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19 But if thou forget the Lord thy God, and||molten calf, and had quickly forsaken his way, follow strange gods, and serve and adore' them; behold, now I foretel thee that thou shalt utterly perish.
20 As the nations, which the Lord destroyed at thy entrance, so shall you also perish, if you be disobedient to the voice of the Lord your God.
Lest they should impute their victories to their own merits, they are put in mind of their manifold rebellions and other sins, for which they should have been destroyed, but God spared them for his promise made to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
TEAR, O Israel: Thou shalt go over the Jorand stronger than thyself, cities great, and walled up to the sky,
2 A people great and tall, the sons of the Enacims, whom thou hast seen, and heard of, against whom no man is able to stand.
which he had shown you:
17 I cast the tables out of my hands, and broke them in your sight.
18 And I fell down before the Lord as before, forty days and nights neither eating bread, nor drinking water, for all your sins which you had committed against the Lord, and had provoked him to wrath:
19 For I feared his indignation and anger, wherewith being moved against you, he would have destroyed you. And the Lord heard me this time also.
20 And he was exceeding angry against Aaron also, and would have destroyed him: and I prayed in like manner for him.
21 And your sin that you had committed, that
breaking it into pieces, until it was as small as dust, I threw it into the torrent, which cometh down from the mountain.
22 At the burning also, and at the place of temptation, and at The graves of lust you provoked the Lord:
23 And when he sent you from Cadesbarne,
3 Thou shalt know therefore this day that the Lord thy God himself will pass over before thee, a devouring and consuming fire, to destroy and ex-saying: Go up, and possess the land that I have tirpate and bring them to nothing before thy face given you, and you slighted the commandment of quickly, as he hath spoken to thee. the Lord your God, and did not believe him, neither would you hearken to his voice;
4 Say not in thy heart, when the Lord thy God shall have destroyed them in thy sight: For my justice hath the Lord brought me in to possess this land; whereas these nations are destroyed for their wickedness.
24 But were always rebellious from the day that I began to know you.
25 And I lay prostrate before the Lord forty days and nights, in which I humbly besought him, that he would not destroy you as he had threatened:
5 For it is not for thy justices, and the uprightness of thy heart that thou shalt go in to possess their lands: but because they have done wick- 26 And praying, I said: O Lord God, destroy edly, they are destroyed at thy coming in: and not thy people, and thy inheritance, which thou that the Lord might accomplish his word, which hast redeemed in thy greatness, whom thou hast he promised by oath to thy fathers Abraham; brought out of Egypt with a strong hand. Isaac, and Jacob. 27 Remember thy servants Abraham, Isaac,
6 Know therefore, that the Lord thy God giv-and Jacob: look not on the stubbornness of this eth thee not this excellent land in possession for people, nor on their wickedness and sin. thy justices, for thou art a very stiff-necked people.
28 Lest perhaps the inhabitants of the land, out of which thou hast brought us, say: The Lord
7 Remember, and forget not how thou provo- could not bring them into the land, that he promiskedst the Lord thy God to wrath in the wilder-ed them, and he hated them: therefore he brought ness. From the day that thou camest out of them out, that he might kill them in the wilderEgypt, unto this place, thou hast always strove against the Lord.
8 For in Horeb also thou didst provoke him: and he was angry and would have destroyed thee,
29 Who are thy people and thy inheritance, whom thou hast brought out by thy great strength, and in thy stretched-out arm. CHAP. X.
9 When I went up into the mount to receive the tables of stone, the tables of the covenant which the Lord made with you: and I continued in the mount forty days and nights, neither eating bread, nor drinking water.
God giveth the second tables of the law: a further exhortation to fear and serve the Lord. AT that time the Lord said to me: Hew thee two tables of stone like the former, and come up to me into the mount: and thou shalt make an ark of wood,
10 And the Lord gave me two tables of stone written with the finger of God, and containing 2 And I will write on the tables the words that all the words that he spoke to you in the mount were in them, which thou brokest before; and from the midst of the fire, when the people were thou shalt put them in the ark. assembled together.
3 And I made an ark of setim-wood. And when I had hewn two tables of stone like the former, I went up into the mount, having them in my hands.
11 And when forty days were passed, and as many nights, the Lord gave me the two tables of stone, the tables of the covenant, 12 And said to me: Arise, and go down from 4 And he wrote in the tables, according as he hence quickly: for thy people, which thou hast had written before, the ten words, which the Lord brought out of Egypt, have quickly forsaken the spoke to you in the mount from the midst of the way that thou hast shown them, and have made fire, when the people were assembled: and he to themselves a molten idol. gave them to me.
5 And returning from the mount, I came down, and put the tables into the ark, that I had made: and they are there till this present, as the Lord
13 And again the Lord said to me: I see that this people is stiff-necked:
14 Let me alone that I may destroy them, and abolish their name from under heaven, and set commanded me. thee over a nation, that is greater and stronger than this.
15 And when I came down from the burning mount, and held the two tables of the covenant with both hands,
16 And saw that you had sinned against the Lord your God, and had made to yourselves a
6 And the children of Israel removed their camp from Beroth of the children of Jacan into Mosera,* where Aaron died and was buried, and
*Mosera. By mount Hor, for there Aaron died, Numb. xx. This and the following verses seem to be inserted by way of parenthesis.
Eleazar his son succeeded him in the priestly office.
7 From thence they came to Gadgad: from which place they departed, and camped in Jetebatha, in a land of waters and torrents.
8 At that time he separated the tribe of Levi, to carry the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and to stand before him in the ministry, and to bless in his name until this present day.
9 Wherefore Levi hath no part nor possession with his brethren: because the Lord himself is his possession, as the Lord thy God promised him. 10 And I stood in the mount, as before, forty days and nights: and the Lord heard me this time also, and would not destroy thee.
11 And he said to me: Go, and walk before the people, that they may enter, and possess the land, which I swore to their fathers that I would give them.
12 And now, Israel, what doth the Lord thy God require of thee, but that thou fear the Lord thy God, and walk in his ways, and love him, and serve the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul:
13 And keep the commandments of the Lord, and his ceremonies, which I command thee this day, that it may be well with thee?
14 Behold, heaven is the Lord's thy God, and the heaven of heaven, the earth and all things
that are therein.
15 And yet the Lord hath been closely joined to thy fathers, and loved them, and chose their seed after them, that is to say, you out of all nations, as this day it is proved.
16 Circumcise therefore the foreskin of your heart, and stiffen your neck no more.
17 Because the Lord your God he is the God of gods, and the Lord of lords, a great God and mighty, and terrible, who accepteth no person, nor taketh bribes.
18 He doeth judgment to the fatherless and the widow, loveth the stranger, and giveth him food and raiment.
19 And do you therefore love strangers; because you also were strangers in the land of Egypt.
20 Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God, and serve him only: to him thou shalt adhere, and shalt swear by his name.
21 He is thy praise, and thy God, that hath done for thee these great and terrible things, which thy eyes have seen.
22 In seventy souls thy fathers went down into Egypt: and behold, now the Lord thy God hath multiplied thee as the stars of heaven.
The love and service of God are still inculcated, with a blessing to them that serve him, and threats of punishment if they forsake his law. observe his precepts and ceremonies, his love and judgments and commandments at all times.
2 Know this day the things that your children know not, who saw not the chastisements of the Lord your God, his great doings and strong hand, and stretched-out arm,
3 The signs and works which he did in the midst of Egypt to king Pharao, and to all his land,
4 And to all the host of the Egyptians, and to their horses and chariots: how the waters of the Red Sea covered them, when they pursued you, and how the Lord destroyed them until this present day:
5 And what he hath done to you in the wilderness, till you came to this place:
6 And to Dathan and Abiron the sons of Eliab, who was the son of Ruben: whom the earth, opening her mouth, swallowed up with their households and tents, and all their substance, which they had in the midst of Israel.
7 Your eyes have seen all the great works of the Lord, that he hath done,
8 That you may keep all his commandments, which I command you this day, and may go in, and possess the land, to which you are entering,
9 And may live in it a long time: which the Lord promised by oath to your fathers, and to their seed, a land which floweth with milk and honey.
10 For the land which thou goest to possess, is not like the land of Egypt, from whence thou camest out, where when the seed is sown, waters are brought in to water it after the manner of gardens.
11 But it is a land of hills and plains, expecting rain from heaven.
12 And the Lord thy God doth always visit it: and his eyes are on it from the beginning of the year unto the end thereof.
13 If then you obey my commandments, which command you this day, that you love the Lord your God, and serve him with all your heart, and with all your soul:
14 He will give to your land the early rain and the latter rain, that you may gather in your corn, and your wine, and your oil,
15 And your hay out of the fields to feed your cattle, and that you may eat and be filled.
16 Beware lest perhaps your heart be deceived, and you depart from the Lord, and serve strange gods, and adore them:
17 And the Lord being angry shut up heaven, that the rain come not down, nor the earth yield her fruit, and you perish quickly from the excellent land, which the Lord will give you.
18 Lay up these my words in your hearts and minds, and hang them for a sign on your hands, and place them between your eyes.
19 Teach your children that they meditate on them, when thou sittest in thy house, and when thou walkest on the way, and when thou liest down and risest up.
20 Thou shalt write them upon the posts and the doors of thy house:
21 That thy days may be multiplied, and the days of thy children in the land which the Lord swore to thy fathers, that he would give them as long as the heaven hangeth over the earth.
22 For if you keep the commandments which I command you, and do them, to love the Lord your God, and walk in all his ways, cleaving unto him,
23 The Lord will destroy all these nations before your face, and you shall possess them, which are greater and stronger than you.
24 Every place that your foot shall tread upon, shall be yours. From the desert, and from Libanus, from the great river Euphrates unto the western sea shall be your borders.
25 None shall stand against you: the Lord on all the land that you shall tread upon, as he the dread of hath spoken to you.
26 Behold, I set forth in your sight this day a blessing and a curse:
27 A blessing, if you obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you this day:
28 A curse, if you obey not the commandments of the Lord your God, but revolt from the way which now I show you, and walk after strange gods which you know not.
29 And when the Lord thy God shall have brought thee into the land, whither thou goest to dwell, thou shalt put the blessing upon mount Garizim, the curse upon mount Hebal:
30 Which are beyond the Jordan, behind the way that goeth to the setting of the sun, in the
* Put the blessing, &c. See Deut. xxvii. 12. &c. lland Josue viii. 33, &c.
land of the Chanaanite who dwelleth in the plain country over-against Galgala, which is near the valley that reacheth and entereth far.
31 For you shall pass over the Jordan, to possess the land, which the Lord your God will giye you, that you may have it and possess it.
32 See therefore that you fulfil the ceremonies and judgments, which I shall set this day before you.
All idolatry must be extirpated: sacrifices, tithes, and first-fruits must be offered in one only place: all eating of blood is prohibited.
2 Destroy all the places in which the nations, that you shall possess, worshipped their gods upon high mountains, and hills, and under every shady
3 Overthrow their altars, and break down their statues; burn their groves with fire, and break their idols in pieces: destroy their names out of those places.
4 You shall not do so to the Lord your God: 5 But you shall come to the place, which the Lord your God shall choose out of all your tribes, to put his name there, and to dwell in it:
6 And you shall offer in that place your holocausts and victims, the tithes and first-fruits of your hands, and your vows and gifts, the firstborn of your herds and your sheep.
7 And you shall eat there in the sight of the Lord your God: and you shall rejoice in all things, whereunto you shall put your hand, you and your houses wherein the Lord your God hath blessed you.
8 You shall not do there the things we do here this day, every man that which seemeth good to himself.
9 For until this present time you are not come to rest, and to the possession, which the Lord your God will give you
10 You shall pass over the Jordan, and shall dwell in the land which the Lord your God will give you, that you may have rest from all enemies round about; and may dwell without any fear,
11 In the place, which the Lord your God shall choose, that his name may be therein. Thither shall you bring all the things that I command you, holocausts, and victims, and tithes, and the firstfruits of your hands; and whatsoever is the choicest in the gifts which you shall vow to the Lord.
18 But thou shalt eat them before the Lord thy God in the place which the Lord thy God shall choose, thou and thy son and thy daughter, and thy man-servant, and maid-servant, and the Levite that dwelleth in thy cities: and thou shalt rejoice and be refreshed before the Lord thy God in all things, whereunto thou shalt put thy hand.
19 Take heed thou forsake not the Levite all the time that thou livest in the land.
12 There shall you feast before the Lord your God, you and your sons and your daughters, your men-servants and maid-servants, and the Levite! that dwelleth in your cities. For he hath no other part and possession among you.
20 When the Lord thy God shall have enlarged thy borders, as he hath spoken to thee, and thou wilt eat the flesh that thy soul desireth:
21 And if the place which the Lord thy God shall choose, that his name should be there, be far off, thou shalt kill of thy herds and of thy flocks, as I have commanded thee; and shalt eat in thy towns, as it pleaseth thee.
22 Even as the roe and the hart is eaten, so shalt thou eat them: both the clean and unclean shall eat of them alike.
16 Only the blood thou shalt not eat: but thou shalt pour it out upon the earth as water.
17 Thou mayst not eat in thy towns the tithes of thy corn, and thy wine, and thy oil, the firstborn of thy herds and thy cattle, nor any thing that thou vowest, and that thou wilt offer volunsarily, and the first-fruits of thy hands:
23 Only beware of this, that thou eat not the blood, for the blood is for the soul: and therefore thou must not eat the soul with the flesh:
24 But thou shalt pour it upon the earth as water,
25 That it may be well with thee and thy children after thee, when thou shalt do that which is pleasing in the sight of the Lord.
26 But the things which thou hast sanctified and vowed to the Lord, thou shalt take, and shalt come to the place which the Lord shall choose:
27 And shalt offer thy oblations the flesh and the blood upon the altar of the Lord thy God: the blood of thy victims thou shalt pour on the altar: and the flesh thou thyself shalt eat.
28 Observe and hear all the things that I command thee, that it may be well with thee and thy children after thee for ever, when thou shalt do what is good and pleasing in the sight of the Lord thy God.
29 When the Lord thy God shall have destroyed before thy face the nations, which thou shalt go in to possess, and when thou shalt possess them, and dwell in their land:
30 Beware lest thou imitate them, after they are destroyed at thy coming in, and lest thou seek after their ceremonies, saying: As these nations have worshipped their gods, so will I also worship.
31 Thou shalt not do in like manner to the Lord thy God. For they have done to their gods all the abominations which the Lord abhorreth, offering their sons and daughters, and burning them with fire.
32 What I command thee, that only do thou* to the Lord: neither add any thing, nor diminish. CHAP. XIII.
False prophets must be slain, and idolatrous cities destroyed.
there rise in the midst of thee a prophet, or
13 Beware lest thou offer thy holocausts in he foretell a sign and a wonder, every place that thou shalt see:
14 But in the place which the Lord shall choose in one of thy tribes shalt thou offer sacrifices, and shalt do all that I command thee.
15 But if thou desirest to eat, and the eating of flesh delight thee, kill, and eat according to the blessing of the Lord thy God, which he hath given thee, in thy cities: whether it be unclean, that is to say, having blemish or defect; or clean, that is to say, sound and without blemish, such as may be offered, as the roe, and the hart, shalt thou eat it:
2 And that come to pass which he spoke, and he say to thee: Let us go and follow strange gods, which thou knowest not, and let us serve them:
3 Thou shalt not hear the words of that prophet or dreamer: for the Lord your God trieth you, that it may appear whether you love him with all your heart, and with all your soul, or no.
4 Follow the Lord your God, and fear him, and keep his commandments, and hear his voice: him you shall serve, and to him you shall cleave.
5 And that prophet or forger of dreams shall be slain: because he spoke to draw you away from the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed you from the house of bondage; to make thee go out of the way,
*That only do thou, &c. They are forbid here to follow the ceremonies of the heathens; or to make any alterations in the divine ordinances.
which the Lord thy God commanded thee; and not the hoof, you shall not eat, such as the camel, thou shalt take away the evil out of the midst of the hare, and the cherogril: because they chew thee. the cud, but divide not the hoof, they shall be unclean to you.
6 If thy brother the son of thy mother, or thy son, or daughter, or thy wife that is in thy bosom, or thy friend, whom thou lovest as thy own soul, would persuade thee secretly, saying: Let us go, and serve strange gods, which thou knowest not, nor thy fathers,
8 The swine also, because it divideth the hoof, but cheweth not the cud, shall be unclean: their flesh you shall not eat, and their carcasses you shall not touch.
7 Of all the nations round about, that are near or afar off, from one end of the earth to the other,
8 Consent not to him; hear him not; neither let thy eye spare him to pity and conceal him:
9 But thou shalt presently put him to death.* Let thy hand be first upon him, and afterwards the hands of all the people.
10 With stones shall he be stoned to death: because he would have withdrawn thee from the Lord thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage:
11 That all Israel hearing may fear, and may do no more any thing like this.
12 If in one of thy cities, which the Lord thy God shall give thee to dwell in, thou hear some
13 Children of Belialf are gone out of the midst of thee, and have withdrawn the inhabitants of their city, and have said: Let us go, and serve strange gods which you know not:
14 Inquire carefully and diligently, the truth of the thing by looking well into it: and if thou find that which is said to be certain, and that this abomination hath been really committed,
15 Thou shalt forthwith kill the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword, and shalt destroy it and all things that are in it, even the cattle.
16 And all the household goods that are there, thou shalt gather together in the midst of the streets thereof, and shalt burn them with the city itself, so as to consume all for the Lord thy God, and that it be a heap for ever: it shall be built no
17 And there shall nothing of that anathema stick to thy hand: that the Lord may turn from the wrath of his fury, and may have mercy on thee, and multiply thee as he swore to thy fathers,
18 When thou shalt hear the voice of the Lord thy God, keeping all his precepts, which I command thee this day, that thou mayest do what is pleasing in the sight of the Lord thy God.
23 And thou shalt eat before the Lord thy God in the place which he shall choose, that his name may be called upon therein, the tithe of thy corn, and thy wine, and thy oil, and the first-born of thy herds and thy sheep: that thou mayst learn to fear the Lord thy God at all times.
24 But when the way and the place which the Lord thy God shall choose, are far off, and he hath blessed thee, and thou canst not carry all these things thither,
25 Thou shalt sell them all, and turn them into money; and shalt carry it in thy hand, and shalt go to the place which the Lord shall choose:
26 And thou shalt buy with the same money whatsoever pleaseth thee, either of the herds or of sheep, wine also and strong drink, and all that thy soul desireth: and thou shalt eat before the Lord thy God, and shalt feast, thou and thy house:
27 And the Levite that is within thy gates, beware thou forsake him not, because he hath no other part in thy possession.
B shall not cut yourselves, nor make any bald- tithe of all thingy that grow to thee at that time:
ye children of
year thou shalt
ness for the dead.
In mourning for the dead they are not to follow the ways of the gentiles: the distinction of clean and unclean meats: ordinances concerning tithes, and first-fruits.
9 These shall you eat of all that abide in the waters: All that have fins and scales, you shall
10 Such as are without fins and scales, you shall not eat, because they are unclean.
11 All birds that are clean you shall eat.
12 The unclean eat not: to wit, the eagle, and the grype, and the osprey,
13 The ringtail, and the vulture, and the kite according to their kind,
14 And all of the raven's kind:
* Presently put him to death. Not by killing him by private authority, but by informing the magistrate, and proceeding by order of justice.
Belial. That is, without yoke. Hence the wicked, who refuse to be subject to the divine law, are called in scripture the children of Belial. Unclean. See the annotations on Leviticus
15 And the ostrich, and the owl, and the larus, and the hawk according to its kind:
16 The heron, and the swan, and the stork, 17 And the cormorant, the porphirion, and the night-crow,
18 The bittern, and the charadrion, every one in their kind: the houp also, and the bat.
19 Every thing that creepeth and hath little wings, shall be unclean, and shall not be eaten. 20 All that is clean, you shall eat.
21 But whatsoever is dead of itself, eat not thereof. Give it to the stranger that is within thy gates, to eat, or sell it to him: because thou art the holy people of the Lord thy God. Thou shalt not boil a kid in the milk of its dam.
22 Every year thou shalt set aside the tithes of all thy fruits that the earth bringeth forth.
2 Because thou art a holy people to the Lord thy God: and he chose thee to be his peculiar people of all nations that are upon the earth. 3 Eat not the things that are unclean.‡ 4 These are the beasts that you shall eat: the ox, and the sheep, and the goat,
5 The hart and the roe, the buffle, and chamois, the pygarg, the wild goat, the camelopardalus.
6 Every beast that divideth the hoof in two parts, and cheweth the cud, you shall eat.
7 But of them that chew the cud, but divide||
and shalt lay it up within thy gates.
29 And the Levite that hath no other part nor possession with thee, and the stranger and the fatherless and the widow, that are within thy gates, shall come, and shall eat, and be filled: that the Lord thy God may bless thee in all the works of thy hands that thou shalt do.
The law of the seventh year of remission. The firstlings of cattle are to be sanctified to the Lord.
the seventh year thou shalt make a remis
2 Which shall be celebrated in this order. He to whom any thing is owing from his friend or neighbour or brother, cannot demand it again, because it is the year of remission of the Lord. 3 Of the foreigner or stranger thou mayst exact it: of thy countryman and neighbour thou shalt not have power to demand it again.
11 There will not be wanting poor in the land of thy habitation: therefore I command thee to open thy hand to thy needy and poor brother, that liveth in the land.
12 When thy brother a Hebrew man, or Hebrew woman is sold to thee, and hath served thee six years, in the seventh year thou shalt let him go free:
9 Beware lest perhaps a wicked thought steal in upon thee, and thou say in thy heart: The se-seven days shalt thou eat without leaven, the venth year of remission draweth nigh; and thou bread of affliction, because thou camest out of turn away thy eyes from thy poor brother, deny- Egypt in fear: that thou mayst remember the ing to lend him that which he asketh: lest he cry day of thy coming out of Egypt, all the days of against thee to the Lord, and it become a sin unto thy life. thee.
4 No leaven shall be seen in all thy coasts for 10 But thou shalt give to him: neither shalt seven days, neither shall any of the flesh of that thou do any thing craftily in relieving his neces-which was sacrificed the first day in the evening sities; that the Lord thy God may bless thee at all times, and in all things to which thou shalt put|| thy hand.
remain until morning.
5 Thou mayst not immolate the phase in any one of thy cities, which the Lord thy God will give thee:
6 But in the place, which the Lord thy God shall choose, that his name may dwell there: thou shalt immolate the phase in the evening at the going down of the sun, at which time thou camest out of Egypt.
7 And thou shalt dress, and eat it in the place which the Lord thy God shall choose: and in the morning rising up thou shalt go into thy dwellings.
8 Six days shalt thou eat unleavened bread: and on the seventh day, because it is the assembly of the Lord thy God, thou shalt do no work.
9 Thou shalt number unto thee seven weeks from that day, wherein thou didst put the sickle to the corn.
10 And thou shalt celebrate the festival of weeks to the Lord thy God, a voluntary oblation of thy hand, which thou shalt offer according to the blessing of the Lord thy God:
11 And thou shalt feast before the Lord thy God, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy man-servant, and thy maid-servant, and the Levite that is within thy gates, and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, who abide with you; in the place which the Lord thy God shall choose, that his name may dwell there:
12 And thou shalt remember that thou wast a servant in Egypt: and thou shalt keep and do the things that are commanded.
13 Thou shalt celebrate the solemnity also of tabernacles, when thou hast gathered in thy fruit of the barn-floor and of the wine-press.
13 And when thou sendest him out free, thou shalt not let him go away empty:
14 But shalt give him for his way out of thy flocks, and out of thy barn-floor, and thy winepress, wherewith the Lord thy God shall bless thee.
15 Remember that thou also wast a bond-servant in the land of Egypt, and the Lord thy God made thee free; and therefore I now command thee this.
16 But if he say: I will not depart; because he loveth thee, and thy house, and findeth that he is well with thee:
17 Thou shalt take an awl, and bore through his ear in the door of thy house: and he shall serve thee for ever: thou shalt do in like manner to thy woman-servant also.
18 Turn not away thy eyes from them when thou makest them free: because he hath served thee six years according to the wages of a hireling; that the Lord thy God may bless thee in all the works that thou doest.
19 Of the firstlings, that come of thy herds and thy sheep, thou shalt sanctify to the Lord thy God whatsoever is of the male sex. Thou shalt not work with the firstling of a bullock, and thou shalt not shear the firstlings of thy sheep.
20 In the sight of the Lord thy God shalt thou eat them every year in the place that the Lord shall choose, thou and thy house.
21 But if it have a blemish, or be lame, or blind, or in any part disfigured or feeble, it shall not be sacrificed to the Lord thy God.
22 But thou shalt eat it within the gates of thy city: the clean and the unclean shall eat them alike, as the roe, and as the hart.
23 Only thou shalt take heed not to eat their blood, but pour it out on the earth as water. CHAP. XVI.
There shall be no poor, &c. It is not to be understood as a promise, that there should be no poor in Israel, as appears from ver. 11, where we learn that God's people would never be at a loss to find objects for their charity: but it is an ordinance that all should do their best endeavours to prevent any of their brethren from suffering the Lardships of poverty and want.
The three principal solemnities to be observed: just judges to be appointed in every city: all occasions of idolatry to be avoided.
the month of new corn, which is
the first of the spring, that thou mayst celebrate the phase to the Lord thy God: because in this month the Lord thy God brought thee out of Egypt by night.
2 And thou shalt sacrifice the phase to the Lord thy God, of sheep, and of oxen, in the place which the Lord thy God shall choose, that his name may dwell there.
3 Thou shalt not eat with it leavened bread:
14 And thou shalt make merry in thy festival time, thou, thy son, and thy daughter, thy manservant, and thy maid-servant, the Levite also, and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that are within thy gates.
15 Seven days shalt thou celebrate feasts to the Lord thy God, in the place which the Lord shall choose: and the Lord thy God will bless thee in all thy fruits, and in every work of thy hands: and thou shalt be in joy.
16 Three 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, in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tabernacles. No one shall appear with his hands empty before the Lord:
L 17 But every one shall offer according to what