Deuteronomy 26

1“You will soon enter the land that the Lord your God is giving you. You will take that land and live there. 2You will gather the crops that grow in the land the Lord is giving you. You must take the first crops and put them in baskets. Then take that first part of your harvest to the place the Lord your God chooses to be his special house. 3Go to the priest that is serving at that time. Tell him, 'The Lord promised our ancestors that he would give us some land. Today I come to announce to the Lord your God that I have come to that land!’ 4“Then the priest will take the basket from you. He will put it down in front of the altar of the Lord your God. 5Then there before the Lord your God you will say: 'My ancestor was a wandering Aramean. He went down into Egypt and stayed there. When he went there, he had only a few people in his family. But in Egypt he became a great nation—a powerful nation with many people. 6The Egyptians treated us badly. They made us slaves. They hurt us and forced us to work very hard. 7Then we prayed to the Lord, the God of our ancestors, and complained about them. And the Lord heard us. He saw our trouble, our hard work, and our suffering. 8Then the Lord brought us out of Egypt with his great power and strength. He used great miracles and wonders. He did amazing things. 9So he brought us to this place. He gave us this land—a land filled with many good things. 10Now, Lord, I bring you the first harvest from the land that you gave me.’ “Then you must put the harvest down before the Lord your God and bow down to worship him. 11Then you must ˻have a meal together and˼ enjoy all the good things that the Lord your God has given to you and your family. You must share those things with the Levites and the foreigners living among you. 12“Every third year is the Year of Tithes. In that year, you must give one tenth of your harvest to the Levites, to the foreigners living in your country, and to the widows and orphans. Then those people will have plenty to eat in every city. 13You must say to the Lord your God, 'I have taken out of my house the holy part of my harvest. I have given it to the Levites, to the foreigners, and to the orphans and widows. I have followed all the commands you gave me. I have not refused to obey any of your commands. I have not forgotten them. 14I have not eaten this food when I was sad. I was not unclean when I collected this food. I have not offered any of this food for dead people. I have obeyed you, Lord my God. I have done all the things you commanded me. 15Look down from your holy home, from heaven, and bless your people Israel. And bless the land that you gave us. You promised our ancestors to give us this land—a land filled with many good things.’ 16“Today the Lord your God commands you to obey all these laws and rules. Be careful to follow them with all your heart and soul. 17Today you have said that the Lord is your God. You have promised to live the way he wants. You promised to follow his teachings, and to obey his laws and commands. You said you will do everything he tells you to do. 18And today the Lord has accepted you to be his own people. He has promised you this. The Lord also said that you must obey all his commands. 19The Lord will make you greater than all the nations he made. He will give you praise, fame, and honor. And you will be his own special people—just like he promised.”

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