There, in the presence1 of the LORD your God, you and your families shall eat and shall rejoice2 in everything you have put your hand to, because the LORD your God has blessed you.
You are not to do as we do here today, everyone as he sees fit,39
since you have not yet reached the resting place4 and the inheritance5 the LORD your God is giving you.
But you will cross the Jordan and settle in the land the LORD your God is giving6 you as an inheritance, and he will give you rest7 from all your enemies around you so that you will live in safety.
Then to the place the LORD your God will choose as a dwelling for his Name8--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.912
And there rejoice10 before the LORD your God, you, your sons and daughters, your menservants and maidservants, and the Levites11 from your towns, who have no allotment or inheritance12 of their own.
Be careful not to sacrifice your burnt offerings anywhere you please.1314
Offer them only at the place the LORD will choose14 in one of your tribes, and there observe everything I command you.
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,15 according to the blessing the LORD your God gives you. Both the ceremonially unclean and the clean may eat it.
But you must not eat the blood;16 pour17 it out on the ground like water.1817
You must not eat in your own towns the tithe19 of your grain and new wine and oil,20 or the firstborn of your herds and flocks, or whatever you have vowed to give,21 or your freewill offerings or special gifts.22