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Exodus 23:17-27 (New International Version)

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17 "Three times1 a year all the men are to appear before the Sovereign LORD. 18 "Do not offer the blood of a sacrifice to me along with anything containing yeast.2 "The fat of my festival offerings must not be kept until morning.3 19 "Bring the best of the firstfruits4 of your soil to the house of the LORD your God. "Do not cook a young goat in its mother's milk.

God's Angel to Prepare the Way

20 "See, I am sending an angel5 ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared.6 21 Pay attention to him and listen7 to what he says. Do not rebel against him; he will not forgive8 your rebellion,9 since my Name10 is in him 22 If you listen carefully to what he says and do11 all that I say, I will be an enemy12 to your enemies and will oppose those who oppose you. 23 My angel will go ahead of you and bring you into the land of the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Canaanites, Hivites and Jebusites,13 and I will wipe them out. 24 Do not bow down before their gods or worship14 them or follow their practices.15 You must demolish16 them and break their sacred stones17 to pieces. 25 Worship the LORD your God,18 and his blessing19 will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness20 from among you, 26 and none will miscarry or be barren21 in your land. I will give you a full life span.22 27 "I will send my terror23 ahead of you and throw into confusion24 every nation you encounter. I will make all your enemies turn their backs and run.25
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