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19 “As you reap each of your crops, bring me the choicest sample of the first day’s harvest; it shall be offered to the Lord your God.[a]

“Do not boil a young goat in its mother’s milk.

20 “See, I am sending an Angel before you to lead you safely to the land I have prepared for you. 21 Reverence him and obey all of his instructions; do not rebel against him, for he will not pardon your transgression; he is my representative—he bears my name.[b]

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Footnotes

  1. Exodus 23:19 it shall be offered to the Lord your God, literally, “you shall bring (it) into the house of Jehovah your God.”
  2. Exodus 23:21 he is my representative—he bears my name, literally, “my name is in him.”

19 “Bring the best of the firstfruits(A) of your soil to the house of the Lord your God.

“Do not cook a young goat in its mother’s milk.(B)

God’s Angel to Prepare the Way

20 “See, I am sending an angel(C) ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared.(D) 21 Pay attention to him and listen(E) to what he says. Do not rebel against him; he will not forgive(F) your rebellion,(G) since my Name(H) is in him.

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