New International Reader's Version

Deuteronomy 26

Give the Lord His Share

1You will enter the land the Lord your God is giving you as your own. You will take it over. You will make your homes in the land. When you do, get some of the first share of everything your soil produces. Put it in a basket. It’s from the land the Lord your God is giving you. Take your gifts and go to the special place he will choose. He will put his Name there. Speak to the priest in office at that time. Tell him, “I announce today to the Lord your God that I have come to this land. It’s the land he promised to give us. He promised it to our people of long ago.” The priest will receive the basket from you. He’ll set it down in front of the altar of the Lord your God. Then you will speak while the Lord is listening. You will say, “My father Jacob was a wanderer from the land of Aram. He went down into Egypt with a few people. He lived there and became the father of a great nation. It had huge numbers of people. But the people of Egypt treated us badly. They made us suffer. They made us work very hard. Then we cried out to the Lord. He is the God of our people who lived long ago. He heard our voice. He saw how much we were suffering. The Egyptians were treating us badly. They were making us work very hard. So the Lord used his mighty hand and powerful arm to bring us out of Egypt. He did great and terrifying things. He did signs and amazing things. He brought us to this place. He gave us this land. It’s a land that has plenty of milk and honey. 10 Now, Lord, I’m bringing you the first share of crops from the soil. After all, you have given them to me.” Place the basket in front of the Lord your God. Bow down to him. 11 Then you and the Levites and the outsiders among you will be full of joy. You will enjoy all the good things the Lord your God has given to you and your family.

12 You will set apart a tenth of everything you produce in the third year. That’s the year for giving the tenth to people who have greater needs. You will give it to the Levites, outsiders and widows. You will also give it to children whose fathers have died. Then all of them will have plenty to eat in your towns. 13 Speak to the Lord your God. Say to him, “I have taken your sacred share from my house. I have given it to the Levites, outsiders and widows. I have also given it to children whose fathers have died. I’ve done everything you commanded me to do. I haven’t stopped obeying your commands. I haven’t forgotten any of them. 14 I haven’t eaten any part of your sacred share while I mourned over someone who had died. I haven’t taken any of it from my house while I was ‘unclean.’ And I haven’t offered any of it to the dead. Lord my God, I’ve obeyed you. I’ve done everything you commanded me to do. 15 Look down from the holy place where you live in heaven. Bless your people Israel. Bless the land you have given us. It’s the land you promised to give to our people of long ago. It’s a land that has plenty of milk and honey.”

Obey the Lord’s Commands

16 This day the Lord your God commands you to obey all these rules and laws. Be careful to obey them with all your heart and with all your soul. 17 Today you have announced that the Lord is your God. You have said you would live exactly as he wants you to live. You have agreed to keep his rules, commands and laws. And you have said you would listen to him. 18 Today the Lord has announced that you are his people. He has said that you are his special treasure. He promised that you would be. He has told you to keep all his commands. 19 He has announced that he will make you famous. He’ll give you more praise and honor than all the other nations he has made. And he has said that you will be a holy nation. The Lord your God has set you apart for himself. That’s exactly what he promised to do.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

申命記 26

奉獻初熟的物產

1「你們進入你們的上帝耶和華將要賜給你們作產業的土地,征服那裡,安居下來以後, 要把在那裡收穫的各種初熟的物產放在籃子裡,帶到你們的上帝耶和華選定的敬拜場所。 你們要對當值的祭司說,『今天我們要向我們的上帝耶和華宣告,我們已經進入祂向我們祖先起誓要賜給我們的土地。』 祭司要從你們手中接過籃子,放在你們的上帝耶和華的祭壇前。 你們要在你們的上帝耶和華面前宣告,『我們的祖先原是到處流浪的亞蘭人。他到埃及寄居時,家中人丁稀少,後來成為人口眾多的強大民族。 埃及人苦待我們,壓迫我們,強迫我們做奴隸。 於是,我們呼求我們祖先的上帝耶和華。祂聽見我們的呼求,看見我們的艱難、困苦和所受的壓迫, 就伸出臂膀,用大能的手行神蹟奇事,以偉大而可畏的作為帶領我們離開埃及。 祂帶領我們來到這個地方,把這奶蜜之鄉賜給我們。 10 耶和華啊,現在我們從你賜給我們的土地上帶來初熟的物產。』你們要把籃子放在你們的上帝耶和華面前,敬拜祂。 11 你們和利未人以及住在你們中間的外族人,都要因你們的上帝耶和華賜給你們和你們家人的美物而歡喜快樂。

十一奉獻年

12 「每逢第三年是十一奉獻年。你們應當把自己的十一奉獻拿出來分給利未人、寄居者和孤兒寡婦,使他們在你們居住的城邑吃飽喝足。 13 然後,你們要在你們的上帝耶和華面前宣告,『我們已經按照你的誡命,從我們家裡拿出聖物分給利未人、寄居者和孤兒寡婦。我們沒有觸犯也沒有忘記你的任何誡命。 14 這些聖物,我們守喪期間沒有吃過,不潔淨時沒有拿過,也沒有獻給死人。我們聽從你——我們的上帝耶和華,遵行你的一切吩咐。 15 求你從天上聖潔的居所垂看,賜福給你的以色列子民和你賜給我們的土地——你向我們祖先起誓應許的奶蜜之鄉。』

16 「你們的上帝耶和華今天吩咐你們遵守這些律例和典章,你們要全心全意地謹慎遵守。 17 你們今天已經宣稱耶和華是你們的上帝,答應要聽從祂,行祂的道,遵守祂的一切律例、誡命和典章。 18 耶和華今天已經照祂的應許宣稱你們是祂的子民,是祂寶貴的產業。因此,你們要遵守祂的一切誡命, 19 這樣祂必使你們備受讚譽和尊崇,超越祂所造的萬國,並照著祂的應許使你們做屬於祂的聖潔子民。」