The Bible in Its Traditions

Numbers 9:1–23

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And YHWH spoke unto Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the first month of the second year after they were come out of the land of Egypt, saying

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'Let the children of Israel keep the passover in its appointed season.

Speak, and let the children of Israel keep the passover in its season.

“Let the sons of Israel observe the Passover at its proper time,

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In the fourteenth day of this month, at dusk, ye shall keep it in its appointed season; according to all the statutes of it, and according to all the ordinances thereof, shall ye keep it.'

On the fourteenth day of the first month at even, thou shalt keep it in its season; thou shalt keep it according to its law, and according to its ordinance.

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And Moses spoke unto the children of Israel, that they should keep the passover.

And Moses ordered the children of Israel to sacrifice the passover,

And they kept the passover in the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, at dusk, in the wilderness of Sinai; according to all that YHWH commanded Moses, so did the children of Israel.

on the fourteenth day of the first month in the wilderness of Sina, as the Lord appointed Moses, so the children of Israel did.

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But there were certain men, who were unclean by the dead body of a man, so that they could not keep the passover on that day; and they came before Moses and before Aaron on that day.

But behold, certain ones, who were not able to observe the Passover on that day, being unclean because of the life of a man, approaching Moses and Aaron,

And those men said unto him: 'We are unclean by the dead body of a man; wherefore are we to be kept back, so as not to bring the offering of YHWH in its appointed season among the children of Israel?'

said to them: “We are unclean because of the life of a man. Why have we been cheated, in that we are not permitted to offer, at its proper time, the oblation to the Lord among the sons of Israel?”

And Moses said unto them: 'Stay ye, that I may hear what YHWH will command concerning you.'

And Moses responded to them: “Remain, so that I may consult the Lord, as to what he will rule about you.”

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And YHWH spoke unto Moses, saying

And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying,

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10  'Speak unto the children of Israel, saying: If any man of you or of your generations shall be unclean by reason of a dead body, or be in a journey afar off, yet he shall keep the passover unto YHWH;

10  Speak to the children of Israel, saying, Whatever man shall be unclean by reason of a dead body, or on a journey far off, among you, or among your posterity; he shall then keep the passover to the Lord,

10  “Say to the sons of Israel: The man who becomes unclean because of a life, or if he is on a distant journey within your nation, let him observe the Passover to the Lord.

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11  in the second month on the fourteenth day at dusk they shall keep it; they shall eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs;

11  On the fourteenth day of the second month at the evening they shall keep it, and shall eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs.

11  The fourteenth day of the second month at even they shall keep it, and eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs .

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12  they shall leave none of it unto the morning, nor break a bone thereof; according to all the statute of the passover they shall keep it.

12  They shall not leave behind any of it until morning, and they shall not break a bone of it; they shall observe all the rituals of the Passover.

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13  But the man that is clean, and is not on a journey, and forbeareth to keep the passover, that soul shall be cut off from his people; because he brought not the offering of YHWH in its appointed season, that man shall bear his sin.

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14  And if a stranger shall sojourn among you, and will keep the passover unto YHWH: according to the statute of the passover, and according to the ordinance thereof, so shall he do; ye shall have one statute, both for the stranger, and for him that is born in the land.'

14  Likewise, the sojourner and the newcomer, if they are among you, shall observe the Passover to the Lord according to its ceremonies and justifications. The same precept shall be with you, as much for the newcomer as for the native.”

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15  And on the day that the tabernacle was reared up the cloud covered the tabernacle, even the tent of the testimony; and at even there was upon the tabernacle as it were the appearance of fire, until morning.

15  And in the day in which the tabernacle was pitched the cloud covered the tabernacle, the place of the testimony; and in the evening there was upon the tabernacle as the appearance of fire till the morning.

15  And so, on the day when the tabernacle was raised, a cloud covered it. But over the tabernacle, from evening until morning, there was, as it seemed, the appearance of fire.

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16  So it was alway: the cloud covered it, and the appearance of fire by night.

16  This was so continually: throughout the day a cloud covered it, and throughout the night, the appearance of fire.

17  And whenever the cloud was taken up from over the Tent, then after that the children of Israel journeyed; and in the place where the cloud abode, there the children of Israel encamped.

17  And when the cloud that was protecting the tabernacle had been taken up, then the sons of Israel advanced forward, and in the place where the cloud had remained standing, there they made camp.

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18  At the commandment of YHWH the children of Israel journeyed, and at the commandment of the YHWH they encamped: as long as the cloud abode upon the tabernacle they remained encamped.

18  The children of Israel shall encamp by the command of the Lord, and by the command of the Lord they shall remove: all the days in which the cloud overshadows the tabernacle, the children of Israel shall encamp.

18  Upon the order of the Lord they advanced, and upon his order they fixed the tabernacle. All the days during which the cloud was standing over the tabernacle, they remained in the same place.

19  And when the cloud tarried upon the tabernacle many days, then the children of Israel kept the charge of YHWH, and journeyed not.

19  And whenever the cloud shall be drawn over the tabernacle for many days, then the children of Israel shall keep the charge of God, and they shall not remove.

19  And if it happened that it remained for a long time over it, the sons of Israel kept the night watches of the Lord, and they did not advance,

20  And sometimes the cloud was a few days upon the tabernacle; according to the commandment of YHWH they remained encamped, and according to the commandment of the YHWH they journeyed.

20  And it shall be, whenever the cloud overshadows the tabernacle a number of days, they shall encamp by the word of the Lord, and shall remove by the command of the Lord.

20  during as many days as the cloud remained over the tabernacle. At the command of the Lord they raised their tents, and at his command they took them down.

21  And sometimes the cloud was from evening until morning; and when the cloud was taken up in the morning, they journeyed; or if it continued by day and by night, when the cloud was taken up, they journeyed.

21  And it shall come to pass, whenever the cloud shall remain from the evening till the morning, and in the morning the cloud shall go up, then shall they remove by day or by night.

21  If the cloud remained from evening until morning, and immediately, at first light, it left the tabernacle, they set out. And if it withdrew after a day and a night, they dismantled their tents.

22  Whether it were two days, or a month, or a year, that the cloud tarried upon the tabernacle, abiding thereon, the children of Israel remained encamped, and journeyed not; but when it was taken up, they journeyed.

22  When the cloud continues a full month overshadowing the tabernacle, the children of Israel shall encamp, and shall not depart.

22  Yet truly, whether it remained over the tabernacle for two days, or one month, or a longer time, the sons of Israel remained in the same place, and they did not set out. Then, as soon as it withdrew, they moved the camp.

23  At the commandment of YHWH they encamped, and at the commandment of the YHWH they journeyed; they kept the charge of the LORD, at the commandment of the LORD by the hand of Moses.

23  For they shall depart by the command of the Lord:—they kept the charge of the Lord by the command of the Lord by the hand of Moses.

23  By the word of the Lord they fixed their tents, and by his word they advanced. And they kept the night watches of the Lord, according to his command by the hand of Moses.