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Deuteronomy 16:9-12

The Festival of Weeks

16:9 You must count seven weeks; you must begin to count them 1  from the time you begin to harvest the standing grain. 16:10 Then you are to celebrate the Festival of Weeks 2  before the Lord your God with the voluntary offering 3  that you will bring, in proportion to how he 4  has blessed you. 16:11 You shall rejoice before him 5  – you, your son, your daughter, your male and female slaves, the Levites in your villages, 6  the resident foreigners, the orphans, and the widows among you – in the place where the Lord chooses to locate his name. 16:12 Furthermore, remember that you were a slave in Egypt, and so be careful to observe these statutes.

1 tn Heb “the seven weeks.” The translation uses a pronoun to avoid redundancy in English.

2 tn The Hebrew phrase חַג שָׁבֻעוֹת (khag shavuot) is otherwise known in the OT (Exod 23:16) as קָצִיר (qatsir, “harvest”) and in the NT as πεντηχοστή (penthcosth, “Pentecost”).

3 tn Heb “the sufficiency of the offering of your hand.”

4 tn Heb “the Lord your God.” See note on “he” in 16:1.

5 tn Heb “the Lord your God.” See note on “he” in 16:1.

6 tn Heb “gates.”

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