Give your first fruits to God
And it shall be, when thou art come in unto the land which the LORD thy
God giveth thee for an inheritance, and possessest it, and dwellest therein;
That thou shalt take of the first of all the fruit of the earth, which
thou shalt bring of thy land that the LORD thy God giveth thee, and shalt
put it in a basket, and shalt go unto the place which the LORD thy God shall
choose to place his name there.
Moses continues his instructions to the Israelites, saying,
When you come into the promised land, put your first fruits in a basket and go to the place where God tells
you to go.
And thou shalt go unto the priest that shall be in those days, and say
unto him, I profess this day unto the LORD thy God, that I am come unto the
country which the LORD sware unto our fathers for to give us.
Then go to the priest and say to him,
I have come to the land God swore he'd give to my fathers.
4And the priest shall take the basket out of thine hand, and set it down
before the altar of the LORD thy God.
The priest will take your basket and set it by the altar.
And thou shalt speak and say before the LORD thy God, A Syrian ready to
perish was my father, and he went down into Egypt, and sojourned there with
a few, and became there a nation, great, mighty, and populous:
You will then say in front of God,
My father was a Syrian man who was about to die.
He went down to Egypt and lived there for a while and became a mighty and populous nation.
And the Egyptians evil entreated us, and afflicted us, and laid upon us
The Egyptians mistreated us and made us work hard.
And when we cried unto the LORD God of our fathers, the LORD heard our
voice, and looked on our affliction, and our labour, and our oppression:
We cried to God, and he heard us.
And the LORD brought us forth out of Egypt with a mighty hand, and with an
outstretched arm, and with great terribleness, and with signs, and with
He brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand, an outstretched arm, with great terribleness, and with
lots of signs and wonders.
And he hath brought us into this place, and hath given us this land, even
a land that floweth with milk and honey.
He brought us to this place and has given us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey.
And now, behold, I have brought the firstfruits of the land, which thou, O
LORD, hast given me. And thou shalt set it before the LORD thy God, and
worship before the LORD thy God:
So here are my first fruits.
Set them in front of God and worship him.
And thou shalt rejoice in every good thing which the LORD thy God hath
given unto thee, and unto thine house, thou, and the Levite, and the
stranger that is among you.
And rejoice in every good thing that God has given you.
12When thou hast made an end of tithing all the tithes of thine increase the
third year, which is the year of tithing, and hast given it unto the Levite,
the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, that they may eat within thy
gates, and be filled;
After delivering the basket of fruit to the priest, take care of those who need help.
Then thou shalt say before the LORD thy God, I have brought away the
hallowed things out of mine house, and also have given them unto the Levite,
and unto the stranger, to the fatherless, and to the widow, according to all
thy commandments which thou hast commanded me: I have not transgressed thy
commandments, neither have I forgotten them.
Then say this in front of God,
I've brought the hallowed things from my house and have given them to Levites, strangers, the fatherless,
I haven't broken any of your commandments and I haven't forgotten them.
14I have not eaten thereof in my mourning, neither have I taken away ought
thereof for any unclean use, nor given ought thereof for the dead: but I
have hearkened to the voice of the LORD my God, and have done according to
all that thou hast commanded me.
I haven't eaten holy things while mourning, used them for unclean purposes, or given them to dead people.
I've always done whatever you told me to do.
Look down from thy holy habitation, from heaven, and bless thy people
Israel, and the land which thou hast given us, as thou swarest unto our
fathers, a land that floweth with milk and honey.
Look down from your holy habitation in heaven and bless us.
This day the LORD thy God hath commanded thee to do these statutes and
judgments: thou shalt therefore keep and do them with all thine heart, and
with all thy soul.
Today God commands you to do his statutes and judgements.
Thou hast avouched the LORD this day to be thy God, and to walk in his
ways, and to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and
to hearken unto his voice:
You've promised to do them.
And the LORD hath avouched thee this day to be his peculiar people, as he
hath promised thee, and that thou shouldest keep all his commandments;
And today God has called you his peculiar people.
And to make thee high above all nations which he hath made, in praise, and
in name, and in honour; and that thou mayest be an holy people unto the LORD
thy God, as he hath spoken.
He'll put you above everyone else to make you a holy people.