hen the priest will take the basket from you and set it down in front of the altar of the LORD your God.
ou will make this formal statement in the presence of the LORD your God: "My ancestors were wandering Arameans. There were only a few of them when they went to Egypt and lived as foreigners. But then they became a great, powerful, and large nation.
o the Egyptians treated us cruelly, oppressed us, and made us do back-breaking work for them.
e cried out to the LORD God of our ancestors, and he heard us. He saw our misery, suffering, and oppression.
hen the LORD used his mighty hand and powerful arm to bring us out of Egypt. He used spectacular and awe-inspiring deeds, miraculous signs, and amazing things.
e brought us to this place and gave us this land flowing with milk and honey.
o now I've brought the first produce harvested from the fields you gave me, LORD." You will place the basket in the presence of the LORD your God and bow down in front of him.
hen you, the Levites, and the foreigners who live among you can enjoy all the good things which the LORD your God has given you and your family.
very third year is the year when you will store a tenth of that year's crops [in your houses]. During that year distribute what you have stored to the Levites, foreigners, orphans, and widows in your cities, and they may eat all they want.
hen you have distributed all that was stored, say to the LORD your God, "Nothing is left of the holy offering stored in my house. I distributed it to the Levites, foreigners, orphans, and widows as you commanded me. I disobeyed none of your commands, and I didn't forget to do what you commanded.
didn't eat any of this holy offering while I was in mourning. I didn't distribute any of it while I was unclean. I didn't offer any of it to the dead. I have obeyed the LORD my God. I have done everything you commanded me.