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

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

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

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.

Exodus 23:17 Parallel
Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

All thy males - Old men, sick men, male idiots, and male children under thirteen years of age, excepted; for so the Jewish doctors understand this command.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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.

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The Feast of Ingathering in the End of the Year
'And the feast of harvest, the first-fruits of thy labours, which them hast sown In thy field: and the feast of ingathering, which is in the end of the year, when thou hast gathered in thy labours out of the field.' --EXODUS xxiii. 16. The Israelites seem to have had a double beginning of the year--one in spring, one at the close of harvest; or it may only be that here the year is regarded from the natural point of view--a farmer's year. This feast was at the gathering in of the fruits, which was
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Wonderful.
Isaiah ix:6. HIS name shall be called "Wonderful" (Isaiah ix:6). And long before Isaiah had uttered this divine prediction the angel of the Lord had announced his name to be Wonderful. As such He appeared to Manoah. And Manoah said unto the angel of Jehovah, What is thy name, that when thy sayings come to pass we may do thee honor. And the angel of Jehovah said unto Him "why askest thou thus after my name, seeing it is Wonderful" (margin, Judges xiii:17-18). This angel of Jehovah, the Person who
Arno Gaebelein—The Lord of Glory

The Blessing of Jacob Upon Judah. (Gen. Xlix. 8-10. )
Ver. 8. "Judah, thou, thy brethren shall praise thee; thy hand shall be on the neck of thine enemies; before thee shall bow down the sons of thy father. Ver. 9. A lion's whelp is Judah; from the prey, my son, thou goest up; he stoopeth down, he coucheth as a lion, and as a full-grown lion, who shall rouse him up? Ver. 10. The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come, and unto Him the people shall adhere." Thus does dying Jacob, in announcing
Ernst Wilhelm Hengstenberg—Christology of the Old Testament

In the Temple at the Feast of Tabernacles.
(October, a.d. 29.) ^D John VII. 11-52. ^d 11 The Jews therefore sought him at the feast, and said, Where is he? [It was now eighteen months since Jesus had visited Jerusalem, at which time he had healed the impotent man at Bethesda. His fame and prolonged obscurity made his enemies anxious for him to again expose himself in their midst. John here used the word "Jews" as a designation for the Jerusalemites, who, as enemies of Christ, were to be distinguished from the multitudes who were in doubt
J. W. McGarvey—The Four-Fold Gospel

Cross References
Exodus 23:14
"Three times a year you are to celebrate a festival to me.

Exodus 34:23
Three times a year all your men are to appear before the Sovereign LORD, the God of Israel.

Deuteronomy 16:16
Three times a year all your men must appear before the LORD your God at the place he will choose: at the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the Festival of Weeks and the Festival of Tabernacles. No one should appear before the LORD empty-handed:

Psalm 42:2
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?

Psalm 122:4
That is where the tribes go up-- the tribes of the LORD-- to praise the name of the LORD according to the statute given to Israel.

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

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