1 And Jehovah spoke to Moses, saying,
2 Consecrate unto Me every firstborn, whatever opens the womb among the children of
Israel, both of man and beast; it is Mine.
3 And Moses said to the people: Remember this day in which you went out of Egypt, out
of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand Jehovah has brought you out from here.
Nothing leavened shall be eaten.
4 On this day you are going out, in the month Abib.
5 And it shall be, when Jehovah brings you into the land of the Canaanites and the Hittites
and the Amorites and the Hivites and the Jebusites, which He swore to your fathers to give
you, a land flowing with milk and honey, that you shall do this service in this month.
6 Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread, and on the seventh day there shall be a feast
7 Unleavened bread shall be eaten seven days. And nothing leavened shall be seen among
you, nor shall leaven be seen among you in all your territories.
8 And you shall make known to your son in that day, saying, This is because of what
Jehovah did for me when I came up out of Egypt.
9 It shall be for a sign to you on your hand and as a memorial between your eyes, that the
Law of Jehovah may be in your mouth; for with a strong hand Jehovah has brought you
out of Egypt.
10 You shall therefore keep this ordinance in its season year after year.
11 And it shall be, when Jehovah brings you into the land of the Canaanites, as He swore
to you and your fathers, and gives it to you,
12 that you shall devote unto Jehovah all that open the womb: every firstborn offspring
from an animal which you have; the males belong to Jehovah.
13 But every firstborn of a donkey you shall redeem with a lamb; and if you will not
redeem it, then you shall break its neck. And every firstborn of man among your children
you shall redeem.
14 And it shall be, when your son asks you in time to come, saying, What is this? that you
shall say to him, By strength of hand Jehovah brought us out of Egypt, from the house of
15 And it came to pass, when Pharaoh was stubborn about letting us go, that Jehovah
killed every firstborn in the land of Egypt, both the firstborn of man and the firstborn of
beast. Therefore I sacrifice unto Jehovah every male that opens the womb, but every
firstborn of my sons I redeem.
16 And it shall be for a sign on your hand and as frontlets between your eyes, for by
strength of hand Jehovah has brought us forth out of Egypt.
17 And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God did not lead them
by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God thought, Lest
perhaps the people change their minds when they see war, and return to Egypt.
18 So God led the people around by way of the wilderness of the Red Sea. And the
children of Israel went up in battle array out of the land of Egypt.
19 And Moses took the bones of Joseph with him, for he had sworn the sons of Israel to
oath saying, God will attend to visit you, and you shall bring up my bones from here with
20 So they took their journey from Succoth and camped in Etham at the edge of the
21 And Jehovah went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way, and by
night in a pillar of fire to shine on them, to go by day and night.
22 The pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night did not depart from before the