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16 And it shall be, if he say unto thee, I will not go away from

thee ; because he loveth thee and thine house, because he is 17 well with thee; Then thou shalt take an awl, and thrust [it]

through his ear unto the door, and he shall be thy servant for

ever. And also unto thy maid servant thou shalt do likewise. 18 It shall not seem hard unto thee, when thou sendest him away

free from thee ; for he hath been worth a double hired servant [to thee,] in serving thee six years : and the LORD thy God

shall bless thee in all that thou doest. 19 All the firstling males that come of thy herd and of thy

flock thou shalt sanctify unto the LORD thy God : thou shalt

do no work with the firstling of thy bullock, nor shear the 20 firstling of thy sheep. Thou shalt eat [it] before the LORD

thy God year by year in the place which the LORD shall 21 choose, thou and thy household. And if there be (any]

blemish therein, [as if it bej lame, or blind, (or have] any ill

blemish, thou shalt not sacrifice it unto the LORD thy God. 22 Thou shalt eat it within thy gates : the unclean and the clean

[person shall eat it] alike, as the roebuck, and as the hart. 23 Only thou shalt not eat the blood thereof; thou shalt pour

it upon the ground as water.


The feast of the passover, of weeks and of tabernacles ; of judges

and justice ; groves and images are forbidden. i O BSERVE the month of Abib, and keep the passover

unto the LORD thy God : for in the month of Abib the LORD thy God brought thee forth out of Egypt by night. 2 Thou shalt therefore sacrifice the passover unto the LORD thy

God, of the flock and the herd, in the place which the LORD 3 shall choose to place his name there. Thou shalt eat no

leavened bread with it ; seven days shalt thou eat unleavened bread therewith, [even] the bread of affliction ; 'for thou camest forth out of the land of Egypt in haste; that thou mayest remember the day when thou camest forth out of the 4 land of Egypt all the days of thy life. And there shall be no

leavened bread seen with thee in all thy coast seven days; neither shall there (any thing] of the flesh, which thou sacri

ficedst the first day at even, remain all night until the morn5. ing. Thou mayest not sacrifice the passover within any of 6 thy gates, which the LORD thy God giveth thee : But at the

place which the LORD thy God shall choose to place his name in, there thou shalt sacrifice the passover at even, at the going down of the sun, at the season that thou camest forth out of

7 Egypt. And thou shalt roast and eat [it] in the place which

the LORD thy God shall choose : and thou shalt turn in the 8 morning, and go unto thy tents. Six days thou shalt eat une - leavened bread; and on the seventh day [shall be] a solemn assembly to the LORD thy God : thou shalt do no work

(therein.] 9 Seven weeks shalt thou number unto thee : begin to num* ber the seven weeks from (such time as] thou beginnest [to 10 put] the sickle to the corn. And thou shalt keep the feast of

weeks unto the LORD thy God with a tribute of a free will of. fering of thine hand, which thou shalt give [unto the LORD

thy God,) according as the LORD thy God hath blessed thee : 11 And thou shalt rejoice before the LORD thy God, thou, and

thy son, and thy daughter, and thy man servant, and thy maid servant, and the Levite that [is] within thy gates, and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that sare] among

you, in the place which the LORD thy God hath chosen to 12 place his name there. And thou shalt remember that thou

wast a bondman in Egypt : and thou shalt observe and do - these statutes. 13 Thou shalt observe the feast of tabernacles seven days, 14 after that thou hast gathered in thy corn and thy wine : And

thou shalt rejoice in thy feast, thou, and thy son, and thy daughter, and thy man servant, and thy maid servant, and the

Levite, the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that 15 [are] within thy gates. Seven days shalt thou keep a solemn

feast unto the LORD thy God in the place which the LORD shall choose : because the LORD thy God shall bless thee in all thine increase, and in all the works of thine hands, there

fore thou shalt surely rejoice. 16 Three times in a year shall all thy males appear before the

LORD thy 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 tabernacles : and they shall not appear before the 17 Lord empty : Every man (shall give] as he is able, accord

ing to the blessing of the LORD thy God which he hath given

thee. 18 Judges and officers shalt thou make thee in all thy gates,

which the LORD thy God giveth thee, throughout thy tribes : 19 and they shall judge the people with just judgment. Thou

shalt not wrest judgment ; thou shalt not respect persons,

neither take a gift : for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise, 20 and pervert the words of the righteous. That which is allo

gether just shalt thou follow, that thou mayest live, and in,

herit the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. 21 Thou shalt not plant thee a grove of any trees near unto ! the altar of the LORD thy God, which thou shalt make thee. 22 Neither shalt thou set thee up (any) image ; which the LORD

thy God hateth.

CHAP. XVII. Things sacrificed must be sound ; idolaters must be put to death ;

hard controversies to be determined by the priests and judges ;

and the election and duty of a king: I T HOU shalt not sacrifice unto the LORD thy God

1 [any] bullock, or sheep, wherein is blemish, [or] any evil favouredness : for that [is] an abomination unto the

LORD thy God. 2 If there be found among you within any of thy gater

which the LORD thy God giveth thee, man or woman, that

hath wrought wickedness in the sight of the LORD thy God, 3 in transgressing his covenant, And hath gone and served

other gods, and worshipped them, either the sun, or moon, or any of the host of heaven, which I have not commanded ; And it be told thee, and thou hast heard (of it,) and inquired

diligently, and, behold, [it be] true, (and) the thing certain, 5 [that] such abomination is wrought in Israel : Then shalt

thou bring forth that man or that woman, which have com, mitted that wicked thing, unto thy gates, [even) that man or

that woman, and shalt stone them with stones, till they die, 6 At the mouth of two witnesses or three witnesses, shall he

that is worthy of death be put to death : [but] at the mouth 7 of one witness he shall not be put to death. The hands of the

witnesses shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterward the hands of all the people. So thou shalt put the evil away from among you.

If there arise a matter too hard for thee in judgment, be, tween blood and blood, between plea and plea, and between stroke and stroke, [being] matters of controversy within thy gates : then shalt thou arise and get thee up into the place which the LORD thy God shall choose ; And thou shalt come unto the priests the Levites, and unto the judge that shall be in those days, and inquire : and they shall show thee the sen:

tence of judgment, that sentence which is agreeable to the law: 10 And thou shalt do according to the sentence, which they of

that place which the LORD shall choose shall show thee ; and

thou shalt observe to do according to all that they inform 11 thee : According to the sentence of the law which they shall

teach thee, and according to the judgment wbich they shall tell thee, thou shalt do ; thou shalt not decline from the sen.

tence which they shall show thee, (to) the right hand nor (to] 12 the left. And the man that will do presumptuously, and will not

hearken unto the priest that standest to minister there before

the LORD thy God, or unto the judge, even that man shall 13 die : and thou shalt put away the evil from Israel. And all

the people shall hear, and fear, and do no more presumptuk pusly.

14 When thou art come unto the land which the LORD thy God

giveth thee, and shalt possess it, and shalt dwell therein, and

shalt say, I will get a king over me, like as all the nations 15 that [are] about me ; Thou shalt in any wise set [him) king

over thee whom the LORD thy God shall choose : sone from among thy brethren shalt thou set king over thee :

thou mayest not set a stranger over thee, which [is] not thy 16 biother. But he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor

cause the people to return to Egypt, to the end that he should

multiply horses : forasmuch as the LORD hath said unto you, 17 Ye shall henceforth return no more that way. Neit her shall

he multiply wives to himself, that his heart turn not away :

neither shall he greatly multiply to himself silver and gold. 18 And it shall be, when he sitteth upon the throne of his king.

dom, that he shall write him a copy of this law in a book out 19 of (that which is] before the priests the Levites : And it

shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the days of his

life : that he may learn to fear the Lord his God, to keep all 20 the words of this law and these statutes, to do them: That

his heart be not lifted up above his brethren, and that he turn not aside from the commandment, (to) the right hand, or sto] the left : to the end that he may prolong [his] days in his kingdom, he, and his children, in the midst of Israel.


We have in this chapter some rules concerning the ducs and reve

TUCS of the Levites ; a caution against the superstitious custome of the heathen; the promise of a great and glorious prophet ; presumptuous prophets to be put to death ; and how they may be known.

THE priests the Levites, [and] all the tribe of Levi,

1 shall have no part nor inheritance with Israel, no part of the spoil taken in war, or inheritance in the land : they shall eat the offerings of the LORD made by fire, such sacrifices whereof part was burnt, and part given to them, and his inheritance. Therefore shall they have no inheritance among their brethren : the LORD [is] their inheritance, as he hath said unto them : He would supply them out of those things that were set apart in a solemn manner for his own use. Never.

theless, that they might not want, further directions are given for % their support; And this shall be the priests' due from the peo

ple, from them that offer a sacrifice, whether [it be] ox or

• His inheritance, that is, the tithes, the first fraits, the money paid for the rodemy tion of the firstborn, and other oblations, beside those that were made by fire.

: sheep; and they shall give unto the priest the shoulder and 4 the two cheeks, and the maw.* The first fruit (also) of thy

corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the first of the fleece 5 of thy sheep, shalt thou give him.t For the LORD thy God hath chosen him out of all thy tribes, to stand to minister in

the name of the Lord, him and his sons for ever, and there6 fore he ought to be provided for. And if a Levite come from

any of thy gates out of all Israel, where he sojourned, and come with all the desire of his mind unto the place which the LORD shall choose, with singular devotion and special affection

to the service of God, to spend the remainder of his life there, 7 (Psalm xxvii. 4.) Then he shall minister in the name of the

Lord his God, be admitted to do the service of the house, as all his brethren the Levites [do,] which stand there before the LORD,

as those whose course it was at that time to attend upon the ser 8 vice. They shall have like portions to eat with those whose course

it is to serve, beside that which cometh of the sale of his patrimony ; though he have an estate of his own, yet he was to have his share of ihe tabernacle or temple provision, for his service there ; and his money should be kept to redeem his patrimony, if he afterward saw occasion to do it. While he served in God's

house, he was welcome there, and should not serve in vain. 9 When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy

God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abomi10 nations of those nations. There shall not be found among

you (any one] that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, either to pass between two fires, or to be burned in the fire, in honour of their idol god ; [or] that useth divination, any kind of curious or forbidden arts, with a view of foretelling secrets, and future events : [or] an observer of times, who, by the motion of the clouds or heavenly bodies, pretended to calculate nativities, or foretell future events, like our modern astrologers ; or an enchanter, who, like the ancient augurs, foretold future events by some circumstance in the bodies of animals that were sacrificed, or by meeting living animals, or the flight of birds, &c. or a witch, who pretended to impose on

the senses of men, by changing the form and appearance of 11 things ; Or a charmer, drawing serpents together by certain

sounds, and so pretending to inspiration, and made people believe they had extraordinary power; or a consulter with familiar spirits, who pretended to be inspired by them, distorting them. selves in a violent manner when they gave their oracles, and throwing their voices as if the sound came out of their belly; or

• Whether the maw signifies the same as the breast, or an additional part, is not cer. tain. Tliese shares were divided among the priests that were in waiting.

+ These were to be brought to the priests who resided among them in the country: and no one must taste of his corn, wine, or oil, till the priest had received and offered the first fruits : the reason is added, v. 5.

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