Deuteronomy Chapter 16

Deuteronomy Chapter 16 starts off with the Passover. The Israelites were commanded to observe the month of Aviv. This was the time where they should celebrate the Passover and praise the Lord because He brought them out of Egypt.

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Sacrificing Animals

The Israelites were to sacrifice animals from their flock or herd. However, the sacrifice cannot be done in any town. It was supposed to be done in the place appointed by the Lord.

Rules for Various Festivals

Along with these commands, the Lord also told them to observe the Festival of Weeks. This was after seven weeks from the time they put the sickle to the grain. This was for them to remember that they were slaves in Egypt.

They were also told to celebrate The Festival of Tabernacles. Everyone is told to be joyful during this time. They are supposed to celebrate for seven days in the place that the Lord has chosen. They should be thankful that the Lord has blessed their harvest through the work of their hands. Three times a year, all the men must appear before God. Everyone should have a gift in proportion of how the Lord has blessed them. No one should come empty-handed.

Appointing Judges and Officials

The people were told to appoint judges or officials for each of the tribes. They were supposed to have one in every town that the Lord has given them. These judges were to do their job fairly. No one was to take bribes or judge unfairly. They were told to follow justice and justice alone so that they will be blessed by the Lord.

The Israelites were to obey the commands of the Lord and they were to worship God and God alone. The people were also warned of setting up wooden poles beside their altars that they have built for their Lord. Sacred stones were not to be built as well. These are things that the Lord hates.

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Deuteronomy 16 (King James Version)

1 Observe the month of Abib, and keep the passover unto the LORD thy God: for in the month of Abib the LORD thy God brought thee forth out of Egypt by night.

2 Thou shalt therefore sacrifice the passover unto the LORD thy God, of the flock and the herd, in the place which the LORD shall choose to place his name there.

3 Thou shalt eat no leavened bread with it; seven days shalt thou eat unleavened bread therewith, even the bread of 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.

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

5 Thou mayest not sacrifice the passover within any of thy gates, which the LORD thy God giveth thee:

6 But at 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 sun, at the season that thou camest forth out of Egypt.

7 And thou shalt roast 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.

8 Six days thou shalt eat unleavened bread: and on the seventh day shall be a solemn assembly to the LORD thy God: thou shalt do no work therein.

9 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 corn.

10 And thou shalt keep the feast of weeks 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 blessed 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 bondman in Egypt: and thou shalt observe and do these statutes.

13 Thou shalt observe the feast of tabernacles seven days, after 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 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, 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 give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD thy God which he hath given thee.

18 Judges and officers 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 wrest judgment; thou shalt not respect persons, neither take a gift: for a gift doth blind 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 Thou 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 image; which the LORD thy God hateth.

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