Now the LORD spoke to Moses in the Wilderness of Sinai, in the first month of the second year after they had come out of the land of Egypt, saying:
"Let the children of Israel keep a the Passover at its appointed b time.
"On the fourteenth day of this month, at twilight, you shall keep it at its appointed time. According to all its rites and ceremonies you shall keep it."
So Moses told the children of Israel that they should keep the Passover.
And c they kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of the first month, at twilight, in the Wilderness of Sinai; according to all that the LORD commanded Moses, so the children of Israel did.
Now there were certain men who were d defiled by a human corpse, so that they could not keep the Passover on that day; e and they came before Moses and Aaron that day.
And those men said to him, "We became defiled by a human corpse. Why are we kept from presenting the offering of the LORD at its appointed time among the children of Israel?"
And Moses said to them, "Stand still, that f I may hear what the LORD will command concerning you."
Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
"Speak to the children of Israel, saying: 'If anyone of you or your posterity is unclean because of a corpse, or is far away on a journey, he may still keep the LORD's Passover.
'On g the fourteenth day of the second month, at twilight, they may keep it. They shall h eat it with unleavened bread and bitter herbs.
i 'They shall leave none of it until morning, j nor break one of its bones. k According to all the ordinances of the Passover they shall keep it.
'But the man who is clean and is not on a journey, and ceases to keep the Passover, that same person l shall be cut off from among his people, because he m did not bring the offering of the LORD at its appointed time; that man shall n bear his sin.
'And if a stranger dwells among you, and would keep the LORD's Passover, he must do so according to the rite of the Passover and according to its ceremony; o you shall have one ordinance, both for the stranger and the native of the land.' "
Now p on the day that the tabernacle was raised up, the cloud q covered the tabernacle, the tent of the Testimony; r from evening until morning it was above the tabernacle like the appearance of fire.
So it was always: the cloud covered it by day, and the appearance of fire by night.
Whenever the cloud s was taken up from above the tabernacle, after that the children of Israel would journey; and in the place where the cloud settled, there the children of Israel would pitch their tents.
At the command of the LORD the children of Israel would journey, and at the command of the LORD they would camp; t as long as the cloud stayed above the tabernacle they remained encamped.
Even when the cloud continued long, many days above the tabernacle, the children of Israel u kept the charge of the LORD and did not journey.
So it was, when the cloud was above the tabernacle a few days: according to the command of the LORD they would remain encamped, and according to the command of the LORD they would journey.
So it was, when the cloud remained only from evening until morning: when the cloud was taken up in the morning, then they would journey; whether by day or by night, whenever the cloud was taken up, they would journey.
Whether it was two days, a month, or a year that the cloud remained above the tabernacle, the children of Israel v would remain encamped and not journey; but when it was taken up, they would journey.
At the command of the LORD they remained encamped, and at the command of the LORD they journeyed; they w kept the charge of the LORD, at the command of the LORD by the hand of Moses.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
Exodus 12:1 - 16
Now the LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron in the land of Egypt, saying.
On the fourteenth day of the first month at twilight is the LORD's Passover.
On the fourteenth day of the first month is the Passover of the LORD.
Observe the month of Abib, and keep the Passover to the LORD your God, for in the month of Abib the LORD your God brought you out of Egypt by night.
Therefore you shall sacrifice the Passover to the LORD your God, from the flock and the herd, in the place where the LORD chooses to put His name.
2 Chronicles 30:1 - 15
And Hezekiah sent to all Israel and Judah, and also wrote letters to Ephraim and Manasseh, that they should come to the house of the LORD at Jerusalem, to keep the Passover to the LORD God of Israel.
Then came the Day of Unleavened Bread, when the Passover must be killed.
1 Corinthians 5:7
Therefore purge out the old leaven, that you may be a new lump, since you truly are unleavened. For indeed Christ, our Passover, was sacrificed for us.
1 Corinthians 5:8
Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, nor with the leaven of malice and wickedness, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.
Now the children of Israel camped in Gilgal, and kept the Passover on the fourteenth day of the month at twilight on the plains of Jericho.
Command the children of Israel that they put out of the camp every leper, everyone who has a discharge, and whoever becomes defiled by a corpse.
Numbers 19:11 - 22
He who touches the dead body of anyone shall be unclean seven days.
Then they led Jesus from Caiaphas to the Praetorium, and it was early morning. But they themselves did not go into the Praetorium, lest they should be defiled, but that they might eat the Passover.
And Moses said to his father-in-law, "Because the people come to me to inquire of God.
Listen now to my voice; I will give you counsel, and God will be with you: Stand before God for the people, so that you may bring the difficulties to God.
So they judged the people at all times; the hard cases they brought to Moses, but they judged every small case themselves.
And they stood before Moses, before Eleazar the priest, and before the leaders and all the congregation, by the doorway of the tabernacle of meeting, saying:
And let them judge the people at all times. Then it will be that every great matter they shall bring to you, but every small matter they themselves shall judge. So it will be easier for you, for they will bear the burden with you.
So Moses brought their case before the LORD.
2 Chronicles 30:2
For the king and his leaders and all the assembly in Jerusalem had agreed to keep the Passover in the second month.
2 Chronicles 30:15
Then they slaughtered the Passover lambs on the fourteenth day of the second month. The priests and the Levites were ashamed, and sanctified themselves, and brought the burnt offerings to the house of the LORD.
Then they shall eat the flesh on that night; roasted in fire, with unleavened bread and with bitter herbs they shall eat it.
You shall let none of it remain until morning, and what remains of it until morning you shall burn with fire.
In one house it shall be eaten; you shall not carry any of the flesh outside the house, nor shall you break one of its bones.
For these things were done that the Scripture should be fulfilled, "Not one of His bones shall be broken.
And the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, "This is the ordinance of the Passover: No foreigner shall eat it.
"And the uncircumcised male child, who is not circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin, that person shall be cut off from his people; he has broken My covenant."
Seven days you shall eat unleavened bread. On the first day you shall remove leaven from your houses. For whoever eats leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that person shall be cut off from Israel.
All the congregation of Israel shall keep it.
And those men said to him, "We became defiled by a human corpse. Why are we kept from presenting the offering of the LORD at its appointed time among the children of Israel?
'Then the man shall be free from iniquity, but that woman shall bear her guilt.'"
"One law shall be for the native-born and for the stranger who dwells among you."
'You shall have the same law for the stranger and for one from your own country; for I am the LORD your God.'"
One ordinance shall be for you of the assembly and for the stranger who dwells with you, an ordinance forever throughout your generations; as you are, so shall the stranger be before the LORD.
'One law and one custom shall be for you and for the stranger who dwells with you.'"
You shall have one law for him who sins unintentionally, for him who is native-born among the children of Israel and for the stranger who dwells among them.
And he raised up the court all around the tabernacle and the altar, and hung up the screen of the court gate. So Moses finished the work.
Then the cloud covered the tabernacle of meeting, and the glory of the LORD filled the tabernacle.
Moreover You led them by day with a cloudy pillar, And by night with a pillar of fire, To give them light on the road Which they should travel.
Yet in Your manifold mercies You did not forsake them in the wilderness. The pillar of the cloud did not depart from them by day, To lead them on the road; Nor the pillar of fire by night, To show them light, And the way they should go.
In the daytime also He led them with the cloud, And all the night with a light of fire.
Then the LORD will create above every dwelling place of Mount Zion, and above her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day and the shining of a flaming fire by night. For over all the glory there will be a covering.
And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so as to go by day and night.
He did not take away the pillar of cloud by day or the pillar of fire by night from before the people.
For the cloud of the LORD was above the tabernacle by day, and fire was over it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys.
Exodus 40:36 - 38
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1 Corinthians 10:1
Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea.
"but the Levites shall camp around the tabernacle of the Testimony, that there may be no wrath on the congregation of the children of Israel; and the Levites shall keep charge of the tabernacle of the Testimony."
Also they shall attend to all the furnishings of the tabernacle of meeting, and to the needs of the children of Israel, to do the work of the tabernacle.
Whenever the cloud was taken up from above the tabernacle, the children of Israel would go onward in all their journeys.
But if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not journey till the day that it was taken up.
Even when the cloud continued long, many days above the tabernacle, the children of Israel kept the charge of the LORD and did not journey.