Bible: Deuteronomy 12:1-8

The Central Sanctuary

12:1 These are the statutes and ordinances you must be careful to obey as long as you live in the land the Lord, the God of your ancestors, 1  has given you to possess. 2  12:2 You must by all means destroy 3  all the places where the nations you are about to dispossess worship their gods – on the high mountains and hills and under every leafy tree. 4  12:3 You must tear down their altars, shatter their sacred pillars, 5  burn up their sacred Asherah poles, 6  and cut down the images of their gods; you must eliminate their very memory from that place. 12:4 You must not worship the Lord your God the way they worship. 12:5 But you must seek only the place he 7  chooses from all your tribes to establish his name as his place of residence, 8  and you must go there. 12:6 And there you must take your burnt offerings, your sacrifices, your tithes, the personal offerings you have prepared, 9  your votive offerings, your freewill offerings, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks. 12:7 Both you and your families 10  must feast there before the Lord your God and rejoice in all the output of your labor with which he 11  has blessed you. 12:8 You must not do like we are doing here today, with everyone 12  doing what seems best to him,

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