|Deuteronomy 16 |
1 [Moses speaking]. "Observe the month of Abib [3/20-4/3] and keep the passover to the LORD your God because in the month of Abib the LORD your God brought you forth out of Egypt by night.
2 You shall therefore sacrifice the passover to the LORD your God, of the flock and the herd, in the place which the LORD shall choose to place his name there.
3 You shall eat no leavened bread with it; for seven days shall you eat it with unleavened bread, representing the bread of affliction; for you came forth out of the land of Egypt in haste. Do this so that you may remember the day when you came forth out of the land of Egypt all the days of your life.
4 And there shall be no leavened bread seen with you in all your land for seven days; neither shall there anything of the flesh, which you sacrificed on the evening of the first day in even, remain all night until the morning.
5 You may not sacrifice the passover within any of your gates, which the LORD your God gives you;
6 But only at the place in which the LORD your God shall choose and place his name. There you shall sacrifice the passover in the evening, at the going down of the sun, at the month that you came forth out of Egypt.
7 And you shall roast and eat it in the place that the LORD your God shall choose; and in the morning you shall depart and go to your tents.
8 For six days you shall eat unleavened bread, and on the seventh day shall be a solemn assembly to the LORD your God; you shall do no work in that day.
9 You shall number seven weeks, beginning to number the seven weeks from the time you start to harvest the grain with the sickle.
10 And you shall keep the feast of weeks to the LORD your God with a tribute of a freewill offering of your hand, which you shall give to the LORD your God, according as the LORD your God has blessed you:
11 And you shall rejoice before the LORD your God; you, your son, your daughter, your manservant, your maidservant, the Levite that is within your gates, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow that are among you in the place that the LORD your God has chosen to place his name there.
12 And you shall remember that you were a bondman in Egypt, and you shall observe and do these statutes:
13 You shall observe the feast of tabernacles seven days, after that you have gathered in your corn and your wine.
14 And you shall rejoice in your feast; you, your son, your daughter, your manservant, your maidservant, the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow that are within your gates.
15 For seven days shall you keep a solemn feast to the LORD your God in the place which the LORD shall choose. Because the LORD your God shall bless you in all your increase, and in all the works of your hands, therefore you shall surely rejoice.
16 Three times in a year shall all your males appear before the LORD your God in the place that he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles; and they shall not appear before the LORD empty.
17 Every man shall give as he is able, according to the LORD your God's blessing that he has given you.
18 You shall appoint judges and officers in all your gates that the LORD your God gives you throughout your tribes, and they shall judge the people with just judgment.
19 You shall not judge unfairly, nor show partiality to persons, nor accept a gift because a gift blinds the eyes of the wise and perverts the words of the righteous.
20 You shall follow what is altogether just so that you may live and inherit the land that the LORD your God gives you.
21 You shall not plant a grove of any kind of trees near to the altar of the LORD your God, which you shall make for yourself.
22 Neither shall you set you up any images, which the LORD your God hates."
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