Deuteronomy 16 NIV

Passover

16:1-8pp -- Ex 12:14-20; Lev 23:4-8; Nu 28:16-25

1 Observe the month of Abib1 and celebrate the Passover2 of the LORD your God, because in the month of Abib he brought you out of Egypt by night.

References for Deuteronomy 16:1

2 Sacrifice as the Passover to the LORD your God an animal from your flock or herd at the place the LORD will choose as a dwelling for his Name.3

References for Deuteronomy 16:2

3 Do not eat it with bread made with yeast, but for seven days eat unleavened bread, the bread of affliction,4 because you left Egypt in haste5--so that all the days of your life you may remember the time of your departure from Egypt.6

References for Deuteronomy 16:3

4 Let no yeast be found in your possession in all your land for seven days. Do not let any of the meat you sacrifice on the evening7 of the first day remain until morning.8

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5 You must not sacrifice the Passover in any town the LORD your God gives you
6 except in the place he will choose as a dwelling for his Name. There you must sacrifice the Passover in the evening, when the sun goes down, on the anniversarya9 of your departure from Egypt.

References for Deuteronomy 16:6

    • a 16:6 - Or "down, at the time of day"
      7 Roast10 it and eat it at the place the LORD your God will choose. Then in the morning return to your tents.

      References for Deuteronomy 16:7

      8 For six days eat unleavened bread and on the seventh day hold an assembly11 to the LORD your God and do no work.12

      References for Deuteronomy 16:8

      Feast of Weeks

      16:9-12pp -- Lev 23:15-22; Nu 28:26-31

      9 Count off seven weeks13 from the time you begin to put the sickle to the standing grain.14

      References for Deuteronomy 16:9

      10 Then celebrate the Feast of Weeks to the LORD your God by giving a freewill offering in proportion to the blessings the LORD your God has given you.
      11 And rejoice15 before the LORD your God at the place he will choose as a dwelling for his Name16--you, your sons and daughters, your menservants and maidservants, the Levites17 in your towns, and the aliens,18 the fatherless and the widows living among you.19

      References for Deuteronomy 16:11

      12 Remember that you were slaves in Egypt,20 and follow carefully these decrees.

      References for Deuteronomy 16:12

      Feast of Tabernacles

      16:13-17pp -- Lev 23:33-43; Nu 29:12-39

      13 Celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days after you have gathered the produce of your threshing floor21 and your winepress.22

      References for Deuteronomy 16:13

      14 Be joyful23 at your Feast--you, your sons and daughters, your menservants and maidservants, and the Levites, the aliens, the fatherless and the widows who live in your towns.

      References for Deuteronomy 16:14

          15 For seven days celebrate the Feast to the LORD your God at the place the LORD will choose. For the LORD your God will bless you in all your harvest and in all the work of your hands, and your joy24 will be complete.

          References for Deuteronomy 16:15

          16 Three times a year all your men must appear25 before the LORD your God at the place he will choose: at the Feast of Unleavened Bread,26 the Feast of Weeks and the Feast of Tabernacles.27 No man should appear before the LORD empty-handed:28

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          17 Each of you must bring a gift in proportion to the way the LORD your God has blessed you.

          Judges

          18 Appoint judges29 and officials for each of your tribes in every town the LORD your God is giving you, and they shall judge the people fairly.30

          References for Deuteronomy 16:18

          19 Do not pervert justice31 or show partiality.32 Do not accept a bribe,33 for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the righteous.

          References for Deuteronomy 16:19

          20 Follow justice and justice alone, so that you may live and possess the land the LORD your God is giving you.

          Worshiping Other Gods

          21 Do not set up any wooden Asherah poleb34 beside the altar you build to the LORD your God,35

          References for Deuteronomy 16:21

            • b 16:21 - Or "Do not plant any tree dedicated to Asherah"
              22 and do not erect a sacred stone,36 for these the LORD your God hates.

              References for Deuteronomy 16:22