Exodus 13

Consecration of the Firstborn

Then the  Lord spoke to Moses, saying, a Sanctify to Me every firstborn, the first
Lit opening
offspring of every womb among the sons of Israel, both of man and beast; it belongs to Me.”

Moses said to the people c Remember this day in which you went out from Egypt, from the house of
Lit slaves
slavery; for e by
Lit strength of hand
a powerful hand the  Lord brought you out from this place. g And nothing leavened shall be eaten.
On this day in the h month of Abib, you are about to go forth. It shall be when the  Lord i brings you to the land of the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Amorite, the Hivite and the Jebusite, which j He swore to your fathers to give you, a land flowing with milk and honey, k that you shall
Lit serve this service
observe this rite in this month.
“For m seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, and on the seventh day there shall be a feast to the  Lord. Unleavened bread shall be eaten throughout the seven days; and n nothing leavened shall be seen
Lit to
among you, nor shall any leaven be seen
Lit to
among you in all your borders.
q You shall tell your son on that day, saying, ‘It is because of what the  Lord did for me when I came out of Egypt.’ “And r it shall
Lit be for
serve as a sign to you on your hand, and as a reminder
Lit between your eyes
on your forehead, that the law of the  Lord may be in your mouth; for with u a powerful hand the  Lord brought you out of Egypt.
10 “Therefore, you shall v keep this ordinance at its appointed time from
Lit days to days
year to year.

11 Now when x the  Lord brings you to the land of the Canaanite, as y He swore to you and to your fathers, and gives it to you, 12  z you shall
Lit cause to pass over
devote to the  Lord the first
Lit opening
offspring of every womb, and
Lit every issue the offspring of a beast
the first offspring of every beast that you own; the males belong to the  Lord.
13 “But ad every first
Lit opening
offspring of a donkey you shall redeem with a lamb, but if you do not redeem it, then you shall break its neck; and af every firstborn of man among your sons you shall redeem.
14  ag And it shall be when your son asks you in time to come, saying, ‘What is this?’ then you shall say to him, ‘ ah With a
Lit strength of hand
powerful hand the  Lord brought us out of Egypt, from the house of
Lit slaves
slavery.
15 It came about, when Pharaoh was stubborn about letting us go, that the ak  Lord killed every firstborn in the land of Egypt, both the firstborn of man and the firstborn of beast. Therefore, I sacrifice to the  Lord the males, the first
Lit opening
offspring of every womb, but every firstborn of my sons I redeem.’
16 “So am it shall
Lit be for
serve as a sign on your hand and as
Or frontlet-bands
phylacteries
Lit between your eyes
on your forehead, for with a
Lit strength of hand
powerful hand the  Lord brought us out of Egypt.”

God Leads the People

17 Now when Pharaoh had let the people go, God did not lead them by the way of the land of the Philistines, even though it was near; for God said ar The people might change their minds when they see war, and return to Egypt.” 18 Hence God led the people around by the way of the wilderness to the
Lit Sea of Reeds
Red Sea; and the sons of Israel went up at in martial array from the land of Egypt.
19 Moses took au the bones of Joseph with him, for he had made the sons of Israel solemnly swear, saying, “God will surely
Lit visit
take care of you, and you shall carry my bones from here with you.”
20 Then they set out from aw Succoth and camped in Etham on the edge of the wilderness. 21  ax The  Lord was going before them in a pillar of cloud by day to lead them on the way, and in a pillar of fire by night to give them light, that they might
Lit go
travel by day and by night.
22 
Or The pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night did not depart
He ba did not take away the pillar of cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.
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