THE FIFTH BOOK OF
D E U T E R O N O M Y
Deuteronomy 16 ©
Of keeping the feasts, such as the Passover, v. 1, etc. Pentecost, 9. The feast of tabernacles, 13. Who, where and how they were to appear at those feasts, 16. Of the office of judges, 18. Of idolatrous groves and pillars, 21.
OBSERVE the month of 1Abib, and 2keep the 3passovera unto the LORD thy God: for in the month of Abib the LORD thy God brought thee forth out of Egypt 4by night.
Thou shalt therefore 5sacrifice the passover unto the LORD thy God, of the 6flock and the herd, in the place which the LORD shall choose to place his name there.
Thou shalt eat no leavenedb bread 7with it; seven days shalt thou eat unleavened bread therewith, even the bread 8of affliction; for thou camest forth out of the land of Egypt in haste: 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 leavened bread seen with thee in all thy coast seven days; neither shall there any thing ofc the flesh, which thou sacrificedst the first day at even, remain all night until the morning.
Thou mayest not sacrifice the passover within any of thy 9gates, which the LORD thy God giveth thee:
But 10at the place which the LORD thy God shall choose to place his name in, there thou shalt sacrifice the passover at even, at the going down of the 11sun, 12at the season that thou camest forth out of Egypt.
And thou shalt 13roast and eat it in the place which the LORD thy God shall choose: 14and thou shalt turn in the morning, and go unto thy 15tents.
Six days thou shalt eat unleavened bread: and on the seventh day shall be a solemn 16assembly to the LORD thy God: thou shalt do no work therein.
¶Sevend weeks shalt thou number unto thee: begin to number the seven weeks from such time as thou beginnest to put the 17sickle to the corn.
And thou shalt keep the feast of 18weeks unto the LORD thy God with a tribute of a 19freewill offering of thine hand, which thou shalt give unto the LORD thy God, according as the LORD thy God hath blessed thee:
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.
And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in Egypt: and thou shalt observe and do these statutes.
¶Thou shalt observe thee feast of 20tabernacles seven days, after that thou hast gathered in thy corn and thy wine:
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.
Seven days shalt thou keep a solemn feast unto the LORD thy God in the place which the LORD shall choose: 21because the LORD thy God shall bless thee in all thine increase, and in all the works of thine hands, therefore thou shalt surely rejoice.
¶Threef times in a year shall all thy males appear before the LORD thy God in the place which he shall choose; in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles: andg they shall not appear before the LORD empty:
Every man shall give 22as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD thy God which he hath given thee.
¶ 23Judges and officers shalt thou make thee in all thy gates, which the LORD thy God giveth thee, 24throughout thy tribes: and they shall judge the people with just judgment.
Thou shalt not wrest judgment; thou shalt not respect 25persons,h neither take a gift: for a gifti doth blind the eyes of the wise, and pervert the 26words of the righteous.
That which is 27altogether just shalt thou follow, that thou mayest live, and inherit the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.
¶Thou shalt not plant thee a grove 28of any trees 29near unto the altar of the LORD thy God, which thou shalt make thee.
Neither shalt thou set thee up any 30image; which the LORD thy God hateth.