1 And HaShem spoke unto Moses, saying:
2 '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.'
3 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 HaShem brought you out from this place; there shall no leavened bread be
4 This day ye go forth in the month Abib.
5 And it shall be when HaShem 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.
6 Seven days thou shalt eat unleavened bread, and in the
seventh day shall be a feast to HaShem.
7 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.
8 And thou shalt tell thy son in that day, saying: It is
because of that which HaShem did for me when I came forth out of Egypt.
9 And it shall be for a sign unto thee upon thy hand, and for
a memorial between thine eyes, that the law of HaShem may be in thy mouth; for
with a strong hand hath HaShem brought thee out of Egypt.
10 Thou shalt therefore keep this ordinance in its season
from year to year.
11 And it shall be when HaShem shall bring
thee into the land of the Canaanite, as He swore unto thee and to thy fathers,
and shall give it thee,
12 that thou shalt set apart unto HaShem all that openeth the
womb; every firstling that is a male, which thou hast coming of a beast, shall
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.
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 HaShem
brought us out from Egypt, from the house of bondage;
15 and it came to pass, when Pharaoh would hardly let us go
that HaShem 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 HaShem all that
openeth the womb, being males; but all the first-born of my sons I redeem.
16 And it shall be for a sign upon thy hand, and for
frontlets between thine eyes; for by strength of hand HaShem brought us forth
out of Egypt.'
17 And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the
people go, that G-d led them not by the way of the land of the Philistines,
although that was near; for G-d said: 'Lest peradventure the people repent when
they see war, and they return to Egypt.'
18 But G-d led the people about, by the way of the wilderness
by the Red Sea; and the children of Israel went up armed out of the land of
19 And Moses took the bones of Joseph with him; for he had
straitly sworn the children of Israel, saying: 'G-d will surely remember you;
and ye shall carry up my bones away hence with you.'
20 And they took their journey from Succoth, and encamped in
Etham, in the edge of the wilderness.
21 And HaShem went before them by day in a pillar of cloud,
to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; that
they might go by day and by night:
22 the pillar of cloud by day, and the pillar of fire by
night, departed not from before the people.
Sources: Portions copyright © 1997 by Benyamin Pilant, All Rights Reserved
JPS Electronic Edition, based on the 1917 JPS translation, Copyright © 1998 by Larry Nelson, All Rights Reserved