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19 “You shall bring the choice first fruits of your ground into the house of the Lord your God.

“You shall not [a]boil a young goat in its mother’s milk.

Conquest of the Land

20 “Behold, I am going to send an [b]Angel before you to keep and guard you on the way and to bring you to the place I have prepared. 21 Be on your guard before Him, listen to and obey His voice; do not be rebellious toward Him or provoke Him, for He will not pardon your transgression, since My Name (authority) is in Him.(A)

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Footnotes

  1. Exodus 23:19 This may have been a pagan practice, perhaps a fertility rite.
  2. Exodus 23:20 “Angel” has been capitalized here to reflect the likelihood that it is God appearing in a visible form (see note Gen 16:7).

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