Exodus 12:21
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New International Version
Then Moses summoned all the elders of Israel and said to them, "Go at once and select the animals for your families and slaughter the Passover lamb.

New Living Translation
Then Moses called all the elders of Israel together and said to them, "Go, pick out a lamb or young goat for each of your families, and slaughter the Passover animal.

English Standard Version
Then Moses called all the elders of Israel and said to them, “Go and select lambs for yourselves according to your clans, and kill the Passover lamb.

New American Standard Bible
Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel and said to them, "Go and take for yourselves lambs according to your families, and slay the Passover lamb.

King James Bible
Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them, Draw out and take you a lamb according to your families, and kill the passover.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then Moses summoned all the elders of Israel and said to them, "Go, select an animal from the flock according to your families, and slaughter the Passover animal.

International Standard Version
Then Moses summoned all the elders of Israel and told them, "Choose sheep for your families, and slaughter the Passover lamb.

NET Bible
Then Moses summoned all the elders of Israel, and told them, "Go and select for yourselves a lamb or young goat for your families, and kill the Passover animals.

New Heart English Bible
Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said to them, "Draw out, and take lambs according to your families, and kill the Passover.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then Moses called for all the leaders of Israel. He said to them, "Pick out a lamb or a young goat for your families, and kill the Passover animal.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them: 'Draw out, and take you lambs according to your families, and kill the passover lamb.

New American Standard 1977
Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said to them, “Go and take for yourselves lambs according to your families, and slay the Passover lamb.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel and said unto them, Draw out and take lambs according to your families and sacrifice the passover.

King James 2000 Bible
Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them, Draw out and take you a lamb according to your families, and kill the passover.

American King James Version
Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said to them, Draw out and take you a lamb according to your families, and kill the passover.

American Standard Version
Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them, Draw out, and take you lambs according to your families, and kill the passover.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Moses called all the ancients of the children of Israel, and said to them: Go take a lamb by your families, and sacrifice the Phase.

Darby Bible Translation
And Moses called all the elders of Israel, and said to them, Seize and take yourselves lambs for your families, and kill the passover.

English Revised Version
Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them, Draw out, and take you lambs according to your families, and kill the passover.

Webster's Bible Translation
Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said to them, Draw out, and take you a lamb, according to your families, and kill the passover.

World English Bible
Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said to them, "Draw out, and take lambs according to your families, and kill the Passover.

Young's Literal Translation
And Moses calleth for all the elders of Israel, and saith unto them, 'Draw out and take for yourselves from the flock, for your families, and slaughter the passover-sacrifice;
Study Bible
The Feast of Unleavened Bread
20'You shall not eat anything leavened; in all your dwellings you shall eat unleavened bread.'" 21Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel and said to them, "Go and take for yourselves lambs according to your families, and slay the Passover lamb. 22"You shall take a bunch of hyssop and dip it in the blood which is in the basin, and apply some of the blood that is in the basin to the lintel and the two doorposts; and none of you shall go outside the door of his house until morning.…
Cross References
Hebrews 11:28
By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch Israel's own firstborn.

Exodus 12:3
"Speak to all the congregation of Israel, saying, 'On the tenth of this month they are each one to take a lamb for themselves, according to their fathers' households, a lamb for each household.

Exodus 12:11
Now you shall eat it in this manner: with your loins girded, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it in haste-- it is the LORD'S Passover.

Exodus 12:20
'You shall not eat anything leavened; in all your dwellings you shall eat unleavened bread.'"

Numbers 9:4
So Moses told the sons of Israel to observe the Passover.
Treasury of Scripture

Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said to them, Draw out and take you a lamb according to your families, and kill the passover.

elders

Exodus 3:16 Go, and gather the elders of Israel together, and say to them, The …

Exodus 17:5 And the LORD said to Moses, Go on before the people, and take with …

Exodus 19:7 And Moses came and called for the elders of the people, and laid …

Numbers 11:16 And the LORD said to Moses, Gather to me seventy men of the elders …

and take

Exodus 12:3 Speak you to all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth …

Numbers 9:2-5 Let the children of Israel also keep the passover at his appointed season…

Joshua 5:10 And the children of Israel encamped in Gilgal, and kept the passover …

2 Kings 23:21 And the king commanded all the people, saying, Keep the passover …

2 Chronicles 30:15-17 Then they killed the passover on the fourteenth day of the second …

2 Chronicles 35:5,6 And stand in the holy place according to the divisions of the families …

Ezra 6:20 For the priests and the Levites were purified together, all of them were pure…

Matthew 26:17-19 Now the first day of the feast of unleavened bread the disciples …

Mark 14:12-16 And the first day of unleavened bread, when they killed the passover, …

Luke 22:7 Then came the day of unleavened bread, when the passover must be killed.

1 Corinthians 10:4 And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that …

lamb, or kid

Exodus 12:3 Speak you to all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth …

the passover. That is, the lamb which was called the paschal, or passover lamb; the animal sacrificed obtaining the name of the institution. Paul copies the expression in

1 Corinthians 5:7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, as …

THE FIRST PASSOVER KEPT.

(21) Moses called for all the elders.--He had been directed to "speak unto all the congregation" (Exodus 12:3), but understood the direction as allowing him to do so mediately, through the elders.

Draw out.--Some understand this intransitively--"Withdraw, and take," i.e., go, and take; others transitively--"Withdraw a lamb from the flock."

According to your families--i.e., with reference to the number of your families, but not necessarily one for each. (See Exodus 12:4.)

Verse 21-28. - THE FIRST PASSOVER. Having received the Divine directions as to the new rite, if not with all the fulness ultimately given them, yet with sufficient fulness for the immediate purpose, Moses proceeded to communicate the Divine Will to the people under his protection. Having already aroused the jealousy and hatred of Pharaoh, he could not summon a general assembly of the people, but he ventured to call a meeting of the elders, or heads of principal families, and through them communicated the orders which he had received to the entire nation. We find, in the directions which he gave, two small points which are not comprised in the record of God's words to him.

1. The designation of the "hyssop," as the instrument, by which the blood was to be placed on the side-posts and lintel (ver. 22); and,

2. The injunction not to quit the house "until the morning." These points may have been contained in the original directions, though omitted from the record for brevity; or they may have been added by Moses of his own authority. On the other hand, several very main points of the original directions are not repeated in the injunctions given to the elders, though there can be no doubt that they were communicated. Verse 21. - Draw out - i.e., "Withdraw from the flock." (See ver. 3.) A lamb. The word used is generic, and would not exclude the offering of a goat. Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel,.... Not in age but in office, who were either heads of families, or at least principal men in the tribes; which explains in what manner he was to speak to the congregation of Israel, and convey to them the will of God concerning the observation of these feasts, Exodus 12:3,

and said unto them, draw out; a lamb or a kid, out of the flocks on the tenth day of the month, and keep it up until the fourteenth, as in Exodus 12:3.

and take you a lamb, according to your families; or "take ye of the flock" (r), whether a lamb or a kid; a lamb for every family, if there was a sufficient number in it to eat it up; if not, two or more families were to join and keep the feast together:

and kill the passover; the lamb for the passover, which was to be done on the fourteenth day of the month; and before the priesthood was established in the family of Aaron, and before the Israelites were possessed of the land of Canaan, and the temple was built at Jerusalem, the passover was killed by the heads of families, and in their own houses, but afterwards it was killed only by the priests, and at Jerusalem and in the temple there, see Deuteronomy 16:5.

(r) "de filiis gregis", Onk. & Jon. 21-25. Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, etc.—Here are given special directions for the observance.12:21-28 That night, when the first-born were to be destroyed, no Israelite must stir out of doors till called to march out of Egypt. Their safety was owing to the blood of sprinkling. If they put themselves from under the protection of that, it was at their peril. They must stay within, to wait for the salvation of the Lord; it is good to do so. In after-times they should carefully teach their children the meaning of this service. It is good for children to ask about the things of God; they that ask for the way will find it. The keeping of this solemnity every year was, 1. To look backward, that they might remember what great things God had done for them and their fathers. Old mercies, to ourselves, or to our fathers, must not be forgotten, that God may be praised, and our faith in him encouraged. 2. It was designed to look forward, as an earnest of the great sacrifice of the Lamb of God in the fulness of time. Christ our passover was sacrificed for us; his death was our life.
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