THE FIFTH BOOK OF
D E U T E R O N O M Y
Deuteronomy 26 ©
The offering of the firstfruits with an excellent confession, thanksgiving and rejoicing before the LORD, v. 1, etc. As also of the three years’ tithes, 12. A ratification of the covenant between God and His people on both sides, 16.
AND it shall be, when thou art come in unto the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance, and possessest it, and dwellest therein;
That thou shalt take of the firsta of all the fruit of the earth, which thou shalt bring of thy land that the LORD thy God giveth thee, and shalt put it in a basket, and shalt go unto the place which the LORD thy God shall choose to place his name there.
And thou shalt go unto the priest that shall be in those days, and say unto him, I profess this day unto the LORD thy God, that I am come unto the country which the LORD sware unto our fathers for to give us.
And the priest shall take the basket out of thine hand, and set it down before the altar of the LORD thy God.
And thou shalt speak and say before the LORD thy God, A 1Syrian 2ready to perish was my 3father, and he wentb down into Egypt, and sojourned there with a 4few, and became there a nation, great, mighty, and populous:
And the Egyptians evil entreated us, and afflicted us, and laid upon us hard bondage:
And when we cried unto the LORD God of our fathers, the LORD heardc our voice, and 5looked on our affliction, and our labour, and our oppression:
And the LORD brought us forth out of Egypt with a mighty hand, and with an outstretched arm, and with great terribleness, and with signs, and with wonders:
And he hath brought us into this place, and hath given us this land, even a land that floweth with milk and honey.
And now, behold, I have brought the firstfruits of the land, which thou, O LORD, hast given me. And thou shalt set it before the LORD thy God, and worship before the LORD thy God:
And thou shalt rejoice in every good thing which the LORD thy God hath given unto thee, and unto thine house, thou, and the Levite, and the stranger that is among you.
¶When thou 6hast made an end of tithing alld the tithes of thine increase the third year, which is the year of tithing, and hast given it unto the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, that they may eat within thy 7gates, and be filled;
Then thou shalt say before the LORD thy God, I have brought away the 8hallowed things out of mine house, and also have given them unto the Levite, and unto the stranger, to the fatherless, and to the widow, accordinge to all thy commandments which thou hast commanded me: I have not transgressed thy commandments, neither have I forgotten them:
I have not eaten thereof 9in my mourning, neither have I taken away ought thereof 10for any unclean use, nor given ought thereof 11for the dead: but I have hearkened to the voice of the LORD my God, and have done according to all that thou hast commanded me.
Look down from thy holy habitation, from heaven, and bless thy people 12Israel, and the land which thou hast given us, as thou swarest unto our fathers, a land that floweth with milk and honey.
¶This day the LORD thy God hath commanded thee to do these statutes and judgments: thou shalt therefore keep and do them with all thine heart, and with all thy soul.
Thou hastf13avouched the LORD 14this day 15to be thy God, and to walk in his ways, and to keep 16his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and to hearken unto his voice:
And the LORD hath avouchedg thee this day to be his peculiarh people, as he hath promised thee, and that thou shouldest keep all his commandments;
Andi to make thee 17high above all nations which he hath made, in praise, and in name, and in 18honour; and that thou mayest be an holy people unto the LORD thy God, as he hath spoken.