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Deuteronomy 16 :: New International Version (NIV)

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The Passover

(Exo 12:1–20; 23:14–19; 34:18–26 )
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 16:1 - Observe the month of Aviv and celebrate the Passover of the LORD your God, because in the month of Aviv he brought you out of Egypt by night.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 16:2 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 16:3 - Do not eat it with bread made with yeast, but for seven days eat unleavened bread, the bread of affliction, because you left Egypt in haste—so that all the days of your life you may remember the time of your departure from Egypt.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 16:4 - 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 evening of the first day remain until morning.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 16:5 - You must not sacrifice the Passover in any town the LORD your God gives you
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 16:6 - 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 anniversary[fn] of your departure from Egypt.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 16:7 - Roast it and eat it at the place the LORD your God will choose. Then in the morning return to your tents.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 16:8 - For six days eat unleavened bread and on the seventh day hold an assembly to the LORD your God and do no work.

The Festival of Weeks

(Exo 34:22; Lev 23:15–21; Num 28:26–31 )
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 16:9 - Count off seven weeks from the time you begin to put the sickle to the standing grain.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 16:10 - 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 16:11 - And rejoice before the LORD your God at the place he will choose as a dwelling for his Name—you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, the Levites in your towns, and the foreigners, the fatherless and the widows living among you.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 16:12 - Remember that you were slaves in Egypt, and follow carefully these decrees.

The Festival of Tabernacles

(Lev 23:33–43; Num 29:12–40 )
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 16:13 - Celebrate the Festival of Tabernacles for seven days after you have gathered the produce of your threshing floor and your winepress.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 16:14 - Be joyful 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.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 16:15 - 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 joy will be complete.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 16:16 - Three times a year all your men must appear before the LORD your God at the place he will choose: at the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the Festival of Weeks and the Festival of Tabernacles. No one should appear before the LORD empty-handed:
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 16:17 - Each of you must bring a gift in proportion to the way the LORD your God has blessed you.


Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 16:18 - Appoint judges and officials for each of your tribes in every town the LORD your God is giving you, and they shall judge the people fairly.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 16:19 - Do not pervert justice or show partiality. Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the innocent.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 16:20 - Follow justice and justice alone, so that you may live and possess the land the LORD your God is giving you.

Worshiping Other Gods

Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 16:21 - Do not set up any wooden Asherah pole beside the altar you build to the LORD your God,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 16:22 - and do not erect a sacred stone, for these the LORD your God hates.
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