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kill it in the evening. They were to take the blood of the lamb, and sprinkle it upon the door posts of their houses; and the flesh of the lamb they were to roast with fire, and eat it that night with unleavened bread and bitter herbs: and what they could not eat that night they were to burn. They were not to break any bone of it, but to roast it whole. They were to eat it standing, with their shoes on their feet, and their staff in their hand, ready for their journey to the land of Canaan; for before morning, Pharaoh would send them out in haste from the land of Egypt.

This feast was to be called the Lord's Passover. For God said, "I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite the firstborn in the land of Egypt. And the blood upon the houses where you are, shall be to you for a sign: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you."

And God commanded that the children of Israel should kill a lamb every year, and eat it in the same way, and keep a feast to God. And when

their children should ask them why they killed the lamb, and kept the feast, they were to say, "It is the sacrifice of the Lord's Passover, who passed over the houses of the children of Israel, when He smote the Egyptians."

And the children of Israel did as the Lord had commanded. They killed a lamb for each house, as the Lord had said, and sprinkled the blood upon the door posts.

And at midnight the Lord smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sitteth upon his throne, unto the firstborn of the captive that was in the dungeon; and all the firstborn of the cattle.

And the Lord passed over the houses of the Israelites where the sprinkled blood was seen, and slew not their firstborn.

That night Pharaoh and all his servants and all the Egyptians rose up in haste, for the eldest child of every man in the land of Egypt was dead. And there was a great cry in Egypt, for there was not a house where there was not one dead.

Then Pharaoh sent for Moses and Aaron, and he told them to hasten and get them forth from the land of Egypt, and to take the children of Israel, and all their flocks and herds, and be gone.

And the Egyptians prayed them to haste and to go. They were afraid that if the Israelites did not go forth at once, the Lord would send more dreadful plagues upon them. And the Israelites asked the Egyptians to give them jewels of silver, and jewels of gold: the Lord had said that they should do this. And the Egyptians gave them all that they asked.

And the Israelites made haste and went; they did not stay to make their bread, or prepare other food, but took the dough with them before it was leavened, and went forth from the land of Egypt.

And they took the bones of Joseph with them, that they might bury them in the land of Canaan : for Joseph had had faith in God, and had thought upon God's promises when he was about to die, and had said to the children of Israel, "God will

surely visit

you; and ye shall

carry up my bones

from hence with you."

Exodus xi. xii. & xiii.

A blemish is a fault, or defect. To be without blemish, is to be perfect.

Unleavened bread, is bread made without yeast.

Chapter XLIX.

THE BAPTISM OF GOD'S PEOPLE IN THE RED SEA.

THUS God had delivered His people, the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt, with a mighty hand, and many wonders.

And the children of Israel went forth from Egypt to journey to the land of Canaan, where God had promised Moses that He would lead them. God had said, that that land was a good land, and large, a land flowing with milk and honey, and that He would give it to them.

The children of Israel had dwelt in the land of Egypt two hundred and fifteen years.

When Jacob, who was also called Israel, came from Canaan to see his son Joseph in the land of Egypt, and to dwell there, with his sons, and their wives, and their children, they were in all seventy persons. But God had now fulfilled His promise to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, that their seed should be a great nation. When the children of Israel went forth out of the land of Egypt, they were six hundred thousand men, beside women and children.

And God led the people forth toward the promised land, by the way of the wilderness.

A wilderness is a very barren country, where no trees, or fruits, or corn can grow, and very little grass. There are no rivers, or streams of water there; and no men live there.

And the Lord was with them by day and by night. 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.

So the children of Israel journeyed on till they came to a sea called the Red Sea. Then God commanded them to stop, and encamp by the sea.

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