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Deuteronomy 16:10-14 New English Translation (NET Bible)

10 Then you are to celebrate the Feast of Weeks[a] before the Lord your God with the voluntary offering[b] that you will bring, in proportion to how he[c] has blessed you. 11 You shall rejoice before him[d]—you, your son, your daughter, your male and female slaves, the Levites in your villages,[e] the resident foreigners,[f] the orphans, and the widows among you—in the place where the Lord chooses to locate his name. 12 Furthermore, remember that you were a slave in Egypt, and so be careful to observe these statutes.

The Feast of Temporary Shelters

13 You must celebrate the Feast of Shelters[g] for seven days, at the time of the grain and grape harvest.[h] 14 You are to rejoice in your festival, you, your son, your daughter, your male and female slaves, the Levites, the resident foreigners, the orphans, and the widows who are in your villages.[i]


  1. Deuteronomy 16:10 tn The Hebrew phrase חַג שָׁבֻעוֹת (khag shavuʿot) is otherwise known in the OT (Exod 23:16) as קָצִיר (qatsir, “harvest”) and in the NT as πεντηχοστή (pentēhchostē, “Pentecost”).
  2. Deuteronomy 16:10 tn Heb “the sufficiency of the offering of your hand.”
  3. Deuteronomy 16:10 tn Heb “the Lord your God.” See note on “he” in 16:1.
  4. Deuteronomy 16:11 tn Heb “the Lord your God.” See note on “he” in 16:1.
  5. Deuteronomy 16:11 tn Heb “gates.”
  6. Deuteronomy 16:11 sn The ger (גֵּר) “foreign resident” or “naturalized citizen,” (see Exod 12:19 and Deut 29:10-13) could make sacrifices (Lev 17:8; 22:18; Num 15:14) and participate in Israel’s religious festivals: Passover Exod 12:48; Day of Atonement Lev 16:29; Feast of Weeks Deut 16:10-14; Feast of Tabernacles Deut 31:12.
  7. Deuteronomy 16:13 tn The Hebrew phrase חַג הַסֻּכֹּת (khag hassukkot, “Feast of Shelters” or “Feast of Huts”) is traditionally known as the Feast of Tabernacles. The rendering “booths” (cf. NAB, NASB, NRSV) is now preferable to the traditional “tabernacles” (KJV, ASV, NIV) in light of the meaning of the term סֻכָּה (sukkah, “hut; booth”), but “booths” are frequently associated with trade shows and craft fairs in contemporary American English. Clearer is the English term “shelters” (so NCV, TEV, CEV, NLT). This feast was a commemoration of the wanderings of the Israelites after they left Egypt, in which they dwelt in temporary shelters.
  8. Deuteronomy 16:13 tn Heb “when you gather in your threshing-floor and winepress.”
  9. Deuteronomy 16:14 tn Heb “in your gates.”
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