Bible: Numbers 9:1-14


Passover Regulations


The Lord spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the first month of the second year after they had come out 2  of the land of Egypt:

9:2The Israelites are to observe 3  the Passover 4  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 keep 7  it in accordance with all its statutes and all its customs.” 8  9:4 So Moses instructed 9  the Israelites to observe 10  the Passover. 9:5 And they observed the Passover 11  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 men 12  who were ceremonially defiled 13  by the dead body of a man 14  could not keep 15  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, “Remain 16  here and I will hear 17  what the Lord will command concerning you.”

9:9 The Lord spoke to Moses: 9:10 Tell the Israelites, ‘If any 18  of you or of your posterity become ceremonially defiled by touching a dead body, or are on a journey far away, then he may 19  observe the Passover to the Lord. 9:11 They may observe it on the fourteenth day of the second month 20  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 But 21  the man who is ceremonially clean, and was not on a journey, and fails 22  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 lives 25  among you and wants to keep 26  the Passover to the Lord, he must do so according to the statute of the Passover, and according to its custom. You must have 27  the same 28  statute for the resident foreigner 29  and for the one who was born in the land.’

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