Exodus 23:17
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English Standard Version
Three times in the year shall all your males appear before the Lord GOD.

King James Bible
Three times in the year all thy 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.

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.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Here follow directions respecting the year of rest and day of rest, the first of which lays the foundation for the keeping of the sabbatical and jubilee years, which are afterwards instituted in Leviticus 25, whilst the latter gives prominence to the element of rest and refreshment involved in the Sabbath, which had been already instituted (Exodus 20:9-11), and presses it in favour of beasts of burden, slaves, and foreigners. Neither of these instructions is to be regarded as laying down laws for the feasts; so that they are not to be included among the rights of Israel, which commence at Exodus 23:14. On the contrary, as they are separated from these by Exodus 23:13, they are to be reckoned as forming part of the laws relating to their mutual obligations one towards another. This is evident from the fact, that in both of them the care of the poor stands in the foreground. From this characteristic and design, which are common to both, we may explain the fact, that there is no allusion to the keeping of a Sabbath unto the Lord, as in Exodus 20:10 and Leviticus 25:2, in connection with either the seventh year or seventh day: all that is mentioned being their sowing and reaping for six years, and working for six days, and then letting the land lie fallow in the seventh year, and their ceasing or resting from labour on the seventh day. "The seventh year thou shalt let (thy land) loose (שׁמט to leave unemployed), and let it lie; and the poor of thy people shall eat (the produce which grows of itself), and their remainder (what they leave) shall the beast of the field eat." הנּפשׁ: lit., to breathe one's self, to draw breath, i.e., to refresh one's self (cf. Exodus 31:17; 2 Samuel 16:14). - With Exodus 23:13 the laws relating to the rights of the people, in their relations to one another, are concluded with the formula enforcing their observance, "And in all that I say to you, take heed," viz., that ye carefully maintain all the rights which I have given you. There is then attached to this, in Exodus 23:14, a warning, which forms the transition to the relation of Israel to Jehovah: "Make no mention of the name of other gods, neither let it be heard out of thy mouth." This forms a very fitting boundary line between the two series of mishpatim, inasmuch as the observance and maintenance of both of them depended upon the attitude in which Israel stood towards Jehovah.

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Exodus 34:23 Thrice in the year shall all your male children appear before the LORD God, the God of Israel.

Deuteronomy 12:5 But to the place which the LORD your God shall choose out of all your tribes to put his name there...

Deuteronomy 16:16 Three times in a year shall all your males appear before the LORD your God in the place which he shall choose...

Deuteronomy 31:11 When all Israel is come to appear before the LORD your God in the place which he shall choose...

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 the custom of the feast.

Cross References
Exodus 23:14
"Three times in the year you shall keep a feast to me.

Exodus 34:23
Three times in the year shall all your males appear before the LORD God, the God of Israel.

Deuteronomy 16:16
"Three times a year all your males shall appear before the LORD your God at the place that he will choose: at the Feast of Unleavened Bread, at the Feast of Weeks, and at the Feast of Booths. 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, the tribes of the LORD, as was decreed for Israel, to give thanks to the name of the LORD.

Isaiah 1:12
"When you come to appear before me, who has required of you this trampling of my courts?

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