1 And it shall be, when thou art come in unto the land which
HaShem thy G-d giveth thee for an inheritance, and dost possess it, and dwell
2 that thou shalt take of the first of all the fruit of the
ground, which thou shalt bring in from thy land that HaShem thy G-d giveth thee;
and thou shalt put it in a basket and shalt go unto the place which HaShem thy
G-d shall choose to cause His name to dwell there.
3 And thou shalt come unto the priest that shall be in those
days, and say unto him: 'I profess this day unto HaShem thy G-d, that I am come
unto the land which HaShem swore unto our fathers to give us.'
4 And the priest shall take the basket out of thy hand, and
set it down before the altar of HaShem thy G-d.
5 And thou shalt speak and say before HaShem thy G-d: 'A
wandering Aramean was my father, and he went down into Egypt, and sojourned
there, few in number; and he became there a nation, great, mighty, and populous.
6 And the Egyptians dealt ill with us, and afflicted us, and
laid upon us hard bondage.
7 And we cried unto HaShem, the G-d of our fathers, and
HaShem heard our voice, and saw our affliction, and our toil, and our
8 And HaShem brought us forth out of Egypt with a mighty
hand, and with an outstretched arm, and with great terribleness, and with signs,
and with wonders.
9 And He hath brought us into this place, and hath given us
this land, a land flowing with milk and honey.
10 And now, behold, I have brought the first of the fruit of
the land, which Thou, O HaShem, hast given me.' And thou shalt set it down
before HaShem thy G-d, and worship before HaShem thy G-d.
11 And thou shalt rejoice in all the good which HaShem thy
G-d hath given unto thee, and unto thy house, thou, and the Levite, and the
stranger that is in the midst of thee.
12 When thou hast made an end of tithing all the tithe of
thine increase in the third year, which is the year of tithing, and hast given
it unto the Levite, to the stranger, to the fatherless, and to the widow, that
they may eat within thy gates, and be satisfied,
13 then thou shalt say before HaShem thy G-d: 'I have put
away the hallowed things out of my house, and also have given them unto the
Levite, and unto the stranger, to the fatherless, and to the widow, according to
all Thy commandment which Thou hast commanded me; I have not transgressed any of
Thy commandments, neither have I forgotten them.
14 I have not eaten thereof in my mourning, neither have I
put away thereof, being unclean, nor given thereof for the dead; I have
hearkened to the voice of HaShem my G-d, I have done according to all that Thou
hast commanded me.
15 Look forth from Thy holy habitation, from heaven, and
bless Thy people Israel, and the land which Thou hast given us, as Thou didst
swear unto our fathers, a land flowing with milk and honey.'
16 This day HaShem thy G-d commandeth thee to do these
statutes and ordinances; thou shalt therefore observe and do them with all thy
heart, and with all thy soul.
17 Thou hast avouched HaShem this day to be thy G-d, and that
thou wouldest walk in His ways, and keep His statutes, and His commandments, and
His ordinances, and hearken unto His voice.
18 And HaShem hath avouched thee this day to be His own
treasure, as He hath promised thee, and that thou shouldest keep all His
19 and to make thee high above all nations that He hath made,
in praise, and in name, and in glory; and that thou mayest be a holy people unto
HaShem thy G-d, as He hath spoken.
Sources: Portions copyright © 1997 by Benyamin Pilant, All Rights Reserved
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