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Jehovah’s Witnesses


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Numbers 9:1-23

9  And Jehovah spoke to Moses in the wilderness of Sinai in the second year of their coming out of Egypt, in the first month, saying 2  “And have the sons of Israel celebrate the passover at its proper time. 3  On the fourteenth day in this month, in the evening hours, you shall celebrate it at its proper time; in accordance with all its usages and laws you shall celebrate it.” 4  And Moses spoke to the sons of Israel of celebrating the passover, 5  and they celebrated the passover in the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month, in the evening hours, in the wilderness of Sinai; just as Jehovah had commanded Moses, so the sons of Israel did. 6  And there were men who were unclean by human bodies and could not celebrate the passover on that day; and they came up before Moses and Aaron on that day, 7  and those men said to him “We are unclean by human bodies; why should we be cut out from presenting Jehovah’s oblation at its proper time among the sons of Israel?” 8  And Moses said to them “Stand still, and I will hear what Jehovah will command for you.” 9  And Jehovah spoke to Moses, saying 10  “Tell the sons of Israel, When any man is unclean by a body or is on a distant journey, of you of or your future generations, he shall celebrate a passover to Jehovah 11  in the second month: on the fourteenth day in the evening hour they shall celebrate it; with matzoth and spring salad they shall eat it; 12  they shall not leave any of it over till morning, and no bone of it shall be broken; they shall celebrate it in accordance with all the usages of the passover. 13  But the man who is clean and not on a journey and fails to celebrate the passover, that person shall be cut off from his kinsfolk because he did not present Jehovah’s oblation at its proper time; that man shall bear his sin. 14  And when an immigrant lives with you and celebrates a passover to Jehovah he shall celebrate in accordance with the usages and law of the passover: you shall have one usage for the immigrant and the native-born.” 15  And on the day of the setting up of the tabernacle the cloud covered the tabernacle, the tent of the Lessons; and at evening there was over the tabernacle an appearance as if of fire until morning. 16  It was so always: the cloud covered it, and by night the appearance of fire. 17  And whenever the cloud lifted from the tabernacle, after that the sons of Israel marched; and in the place where the cloud settled down, there the sons of Israel camped. 18  By Jehovah’s direction the sons of Israel marched and by Jehovah’s direction they camped; they camped 19  all the time the cloud was settled on the tabernacle, and when the cloud persisted many days on the tabernacle the son of Israel kept Jehovah’s charge and did not march. 20  And at times the cloud was on the tabernacle some days: by Jehovah’s direction they camped and by Jehovah’s direction they marched. 21*  And at times the cloud was from evening till morning, and the cloud lifted in the morning, and they marched; or by day, and by night the cloud lifted and they marched; 22  or two days or a month—when the cloud persisted on the tabernacle, remaining settled on it, the sons of Israel camped and did not march, and when it lifted they marched. 23  By Jehovah’s direction they camped and by Jehovah’s direction the marched; they kept Jehovah’s charge in accordance with Jehovah’s direction by Moses.


9:21 (end), 22 (beginning) Susp.