Exodus 12:5
New International Version
The animals you choose must be year-old males without defect, and you may take them from the sheep or the goats.

New Living Translation
The animal you select must be a one-year-old male, either a sheep or a goat, with no defects.

English Standard Version
Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male a year old. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats,

Berean Study Bible
Your lamb must be an unblemished year-old male, and you may take it from the sheep or the goats.

King James Bible
Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:

New King James Version
Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats.

New American Standard Bible
Your lamb shall be an unblemished male a year old; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats.

NASB 1995
'Your lamb shall be an unblemished male a year old; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats.

NASB 1977
‘Your lamb shall be an unblemished male a year old; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats.

Amplified Bible
Your lamb or young goat shall be [perfect] without blemish or bodily defect, a male a year old; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats.

Christian Standard Bible
You must have an unblemished animal, a year-old male; you may take it from either the sheep or the goats.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You must have an unblemished animal, a year-old male; you may take it from either the sheep or the goats.

American Standard Version
Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male a year old: ye shall take it from the sheep, or from the goats:

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
A lamb that does not have a defect in it, it shall be yours, a male lamb a year old; you will take it from the lambs or from the goats:

Brenton Septuagint Translation
It shall be to you a lamb unblemished, a male of a year old: ye shall take it of the lambs and the kids.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And it shall be a lamb without blemish, a male, of one year: according to which rite also you shall take a kid.

English Revised Version
Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it from the sheep, or from the goats:

Good News Translation
You may choose either a sheep or a goat, but it must be a one-year-old male without any defects.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Your animal must be a one-year-old male that has no defects. You may choose a lamb or a young goat.

International Standard Version
Your lamb is to be a year old male without blemish. You may take it from the sheep or from the goats.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year; ye shall take it from the sheep, or from the goats;

Literal Standard Version
A lamb, a perfect one, a male, a son of a year, let [it] be to you; you take [it] from the sheep or from the goats.

NET Bible
Your lamb must be perfect, a male, one year old; you may take it from the sheep or from the goats.

New Heart English Bible
Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male a year old. You shall take it from the sheep, or from the goats:

World English Bible
Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male a year old. You shall take it from the sheep, or from the goats:

Young's Literal Translation
a lamb, a perfect one, a male, a son of a year, let be to you; from the sheep or from the goats ye do take it.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The First Passover
4If the household is too small for a whole lamb, they are to share with the nearest neighbor based on the number of people, and apportion the lamb accordingly. 5Your lamb must be an unblemished year-old male, and you may take it from the sheep or the goats. 6You must keep it until the fourteenth day of the month, when the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel will slaughter the animals at twilight.…

Cross References
Hebrews 9:14
how much more will the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself unblemished to God, purify our consciences from works of death, so that we may serve the living God!

1 Peter 1:19
but with the precious blood of Christ, a lamb without blemish or spot.

Exodus 12:4
If the household is too small for a whole lamb, they are to share with the nearest neighbor based on the number of people, and apportion the lamb accordingly.

Leviticus 1:3
If one's offering is a burnt offering from the herd, he is to present an unblemished male. He must bring it to the entrance to the Tent of Meeting for its acceptance before the LORD.

Leviticus 1:10
If, however, one's offering is a burnt offering from the flock--from the sheep or goats--he is to present an unblemished male.

Leviticus 22:18
"Speak to Aaron and his sons and all the Israelites and tell them, 'Any man of the house of Israel or any foreign resident who presents a gift for a burnt offering to the LORD, whether to fulfill a vow or as a freewill offering,

Leviticus 23:12
On the day you wave the sheaf, you shall offer a year-old lamb without blemish as a burnt offering to the LORD,

Numbers 7:57
one young bull, one ram, and one male lamb a year old for a burnt offering;


Treasury of Scripture

Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: you shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats:

be without

Leviticus 1:3,10
If his offering be a burnt sacrifice of the herd, let him offer a male without blemish: he shall offer it of his own voluntary will at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation before the LORD…

Leviticus 22:19-24
Ye shall offer at your own will a male without blemish, of the beeves, of the sheep, or of the goats…

Deuteronomy 17:1
Thou shalt not sacrifice unto the LORD thy God any bullock, or sheep, wherein is blemish, or any evilfavouredness: for that is an abomination unto the LORD thy God.

a male of the first year.

Leviticus 23:12
And ye shall offer that day when ye wave the sheaf an he lamb without blemish of the first year for a burnt offering unto the LORD.

1 Samuel 13:1
Saul reigned one year; and when he had reigned two years over Israel,









(5) Without blemish.--Natural piety teaches that we must not "offer the blind, the lame, or the sick for sacrifice" (Malachi 1:8). We must give to (God of our best. The Law emphasized this teaching, and here, on the first occasion when a sacrifice was formally appointed, required it to be absolutely without blemish of any kind. Afterwards the requirement was made general (Leviticus 22:19-25). It was peculiarly fitting that the Paschal offering should be without defect of any kind, as especially typifying "the Lamb of God," who is "holy, harmless, undefiled"--a "lamb without spot."

A male.--Males were reckoned superior to females, and were especially appropriate here, since the victim represented the firstborn male in each house.

Of the first year--i.e., not above a year old. As children are most innocent when young, so even animals were thought to be.

Verse 5. Your lamb shall be without blemish. Natural piety would teach that "the blind, the lame, and the sick" should not be selected for sacrifice (Malachi 1:8). The Law afterwards expressly forbade any blemished animals - "blind, or broken, or maimed, or having a wen, or scurvy, or scabbed" - to be offered for any of the stated sacrifices, though they might be given as free-will offerings (Leviticus 22:20-25). The absence of blemish was especially important in a victim which was to typify One "holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners." A male. As standing in place of and redeeming the first-born of the males in each family. Of the first year. Perhaps as then more approaching to the ideal of perfect innocence. The requirement was not a usual one. Or from the goats. Theodoret says the proviso was made for the relief of the poorer class of persons; but practically it seems not to have taken effect. When people were poor, their richer neighbours supplied them with lambs (Kalisch).

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Your lamb
שֶׂ֥ה (śeh)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 7716: A member of a, flock, a sheep, goat

must be
יִהְיֶ֣ה (yih·yeh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

an unblemished
תָמִ֛ים (ṯā·mîm)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 8549: Entire, integrity, truth

year-old
בֶּן־ (ben-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 1121: A son

male,
זָכָ֥ר (zā·ḵār)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 2145: Remembered, a male

[and] you may take
תִּקָּֽחוּ׃ (tiq·qā·ḥū)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine plural
Strong's 3947: To take

it from
מִן־ (min-)
Preposition
Strong's 4480: A part of, from, out of

the sheep
הַכְּבָשִׂ֥ים (hak·kə·ḇā·śîm)
Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 3532: A lamb

or the goats.
הָעִזִּ֖ים (hā·‘iz·zîm)
Article | Noun - feminine plural
Strong's 5795: Female goat


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