New International Version
And when your children ask you, 'What does this ceremony 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?
Darby Bible Translation
And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say to you, What mean ye 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?
Exodus 12:26 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
What mean ye by this service? - The establishment of this service annually was a very wise provision to keep up in remembrance this wonderful deliverance. From the remotest antiquity the institution of feasts, games, etc., has been used to keep up the memory of past grand events. Hence God instituted the Sabbath, to keep up the remembrance of the creation; and the passover to keep up the remembrance of the deliverance from Egypt. All the other feasts were instituted on similar reasons. The Jews never took their sons to the tabernacle or temple till they were twelve years of age, nor suffered them to eat of the flesh of any victim till they had themselves offered a sacrifice at the temple, which they were not permitted to do before the twelfth year of their age. It was at this age that Joseph and Mary took our blessed Lord to the temple, probably for the first time, to offer his sacrifice. See Calmet.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
LibraryThe Passover: an Expiation and a Feast, a Memorial and a Prophecy
'And the Lord spake unto Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying, 2. This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you. 3. Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house: 4. And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
Appendix xii. The Baptism of Proselytes
Hope for the Heathen
that you may tell your children and grandchildren how I dealt harshly with the Egyptians and how I performed my signs among them, and that you may know that I am the LORD."
When you enter the land that the LORD will give you as he promised, observe this ceremony.
On that day tell your son, 'I do this because of what the LORD did for me when I came out of Egypt.'
"In days to come, when your son asks you, 'What does this mean?' say to him, 'With a mighty hand the LORD brought us out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
Remember the days of old; consider the generations long past. Ask your father and he will tell you, your elders, and they will explain to you.
to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, 'What do these stones mean?'
For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A maskil. We have heard it with our ears, O God; our ancestors have told us what you did in their days, in days long ago.
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