Exodus 12:26
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English Standard Version
And when your children say to you, ‘What do you mean by this service?’

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

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?

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

"Observe the Mazzoth" (i.e., the directions given in Exodus 12:15 and Exodus 12:16 respecting the feast of Mazzoth), "for on this very day I have brought your armies out of the land of Egypt." This was effected in the night of the 14th-15th, or rather at midnight, and therefore in the early morning of the 15th Abib. Because Jehovah had brought Israel out of Egypt on the 15th Abib, therefore Israel was to keep Mazzoth for seven days. Of course it was not merely a commemoration of this event, but the exodus formed the groundwork of the seven days' feast, because it was by this that Israel had been introduced into a new vital element. For this reason the Israelites were to put away all the leaven of their Egyptian nature, the leaven of malice and wickedness (1 Corinthians 5:8), and by eating pure and holy bread, and meeting for the worship of God, to show that they were walking in newness of life. This aspect of the feast will serve to explain the repeated emphasis laid upon the instructions given concerning it, and the repeated threat of extermination against either native or foreigner, in case the law should be disobeyed (Exodus 12:18-20). To eat leavened bread at this feast, would have been a denial of the divine act, by which Israel was introduced into the new life of fellowship with Jehovah. גּר, a stranger, was a non-Israelite who lived for a time, or possibly for his whole life, in the midst of the Israelitish nation, but without being incorporated into it by circumcision. הארץ אזרח, a tree that grows upon the soil in which it was planted; hence indigena, the native of a country. This term was applied to the Israelites, "because they had sprung from Isaac and Jacob, who were born in the land of Canaan, and had received it from God as a permanent settlement" (Clericus). The feast of Mazzoth, the commemoration of Israel's creation as the people of Jehovah (Isaiah 43:15-17), was fixed for seven days, to stamp upon it in the number seven the seal of the covenant relationship. This heptad of days was made holy through the sanctification of the first and last days by the holding of a holy assembly, and the entire suspension of work. The beginning and the end comprehended the whole. In the eating of unleavened bread Israel laboured for meat for the new life (John 6:27), whilst the seal of worship was impressed upon this new life in the holy convocation, and the suspension of labour was the symbol of rest in the Lord.

Exodus 12:26 Parallel Commentaries

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your children

Exodus 13:8,9,14,15 And you shall show your son in that day, saying, This is done because of that which the LORD did to me when I came forth out of Egypt...

Deuteronomy 6:7 And you shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way...

Deuteronomy 11:19 And you shall teach them your children, speaking of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, when you lie down...

Deuteronomy 32:7 Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations: ask your father, and he will show you; your elders...

Joshua 4:6,7,21-24 That this may be a sign among you, that when your children ask their fathers in time to come, saying, What mean you by these stones...

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 your mighty acts.

Isaiah 38:19 The living, the living, he shall praise you, as I do this day: the father to the children shall make known your truth.

Ephesians 6:4 And, you fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Cross References
Exodus 10:2
and that you may tell in the hearing of your son and of your grandson how I have dealt harshly with the Egyptians and what signs I have done among them, that you may know that I am the LORD."

Exodus 12:25
And when you come to the land that the LORD will give you, as he has promised, you shall keep this service.

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

Exodus 13:14
And when in time to come your son asks you, 'What does this mean?' you shall say to him, 'By a strong 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 many generations; ask your father, and he will show you, your elders, and they will tell you.

Joshua 4:6
that this may be a sign among you. When your children ask in time to come, 'What do those stones mean to you?'

Psalm 44:1
O God, we have heard with our ears, our fathers have told us, what deeds you performed in their days, in the days of old:

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