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Deuteronômio 26

1 Also when thou shalt come into the lande which the Lord thy God giueth thee for inheritance, and shalt possesse it, & dwell therein,

2 By this ceremony they acknowledged that they received the land of Canaan as a free gift from God.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 toTo be called upon, served and worshipped spiritually, (Deu_12:5).place his name there.

3 And thou shalt come vnto the Priest, that shall be in those dayes, and say vnto him, I acknowledge this day vnto the Lord thy God, that I am come vnto the countrey which the Lorde sware vnto our fathers for to giue vs.

4 Then the Priest shall take the basket out of thine hand, & set it downe before the altar of the Lord thy God.

5 And thou shalt speak and say before the LORD thy God, AMeaning, Jacob, who served 20 years in Syria.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,Only by God's mercy, and not by their father's deserving.and populous:

6 And the Egyptians vexed vs, and troubled vs, and laded vs with cruell bondage.

7 And when weAlleging the promises made to our fathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.cried unto the LORD God of our fathers, the LORD heard our voice, and looked on our affliction, and our labour, and our oppression:

8 And the Lord brought vs out of Egypt in a mightie hande, and a stretched out arme, with great terriblenesse, both in signes and wonders.

9 And he hath brought vs into this place, & hath giuen vs this land, euen a lande that floweth with milke and hony.

10 And now, behold, I haveIn token of a thankful heart, and mindful of this benefit.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 rejoice in every good [thing] which the LORD thy God hath given unto thee, and unto thineSignifying that God does not give us goods for ourselves only, but to be used also by those who are committed to our charge.house, thou, and the Levite, and the stranger that [is] among you.

12 When thou hast made an end of tithing all the tythes of thine increase, the thirde yeere, which is the yeere of tithing, and hast giuen it vnto the Leuite, to the stranger, to the fatherlesse, & to the widowe, that they may eate within thy gates, and be satisfied,

13 Then thou shaltWithout hypocrisy.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 notOf malice and contempt.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 doneAs far as my sinful nature would allow: or else as David and Paul say, there is not one just, (Psa_14:3; Rom_3:10).according to all that thou hast commanded me.

15 Looke downe from thine holy habitation, euen from heauen, and blesse thy people Israel, & the lande which thou hast giuen vs (as thou swarest vnto our fathers) the land that floweth with milke and hony.

16 This day the LORD thy God hath commanded thee to do these statutes and judgments: thou shalt therefore keep and do them withWith a good and simple conscience.all thine heart, and with all thy soul.

17 Thou hast set vp the Lorde this day to be thy God, and to walke in his wayes, and to keepe his ordinances, and his commandements, and his lawes, and to hearken vnto his voyce.

18 Signifying that there is a mutual bond between God and his people.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;

19 And to make thee high aboue al nations (which he hath made) in praise, & in name, and in glory, & that thou shouldest be an holy people vnto the Lord thy God, as he hath said.

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