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Passover Regulations

9:1 1 The Lord spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the first month of the second year after they had come out2 of the land of Egypt:

9:2 “The Israelites are to observe3 the Passover4 at its appointed time.5 9:3 In the fourteenth day of this month, at twilight,6 you are to observe it at its appointed time; you must keep7 it in accordance with all its statutes and all its customs.”8 9:4 So Moses instructed9 the Israelites to observe10 the Passover. 9:5 And they observed the Passover11 on the fourteenth day of the first month at twilight in the wilderness of Sinai; in accordance with all that the Lord had commanded Moses, so the Israelites did.

9:6 It happened that some men12 who were ceremonially defiled13 by the dead body of a man14 could not keep15 the Passover on that day, so they came before Moses and before Aaron on that day. 9:7 And those men said to him, “We are ceremonially defiled by the dead body of a man; why are we kept back from offering the Lord’s offering at its appointed time among the Israelites?” 9:8 So Moses said to them, “Remain16 here and I will hear17 what the Lord will command concerning you.”

9:9 The Lord spoke to Moses: 9:10 “Tell the Israelites, ‘If any18 of you or of your posterity become ceremonially defiled by touching a dead body, or are on a journey far away, then he may19 observe the Passover to the Lord. 9:11 They may observe it on the fourteenth day of the second month20 at twilight; they are to eat it with bread made without yeast and with bitter herbs. 9:12 They must not leave any of it until morning, nor break any of its bones; they must observe it in accordance with every statute of the Passover.

9:13 But21 the man who is ceremonially clean, and was not on a journey, and fails22 to keep the Passover, that person must be cut off from his people.23 Because he did not bring the Lord’s offering at its appointed time, that man must bear his sin.24 9:14 If a resident foreigner lives25 among you and wants to keep26 the Passover to the Lord, he must do so according to the statute of the Passover, and according to its custom. You must have27 the same28 statute for the resident foreigner29 and for the one who was born in the land.’ ”


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