EXODUS 12:17

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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“And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever.”

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Exodus 12:17 Translation & Meaning

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And ye shall observe וּשְׁמַרְתֶּם֮ Properly, to hedge about (as with thorns), i.e., guard; generally, to protect, attend to, etc observe
the feast of (No Hebrew definition. English implied.)
unleavened bread; הַמַּצּוֹת֒ Properly, sweetness; concretely, sweet (i.e., not soured or bittered with yeast); specifically, an unfermented cake or loaf, or (elliptically) the festival of Passover (because no leaven was then used) unleavened bread
for כִּ֗י (by implication) very widely used as a relative conjunction or adverb (as below); often largely modified by other particles annexed for
in this הַזֶּ֔ה The masculine demonstrative pronoun, this or that in this
selfsame בְּעֶ֙צֶם֙ A bone (as strong); by extension, the body; figuratively, the substance, i.e., (as pron.) selfsame selfsame
day הַיּ֣וֹם A day (as the warm hours), whether literal (from sunrise to sunset, or from one sunset to the next), or figurative (a space of time defined by an associated term), (often used adverb) day
have I brought הוֹצֵ֥אתִי To go (causatively, bring) out, in a great variety of applications, literally and figuratively, direct and proxim brought
your armies צִבְאֽוֹתֵיכֶ֖ם A mass of persons (or figuratively, things), especially reg. organized for war (an army); by implication, a campaign, literally or figuratively (specifically, hardship, worship) armies
out of the land מֵאֶ֣רֶץ The earth (at large, or partitively a land) out land
of Egypt: מִצְרָ֑יִם Mitsrajim, i.e., Upper and Lower Egypt Egypt
therefore shall ye observe וּשְׁמַרְתֶּ֞ם Properly, to hedge about (as with thorns), i.e., guard; generally, to protect, attend to, etc therefore observe
this הַזֶּ֛ה The masculine demonstrative pronoun, this or that this
day הַיּ֥וֹם A day (as the warm hours), whether literal (from sunrise to sunset, or from one sunset to the next), or figurative (a space of time defined by an associated term), (often used adverb) day
in your generations לְדֹרֹֽתֵיכֶ֖ם Properly, a revolution of time, i.e., an age or generation; also a dwelling generations
by an ordinance חֻקַּ֥ת A statute ordinance
for ever. עוֹלָֽם׃ Properly, concealed, i.e., the vanishing point; generally, time out of mind (past or future), i.e., (practically) eternity; frequentatively, adverbial (especially with prepositional prefix) always ever

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  • 15  Seven days shall ye eat unleavened bread; even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses: for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel.

  • 16  And in the first day there shall be an holy convocation, and in the seventh day there shall be an holy convocation to you; no manner of work shall be done in them, save that which every man must eat, that only may be done of you.

  • 17  And ye shall observe the feast of unleavened bread; for in this selfsame day have I brought your armies out of the land of Egypt: therefore shall ye observe this day in your generations by an ordinance for ever.

  • 18  In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at even, ye shall eat unleavened bread, until the one and twentieth day of the month at even.

  • 19  Seven days shall there be no leaven found in your houses: for whosoever eateth that which is leavened, even that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he be a stranger, or born in the land.




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