That ye shall say, It is the sacrifice of the Lord’s passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel in Egypt, when he smote the Egyptians, and delivered our houses. And the people bowed the head and worshipped.
28 And the children of Israel went away, and did as the Lord had commanded Moses and Aaron, so did they.
K.J.V. Bible Text
Beginning in verse 18 of Exodus Chapter 12, the Lord continues his detailed instructions for the Passover to Moses and Moses calls the elders together to pass along the instructions of the Lord. God tells the Hebrew people that in the first month—this being the month he has said is the first month from which they will now measure time—that from the evening of the fourteenth day until the evening of the twenty first day, they shall eat only unleavened bread. He warns them that any soul who eats leavened bread during this period will be cut off from the congregation of Israel.
Moses then told the elders to get the lambs and kill them and to dip a bunch of hyssop in the blood of the lamb and strike the lintel and the two side posts of the door with the blood. After that, the Israelite people were to remain in their houses until morning.
During the night, the Lord would smite the Egyptians but would pass over the homes of the Israelites where the blood was over the door.
Moses told them this event was henceforth to be celebrated forever and the story told to the generations to come.
The Israelites, unlike the Egyptians, understood that the Lord their God would do what he had said. Thus they followed the instructions of the Lord.
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