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Leviticus 23 :: New International Version (NIV)

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The Appointed Festivals

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 23:1 - The LORD said to Moses,

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 23:2 - “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘These are my appointed festivals, the appointed festivals of the LORD, which you are to proclaim as sacred assemblies.

The Sabbath

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 23:3 - “ ‘There are six days when you may work, but the seventh day is a day of sabbath rest, a day of sacred assembly. You are not to do any work; wherever you live, it is a sabbath to the LORD.

The Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 23:4 - “ ‘These are the LORD’s appointed festivals, the sacred assemblies you are to proclaim at their appointed times:

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 23:5 - The LORD’s Passover begins at twilight on the fourteenth day of the first month.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 23:6 - On the fifteenth day of that month the LORD’s Festival of Unleavened Bread begins; for seven days you must eat bread made without yeast.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 23:7 - On the first day hold a sacred assembly and do no regular work.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 23:8 - For seven days present a food offering to the LORD. And on the seventh day hold a sacred assembly and do no regular work.’ ”

Offering the Firstfruits

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 23:9 - The LORD said to Moses,

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 23:10 - “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When you enter the land I am going to give you and you reap its harvest, bring to the priest a sheaf of the first grain you harvest.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 23:11 - He is to wave the sheaf before the LORD so it will be accepted on your behalf; the priest is to wave it on the day after the Sabbath.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 23:12 - On the day you wave the sheaf, you must sacrifice as a burnt offering to the LORD a lamb a year old without defect,

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 23:13 - together with its grain offering of two-tenths of an ephah[fn] of the finest flour mixed with olive oil—a food offering presented to the LORD, a pleasing aroma—and its drink offering of a quarter of a hin[fn] of wine.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 23:14 - You must not eat any bread, or roasted or new grain, until the very day you bring this offering to your God. This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever you live.

The Festival of Weeks

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 23:15 - “ ‘From the day after the Sabbath, the day you brought the sheaf of the wave offering, count off seven full weeks.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 23:16 - Count off fifty days up to the day after the seventh Sabbath, and then present an offering of new grain to the LORD.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 23:17 - From wherever you live, bring two loaves made of two-tenths of an ephah of the finest flour, baked with yeast, as a wave offering of firstfruits to the LORD.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 23:18 - Present with this bread seven male lambs, each a year old and without defect, one young bull and two rams. They will be a burnt offering to the LORD, together with their grain offerings and drink offerings—a food offering, an aroma pleasing to the LORD.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 23:19 - Then sacrifice one male goat for a sin offering[fn] and two lambs, each a year old, for a fellowship offering.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 23:20 - The priest is to wave the two lambs before the LORD as a wave offering, together with the bread of the firstfruits. They are a sacred offering to the LORD for the priest.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 23:21 - On that same day you are to proclaim a sacred assembly and do no regular work. This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever you live.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 23:22 - “ ‘When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Leave them for the poor and for the foreigner residing among you. I am the LORD your God.’ ”

The Festival of Trumpets

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 23:23 - The LORD said to Moses,

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 23:24 - “Say to the Israelites: ‘On the first day of the seventh month you are to have a day of sabbath rest, a sacred assembly commemorated with trumpet blasts.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 23:25 - Do no regular work, but present a food offering to the LORD.’ ”

The Day of Atonement

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 23:26 - The LORD said to Moses,

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 23:27 - “The tenth day of this seventh month is the Day of Atonement. Hold a sacred assembly and deny yourselves,[fn] and present a food offering to the LORD.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 23:28 - Do not do any work on that day, because it is the Day of Atonement, when atonement is made for you before the LORD your God.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 23:29 - Those who do not deny themselves on that day must be cut off from their people.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 23:30 - I will destroy from among their people anyone who does any work on that day.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 23:31 - You shall do no work at all. This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come, wherever you live.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 23:32 - It is a day of sabbath rest for you, and you must deny yourselves. From the evening of the ninth day of the month until the following evening you are to observe your sabbath.”

The Festival of Tabernacles

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 23:33 - The LORD said to Moses,

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 23:34 - “Say to the Israelites: ‘On the fifteenth day of the seventh month the LORD’s Festival of Tabernacles begins, and it lasts for seven days.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 23:35 - The first day is a sacred assembly; do no regular work.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 23:36 - For seven days present food offerings to the LORD, and on the eighth day hold a sacred assembly and present a food offering to the LORD. It is the closing special assembly; do no regular work.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 23:37 - (“ ‘These are the LORD’s appointed festivals, which you are to proclaim as sacred assemblies for bringing food offerings to the LORD—the burnt offerings and grain offerings, sacrifices and drink offerings required for each day.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 23:38 - These offerings are in addition to those for the LORD’s Sabbaths and[fn] in addition to your gifts and whatever you have vowed and all the freewill offerings you give to the LORD.)

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 23:39 - “ ‘So beginning with the fifteenth day of the seventh month, after you have gathered the crops of the land, celebrate the festival to the LORD for seven days; the first day is a day of sabbath rest, and the eighth day also is a day of sabbath rest.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 23:40 - On the first day you are to take branches from luxuriant trees—from palms, willows and other leafy trees—and rejoice before the LORD your God for seven days.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 23:41 - Celebrate this as a festival to the LORD for seven days each year. This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come; celebrate it in the seventh month.

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 23:42 - Live in temporary shelters for seven days: All native-born Israelites are to live in such shelters

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 23:43 - so your descendants will know that I had the Israelites live in temporary shelters when I brought them out of Egypt. I am the LORD your God.’ ”

Unchecked Copy BoxLev 23:44 - So Moses announced to the Israelites the appointed festivals of the LORD.
NIV Footnotes
That is, probably about 7 pounds or about 3.2 kilograms; also in verse 17
That is, about 1 quart or about 1 liter
Or purification offering
Or and fast; similarly in verses 29 and 32
Or These festivals are in addition to the LORD’s Sabbaths, and these offerings are
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