Leviticus 23

Leviticus 23

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1 The LORD said to Moses,

2 "Give the Israelites instructions regarding the LORD's appointed festivals, the days when all of you will be summoned to worship me.

3 You may work for six days each week, but on the seventh day all work must come to a complete stop. It is the LORD's Sabbath day of complete rest, a holy day to assemble for worship. It must be observed wherever you live.

4 In addition to the Sabbath, the LORD has established festivals, the holy occasions to be observed at the proper time each year.

5 "First comes the LORD's Passover, which begins at twilight on its appointed day in early spring.*1

6 Then the day after the Passover celebration,* the Festival of Unleavened Bread begins. This festival to the LORD continues for seven days, and during that time all the bread you eat must be made without yeast.2

7 On the first day of the festival, all the people must stop their regular work and gather for a sacred assembly.

8 On each of the next seven days, the people must present an offering to the LORD by fire. On the seventh day, the people must again stop all their regular work to hold a sacred assembly."

9 Then the LORD told Moses

10 to give these instructions to the Israelites: "When you arrive in the land I am giving you and you harvest your first crops, bring the priest some grain from the first portion of your grain harvest.

11 On the day after the Sabbath, the priest will lift it up before the LORD so it may be accepted on your behalf.

12 That same day you must sacrifice a year-old male lamb with no physical defects as a whole burnt offering to the LORD.

13 A grain offering must accompany it consisting of three quarts* of choice flour mixed with olive oil. It will be an offering given to the LORD by fire, and it will be very pleasing to him. Along with this sacrifice, you must also offer one quart* of wine as a drink offering.3

14 Do not eat any bread or roasted grain or fresh kernels on that day until after you have brought this offering to your God. This is a permanent law for you, and it must be observed wherever you live.

15 "From the day after the Sabbath, the day the bundle of grain was lifted up as an offering, count off seven weeks.

16 Keep counting until the day after the seventh Sabbath, fifty days later, and bring an offering of new grain to the LORD.

17 From wherever you live, bring two loaves of bread to be lifted up before the LORD as an offering. These loaves must be baked from three quarts of choice flour that contains yeast. They will be an offering to the LORD from the first of your crops.

18 Along with this bread, present seven one-year-old lambs with no physical defects, one bull, and two rams as burnt offerings to the LORD. These whole burnt offerings, together with the accompanying grain offerings and drink offerings, will be given to the LORD by fire and will be pleasing to him.

19 Then you must offer one male goat as a sin offering and two one-year-old male lambs as a peace offering.

20 "The priest will lift up these offerings before the LORD, together with the loaves representing the first of your later crops. These offerings are holy to the LORD and will belong to the priests.

21 That same day, you must stop all your regular work and gather for a sacred assembly. This is a permanent law for you, and it must be observed wherever you live.

22 "When you harvest the crops of your land, do not harvest the grain along the edges of your fields, and do not pick up what the harvesters drop. Leave it for the poor and the foreigners living among you. I, the LORD, am your God."

23 The LORD told Moses

24 to give these instructions to the Israelites: "On the appointed day in early autumn,* you are to celebrate a day of complete rest. All your work must stop on that day. You will call the people to a sacred assembly--the Festival of Trumpets--with loud blasts from a trumpet.4

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1: Hebrew on the fourteenth day of the first month. This day of the Hebrew lunar calendar occurs in late March or early April.

2: Hebrew On the fifteenth day of the same month.

3: Hebrew 2/10 of an ephah [3.6 liters]; also in 23:17.

4: Hebrew On the first day of the seventh month. This day of the Hebrew lunar calendar occurs in September or early October.

New Living Translation Bible and Notes used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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