"Plant and harvest your crops for six years,
but let the land rest and lie fallow during the seventh year. Then let the poor among you harvest any volunteer crop that may come up. Leave the rest for the animals to eat. The same applies to your vineyards and olive groves.
"Work for six days, and rest on the seventh. This will give your ox and your donkey a chance to rest. It will also allow the people of your household, including your slaves and visitors, to be refreshed.
"Be sure to obey all my instructions. And remember, never pray to or swear by any other gods. Do not even mention their names.
"Each year you must celebrate three festivals in my honor.
The first is the Festival of Unleavened Bread. For seven days you are to eat bread made without yeast, just as I commanded you before. This festival will be an annual event at the appointed time in early spring, a for that is the anniversary of your exodus from Egypt. Everyone must bring me a sacrifice at that time.
You must also celebrate the Festival of Harvest, b when you bring me the first crops of your harvest. Finally, you are to celebrate the Festival of the Final Harvest c at the end of the harvest season.
At these three times each year, every man in Israel must appear before the Sovereign LORD.
"Sacrificial blood must never be offered together with bread that has yeast in it. And no sacrificial fat may be left unoffered until the next morning.
"As you harvest each of your crops, bring me a choice sample of the first day's harvest. It must be offered to the LORD your God."You must not cook a young goat in its mother's milk.
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)