The Bible in Its Traditions

Numbers 9:6–14

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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.”