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Deuteronomy Chapter 16

1Observe the month of Abib, and keep the Passover to TheIAM your God; for in the month of Abib TheIAM your God brought you forth out of Egypt by night. 2You shall sacrifice the Passover to TheIAM your God, of the flock and the herd, in the place which TheIAM shall choose, to cause his name to dwell there. 3You shall eat no leavened bread with it. You shall eat unleavened bread with it seven days, even the bread of affliction; for you came forth out of the land of Egypt in haste: that you may remember the day when you came forth out of the land of Egypt all the days of your life. 4No yeast shall be seen with you in all your borders seven days; neither shall any of the flesh, which you sacrifice the first day at evening, remain all night until the morning. 5You may not sacrifice the Passover within any of your gates, which TheIAM your God gives you; 6but at the place which TheIAM your God shall choose, to cause his name to dwell in, there you shall sacrifice the Passover at evening, at the going down of the sun, at the season that you came forth out of Egypt. 7You shall roast and eat it in the place which TheIAM your God shall choose: and you shall turn in the morning, and go to your tents. 8Six days you shall eat unleavened bread; and on the seventh day shall be a solemn assembly to TheIAM your God; you shall do no work [therein]. 9You shall count for yourselves seven weeks: from the time you begin to put the sickle to the standing grain you shall begin to number seven weeks. 10You shall keep the feast of weeks to TheIAM your God with a tribute of a freewill offering of your hand, which you shall give, according as TheIAM your God blesses you: 11and you shall rejoice before TheIAM your God, you, and your son, and your daughter, and your male servant, and your female servant, and the Levite who is within your gates, and the foreigner, and the fatherless, and the widow, who are in the midst of you, in the place which TheIAM your God shall choose, to cause his name to dwell there. 12You shall remember that you were a bondservant in Egypt: and you shall observe and do these statutes. 13You shall keep the feast of tents seven days, after that you have gathered in from your threshing floor and from your winepress: 14and you shall rejoice in your feast, you, and your son, and your daughter, and your male servant, and your female servant, and the Levite, and the foreigner, and the fatherless, and the widow, who are within your gates. 15You shall keep a feast to TheIAM your God seven days in the place which TheIAM shall choose; because TheIAM your God will bless you in all your increase, and in all the work of your hands, and you shall be altogether joyful. 16Three times in a year shall all your males appear before TheIAM your God in the place which he shall choose: in the feast of unleavened bread, and in the feast of weeks, and in the feast of tents; and they shall not appear before TheIAM empty: 17every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of TheIAM your God which he has given you. 18You shall make judges and officers in all your gates, which TheIAM your God gives you, according to your tribes; and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment. 19You shall not wrest justice: you shall not respect persons; neither shall you take a bribe; for a bribe does blind the eyes of the wise, and pervert the words of the righteous. 20You shall pursue that which is altogether just, that you may live, and inherit the land which TheIAM your God gives you. 21You shall not plant for yourselves an Asherah of any kind of tree beside the altar of TheIAM your God, which you shall make for yourselves. 22Neither shall you set yourself up a pillar; which TheIAM your God hates.