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Go to Commentary on Deut 26
Offerings of Firstfruits and Tithes

1“When you have come in to the land that Yahweh your God gives you for an inheritance, and possess it and dwell in it,
  2you must take of the first of all the fruit of the ground that you will bring in from your land that Yahweh your God gives you, and you must put it in a basket and must go to the place that Yahweh your God will choose, to cause his name to dwell there.
  3You are to come to the priest who will be in those days and tell him, ‘I profess this day to Yahweh your God that I am come to the land that Yahweh swore to our fathers to give us.’

4“The priest will take the basket out of your hand and set it down before the altar of Yahweh your God.
  5You are to answer and say before Yahweh your God:

‘A Syrian ready to perish was my father, and he went down into Egypt and lived there, few in number; and he became there a nation, great, mighty and populous.
  6The Egyptians mistreated us and afflicted us and laid on us hard labor,
  7and we cried out to Yahweh, the God of our fathers, and Yahweh heard our voice and saw our affliction and our toil and our oppression,
  8and Yahweh brought us forth out of Egypt with a mighty hand and with an outstretched arm, and with great terror and with signs and with wonders,
  9and he has brought us into this place and has given us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey.
  10Now, behold, I have brought the first of the fruit of the ground that you, Yahweh, have given me.’

“You will set it down before Yahweh your God and worship before Yahweh your God.
  11You will rejoice in all the good that Yahweh your God has given to you and to your house, you and the Levite and the foreigner who is in the midst of you.
  The Third Year Tithe

12“When you have made an end of tithing all the tithe of your increase in the third year, which is the year of tithing, then you are to give it to the Levite, to the foreigner, to the fatherless and to the widow, that they may eat inside your gates and be filled.
  13You will say before Yahweh your God:

‘I have put away the holy things out of my house and also have given them to the Levite and to the foreigner, to the fatherless and to the widow according to all your commandment that you have commanded me; I have not transgressed any of your commandments, neither have I forgotten them.
  14I have not eaten of it in my mourning, neither have I put away of it, being unclean, nor given of it for the dead. I have listened to the voice of Yahweh my God; I have done according to all that you have commanded me.
  15Look down from your holy habitation, from heaven, and bless your people Israel and the ground that you have given us as you swore to our fathers, a land flowing with milk and honey.’

Follow the Commands of Yahweh

16“This day Yahweh your God commands you to do these statutes and ordinances; you must therefore keep and do them with all your heart and with all your soul.
  17You have declared Yahweh this day to be your God, and that you would walk in his ways and keep his statutes and his commandments and his ordinances, and listen to his voice;
  18and Yahweh has declared you this day to be a people for his own possession, as he has promised you, and that you should keep all his commandments;
  19and to make you high above all nations that he has made, in praise and in name and in honor, and that you may be a holy people to Yahweh your God, as he has spoken.”

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