Exodus 23:17
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New International Version
"Three times a year all the men are to appear before the Sovereign LORD.

New Living Translation
At these three times each year, every man in Israel must appear before the Sovereign, the LORD.

English Standard Version
Three times in the year shall all your males appear before the Lord GOD.

New American Standard Bible
"Three times a year all your males shall appear before the Lord GOD.

King James Bible
Three times in the year all thy males shall appear before the Lord GOD.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Three times a year all your males are to appear before the Lord GOD."

International Standard Version
Three times a year all your males shall appear in the presence of the Lord GOD."

NET Bible
At three times in the year all your males will appear before the Lord GOD.

New Heart English Bible
Three times in the year all your males shall appear before the Lord GOD.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"These are the three times each year that all your men must come into the presence of the Master, the LORD.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Three times in the year all thy males shall appear before the Lord GOD.

New American Standard 1977
“Three times a year all your males shall appear before the Lord GOD.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Three times in the year all thy males shall appear before the Lord GOD.

King James 2000 Bible
Three times in the year all your males shall appear before the Lord GOD.

American King James Version
Three items in the year all your males shall appear before the LORD God.

American Standard Version
Three times in the year all thy males shall appear before the Lord Jehovah.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thrice a year shall all thy males appear before the Lord thy God.

Darby Bible Translation
Three times in the year all thy males shall appear in the presence of the Lord Jehovah.

English Revised Version
Three times in the year all thy males shall appear before the Lord GOD.

Webster's Bible Translation
Three times in the year all thy males shall appear before the Lord GOD.

World English Bible
Three times in the year all your males shall appear before the Lord Yahweh.

Young's Literal Translation
'Three times in a year do all thy males appear before the face of the Lord Jehovah.
Study Bible
Three Yearly Feasts
16"Also you shall observe the Feast of the Harvest of the first fruits of your labors from what you sow in the field; also the Feast of the Ingathering at the end of the year when you gather in the fruit of your labors from the field. 17"Three times a year all your males shall appear before the Lord GOD. 18"You shall not offer the blood of My sacrifice with leavened bread; nor is the fat of My feast to remain overnight until morning.…
Cross References
Exodus 23:14
"Three times a year you shall celebrate a feast to Me.

Exodus 34:23
"Three times a year all your males are to appear before the Lord GOD, the God of Israel.

Deuteronomy 16:16
"Three times in a year all your males shall appear before the LORD your God in the place which He chooses, at the Feast of Unleavened Bread and at the Feast of Weeks and at the Feast of Booths, and they shall not appear before the LORD empty-handed.

Psalm 42:2
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God; When shall I come and appear before God?

Psalm 122:4
To which the tribes go up, even the tribes of the LORD-- An ordinance for Israel-- To give thanks to the name of the LORD.

Isaiah 1:12
"When you come to appear before Me, Who requires of you this trampling of My courts?
Treasury of Scripture

Three items in the year all your males shall appear before the LORD God.

Exodus 34:23 Thrice in the year shall all your male children appear before the …

Deuteronomy 12:5 But to the place which the LORD your God shall choose out of all …

Deuteronomy 16:16 Three times in a year shall all your males appear before the LORD …

Deuteronomy 31:11 When all Israel is come to appear before the LORD your God in the …

Psalm 84:7 They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appears before God.

Luke 2:42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after …

(17) Three times in the year.--The terms of this verse, as compared with Exodus 23:14, limit the observance of the three festivals to the males, but add the important requirement of personal attendance at a given place. By "all thy males" we must understand all of full age and not incapacitated by infirmity or illness.

Verse 17. - Three times in the year all thy males shall appear before the Lord God. This seems to moderns a very burthensome enactment. But we must remember that Palestine is not bigger than Wales, and that great gatherings had great attractions for many in the ancient world, when they were the only means by which information was spread, and almost the only occasions on which friends and relations who lived far apart could expect to see each other. The European Greeks had, in their Olympian and other games, similar great gatherings, which occurred once or twice in each year, and, though under no obligation to do so, attended them in enormous numbers. It may be doubted if the religious Hebrews felt the obligation of attendance to be a burthen. It was assuredly a matter of great importance, as tending to unity, and to the quickening of the national life, that they should be drawn so continually to one centre, and be so frequently united in one common worship. Most students of antiquity regard the Greek games as having exerted a strong unifying influence over the scattered members of the Grecian family. The Hebrew festivals, occurring so much more frequently, and required to be attended by all, must have had a similar, but much greater, effect of the same kind. Three times in the year all thy males shall appear before the Lord thy God. In the city of Jerusalem, when they were come into the land of Canaan, and the temple was there built: here they were to show themselves before the Lord as being his, and devoted to his service; concerning which the Misnic doctors have the following canon (c),"all are bound to appear except a man deaf and dumb, a fool, a little one, one of neither sex, or of both sexes, women, servants not free, the lame, the blind, the sick, an old man, and he that cannot go on his feet.''

(c) Misn. Chagigah, c. 1. sect. 1.23:10-19 Every seventh year the land was to rest. They must not plough or sow it; what the earth produced of itself, should be eaten, and not laid up. This law seems to have been intended to teach dependence on Providence, and God's faithfulness in sending the larger increase while they kept his appointments. It was also typical of the heavenly rest, when all earthly labours, cares, and interests shall cease for ever. All respect to the gods of the heathen is strictly forbidden. Since idolatry was a sin to which the Israelites leaned, they must blot out the remembrance of the gods of the heathen. Solemn religious attendance on God, in the place which he should choose, is strictly required. They must come together before the Lord. What a good Master do we serve, who has made it our duty to rejoice before him! Let us devote with pleasure to the service of God that portion of our time which he requires, and count his sabbaths and ordinances to be a feast unto our souls. They were not to come empty-handed; so now, we must not come to worship God empty-hearted; our souls must be filled with holy desires toward him, and dedications of ourselves to him; for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
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