1 The LordI spokeII to MosesIII
in the wildernessIV of Sinai,V in the firstVI monthVII
of the secondVIII yearIX after they had come outX of the landXI of Egypt,XII saying,
2 “Let the IsraelitesXIII keepXIV the PassoverXV at its appointed time.XVI
3 On the fourteenthXVII dayXVIII of this month, atXIX twilight,XX you shall keep it at its appointed time;
according to allXXI its statutesXXII and all its regulationsXXIII you shall keep it.”
4 So Moses toldXXIV the Israelites that they should keep the Passover. 5 They kept the Passover in the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, at twilight, in the wilderness of Sinai. JustXXV as the Lord had commandedXXVI Moses, soXXVII the Israelites did.XXVIII
6 Now there wereXXIX certain peopleXXX who were uncleanXXXI through touching a corpse,XXXII
so that they couldXXXIII not keep the Passover on that day. They cameXXXIV beforeXXXV Moses and AaronXXXVI on that day
7 andXXXVII said to him, “Although we are unclean through touching a corpse, why must we be keptXXXVIII fromXXXIX presentingXL the Lord’s offeringXLI at its appointed time amongXLII the Israelites?”
8 Moses said to them, “Wait,XLIII so that I may hearXLIV what the Lord will command concerning you.”
9 The Lord spoke to Moses, saying, 10 “Speak to the Israelites, saying: AnyoneXLV of you or your descendantsXLVI who is unclean through touching a corpse
or is awayXLVII on a journeyXLVIII shall still keepXLIX the Passover to the Lord. 11 In the second month on the fourteenth day, at twilight, they shall keepL it; they shall eatLI it
with unleavened breadLII and bitter herbs.LIII 12 They shall leaveLIV none of it until morningLV
nor breakLVI a boneLVII of it; according to all the statute for the Passover they shall keepLVIII it. 13 But anyone who is cleanLIX and is not on a journey and yet refrainsLX
from keepingLXI the Passover shall be cut offLXII, LXIII from the peopleLXIV for not presenting the Lord’s offering at its appointed time;
such a oneLXV shall bear the consequencesLXVI for the sin.LXVII 14 Any alienLXVIII residingLXIX among you
who wishes to keepLXX the Passover to the Lord shall do so according to the statute of the Passover and according to its regulation;LXXI you shall haveLXXII oneLXXIII statuteLXXIV for both the resident alienLXXV and the nativeLXXVI of the land.”
15 On the day the tabernacleLXXVII was set up,LXXVIII the cloudLXXIX coveredLXXX the tabernacle,
the tentLXXXI of the covenant,LXXXII and from eveningLXXXIII until morning it was over the tabernacle, having the appearanceLXXXIV of fire.LXXXV
16 It was alwaysLXXXVI so: the cloud covered it by day and the appearance of fire by night.LXXXVII 17 WheneverLXXXVIII the cloud liftedLXXXIX from over the tent, thenXC, XCI
the Israelites would set out,XCII and in the placeXCIII where the cloud settledXCIV down, there the Israelites would camp.XCV
18 At the commandXCVI of the Lord the Israelites would set out, and at the command of the Lord they would camp. As long asXCVII the cloud restedXCVIII over the tabernacle, they would remain in camp.XCIX
19 Even when the cloud continuedC over the tabernacle manyCI days, the Israelites would keepCII the chargeCIII of the Lord and would not set out.
20 CIVSometimes the cloud would remainCV a fewCVI days over the tabernacle, and according to the command of the Lord they would remain in camp; then according to the command of the Lord they would set out.
21 CVIISometimes the cloud would remainCVIII from evening until morning, and when the cloud lifted in the morning, they would set out, or if it continued for a dayCIX and a night, when the cloud lifted they would set out. 22 Whether it was two days or a month or a longer timeCX that the cloud continued over the tabernacle, resting upon it, the Israelites would remain in camp and would not set out, but when it lifted they would set out. 23 At the command of the Lord they would camp, and at the command of the Lord they would set out. They keptCXI the charge of the Lord, at the command of the Lord byCXII Moses.
Image credit: “Pesach (Passover) Haggadah. “Hatzvi” publishing, Tel Aviv, 1953. Photo by lawexler.