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Deuteronomy 12:1-15 (New International Version)

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The One Place of Worship

1 These are the decrees1 and laws you must be careful to follow in the land that the LORD, the God of your fathers, has given you to possess--as long as you live in the land.2 2 Destroy completely all the places on the high mountains3 and on the hills and under every spreading tree4 where the nations you are dispossessing worship their gods. 3 Break down their altars, smash5 their sacred stones and burn6 their Asherah7 poles in the fire; cut down the idols of their gods and wipe out their names8 from those places. 4 You must not worship the LORD your God in their way.9 5 But you are to seek the place the LORD your God will choose from among all your tribes to put his Name10 there for his dwelling.11 To that place you must go; 6 there bring your burnt offerings and sacrifices, your tithes12 and special gifts, what you have vowed13 to give and your freewill offerings, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks.14 7 There, in the presence15 of the LORD your God, you and your families shall eat and shall rejoice16 in everything you have put your hand to, because the LORD your God has blessed you. 8 You are not to do as we do here today, everyone as he sees fit,17 9 since you have not yet reached the resting place18 and the inheritance19 the LORD your God is giving you. 10 But you will cross the Jordan and settle in the land the LORD your God is giving20 you as an inheritance, and he will give you rest21 from all your enemies around you so that you will live in safety. 11 Then to the place the LORD your God will choose as a dwelling for his Name22--there you are to bring everything I command you: your burnt offerings and sacrifices, your tithes and special gifts, and all the choice possessions you have vowed to the LORD.23 12 And there rejoice24 before the LORD your God, you, your sons and daughters, your menservants and maidservants, and the Levites25 from your towns, who have no allotment or inheritance26 of their own. 13 Be careful not to sacrifice your burnt offerings anywhere you please.27 14 Offer them only at the place the LORD will choose28 in one of your tribes, and there observe everything I command you. 15 Nevertheless, you may slaughter your animals in any of your towns and eat as much of the meat as you want, as if it were gazelle or deer,29 according to the blessing the LORD your God gives you. Both the ceremonially unclean and the clean may eat it.
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