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The Jewish Study Bible Contextualizes the Hebrew Bible with accompanying scholarly text on Jewish traditions and history.

Chapter 26

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1When you enter the land that the LORD your God is giving you as a heritage, and you possess it and settle in it, 2you shall take some of every first fruit of the soil, which you harvest from the land that the LORD your God is giving you, put it in a basket and go to the place where the LORD your God will choose to establish His name. 3You shall go to the priest in charge at that time and say to him, “I acknowledge this day before the LORD your God that I have entered the land that the LORD swore to our fathers to assign us.”

4The priest shall take the basket from your hand and set it down in front of the altar of the LORD your God.

5You shall then recite as follows before the LORD yourGod: “My father was a fugitive Aramean. He went down to Egypt with meager numbers and sojourned there; but there he became a great and very populous nation. 6The Egyptians dealt harshly with us and oppressed us; they imposed heavy labor upon us. 7We cried to the LORD, the God of our fathers, and the LORD heard our plea and saw our plight, our misery, and our oppression. 8The LORD freed us from Egypt by a mighty hand, by an outstretched arm and awesome power, and by signs and portents. 9He brought us to this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey. 10Wherefore I now bring the first fruits of the soil which You, O LORD, have given me.”

You shall leave it a I.e., the basket of v. 4 . before the LORD your God and bow low before the LORD your God. 11And you shall enjoy, together with the Levite and the stranger in your midst, all the bounty that the LORD your God has bestowed upon you and your household.

12When you have set aside in full the tenth part of your yield—in the third year, the year of the tithe b See Deut. 14.28–29 . —and have given it to the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, that they may eat their fill in your settlements, 13you shall declare before the LORD your God: “I have cleared out the consecrated portion from the house; and I have given it to the Levite, the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, just as You commanded me; I have neither transgressed nor neglected any of Your commandments: 14 c Meaning of first part of verse uncertain. I have not eaten of it while in mourning, I have notcleared out any of it while I was unclean, and I have not deposited any of it with the dead. a No part of the tithe may be left as food for the dead. I have obeyed the LORD my God; I have done just as You commanded me. 15Look down from Your holy abode, from heaven, and bless Your people Israel and the soil You have given us, a land flowing with milk and honey, as You swore to our fathers.”

16The LORD your God commands you this day to observe these laws and rules; observe them faithfully with all your heart and soul. 17You have affirmed b Exact nuance of Heb. uncertain. this day that the LORD is your God, that you will walk in His ways, that you will observe His laws and commandments and rules, and that you will obey Him. 18And the LORD has affirmed b Exact nuance of Heb. uncertain. this day that you are, as He promised you, His treasured people who shall observe all His commandments, 19and that He will set you, in fame and renown and glory, high above all the nations that He has made; and that you shall be, as He promised, a holy people to the LORD your God.

Notes:

a I.e., the basket of v. 4 .

b See Deut. 14.28–29 .

c Meaning of first part of verse uncertain.

a No part of the tithe may be left as food for the dead.

b Exact nuance of Heb. uncertain.

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