Picture Bible Stories
Who Made the World?
The Woman who Exchanged her Home and all she had for a Piece of Fruit
The Voyage of the Ark
The boy who Lost his Home by Mocking
The Young man Whom Yahweh Saved
The Young man who Traded his Inheritance for a Dish of Red Soup
The Beautiful Coat
The First Passover
Moses called to all the elders of Israel and said to them, Draw out and take of the flock for you and for your families, and kill the passover. And take a bunch of hyssop and dip in the blood in the basin. And touch some of the blood in the basin to the lintel and on the two doorposts. And you shall not go out, anyone from the door of his house until morning.
YAHWEH will pass through to strike Egypt. And He will see the blood on the lintel and on the two doorposts, and YAHWEH will pass over the door. And He will not allow the destroyer to come into your houses to strike you. And you shall observe this Word for an ordinance for you, and for your sons forever. And it shall be, when you come into the land which YAHWEH shall give to you, as He has spoken, you shall observe this service.
And it shall be, when your sons say to you, What is this service to you? Then you shall say, A sacrifice of a passover of YAHWEH, who passed over the houses of the sons of Israel in Egypt when He struck Egypt. And He delivered our houses. And the people bowed and worshiped.
And the sons of Israel went out and did as YAHWEH commanded Moses and Aaron. So they did. And it happened at midnight. YAHWEH struck every first-born in the land of Egypt, from the first-born of Pharaoh, the one sitting on the throne, to the first-born of the captive who was in the prison house, and every first-born of animals.
Pharaoh arose by night, he and all his servants, and all the Egyptians. And there was a great cry in Egypt, for there was not a house where there was not a one who had died. And he sent a proclamation to Moses and Aaron by night, and it read, Arise, go out from the midst of my people, both you and the sons of Israel. And go serve YAHWEH according to your word. Take both your flocks and your herds, as you said, and go. And bless me also.
And the Egyptians were strong on the people, to hasten to send them away from the land. For they said, All of us will be dead. And the people took up their dough before it was leavened, their kneading troughs being bound up in their clothing on their shoulders. And the sons of Israel did according to the word of Moses. And they asked from the Egyptians articles of silver and articles of gold, and clothing.
And YAHWEH gave favor to the people in the eyes of the Egyptians. And they granted their requests. And they plundered Egypt. And the sons of Israel traveled from Rameses to Succoth, the men and also a mixed multitude went up with them, and flocks, and herds, very many livestock. And they baked the dough which they brought out from Egypt into unleavened cakes. For it was not leavened, because they were driven out from Egypt, and they were not able to delay. And also they had not prepared food for a journey for themselves.
And the time of the dwelling of the sons of Israel, which they dwelt in Egypt, was four hundred and thirty years. And it happened, from the end of four hundred and thirty years, it happened on this day, all the armies of YAHWEH went out from the land of Egypt.
Mordecai Counsels Queen Esther to Help Save Her People
And in every province, wherever the king's word and his decree came, there was great mourning among the Jews, and fasting, and weeping and wailing. Sackcloth and ash were spread on many. And Esther's maids and her eunuchs came and told her. And the queen was exceedingly writhed in pain. And she sent clothing to clothe Mordecai, and to take away his sackcloth from him. But he did not accept.
And Esther called for Hathach, of the king's eunuchs, who was made to stand before her. And she charged him as to Mordecai, to know what this was and why this was. And Hathach went out to Mordecai, to the city street in front of the king's gate.
And Mordecai told him of all that had happened to him, and of the sum of the silver which Haman had said to weigh into the king's treasuries for the Jews in order to destroy them. Also he gave him a copy of the writing of the law which was given at Shushan in order to destroy them, to show it to Esther, and to reveal to her, and to command her that she should go in to the king to make supplication to him, and to seek from him help for her people.
And Hathach came and told Esther the words of Mordecai. Again Esther spoke to Hathach, and ordered him to go to Mordecai, for all the king's servants and the people of the king's provinces know that whoever, whether man or woman, shall come to the king into the inner court, who is not called, there is one law of his, to die; except such to whom the king shall hold out the golden scepter so that he may live. But I have not been called to come into the king these thirty days.
And they told Mordecai Esther's words. And Mordecai said to take back to Esther, Do not imagine within yourself to deliver yourself in the king's house more than all the Jews. For if you are completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance shall rise up to the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house shall perish. And who knows if you have attained to the kingdom for such a time as this?
And Esther said to take back to Mordecai, Go, gather all the Jews being found in Shushan, and fast for me. And do not eat or drink three days, night or day. My maidens and I will also fast in this way. And so I will go in to the king, which is not according to the law. And if I have perished, I have perished.
And Mordecai passed over and did according all that Esther had commanded him.