Deuteronomy 26

Chapter 26

The children of Israel are to offer to the Lord a basket of the firstfruits of Canaan—They are commanded to keep the law of tithing—They covenant to keep the commandments, and the Lord promises to make them a holy people and a great nation.

1 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;

2 That thou shalt take of the first of all the afruit 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 bplace which the Lord thy God shall choose to place his name there.

3 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.

4 And the priest shall take the basket out of thine hand, and set it down before the altar of the Lord thy God.

5 And thou shalt speak and say before the Lord thy God, A aSyrian ready to perish was my father, and he went down into bEgypt, and sojourned there with a few, and became there a cnation, great, mighty, and dpopulous:

6 And the aEgyptians bevil entreated us, and afflicted us, and laid upon us hard bondage:

7 And when we acried unto the Lord God of our fathers, the Lord bheard our voice, and looked on our affliction, and our labour, and our coppression:

8 And the Lord abrought us forth out of Egypt with a mighty hand, and with an outstretched arm, and with great terribleness, and with bsigns, and with wonders:

9 And he hath brought us into this place, and hath given us this land, even a aland that floweth with milk and honey.

10 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:

11 And thou shalt arejoice in every good thing which the Lord thy God hath given unto thee, and unto thine house, thou, and the Levite, and the bstranger that is among you.

12 When thou hast made an end of tithing all the atithes 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 bgates, and be filled;

13 Then thou shalt say before the Lord thy God, I have brought away the ahallowed things out of mine house, and also have given them unto the Levite, and unto the stranger, to the bfatherless, 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:

14 I 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.

15 aLook 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.

16 This day the Lord thy God hath commanded thee to do these statutes and ajudgments: thou shalt therefore keep and do them with all thine bheart, and with all thy soul.

17 Thou hast aavouched the bLord 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:

18 And the Lord hath avouched thee this day to be his apeculiar people, as he hath promised thee, and that thou shouldest keep all his commandments;

19 And to make thee ahigh above all nations which he hath made, in praise, and in name, and in honour; and that thou mayest be an bholy people unto the Lord thy God, as he hath spoken.