Bible: Leviticus 23:33-43

The Festival of Booths

23:33 The Lord spoke to Moses: 23:34 Tell the Israelites, ‘On the fifteenth day of this seventh month is the Festival of Temporary Shelters 1  for seven days to the Lord. 23:35 On the first day is a holy assembly; you must do no regular work. 2  23:36 For seven days you must present a gift to the Lord. On the eighth day there is to be a holy assembly for you, and you must present a gift to the Lord. It is a solemn assembly day; 3  you must not do any regular work.

23:37‘These are the appointed times of the Lord that you must proclaim as holy assemblies to present a gift to the Lordburnt offering, grain offering, sacrifice, and drink offerings, 4  each day according to its regulation, 5  23:38 besides 6  the Sabbaths of the Lord and all your gifts, votive offerings, and freewill offerings which you must give to the Lord.

23:39‘On 7  the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you gather in the produce of the land, you must celebrate a pilgrim festival of the Lord for seven days. On the first day is a complete rest and on the eighth day is complete rest. 23:40 On the first day you must take for yourselves branches from majestic trees 8 palm branches, branches of leafy trees, and willows of the brook – and you must rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days. 23:41 You must celebrate it as a pilgrim festival to the Lord for seven days in the year. This is a perpetual statute throughout your generations; 9  you must celebrate it in the seventh month. 23:42 You must live in temporary shelters 10  for seven days; every native citizen in Israel must live in temporary shelters, 23:43 so that your future generations may know that I made the Israelites live in temporary shelters when I brought them out from the land of Egypt. I am the Lord your God.’

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