Bible: Ex 13


The Law of the Firstborn


The Lord spoke 2  to Moses: 13:2 Set apart 3  to me every firstborn male – the first offspring of every womb 4  among the Israelites, whether human or animal; it is mine.” 5 

13:3 Moses said to the people, “Remember 6  this day on which you came out from Egypt, from the place where you were enslaved, 7  for the Lord brought you out of there 8  with a mighty hand – and no bread made with yeast may be eaten. 9  13:4 On this day, 10  in the month of Abib, 11  you are going out. 12 

13:5 When 13  the Lord brings you to the land of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Hivites, and Jebusites, which he swore to your fathers to give you, a land flowing with milk and honey, 14  then you will keep 15  this ceremony 16  in this month. 13:6 For seven days 17  you must eat 18  bread made without yeast, and on the seventh day there is to be 19  a festival to the Lord. 13:7 Bread made without yeast must be eaten 20  for seven days; 21  no bread made with yeast shall be seen 22  among you, and you must have no yeast among you within any of your borders.

13:8 You are to tell your son 23  on that day, 24 It is 25  because of what 26  the Lord did for me when I came out of Egypt.’ 13:9 27  It 28  will be a sign 29  for you on your hand and a memorial 30  on your forehead, 31  so that the law of the Lord may be 32  in your mouth, 33  for 34  with a mighty hand the Lord brought you out of Egypt. 13:10 So you must keep 35  this ordinance at its appointed time from year to year. 36 

13:11 When the Lord brings you 37  into the land of the Canaanites, 38  as he swore to you and to your fathers, and gives it 39  to you, 13:12 then you must give over 40  to the Lord the first offspring of every womb. 41  Every firstling 42  of a beast that you have 43 the males will be the Lord’s. 44  13:13 Every firstling 45  of a donkey you must redeem 46  with a lamb, and if you do not redeem it, then you must break its neck. 47  Every firstborn of 48  your sons you must redeem.

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In the future, 50  when your son asks you 51  ‘What is this?’ 52  you are to tell him, ‘With a mighty hand 53  the Lord brought us out from Egypt, from the land of slavery. 54  13:15 When Pharaoh stubbornly refused 55  to release us, the Lord killed all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of people to the firstborn of animals. 56  That is why I am sacrificing 57  to the Lord the first male offspring of every womb, but all my firstborn sons I redeem.’ 13:16 It will be for a sign on your hand and for frontlets 58  on your forehead, for with a mighty hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt.” 59 


The Leading of God


When Pharaoh released 61  the people, God did not lead them 62  by the way to the land 63  of the Philistines, 64  although 65  that was nearby, for God said, 66 Lest 67  the people change their minds 68  and return to Egypt when they experience 69  war.” 13:18 So God brought the people around by the way of the desert to the Red Sea, 70  and the Israelites went up from the land of Egypt prepared for battle. 71 

13:19 Moses took the bones of Joseph with him, for Joseph 72  had made the Israelites solemnly swear, 73 God will surely attend 74  to you, and you will carry 75  my bones up from this place with you.”

13:20 They journeyed from Sukkoth and camped in Etham, on the edge of the desert. 13:21 Now the Lord was going before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them in the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, 76  so that they could 77  travel day or night. 78  13:22 He did not remove the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night from before the people. 79 

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