Good News Translation
1 “Honor the Lord your God by celebrating Passover in the month of Abib; it was on a night in that month that he rescued you from Egypt. 2Go to the one place of worship and slaughter there one of your sheep or cattle for the Passover meal to honor the Lord your God. 3When you eat this meal, do not eat bread prepared with yeast. For seven days you are to eat bread prepared without yeast, as you did when you had to leave Egypt in such a hurry. Eat this bread—it will be called the bread of suffering—so that as long as you live you will remember the day you came out of Egypt, that place of suffering. 4For seven days no one in your land is to have any yeast in the house; and the meat of the animal killed on the evening of the first day must be eaten that same night.
5-6“Slaughter the Passover animals at the one place of worship—and nowhere else in the land that the Lord your God will give you. Do it at sunset, the time of day when you left Egypt. 7Boil the meat and eat it at the one place of worship; and the next morning return home. 8For the next six days you are to eat bread prepared without yeast, and on the seventh day assemble to worship the Lord your God, and do no work on that day.
The Harvest Festival
9 “Count seven weeks from the time that you begin to harvest the grain, 10and then celebrate the Harvest Festival, to honor the Lord your God, by bringing him a freewill offering in proportion to the blessing he has given you. 11Be joyful in the Lord's presence, together with your children, your servants, and the Levites, foreigners, orphans, and widows who live in your towns. Do this at the one place of worship. 12Be sure that you obey these commands; do not forget that you were slaves in Egypt.
The Festival of Shelters
13 “After you have threshed all your grain and pressed all your grapes, celebrate the Festival of Shelters for seven days. 14Enjoy it with your children, your servants, and the Levites, foreigners, orphans, and widows who live in your towns. 15Honor the Lord your God by celebrating this festival for seven days at the one place of worship. Be joyful, because the Lord has blessed your harvest and your work.
16“All the men of your nation are to come to worship the Lord three times a year at the one place of worship: at Passover, Harvest Festival, and the Festival of Shelters. Each man is to bring a gift 17as he is able, in proportion to the blessings that the Lord your God has given him.
The Administration of Justice
18“Appoint judges and other officials in every town that the Lord your God gives you. These men are to judge the people impartially. 19 They are not to be unjust or show partiality in their judgments; and they are not to accept bribes, for gifts blind the eyes even of wise and honest men, and cause them to give wrong decisions. 20Always be fair and just, so that you will occupy the land that the Lord your God is giving you and so that you will continue to live there.
Good News Translation® (Today’s English Version, Second Edition)
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