Deut 16:1 Observe the month of Abib and celebrate the Passover of the LORD your God, because in the month of Abib he brought you out of Egypt by night.

‘The Passover of Dt. 16 differs in important minor respects from that of Ex. 12. The blood emphasis has disappeared; an essentially domestic ceremony has become a more formal sacrifice at a central sanctuary with a wider choice of victim; v. 7 stipulates boiling, not roasting, the animal; Passover and Unleavened Bread, here termed the bread of affliction, are integrated more thoroughly than in Exodus. This is development, event changing to institution, not contradiction; moreover it approximates better to the NT evidence concerning Passover. It is not necessary to assume a great time-gap between the passages; the changed circumstances could have been prophetically foreseen in the wilderness period.’ (NBD)

Deut 16:2 Sacrifice as the Passover to the LORD your God an animal from your flock or herd at the place the LORD will choose as a dwelling for his Name.

Deut 16:3 Do not eat it with bread made with yeast, but for seven days eat unleavened bread, the bread of affliction, because you left Egypt in haste—so that all the days of your life you may remember the time of your departure from Egypt.

Deut 16:4 Let no yeast be found in your possession in all your land for seven days. Do not let any of the meat you sacrifice on the evening of the first day remain until morning.

Deut 16:5 You must not sacrifice the Passover in any town the LORD your God gives you

Deut 16:6 except in the place he will choose as a dwelling for his Name. There you must sacrifice the Passover in the evening, when the sun goes down, on the anniversary of your departure from Egypt.

Deut 16:7 Roast it and eat it at the place the LORD your God will choose. Then in the morning return to your tents.

Roast it – ‘Boil it’, in the original.  The NIV has ‘roast’ in the present verse, apparently in order to harmonise with the parallel passage in Ex 12:8f, which insists that the meat be ‘roasted’ (and not boiled).  Enns (Inspiration and Incarnation) comments: ‘In a way, one can understand why the New International Version handles this problem the way it does. It reflects a translation philosophy rooted in a doctrine of Scripture that the same law cannot be stated in two flatly opposed ways.’  However, says Enns, such an emendation clearly flies in the face of the text itself.

Deut 16:8 For six days eat unleavened bread and on the seventh day hold an assembly to the LORD your God and do no work.

Deut 16:9 Count off seven weeks from the time you begin to put the sickle to the standing corn.

Deut 16:10 Then celebrate the Feast of Weeks to the LORD your God by giving a freewill offering in proportion to the blessings the LORD your God has given you.

Deut 16:11 And rejoice before the LORD your God at the place he will choose as a dwelling for his Name—you, your sons and daughters, your menservants and maidservants, the Levites in your towns, and the aliens, the fatherless and the widows living among you.

Deut 16:12 Remember that you were slaves in Egypt, and follow carefully these decrees.

Deut 16:13 Celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles for seven days after you have gathered the produce of your threshing-floor and your winepress.

Deut 16:14 Be joyful at your Feast—you, your sons and daughters, your menservants and maidservants, and the Levites, the aliens, the fatherless and the widows who live in your towns.

Deut 16:15 For seven days celebrate the Feast to the LORD your God at the place the LORD will choose. For the LORD your God will bless you in all your harvest and in all the work of your hands, and your joy will be complete.

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

Deut 16:17 Each of you must bring a gift in proportion to the way the LORD your God has blessed you.

Deut 16:18 Appoint judges and officials for each of your tribes in every town the LORD your God is giving you, and they shall judge the people fairly.

Deut 16:19 Do not pervert justice or show partiality. Do not accept a bribe, for a bribe blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the righteous.

Deut 16:20 Follow justice and justice alone, so that you may live and possess the land the LORD your God is giving you.

Deut 16:21 Do not set up any wooden Asherah pole beside the altar you build to the LORD your God,

Deut 16:22 and do not erect a sacred stone, for these the LORD your God hates.

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