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Numbers 9
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The Second Passover

9A year after Israel's departure from Egypt, the LORD spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai. In the first monthc of that year he said,H3068H1696H4872H4057H5514H7223H2320H8145H8141H3318H776H4714H5592"Tell the Israelites to celebrate the Passover at the prescribed time,H1121H3478H6213H6453H41503at twilight on the fourteenth day of the first monthc. Be sure to follow all my decrees and regulations concerning this celebration."H702H6240H3117H2320H6153H6213H4150H2708H4941H62134So Moses told the people to celebrate the PassoverH4872H1696H1121H3478H6213H64535in the wilderness of Sinai as twilight fell on the fourteenth day of the month. And they celebrated the festival there, just as the LORD had commanded Moses.H6213H6453H702H6240H3117H7223H2320H6153H4057H5514H3068H6680H4872H6213H1121H34786But some of the men had been ceremonially defiled by touching a dead body, so they could not celebrate the Passover that day. They came to Moses and Aaron that dayH582H2931H5315H120H3201H6213H6453H3117H7126H6440H4872H6440H175H31177and said, "We have become ceremonially unclean by touching a dead body. But why should we be prevented from presenting the LORD's offering at the proper time with the rest of the Israelites?"H1992H582H559H2931H5315H120H1639H7126H7133H3068H4150H8432H1121H34788Moses answered, "Wait here until I have received instructions for you from the LORD."H4872H559H5975H8085H3068H66809This was the LORD's reply to Moses.H3068H1696H4872H55910"Give the following instructions to the people of Israel: If any of the people now or in future generations are ceremonially unclean at Passover time because of touching a dead body, or if they are on a journey and cannot be present at the ceremony, they may still celebrate the LORD's Passover.H1696H1121H3478H559H376H376H1755H2931H5315H1870H7350H6213H6453H306811They must offer the Passover sacrifice one month later, at twilight on the fourteenth day of the second monthc. They must eat the Passover lamb at that time with bitter salad greens and bread made without yeast.H702H6240H3117H8145H2320H6153H6213H398H4682H484412They must not leave any of the lamb until the next morning, and they must not break any of its bones. They must follow all the normal regulations concerning the Passover.H7604H1242H7665H6106H2708H6453H621313"But those who neglect to celebrate the Passover at the regular time, even though they are ceremonially clean and not away on a trip, will be cut off from the community of Israel. If they fail to present the LORD's offering at the proper time, they will suffer the consequences of their guilt.H376H2889H1870H2308H6213H6453H5315H3772H5971H7126H7133H3068H4150H376H5375H239914And if foreigners living among you want to celebrate the Passover to the LORD, they must follow these same decrees and regulations. The same laws apply both to native-born Israelites and to the foreigners living among you."H1616H1481H6213H6453H3068H2708H6453H4941H6213H259H2708H1616H249H776

The Fiery Cloud

15On the day the Tabernacle was set up, the cloud covered itc. But from evening until morning the cloud over the Tabernacle looked like a pillar of fire.H3117H4908H6965H6051H3680H4908H168H5715H6153H4908H4758H784H124216This was the regular pattern—at night the cloud that covered the Tabernacle had the appearance of fire.H8548H6051H3680H4758H784H391517Whenever the cloud lifted from over the sacred tent, the people of Israel would break camp and follow it. And wherever the cloud settled, the people of Israel would set up camp.H6310H6051H5927H168H310H1121H3478H5265H4725H6051H7931H1121H3478H258318In this way, they traveled and camped at the LORD's command wherever he told them to go. Then they remained in their camp as long as the cloud stayed over the Tabernacle.H6310H3068H1121H3478H5265H6310H3068H2583H3117H6051H7931H4908H258319If the cloud remained over the Tabernacle for a long time, the Israelites stayed and performed their duty to the LORD.H6051H748H4908H7227H3117H1121H3478H8104H4931H3068H526520Sometimes the cloud would stay over the Tabernacle for only a few days, so the people would stay for only a few days, as the LORD commanded. Then at the LORD's command they would break camp and move on.H3426H6051H4557H3117H4908H6310H3068H2583H6310H3068H526521Sometimes the cloud stayed only overnight and lifted the next morning. But day or night, when the cloud lifted, the people broke camp and moved on.H3426H6051H6153H1242H6051H5927H1242H5265H3119H3915H6051H5927H526522Whether the cloud stayed above the Tabernacle for two days, a month, or a year, the people of Israel stayed in camp and did not move on. But as soon as it lifted, they broke camp and moved on.H3117H2320H3117H6051H748H4908H7931H1121H3478H2583H5265H5927H526523So they camped or traveled at the LORD's command, and they did whatever the LORD told them through Moses.H6310H3068H2583H6310H3068H5265H8104H4931H3068H6310H3068H3027H4872


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