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New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update

Deuteronomy 11:26–12:19

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26aSee, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse:

27 the ablessing, if you listen to the commandments of the Lord your God, which I am commanding you today;

28 and the acurse, if you do not listen to the commandments of the Lord your God, but turn aside from the way which I am commanding you today, 1by following other gods which you have not known.

29 “It shall come about, when the Lord your God brings you into the land where you are entering to possess it, athat you shall place the blessing on Mount Gerizim and the curse on Mount Ebal.

30 “Are they not across the Jordan, west of the way toward the sunset, in the land of the Canaanites who live in the Arabah, opposite aGilgal, beside bthe 1oaks of Moreh?

31 “For you are about to cross the Jordan to go in to possess the land which the Lord your God is giving you, and ayou shall possess it and live in it,

32 and you shall be careful to do all the statutes and the judgments which I am setting before you today.

Chapter 12

Laws of the Sanctuary

1 “These are the statutes and the judgments which you shall carefully observe in the land which the Lord, the God of your fathers, has given you to possess 1aas long as you live on the 2earth.

2 “You shall utterly destroy all the places where the nations whom you shall dispossess serve their gods, on the ahigh mountains and on the hills and under every green tree.

3 “aYou shall tear down their altars and smash their sacred pillars and burn their 1Asherim with fire, and you shall cut down the engraved images of their gods and bobliterate their name from that place.

4 “You shall not act like this toward the Lord your God.

5 “aBut you shall seek the Lord at the place which the Lord your God will choose from all your tribes, to establish His name there for His dwelling, and there you shall come.

6 “There you shall bring your burnt offerings, your sacrifices, ayour tithes, the 1contribution of your hand, your votive offerings, your freewill offerings, and the firstborn of your herd and of your flock.

7 “There also you and your households shall eat before the Lord your God, and arejoice in all 1your undertakings in which the Lord your God has blessed you.

8 “You shall not do at all what we are doing here today, every man doing whatever is right in his own eyes;

9 for you have not as yet come to athe resting place and the binheritance which the Lord your God is giving you.

10 “When you cross the Jordan and live in the land which the Lord your God is giving you to inherit, and aHe gives you rest from all your enemies around you so that you live in security,

11 athen it shall come about that the place in which the Lord your God will choose for His name to dwell, there you shall bring all that I command you: your burnt offerings and your sacrifices, your tithes and the 1contribution of your hand, and all your choice votive offerings which you will vow to the Lord.

12 “And you shall arejoice before the Lord your God, you and your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, and the bLevite who is within your gates, since che has no portion or inheritance with you.

13aBe careful that you do not offer your burnt offerings in every cultic place you see,

14 but in the place which the Lord chooses in one of your tribes, there you shall offer your burnt offerings, and there you shall do all that I command you.

15aHowever, you may slaughter and eat meat within any of your gates, 1whatever you desire, according to the blessing of the Lord your God which He has given you; the unclean and the clean may eat of it, as of bthe gazelle and the deer.

16 “aOnly you shall not eat the blood; byou are to pour it out on the ground like water.

17 “aYou are not allowed to eat within your gates the tithe of your grain or new wine or oil, or the firstborn of your herd or flock, or any of your votive offerings which you vow, or your freewill offerings, or the 1contribution of your hand.

18 “But ayou shall eat them before the Lord your God in bthe place which the Lord your God will choose, you and your son and daughter, and your male and female servants, and the cLevite who is within your gates; and you shall drejoice before the Lord your God in all 1your undertakings.

19 “aBe careful that you do not forsake the Levite 1as long as you live in your land.

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