Exodus 12:26
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?’

Berean Study Bible
When your children ask you, ‘What does this service 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?

New King James Version
And it shall be, 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?’

NASB 1995
"And when your children say to you, 'What does this rite mean to you?'

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

Amplified Bible
When your children say to you, ‘What does this service mean to you?’

Christian Standard Bible
When your children ask you, ‘What does this ceremony mean to you? ’

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

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

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And it shall come to pass, if your sons say to you, What is this service?

Contemporary English Version
Your children will ask you, "What are we celebrating?"

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?

Good News Translation
When your children ask you, 'What does this ritual mean?'

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

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

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

Literal Standard Version
and it has come to pass, when your sons say to you, What [is] this service you have?

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?'

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?

Additional Translations ...
Study Bible
The Feast of Unleavened Bread
25When you enter the land that the LORD will give you as He promised, you are to keep this service. 26 When your children ask you, ‘What does this service mean to you?’ 27you are to reply, ‘It is the Passover sacrifice to the LORD, who passed over the houses of the Israelites in Egypt when He struck down the Egyptians and spared our homes.’ ” Then the people bowed down and worshiped.…

Cross References
Exodus 10:2
and that you may tell your children and grandchildren how severely I dealt with the Egyptians when I performed miraculous signs among them, so that all of you may know that I am the LORD."

Exodus 12:25
When you enter the land that the LORD will give you as He promised, you are to keep this service.

Exodus 13:8
And on that day you are to explain to your son, 'This is because of what the LORD did for me when I came out of Egypt.'

Exodus 13:14
In the future, when your son asks you, 'What does this mean?' you are to tell him, 'With a mighty hand the LORD brought us out of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.

Deuteronomy 32:7
Remember the days of old; consider the years long past. Ask your father, and he will tell you, your elders, and they will inform you.

Joshua 4:6
to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask, 'What do these stones mean to you?'

Psalm 44:1
We have heard with our ears, O God; our fathers have told us the work You did in their days, in days of long ago.

Psalm 78:4
We will not hide them from their children, but will declare to the next generation the praises of the LORD and His might, and the wonders He has performed.

Psalm 78:6
that the coming generation would know them--even children yet to be born--to arise and tell their own 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 thou shalt shew thy son in that day, saying, This is done because of that which the LORD did unto me when I came forth out of Egypt…

Deuteronomy 6:7
And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.

Deuteronomy 11:19
And ye shall teach them your children, speaking of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.









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.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Lexicon
When
כִּֽי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

your children
בְּנֵיכֶ֑ם (bə·nê·ḵem)
Noun - masculine plural construct | second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 1121: A son

ask you,
יֹאמְר֥וּ (yō·mə·rū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 559: To utter, say

‘What
מָ֛ה (māh)
Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

does this service
הָעֲבֹדָ֥ה (hā·‘ă·ḇō·ḏāh)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5656: Work of any kind

mean
הַזֹּ֖את (haz·zōṯ)
Article | Pronoun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2063: Hereby in it, likewise, the one other, same, she, so much, such deed, that,

to you?’
לָכֶֽם׃ (lā·ḵem)
Preposition | second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew


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