The Fifth Book of Moses Called Deuteronomy

Chapter 16

Israel is to keep the Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the Feast of Weeks, and the Feast of Tabernacles—All males are to appear annually before the Lord at these three feasts—Judges are not to make dishonest judgments nor take gifts.

 Observe the month of aAbib, and keep the bpassover unto the Lord thy God: for in the month of Abib the Lord thy God brought thee forth out of Egypt by night.

 Thou shalt therefore sacrifice the apassover unto the Lord thy God, of the flock and the herd, in the bplace which the Lord shall choose to place his name there.

 Thou shalt eat no aleavened bread with it; seven days shalt thou eat bunleavened bread therewith, even the bread of affliction; for thou camest forth out of the land of Egypt in chaste: that thou mayest remember the day when thou camest forth out of the land of Egypt all the days of thy life.

 And there shall be no aleavened bread seen with thee in all thy bcoast seven days; neither shall there any thing of the flesh, which thou sacrificedst the first day at even, cremain all night until the morning.

 Thou mayest not sacrifice the passover within any of thy agates, which the Lord thy God giveth thee:

 But at the place which the Lord thy God shall choose to place his name in, there thou shalt sacrifice the apassover at even, at the going down of the sun, at the bseason that thou camest forth out of Egypt.

 And thou shalt aroast and eat it in the place which the Lord thy God shall choose: and thou shalt turn in the morning, and go unto thy tents.

 Six days thou shalt eat aunleavened bread: and on the seventh day shall be a bsolemn assembly to the Lord thy God: thou shalt do no work therein.

 ¶Seven weeks shalt thou number unto thee: begin to number the seven weeks from such time as thou beginnest to put the sickle to the acorn.

 10 And thou shalt keep the feast of aweeks unto the Lord thy God with a tribute of a freewill offering of thine hand, which thou shalt give unto the Lord thy God, according as the Lord thy God hath bblessed thee:

 11 And thou shalt rejoice before the Lord thy God, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite that is within thy gates, and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that are among you, in the place which the Lord thy God hath chosen to place his name there.

 12 And thou shalt remember that thou wast a abondman in Egypt: and thou shalt observe and do these statutes.

 13 ¶Thou shalt observe the feast of atabernacles seven days, bafter that thou hast gathered in thy corn and thy wine:

 14 And thou shalt rejoice in thy feast, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy manservant, and thy maidservant, and the Levite, the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that are within thy gates.

 15 Seven days shalt thou keep a solemn feast unto the Lord thy God in the place which the Lord shall choose: because the Lord thy God shall bless thee in all thine increase, and in all the works of thine hands, therefore thou shalt surely rejoice.

 16 aThree times in a year shall all thy males bappear before the Lord thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the cfeast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles: and they shall not appear before the Lord empty:

 17 Every man shall agive as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord thy God which he hath given thee.

 18 aJudges and bofficers shalt thou make thee in all thy gates, which the Lord thy God giveth thee, throughout thy tribes: and they shall judge the people with just judgment.

 19 Thou shalt not awrest bjudgment; thou shalt not respect persons, neither take a cgift: for a gift doth dblind the eyes of the wise, and pervert the words of the righteous.

 20 That which is altogether just shalt thou follow, that thou mayest live, and inherit the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.

 21 aThou shalt not plant thee a grove of any trees near unto the altar of the Lord thy God, which thou shalt make thee.

 22 Neither shalt thou set thee up any aimage; which the Lord thy God hateth.