Offering the Firstfruits

The Lord said to Moses, 10 “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When you enter the land I am going to give you(A) and you reap its harvest,(B) bring to the priest a sheaf(C) of the first grain you harvest.(D) 11 He is to wave the sheaf before the Lord(E) so it will be accepted(F) on your behalf; the priest is to wave it on the day after the Sabbath. 12 On the day you wave the sheaf, you must sacrifice as a burnt offering to the Lord a lamb a year old(G) without defect,(H) 13 together with its grain offering(I) of two-tenths of an ephah[a](J) of the finest flour mixed with olive oil—a food offering presented to the Lord, a pleasing aroma—and its drink offering(K) of a quarter of a hin[b] of wine.(L) 14 You must not eat any bread, or roasted or new grain,(M) until the very day you bring this offering to your God.(N) This is to be a lasting ordinance for the generations to come,(O) wherever you live.(P)

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Footnotes

  1. Leviticus 23:13 That is, probably about 7 pounds or about 3.2 kilograms; also in verse 17
  2. Leviticus 23:13 That is, about 1 quart or about 1 liter

18 He chose to give us birth(A) through the word of truth,(B) that we might be a kind of firstfruits(C) of all he created.

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These are those who did not defile themselves with women, for they remained virgins.(A) They follow the Lamb wherever he goes.(B) They were purchased from among mankind(C) and offered as firstfruits(D) to God and the Lamb.

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