Consecration of the Firstborn
13:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
13:2 Sanctify unto me all the firstborn, whatsoever openeth
the womb among the children of Israel, both of man and of
beast: it is mine.
13:3 And Moses said unto the people, Remember this day, in
which ye came out from Egypt, out of the house of bondage;
for by strength of hand the LORD brought you out from this
place: there shall no leavened bread be eaten.
13:4 This day came ye out in the month Abib.
13:5 And it shall be when the LORD shall bring thee into
the land of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the
Amorites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, which he sware
unto thy fathers to give thee, a land flowing with milk and
honey, that thou shalt keep this service in this month.
13:6 Seven days thou shalt eat unleavened bread, and in the
seventh day shall be a feast to the LORD.
13:7 Unleavened bread shall be eaten seven days; and there
shall no leavened bread be seen with thee, neither shall
there be leaven seen with thee in all thy quarters.
13:8 And thou shalt show 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.
13:9 And it shall be for a sign unto thee upon thine hand,
and for a memorial between thine eyes, that the LORD's law
may be in thy mouth: for with a strong hand hath the LORD
brought thee out of Egypt.
13:10 Thou shalt therefore keep this ordinance in his
season from year to year.
13:11 And it shall be when the LORD shall bring thee into
the land of the Canaanites, as he sware unto thee and to thy
fathers, and shall give it thee,
13:12 That thou shalt set apart unto the LORD all that
openeth the matrix, and every firstling that cometh of a
beast which thou hast; the males shall be the LORD's.
13:13 And every firstling of an ass thou shalt redeem with
a lamb; and if thou wilt not redeem it, then thou shalt
break his neck: and all the firstborn of man among thy
children shalt thou redeem.
13:14 And it shall be when thy son asketh thee in time to
come, saying, What is this? that thou shalt say unto him, By
strength of hand the LORD brought us out from Egypt, from
the house of bondage:
13:15 And it came to pass, when Pharaoh would hardly let us
go, that the LORD slew all the firstborn in the land of
Egypt, both the firstborn of man, and the firstborn of
beast: therefore I sacrifice to the LORD all that openeth
the matrix, being males; but all the firstborn of my
children I redeem.
13:16 And it shall be for a token upon thine hand, and for
frontlets between thine eyes: for by strength of hand the
LORD brought us forth out of Egypt.
Crossing the Sea
13:17 And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the
people go, that God led them not through the way of the land
of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said,
Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and
they return to Egypt:
13:18 But God led the people about, through the way of the
wilderness of the Red sea: and the children of Israel went
up harnessed out of the land of Egypt.
13:19 And Moses took the bones of Joseph with him: for he
had straitly sworn the children of Israel, saying, God will
surely visit you; and ye shall carry up my bones away hence
13:20 And they took their journey from Succoth, and
encamped in Etham, in the edge of the wilderness.
13:21 And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a
cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of
fire, to give them light; to go by day and night:
13:22 He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor
the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.