Exodus 22:29
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New International Version
"Do not hold back offerings from your granaries or your vats. "You must give me the firstborn of your sons.

New Living Translation
"You must not hold anything back when you give me offerings from your crops and your wine. "You must give me your firstborn sons.

English Standard Version
“You shall not delay to offer from the fullness of your harvest and from the outflow of your presses. The firstborn of your sons you shall give to me.

New American Standard Bible
"You shall not delay the offering from your harvest and your vintage. The firstborn of your sons you shall give to Me.

King James Bible
Thou shalt not delay to offer the first of thy ripe fruits, and of thy liquors: the firstborn of thy sons shalt thou give unto me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You must not hold back offerings from your harvest or your vats. Give Me the firstborn of your sons.

International Standard Version
"You are not to hold back the fullness of your harvest and the outflow of your wine presses. You are to give to me the firstborn of your sons.

NET Bible
"Do not hold back offerings from your granaries or your vats. You must give me the firstborn of your sons.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Never withhold your best wine from me. "You must give me your firstborn son.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thou shalt not delay to offer the first of thy ripe fruits and of thy liquors; the firstborn of thy sons shalt thou give unto me.

King James 2000 Bible
You shall not delay to offer the first of your ripe fruits, and of the outflow of your presses: the firstborn of your sons shall you give unto me.

American King James Version
You shall not delay to offer the first of your ripe fruits, and of your liquors: the firstborn of your sons shall you give to me.

American Standard Version
Thou shalt not delay to offer of thy harvest, and of the outflow of thy presses. The first-born of thy sons shalt thou give unto me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou shalt not delay to pay thy tithes and thy firstfruits: thou shalt give the firstborn of thy sons to me.

Darby Bible Translation
-- Thou shalt not delay the fulness of thy [threshing-floor] and the outflow of thy [winepress]. The firstborn of thy sons shalt thou give unto me.

English Revised Version
Thou shalt not delay to offer of the abundance of thy fruits, and of thy liquors. The firstborn of thy sons shalt thou give unto me.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thou shalt not delay to offer the first of thy ripe fruits, and of thy liquors: the first-born of thy sons shalt thou give to me.

World English Bible
"You shall not delay to offer from your harvest and from the outflow of your presses. "You shall give the firstborn of your sons to me.

Young's Literal Translation
'Thy fulness and thy liquids thou dost not delay; the first-born of thy sons thou dost give to Me;
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

22; 1 - 31 Judicial laws. - The people of God should ever be ready to show mildness and mercy, according to the spirit of these laws. We must answer to God, not only for what we do maliciously, but for what we do heedlessly. Therefore, when we have done harm to our neighbour, we should make restitution, though not compelled by law. Let these scriptures lead our souls to remember, that if the grace of God has indeed appeared to us, then it has taught us, and enabled us so to conduct ourselves by its holy power, that denying ungodliness and wordly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world, Titus 2:12. And the grace of God teaches us, that as the Lord is our portion, there is enough in him to satisfy all the desires of our souls.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 29, 30. - Law concerning first-fruits. God required as first-fruits from his people,

1. The first-born of their children;

2. The firstborn of all their cattle; and

3. The first of all the produce of their lands,

whether wet or dry; wine, oil, grain of all kinds, and fruits. The first-born of their children were to be redeemed by a money payment (Exodus 13:13; Numbers 3:46-48); but the rest was to be offered in sacrifice. The phrase, "thou shalt not delay," implies that there would be reluctance to comply with this obligation, and that the offering would be continually put off. In Nehemiah's time the entire custom had at one period fallen into disuse. (Nehemiah 10:35, 36.) The first of thy ripe fruits. Literally, "thy fulness." The paraphrase of the A. V. no doubt gives the true meaning. The first-born of thy sons, Compare above, Exodus 13:2, 12.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Thou shall not delay to offer the first of thy ripe fruits,.... Which, according to Maimonides (k), were of seven kinds only; for he says,"they do not bring the firstfruits, but of the seven kinds, said in the praise of the land, (the land of Canaan), Deuteronomy 8:8 and they are wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives, and dates;''and how much of these were to be offered is not fixed by the law, but were left to the generosity of the people: the above mentioned writer asks (l),"what measure do the wise men set? a good eye (or a bountiful man) brings one of forty (or the fortieth part of his fruits); a middling one (one that is neither liberal nor niggardly) brings one of fifty (or the fiftieth part); and an evil one (a covetous man) one of sixty (or the sixtieth part), but never less than that.''Now this was not to be delayed, but to be brought as soon and as early as could be: the Jewish writers seem to understand this of postponing things, or inverting the order of them, bringing that first which should be last, and that last which should be first; so Jarchi interprets it,"thou shall not change the order of their separation, to postpone that which should be first, and to put before that which should be last; for the first oblation should not be brought before the firstfruits, and the tithes before the first oblation.''And thus runs one of their canons or traditions (m),"if anyone brings the first oblation before the firstfruits, the first tithe before the first oblation, the second tithe before the first, it is as if he transgressed a negative precept: "thou shalt not delay or postpone", &c. Exodus 22:29'

And of thy liquors: and these, according to Maimonides (n), were only the firstfruits of liquors of olives and grapes:

the firstborn of thy sons thou shall give unto me; which is a repetition of the law. See Gill on Exodus 13:2.

(k) Hilchot Biccurim, c. 2. sect. 2.((l) Hilchot Trumot, c. 3. sect. 2.((m) Misn. Trumot, c. 3. sect. 6. (n) Biccurim, ut supra. (k))



Exodus 22:29 Additional Commentaries
Context
Laws of Social Responsibility
28"You shall not curse God, nor curse a ruler of your people. 29"You shall not delay the offering from your harvest and your vintage. The firstborn of your sons you shall give to Me. 30"You shall do the same with your oxen and with your sheep. It shall be with its mother seven days; on the eighth day you shall give it to Me.…
Cross References
Exodus 13:2
"Consecrate to me every firstborn male. The first offspring of every womb among the Israelites belongs to me, whether human or animal."

Exodus 13:12
you are to give over to the LORD the first offspring of every womb. All the firstborn males of your livestock belong to the LORD.

Exodus 23:15
"Celebrate the Festival of Unleavened Bread; for seven days eat bread made without yeast, as I commanded you. Do this at the appointed time in the month of Aviv, for in that month you came out of Egypt. "No one is to appear before me empty-handed.

Exodus 23:16
"Celebrate the Festival of Harvest with the firstfruits of the crops you sow in your field. "Celebrate the Festival of Ingathering at the end of the year, when you gather in your crops from the field.

Exodus 23:19
"Bring the best of the firstfruits of your soil to the house of the LORD your God. "Do not cook a young goat in its mother's milk.

Exodus 34:19
"The first offspring of every womb belongs to me, including all the firstborn males of your livestock, whether from herd or flock.

Exodus 34:20
Redeem the firstborn donkey with a lamb, but if you do not redeem it, break its neck. Redeem all your firstborn sons. "No one is to appear before me empty-handed.

Numbers 18:13
All the land's firstfruits that they bring to the LORD will be yours. Everyone in your household who is ceremonially clean may eat it.

Deuteronomy 26:2
take some of the firstfruits of all that you produce from the soil of the land the LORD your God is giving you and put them in a basket. Then go to the place the LORD your God will choose as a dwelling for his Name

Proverbs 3:9
Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops;
Treasury of Scripture

You shall not delay to offer the first of your ripe fruits, and of your liquors: the firstborn of your sons shall you give to me.

shalt not delay

Exodus 23:16,19 And the feast of harvest, the first fruits of your labors, which …

Deuteronomy 26:2-10 That you shall take of the first of all the fruit of the earth, which …

2 Kings 4:42 And there came a man from Baalshalisha, and brought the man of God …

2 Chronicles 31:5 And as soon as the commandment came abroad, the children of Israel …

Proverbs 3:9,10 Honor the LORD with your substance, and with the first fruits of …

Ezekiel 20:40 For in my holy mountain, in the mountain of the height of Israel, …

Micah 7:1 Woe is me! for I am as when they have gathered the summer fruits, …

Matthew 6:33 But seek you first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and …

Romans 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the first fruits …

James 1:18 Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth, that we should …

the first of they ripe fruits. Heb. they fulness. liquors. Heb. tear. the firstborn

Exodus 13:2,12 Sanctify to me all the firstborn, whatever opens the womb among the …

Exodus 34:19 All that opens the matrix is mine; and every firstling among your …

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