11 Then to the place the Lord your God will choose as a dwelling for his Name(A)—there you are to bring everything I command you: your burnt offerings and sacrifices, your tithes and special gifts, and all the choice possessions you have vowed to the Lord.(B)

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13 Be careful not to sacrifice your burnt offerings anywhere you please.(A)

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23 Eat(A) the tithe of your grain, new wine(B) and olive oil, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks in the presence of the Lord your God at the place he will choose as a dwelling for his Name,(C) so that you may learn(D) to revere(E) the Lord your God always.

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20 Each year you and your family are to eat them in the presence of the Lord your God at the place he will choose.(A)

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Sacrifice as the Passover to the Lord your God an animal from your flock or herd at the place the Lord will choose as a dwelling for his Name.(A)

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11 And rejoice(A) before the Lord your God at the place he will choose as a dwelling for his Name(B)—you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, the Levites(C) in your towns, and the foreigners,(D) the fatherless and the widows living among you.(E)

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If a Levite moves from one of your towns anywhere in Israel where he is living, and comes in all earnestness to the place the Lord will choose,(A)

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take some of the firstfruits(A) of all that you produce from the soil of the land the Lord your God is giving you and put them in a basket. Then go to the place the Lord your God will choose as a dwelling for his Name(B)

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29 Why do you[a] scorn my sacrifice and offering(A) that I prescribed for my dwelling?(B) Why do you honor your sons more than me by fattening yourselves on the choice parts of every offering made by my people Israel?’

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Samuel 2:29 The Hebrew is plural.
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I intend, therefore, to build a temple(A) for the Name of the Lord my God, as the Lord told my father David, when he said, ‘Your son whom I will put on the throne in your place will build the temple for my Name.’(B)

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16 ‘Since the day I brought my people Israel out of Egypt,(A) I have not chosen a city in any tribe of Israel to have a temple built so that my Name(B) might be there, but I have chosen(C) David(D) to rule my people Israel.’

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The Lord said to him:

“I have heard(A) the prayer and plea you have made before me; I have consecrated this temple, which you have built, by putting my Name(B) there forever. My eyes(C) and my heart will always be there.

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Now I am about to build a temple(A) for the Name of the Lord my God and to dedicate it to him for burning fragrant incense(B) before him, for setting out the consecrated bread(C) regularly, and for making burnt offerings(D) every morning and evening and on the Sabbaths,(E) at the New Moons(F) and at the appointed festivals of the Lord our God. This is a lasting ordinance for Israel.

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But now I have chosen Jerusalem(A) for my Name(B) to be there, and I have chosen David(C) to rule my people Israel.’

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12 the Lord appeared(A) to him at night and said:

“I have heard your prayer and have chosen(B) this place for myself(C) as a temple for sacrifices.

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16 I have chosen(A) and consecrated this temple so that my Name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will always be there.

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12 May God, who has caused his Name to dwell there,(A) overthrow any king or people who lifts a hand to change this decree or to destroy this temple in Jerusalem.

I Darius(B) have decreed it. Let it be carried out with diligence.

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15 Moreover, you are to take with you the silver and gold that the king and his advisers have freely given(A) to the God of Israel, whose dwelling(B) is in Jerusalem,

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Lord, I love(A) the house where you live,
    the place where your glory dwells.(B)

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68 but he chose the tribe of Judah,(A)
    Mount Zion,(B) which he loved.

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12 The Lord will inherit(A) Judah(B) as his portion in the holy land and will again choose(C) Jerusalem.

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