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Deuteronomy 16 (Today's New International Version)

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The Passover

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

1 Observe the month of Aviv1 and celebrate the Passover2 of the LORD your God, because in the month of Aviv he brought you out of Egypt by night. 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 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 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 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. 7 Roast10 it and eat it at the place the LORD your God will choose. Then in the morning return to your tents. 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

The Festival 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 10 Then celebrate the Festival 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 male and female servants, the Levites17 in your towns, and the foreigners,18 the fatherless and the widows living among you.19 12 Remember that you were slaves in Egypt,20 and follow carefully these decrees.

The Festival of Tabernacles

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

13 Celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles for seven days after you have gathered the produce of your threshing floor21 and your winepress.22 14 Be joyful23 at your festival--you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, and the Levites, the foreigners, the fatherless and the widows who live in your towns. 15 For seven days celebrate the festival 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. 16 Three times a year all your men must appear25 before the LORD your God at the place he will choose: at the Festival of Unleavened Bread,26 the Festival of Weeks and the Festival of Tabernacles.27 No one should appear before the LORD empty-handed:28 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 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. 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 pole34 beside the altar you build to the LORD your God,35 22 and do not erect a sacred stone,36 for these the LORD your God hates.
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