Deuteronomy 16:14-22 NIV

14 Be joyful1 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 joy2 will be complete.

      References for Deuteronomy 16:15

      16 Three times a year all your men must appear3 before the LORD your God at the place he will choose: at the Feast of Unleavened Bread,4 the Feast of Weeks and the Feast of Tabernacles.5 No man should appear before the LORD empty-handed:6

      References for Deuteronomy 16:16

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


      18 Appoint judges7 and officials for each of your tribes in every town the LORD your God is giving you, and they shall judge the people fairly.8

      References for Deuteronomy 16:18

      19 Do not pervert justice9 or show partiality.10 Do not accept a bribe,11 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 polea12 beside the altar you build to the LORD your God,13

      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,14 for these the LORD your God hates.

          References for Deuteronomy 16:22