Offerings of Firstfruits and Tithes
“When you come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you for an
inheritance and have taken possession of it and live in it, you shall take some of the
first of all the fruit of the ground, which you harvest from your land that the Lord
your God is giving you, and you shall put it in a basket, and you shall go to the
place that the Lord your God will choose, to make his name to dwell there. And you
shall go to the priest who is in office at that time and say to him, ‘I declare today to
the Lord your God that I have come into the land that the Lord swore to our fathers
to give us.’ Then the priest shall take the basket from your hand and set it down
before the altar of the Lord your God.
“And you shall make response before the Lord your God, ‘A wandering
Aramean was my father. And he went down into Egypt and sojourned there, few in
number, and there he became a nation, great, mighty, and populous. And the
Egyptians treated us harshly and humiliated us and laid on us hard labor. Then we
cried to the Lord, the God of our fathers, and the Lord heard our voice and saw our
affliction, our toil, and our oppression. And the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a
mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with great deeds of terror, with signs and
wonders. And he brought us into this place and gave us this land, a land flowing
with milk and honey. And behold, now I bring the first of the fruit of the ground,
which you, O Lord, have given me.’ And you shall set it down before the Lord your
God and worship before the Lord your God. And you shall rejoice in all the good
that the Lord your God has given to you and to your house, you, and the Levite, and
the sojourner who is among you.
P: This is the Word of the Lord.
C: Thanks be to God.