The Bible in Its Traditions

Exodus 13:2–16

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'Sanctify unto Me all the first-born, whatsoever openeth the womb among the children of Israel, both of man and of beast, it is Mine.'

Sanctify to me every first-born, first produced, opening every womb among the children of Israel both of man and beast: it is mine.

“Sanctify to me every firstborn which opens the womb among the sons of Israel, as much of men as of cattle. For they are all mine.”

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And Moses said unto the people: 'Remember this day, in which ye came out from Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand YHWH brought you out from this place; there shall no leavened bread be eaten.

And Moses said to the people: “Remember this day, on which you were taken away from Egypt and from the house of servitude. For with a strong hand the Lord has led you away from this place. Thus, you shall eat no leavened bread.

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This day ye go forth in the month Abib.

For on this day ye go forth in the month of new corn.

And this day came ye out in the month Abib.

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And it shall be when YHWH shall bring thee into the land of the Canaanite, and the Hittite, and the Amorite, and the Hivite, and the Jebusite, which He swore unto thy fathers to give thee, a land flowing with milk and honey, that thou shalt keep this service in this month.

And it shall come to pass when the Lord thy God shall have brought thee into the land of the Chananites, and the Chettites, and Amorites, and Evites, and Jebusites, and Gergesites, and Pherezites, which he sware to thy fathers to give thee, a land flowing with milk and honey, that thou shalt perform this service in this month.

And when the Lord has brought you into the land of the Canaanite, and the Hittite, and the Amorite, and the Hivite, and the Jebusite, which he swore to your fathers that he would give to you, a land flowing with milk and honey, you will celebrate this manner of sacred rites in this month.

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Seven days thou shalt eat unleavened bread, and in the seventh day shall be a feast to YHWH.

Six days ye shall eat unleavened bread, and on the seventh day is a feast to the Lord.

For seven days, you shall feed on unleavened bread. And on the seventh day, it will be the solemnity of the Lord.

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Unleavened bread shall be eaten throughout the seven days; and there shall no leavened bread be seen with thee, neither shall there be leaven seen with thee, in all thy borders.

You shall consume unleavened bread for seven days. There shall not be seen anything leavened with you, nor in all your parts.

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And thou shalt tell thy son in that day, saying: It is because of that which YHWH did for me when I came forth out of Egypt.

And you will explain to your son in that day, saying: ‘This is what the Lord did for me when I was taken away from Egypt.’

And you shall tell your son on that day, This is done because of what my God did for me when I came forth out of Egypt.

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And it shall be for a sign unto thee upon thy hand, and for a memorial between thine eyes, that the law of YHWH may be in thy mouth; for with a strong hand hath the YHWH brought thee out of Egypt.

And it will be like a sign in your hand and like a memorial before your eyes. And so may the law of the Lord be always in your mouth. For with a strong hand, the Lord led you away from the land of Egypt.

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10  Thou shalt therefore keep this ordinance in its season from year to year.

10  You will keep this observance, at the established time, from day to day.

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11  And it shall be when YHWH shall bring thee into the land of the Canaanite, as He swore unto thee and to thy fathers, and shall give it thee,

11  And when the Lord has brought you into the land of the Canaanite, just as he swore to you and to your fathers, and when he will give it you,

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12  that thou shalt set apart unto YHWH all that openeth the womb; every firstling that is a male, which thou hast coming of a beast, shall be the YHWH'S.

12  then you shall set aside for the Lord all that opens the womb and all that is first to go forth among your cattle. Whatever you will have of the male sex, you shall consecrate to the Lord.

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13  And every firstling of an ass thou shalt redeem with a lamb; and if thou wilt not redeem it, then thou shalt break its neck; and all the first-born of man among thy sons shalt thou redeem.

13  Every offspring opening the womb of the ass thou shalt change for a sheep; and if thou wilt not change it, thou shalt redeem it: every first-born of man of thy sons shalt thou redeem.

13  The firstborn of a donkey you will exchange for a sheep. And if you will not redeem it, you shall put it to death. But every firstborn of man among your sons, you shall redeem with a price.

14  And it shall be when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying: What is this? that thou shalt say unto him: By strength of hand YHWH brought us out from Egypt, from the house of bondage;

14  And if thy son should ask thee hereafter, saying, What is this? then thou shalt say to him, With a strong hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.

14  And when your son will question you tomorrow, saying, ‘What is this?’ you will respond, ‘With a strong hand the Lord led us away from the land of Egypt, from the house of servitude.

15  and it came to pass, when Pharaoh would hardly let us go that YHWH slew all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both the first-born of man, and the first-born of beast; therefore I sacrifice to the YHWH all that openeth the womb, being males; but all the first-born of my sons I redeem.

15  And when Pharao hardened his heart so as not to send us away, he slew every first-born in the land of Egypt, both the first-born of man and the first-born of beast; therefore do I sacrifice every offspring that opens the womb, the males to the Lord, and every first-born of my sons I will redeem.

15  For when Pharaoh had been hardened and was unwilling to release us, the Lord killed every firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of man, even to the firstborn of beasts. For this reason, I immolate to the Lord all of the male sex that opens the womb, and all the firstborn of my sons I redeem.’

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16  And it shall be for a sign upon thy hand, and for frontlets between thine eyes; for by strength of hand YHWH brought us forth out of Egypt.'

16  Therefore, it will be like a sign in your hand and like something hanging between your eyes as a remembrance, because with a strong hand the Lord has led us away from Egypt.”

16  And it shall be as a token on your hand and as a memorial between your eyes; for by a strong hand the LORD brought you out of Egypt.