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Exodus 12:4

    Exodus 12:4 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbour next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbor next to his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    and if the household be too little for a lamb, then shall he and his neighbor next unto his house take one according to the number of the souls; according to every man's eating ye shall make your count for the lamb.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And if the lamb is more than enough for the family, let that family and its nearest neighbour have a lamb between them, taking into account the number of persons and how much food is needed for every man.

    Webster's Revision

    and if the household be too little for a lamb, then shall he and his neighbor next unto his house take one according to the number of the souls; according to every man's eating ye shall make your count for the lamb.

    World English Bible

    and if the household is too little for a lamb, then he and his neighbor next to his house shall take one according to the number of the souls; according to what everyone can eat you shall make your count for the lamb.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    and if the household be too little for a lamb, then shall he and his neighbour next unto his house take one according to the number of the souls; according to every man's eating ye shall make your count for the lamb.

    Definitions for Exodus 12:4

    Let - To hinder or obstruct.

    Clarke's Commentary on Exodus 12:4

    If the household be too little - That is, if there be not persons enough in one family to eat a whole lamb, then two families must join together. The rabbins allow that there should be at least ten persons to one paschal lamb, and not more than twenty.

    Take it, according to the number of the souls - The persons who were to eat of it were to be first ascertained, and then the lamb was to be slain and dressed for that number.

    Barnes' Notes on Exodus 12:4

    Tradition specifies ten as the least number; but the matter was probably left altogether to the discretion of the heads of families.

    The last clause should be rendered: "each man, according to his eating, ye shall count for the lamb."