Exodus 12:26
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New International Version
And when your children ask you, 'What does this ceremony mean to you?'

New Living Translation
Then your children will ask, 'What does this ceremony mean?'

English Standard Version
And when your children say to you, ‘What do you mean by this service?’

New American Standard Bible
"And when your children say to you, 'What does this rite mean to you?'

King James Bible
And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, What mean ye by this service?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When your children ask you, 'What does this ritual mean to you?'

International Standard Version
And when your children say to you, 'What does this ritual mean?'

NET Bible
When your children ask you, 'What does this ceremony mean to you?'--

New Heart English Bible
It will happen, when your children ask you, 'What do you mean by this service?'

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When your children ask you what this ceremony means to you,

JPS Tanakh 1917
And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you: What mean ye by this service?

New American Standard 1977
“And it will come about when your children will say to you, ‘What does this rite mean to you?’

Jubilee Bible 2000
And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, What do you mean by this service?

King James 2000 Bible
And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, What mean you by this service?

American King James Version
And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say to you, What mean you by this service?

American Standard Version
And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, What mean ye by this service?

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when your children shall say to you: What is the meaning of this service?

Darby Bible Translation
And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say to you, What mean ye by this service?

English Revised Version
And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, What mean ye by this service?

Webster's Bible Translation
And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say to you, What mean you by this service?

World English Bible
It will happen, when your children ask you, 'What do you mean by this service?'

Young's Literal Translation
and it hath come to pass when your sons say unto you, What is this service ye have?
Study Bible
The Feast of Unleavened Bread
25"When you enter the land which the LORD will give you, as He has promised, you shall observe this rite. 26"And when your children say to you, 'What does this rite mean to you?' 27you shall say, 'It is a Passover sacrifice to the LORD who passed over the houses of the sons of Israel in Egypt when He smote the Egyptians, but spared our homes.'" And the people bowed low and worshiped.…
Cross References
Exodus 10:2
and that you may tell in the hearing of your son, and of your grandson, how I made a mockery of the Egyptians and how I performed My signs among them, that you may know that I am the LORD."

Exodus 12:25
"When you enter the land which the LORD will give you, as He has promised, you shall observe this rite.

Exodus 13:8
"You shall tell your son on that day, saying, 'It is because of what the LORD did for me when I came out of Egypt.'

Exodus 13:14
"And it shall be when your son asks you in time to come, saying, 'What is this?' then you shall say to him, 'With a powerful hand the LORD brought us out of Egypt, from the house of slavery.

Deuteronomy 32:7
"Remember the days of old, Consider the years of all generations. Ask your father, and he will inform you, Your elders, and they will tell you.

Joshua 4:6
"Let this be a sign among you, so that when your children ask later, saying, 'What do these stones mean to you?'

Psalm 44:1
For the choir director. A Maskil of the sons of Korah. O God, we have heard with our ears, Our fathers have told us The work that You did in their days, In the days of old.

Psalm 78:4
We will not conceal them from their children, But tell to the generation to come the praises of the LORD, And His strength and His wondrous works that He has done.

Psalm 78:6
That the generation to come might know, even the children yet to be born, That they may arise and tell them to their children,
Treasury of Scripture

And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say to you, What mean you by this service?

your children

Exodus 13:8,9,14,15 And you shall show your son in that day, saying, This is done because …

Deuteronomy 6:7 And you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk …

Deuteronomy 11:19 And you shall teach them your children, speaking of them when you …

Deuteronomy 32:7 Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations: …

Joshua 4:6,7,21-24 That this may be a sign among you, that when your children ask their …

Psalm 78:3-6 Which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us…

Psalm 145:4 One generation shall praise your works to another, and shall declare …

Isaiah 38:19 The living, the living, he shall praise you, as I do this day: the …

Ephesians 6:4 And, you fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them …

Verse 26. - When your children shall say unto you, what mean ye by this service. Apparently, Moses adds these injunctions by his own sole authority. He assumes that curiosity will be aroused by the strange and peculiar features of the Paschal ceremony, and that each generation in succession will wish to know its meaning and origin. And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, what mean ye by this service? Of killing and roasting a lamb, and eating it with bitter herbs, and of abstaining from leavened bread. 26. when your children shall say, … What mean ye by this service—Independently of some observances which were not afterwards repeated, the usages practised at this yearly commemorative feast were so peculiar that the curiosity of the young would be stimulated, and thus parents had an excellent opportunity, which they were enjoined to embrace, for instructing each rising generation in the origin and leading facts of the national faith.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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