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. Chapter 9.

The Second Passover.

1 In the first month of the second year after they came out of Egypt, the LORD spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai and said, 2 'Let the Israelites prepare the Passover at the time appointed for it. 3 This shall be between dusk and dark on the fourteenth day of this month, and you shall keep it at this appointed time, Observing every rule and custom proper to it.' 4 So Moses told the Israelites to prepare the Passover, 5 and they prepared it on the fourteenth day of the first month, between dusk and dark, in the wilderness of Sinai. The Israelites did exactly as the LORD had instructed Moses.

6 It happened that some men were ritually unclean through Contact with a corpse and so could not keep the Passover on the right day. They came before Moses and Aaron that same day 7 and said, 'We are unclean through contact with a corpse. Must we therefore be debarred from presenting the LORD's offering at its appointed time with the rest of the Israelites?' 8 Moses answered, 'Wait, and let me hear what commands the LORD has for you.'

9 The LORD spoke to Moses and said, 10 Tell the Israelites: If any one of you or of your descendants is ritually unclean through contact with a corpse, or if he is away on a long journey, he shall keep a Passover to the LORD none the less. 11 But in that case he shall prepare the victim in the second month, between dusk and dark on the fourteenth day. It shall be eaten with unleavened cakes and bitter herbs; 12 nothing shall be left over till morning, and no bone of it shall be broken. The Passover shall be kept exactly as the law prescribes. 13 The man who, being ritually clean and not absent on a journey, neglects to keep the Passover, shall be cut off from his father's kin, because he has not presented the LORD's offering at its appointed time. That man shall accept responsibility for his sin.

14 When an alien is settled among you, he also shall keep the Passover to the LORD, observing every rule and custom proper to it. The same law is binding on you all, alien and native alike.

The journey from Sinai to Edom

The fiery cloud.

15 ON THE DAY WHEN THEY SET UP THE TABERNACLE, that is the Tent of the Tokens, cloud covered it, and in the evening a brightness like fire appeared over it till morning. 16 So it continued: the cloud covered it by day and a brightness like fire by night. 17 Whenever the cloud lifted from the tent, the Israelites struck camp, and at the place where the cloud settled, there they pitched their camp. 18 At the command of the LORD they struck camp, and at the command of the LORD they encamped again, and continued in camp as long as the cloud rested over the Tabernacle. 19 When the cloud stayed long over the Tabernacle, the Israelites remained in attendance on the LORD and did not move on; 20 and it was the same when the cloud continued over the Tabernacle only a few days: at the command of the LORD they remained in camp, and at the command of the LORD they struck camp. 21 There were also times when the cloud continued only from evening till morning, and in the morning, when the cloud lifted, they moved on. Whether by day or by night, they moved as soon as the cloud lifted. 22 Whether it was for a day or two, for a month or a year, whenever the cloud stayed long over the Tabernacle, the Israelites remained where they were and did not move on; they did so only when the cloud lifted. 23 At the command of the LORD they encamped, and at his command they struck camp. At the LORD's command, given through Moses, they remained in attendance on the LORD.

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