New Living Translation
Then your children will ask, 'What does this ceremony mean?'
King James Bible
And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, What mean ye by this service?
Darby Bible Translation
And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say to you, What mean ye by this service?
World English Bible
It will happen, when your children ask you, 'What do you mean by this service?'
Young's Literal Translation
and it hath come to pass when your sons say unto you, What is this service ye have?
Exodus 12:26 Parallel
CommentaryExodus 12:26 Parallel Commentaries
That a Christian ought necessarily to prepare himself before he presume to be a partaker of the holy communion, may evidently appear by five reasons:-- First, Because it is God's commandment; for if he commanded, under the pain of death, that none uncircumcised should eat the paschal lamb (Exod. xii. 48), nor any circumcised under four days preparation, how much greater preparation does he require of him that comes to receive the sacrament of his body and blood? which, as it succeeds, so doth it …
Lewis Bayly—The Practice of Piety
The Reaction against Egypt
The Typical Significance of the Scriptures Declare their Divine Authorship
Preparation for Passover. Disciples Contend for Precedence.
I've also done it so you can tell your children and grandchildren about how I made a mockery of the Egyptians and about the signs I displayed among them--and so you will know that I am the LORD."
When you enter the land the LORD has promised to give you, you will continue to observe this ceremony.
"On the seventh day you must explain to your children, 'I am celebrating what the LORD did for me when I left Egypt.'
"And in the future, your children will ask you, 'What does all this mean?' Then you will tell them, 'With the power of his mighty hand, the LORD brought us out of Egypt, the place of our slavery.
Remember the days of long ago; think about the generations past. Ask your father, and he will inform you. Inquire of your elders, and they will tell you.
We will use these stones to build a memorial. In the future your children will ask you, 'What do these stones mean?'
For the choir director: A psalm of the descendants of Korah. O God, we have heard it with our own ears--our ancestors have told us of all you did in their day, in days long ago:
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