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Deuteronomy 16:1-22

16**  “Observe the green-ear month and celebrate a passover to your God Jehovah, because in the green-ear month your God Jehovah brought you out of Egypt by night. 2*  And you shall sacrifice as passover to your God Jehovah sheep and goats and cattle, in the place Jehovah chooses to install his name in. 3  You shall not eat with it anything raised; for seven days you shall eat matzoth with it, hard-times bread, because you came out of Egypt hurriedly, in order that you may remember the day of your coming out of Egypt as long as you live; 4  and you shall not have yeast seen anywhere in your territory for seven days. And none of the meat you kill at evening on the first day shall lie over till morning. 5  You cannot kill the passover in any of your localities that your God Jehovah gives you, 6  but at the place your God Jehovah chooses to install his name in, there you shall kill the passover at sunset, the date of your coming out of Egypt; 7*  and you shall boil it and eat it at the place your God Jehovah chooses, and turn round in the morning and go home. 8  Six days you shall eat matzoth, and on the seventh day there is a holiday in honor of your God Jehovah; you shall do no work. 9  “You shall count seven weeks, beginning your count of seven weeks from the sickle’s first touching the stalks, 10  and celebrate a feast of weeks in honor of your God Jehovah with whatever voluntary offering you can afford to give, as your God Jehovah shall bless you; 11  and you shall rejoice before your God Jehovah, you and your son and daughter and your slave and the Levite of your locality, and the immigrant and orphan and widow you have among you, at the place your God Jehovah shall choose to install his name in. 12  And you shall remember that you were a slave in Egypt, and take care to put these usages in practice. 13  “The feast of booths you shall celebrate for seven days when you are putting away the produce from your threshing-floor and winepress, 14  and rejoice in your feast, you and your son and daughter and your slave and the Levite and immigrant and orphan and widow of your locality: 15  for seven days you shall keep festival in honor of your God Jehovah at the place Jehovah shall choose, because your God Jehovah blesses you in all your revenues and all your activities; and you shall be altogether joyous. 16**  “Three times in a year all your males shall appear before your God Jehovah at the place he shall choose, at the feast of matzoth and at the feast of weeks and at the feast of booths, and they shall not appear before Jehovah empty-handed, 17*  but each with such gift as he can, in accordance with the blessing of your God Jehovah that he has given you. 18*  “You shall establish judges and marshals in all your towns that your God Jehovah gives you tribe by tribe, and they shall judge the people with just decisions. 19*  You shall not warp the law; you shall not recognize persons; you shall not take a bribe, because a bribe blinds wise men’s eyes and upsets honest men’s business. 20  You shall aim at evenhanded justice in order that you may live and possess the country your God Jehovah is giving you. 21  “You shall not plant an asherah of any wood beside your God Jehovah’s altar that you make to him. 22  You shall not set yourself up an obelisk, which your God Jehovah hates.

Footnotes

16:1 Or green-ear new moon
16:1 Or on the green-ear new moon
16:2 Var. your God Jehovah chooses
16:7 Or shall cook it
16:16 Conj.* shall see your God Jehovah’s face at
16:16 Conj.* shall not see Jehovah’s face
16:17 Lit. empty-handed; each according to the gift of his hand,
16:18 Lit. all your gates
16:19 Lit. recognize faces