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Exodus 12:26

    Exodus 12:26 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, What mean ye by this service?

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say to you, What mean you by this service?

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, What mean ye by this service?

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And when your children say to you, What is the reason of this act of worship?

    Webster's Revision

    And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto 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?'

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, What mean ye by this service?

    Definitions for Exodus 12:26

    Mean - Common.
    Mean - Obscure; insignificant.

    Clarke's Commentary on Exodus 12:26

    What mean ye by this service? - The establishment of this service annually was a very wise provision to keep up in remembrance this wonderful deliverance. From the remotest antiquity the institution of feasts, games, etc., has been used to keep up the memory of past grand events. Hence God instituted the Sabbath, to keep up the remembrance of the creation; and the passover to keep up the remembrance of the deliverance from Egypt. All the other feasts were instituted on similar reasons. The Jews never took their sons to the tabernacle or temple till they were twelve years of age, nor suffered them to eat of the flesh of any victim till they had themselves offered a sacrifice at the temple, which they were not permitted to do before the twelfth year of their age. It was at this age that Joseph and Mary took our blessed Lord to the temple, probably for the first time, to offer his sacrifice. See Calmet.