Gen 1:1

(NIV)
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.
(ESV)
In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.

Gen 10:10

(NIV)
The first centres of his kingdom were Babylon, Uruk, Akkad and Kalneh, in Shinar.
(ESV)
The beginning of his kingdom was Babel, Erech, Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.

Gen 49:3

(NIV)
‘Reuben, you are my firstborn,
my might, the first sign of my strength,
excelling in honour, excelling in power.
(ESV)
Reuben, you are my firstborn,
my might, and the firstfruits of my strength,
preeminent in dignity and preeminent in power.

Exod 23:16

(NIV)
‘Celebrate the Festival of Harvest with the firstfruits of the crops you sow in your field.

‘Celebrate the Festival of Ingathering at the end of the year, when you gather in your crops from the field.

(ESV)
You shall keep the Feast of Harvest, of the firstfruits of your labor, of what you sow in the field. You shall keep the Feast of Ingathering at the end of the year, when you gather in from the field the fruit of your labor.

Exod 23:19

(NIV)
‘Bring the best of the firstfruits of your soil to the house of the  Lord your God.

‘Do not cook a young goat in its mother’s milk.

(ESV)
“The best of the firstfruits of your ground you shall bring into the house of the  Lord your God.

“You shall not boil a young goat in its mother’s milk.

Exod 34:22

(NIV)
‘Celebrate the Festival of Weeks with the firstfruits of the wheat harvest, and the Festival of Ingathering at the turn of the year.
(ESV)
You shall observe the Feast of Weeks, the firstfruits of wheat harvest, and the Feast of Ingathering at the year’s end.

Exod 34:26

(NIV)
‘Bring the best of the firstfruits of your soil to the house of the  Lord your God.

‘Do not cook a young goat in its mother’s milk.’

(ESV)
The best of the firstfruits of your ground you shall bring to the house of the  Lord your God. You shall not boil a young goat in its mother’s milk.”

Lev 2:12

(NIV)
You may bring them to the  Lord as an offering of the firstfruits, but they are not to be offered on the altar as a pleasing aroma.
(ESV)
As an offering of firstfruits you may bring them to the  Lord, but they shall not be offered on the altar for a pleasing aroma.

Lev 2:14

(NIV)
‘“If you bring a grain offering of firstfruits to the  Lord, offer crushed heads of new grain roasted in the fire.
(ESV)
“If you offer a grain offering of firstfruits to the  Lord, you shall offer for the grain offering of your firstfruits fresh ears, roasted with fire, crushed new grain.

Lev 23:10

(NIV)
‘Speak to the Israelites and say to them: “When you enter the land I am going to give you and you reap its harvest, bring to the priest a sheaf of the first grain you harvest.
(ESV)
Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, When you come into the land that I give you and reap its harvest, you shall bring the sheaf of the firstfruits of your harvest to the priest,

Lev 23:17

(NIV)
From wherever you live, bring two loaves made of one fifth of an ephah of the finest flour, baked with yeast, as a wave offering of firstfruits to the  Lord.
(ESV)
You shall bring from your dwelling places two loaves of bread to be waved, made of two tenths of an ephah. They shall be of fine flour, and they shall be baked with leaven, as firstfruits to the  Lord.

Lev 23:20

(NIV)
The priest is to wave the two lambs before the  Lord as a wave offering, together with the bread of the firstfruits. They are a sacred offering to the  Lord for the priest.
(ESV)
And the priest shall wave them with the bread of the firstfruits as a wave offering before the  Lord, with the two lambs. They shall be holy to the  Lord for the priest.

Num 13:20

(NIV)
How is the soil? Is it fertile or poor? Are there trees in it or not? Do your best to bring back some of the fruit of the land.’ (It was the season for the first ripe grapes.)

(ESV)
and whether the land is rich or poor, and whether there are trees in it or not. Be of good courage and bring some of the fruit of the land.” Now the time was the season of the first ripe grapes.

Num 15:20

(NIV)
Present a loaf from the first of your ground meal and present it as an offering from the threshing-floor.
(ESV)
Of the first of your dough you shall present a loaf as a contribution; like a contribution from the threshing floor, so shall you present it.

Num 15:21

(NIV)
Throughout the generations to come you are to give this offering to the  Lord from the first of your ground meal.

(ESV)
Some of the first of your dough you shall give to the  Lord as a contribution throughout your generations.

Num 18:12

(NIV)
‘I give you all the finest olive oil and all the finest new wine and grain they give to the  Lord as the firstfruits of their harvest.
(ESV)
All the best of the oil and all the best of the wine and of the grain the firstfruits of what they give to the  Lord, I give to you.

Num 18:13

(NIV)
All the land’s firstfruits that they bring to the  Lord will be yours. Everyone in your household who is ceremonially clean may eat it.

(ESV)
The first ripe fruits of all that is in their land, which they bring to the  Lord, shall be yours. Everyone who is clean in your house may eat it.

Num 24:20

(NIV)
Then Balaam saw Amalek and spoke his message:

‘Amalek was first among the nations,
but their end will be utter destruction.’
(ESV)
Then he looked on Amalek and took up his discourse and said,

Amalek was the first among the nations,
but its end is utter destruction.”

Num 28:26

(NIV)
‘“On the day of firstfruits, when you present to the  Lord an offering of new grain during the Festival of Weeks, hold a sacred assembly and do not do any of your ordinary work.
(ESV)
“On the day of the firstfruits, when you offer a grain offering of new grain to the  Lord at your Feast of Weeks, you shall have a holy convocation. You shall not do any ordinary work,

Deut 11:12

(NIV)
It is a land the  Lord your God cares for; the eyes of the  Lord your God are continually on it from the beginning of the year to its end.

(ESV)
a land that the  Lord your God cares for. The eyes of the  Lord your God are always upon it, from the beginning of the year to the end of the year.

Deut 18:4

(NIV)
You are to give them the firstfruits of your corn, new wine and olive oil, and the first wool from the shearing of your sheep,
(ESV)
The firstfruits of your grain, of your wine and of your oil, and the first fleece of your sheep, you shall give him.

Deut 21:17

(NIV)
He must acknowledge the son of his unloved wife as the firstborn by giving him a double share of all he has. That son is the first sign of his father’s strength. The right of the firstborn belongs to him.

(ESV)
but he shall acknowledge the firstborn, the son of the unloved, by giving him a double portion of all that he has, for he is the firstfruits of his strength. The right of the firstborn is his.

Deut 26:2

(NIV)
take some of the firstfruits of all that you produce from the soil of the land that the  Lord your God is giving you and put them in a basket. Then go to the place that the  Lord your God will choose as a dwelling for his Name
(ESV)
you shall take some of the first of all the fruit of the ground, which you harvest from your land that the  Lord your God is giving you, and you shall put it in a basket, and you shall go to the place that the  Lord your God will choose, to make his name to dwell there.

Deut 26:10

(NIV)
and now I bring the firstfruits of the soil that you,  Lord, have given me.’ Place the basket before the  Lord your God and bow down before him.
(ESV)
And behold, now I bring the first of the fruit of the ground, which you, O  Lord, have given me.’ And you shall set it down before the  Lord your God and worship before the  Lord your God.

Deut 33:21

(NIV)
He chose the best land for himself;
the leader’s portion was kept for him.
When the heads of the people assembled,
he carried out the  Lord’s righteous will,
and his judgments concerning Israel.’
(ESV)
He chose the best of the land for himself,
for there a commander’s portion was reserved;
and he came with the heads of the people,
with Israel he executed the justice of the  Lord,
and his judgments for Israel.”

1Sam 2:29

(NIV)
Why do you scorn my sacrifice and offering that I prescribed for my dwelling? Why do you honour your sons more than me by fattening yourselves on the choice parts of every offering made by my people Israel?”

(ESV)
Why then do you scorn my sacrifices and my offerings that I commanded for my dwelling, and honor your sons above me by fattening yourselves on the choicest parts of every offering of my people Israel?’

1Sam 15:21

(NIV)
The soldiers took sheep and cattle from the plunder, the best of what was devoted to God, in order to sacrifice them to the  Lord your God at Gilgal.’

(ESV)
But the people took of the spoil, sheep and oxen, the best of the things devoted to destruction, to sacrifice to the  Lord your God in Gilgal.”

2Kgs 4:42

(NIV)
A man came from Baal Shalishah, bringing the man of God twenty loaves of barley bread baked from the first ripe corn, along with some ears of new corn. ‘Give it to the people to eat,’ Elisha said.

(ESV)
A man came from Baal-shalishah, bringing the man of God bread of the firstfruits, twenty loaves of barley and fresh ears of grain in his sack. And Elisha said, “Give to the men, that they may eat.”

2Chr 31:5

(NIV)
As soon as the order went out, the Israelites generously gave the firstfruits of their grain, new wine, olive oil and honey and all that the fields produced. They brought a great amount, a tithe of everything.
(ESV)
As soon as the command was spread abroad, the people of Israel gave in abundance the firstfruits of grain, wine, oil, honey, and of all the produce of the field. And they brought in abundantly the tithe of everything.

Neh 10:35

(NIV)
‘We also assume responsibility for bringing to the house of the  Lord each year the firstfruits of our crops and of every fruit tree.

(ESV)
We obligate ourselves to bring the firstfruits of our ground and the firstfruits of all fruit of every tree, year by year, to the house of the  Lord;

Neh 10:37

(NIV)
‘Moreover, we will bring to the storerooms of the house of our God, to the priests, the first of our ground meal, of our grain offerings, of the fruit of all our trees and of our new wine and olive oil. And we will bring a tithe of our crops to the Levites, for it is the Levites who collect the tithes in all the towns where we work.
(ESV)
and to bring the first of our dough, and our contributions, the fruit of every tree, the wine and the oil, to the priests to the chambers of the house of our God; and to bring to the Levites the tithes from our ground, for it is the Levites who collect the tithes in all our towns where we labor.

Neh 12:44

(NIV)
At that time men were appointed to be in charge of the storerooms for the contributions, firstfruits and tithes. From the fields around the towns they were to bring into the storerooms the portions required by the Law for the priests and the Levites, for Judah was pleased with the ministering priests and Levites.
(ESV)
On that day men were appointed over the storerooms, the contributions, the firstfruits, and the tithes, to gather into them the portions required by the Law for the priests and for the Levites according to the fields of the towns, for Judah rejoiced over the priests and the Levites who ministered.

Neh 13:31

(NIV)
I also made provision for contributions of wood at designated times, and for the firstfruits.

Remember me with favour, my God.

(ESV)
and I provided for the wood offering at appointed times, and for the firstfruits.

Remember me, O my God, for good.

Job 8:7

(NIV)
Your beginnings will seem humble,
so prosperous will your future be.
(ESV)
And though your beginning was small,
your latter days will be very great.

Job 40:19

(NIV)
It ranks first among the works of God,
yet its Maker can approach it with his sword.
(ESV)
“He is the first of the works of God;
let him who made him bring near his sword!

Job 42:12

(NIV)
The  Lord blessed the latter part of Job’s life more than the former part. He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, a thousand yoke of oxen and a thousand donkeys.
(ESV)
And the  Lord blessed the latter days of Job more than his beginning. And he had 14,000 sheep, 6,000 camels, 1,000 yoke of oxen, and 1,000 female donkeys.

Ps 78:51

(NIV)
He struck down all the firstborn of Egypt,
the firstfruits of manhood in the tents of Ham.
(ESV)
He struck down every firstborn in Egypt,
the firstfruits of their strength in the tents of Ham.

Ps 105:36

(NIV)
Then he struck down all the firstborn in their land,
the firstfruits of all their manhood.
(ESV)
He struck down all the firstborn in their land,
the firstfruits of all their strength.

Ps 111:10

(NIV)
The fear of the  Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
all who follow his precepts have good understanding.
To him belongs eternal praise.
(ESV)
The fear of the  Lord is the beginning of wisdom;
all those who practice it have a good understanding.
His praise endures forever!

Prov 1:7

(NIV)
The fear of the  Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
but fools despise wisdom and instruction.
(ESV)
The fear of the  Lord is the beginning of knowledge;
fools despise wisdom and instruction.

Prov 3:9

(NIV)
Honour the  Lord with your wealth,
with the firstfruits of all your crops;
(ESV)
Honor the  Lord with your wealth
and with the firstfruits of all your produce;

Prov 4:7

(NIV)
The beginning of wisdom is this: get wisdom.
Though it cost all you have, get understanding.
(ESV)
The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom,
and whatever you get, get insight.

Prov 8:22

(NIV)
‘The  Lord brought me forth as the first of his works, ,
before his deeds of old;
(ESV)
“The  Lord possessed me at the beginning of his work,
the first of his acts of old.

Prov 17:14

(NIV)
Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam;
so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.
(ESV)
The beginning of strife is like letting out water,
so quit before the quarrel breaks out.

Eccl 7:8

(NIV)
The end of a matter is better than its beginning,
and patience is better than pride.
(ESV)
Better is the end of a thing than its beginning,
and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.

Isa 28:4

(NIV)
That fading flower, his glorious beauty,
set on the head of a fertile valley,
will be like figs ripe before harvest –
as soon as people see them and take them in hand,
they swallow them.
(ESV)
and the fading flower of its glorious beauty,
which is on the head of the rich valley,
will be like a first-ripe fig before the summer:
when someone sees it, he swallows it
as soon as it is in his hand.

Isa 46:10

(NIV)
I make known the end from the beginning,
from ancient times, what is still to come.
I say, “My purpose will stand,
and I will do all that I please.”
(ESV)
declaring the end from the beginning
and from ancient times things not yet done,
saying ‘My counsel shall stand,
and I will accomplish all my purpose,’

Jer 2:3

(NIV)
Israel was holy to the  Lord,
the firstfruits of his harvest;
all who devoured her were held guilty,
and disaster overtook them,”’
declares the  Lord.
(ESV)
Israel was holy to the  Lord,
the firstfruits of his harvest.
All who ate of it incurred guilt;
disaster came upon them,

declares the  Lord.”

Jer 24:2

(NIV)
One basket had very good figs, like those that ripen early; the other basket had very bad figs, so bad that they could not be eaten.

(ESV)
One basket had very good figs like first-ripe figs, but the other basket had very bad figs, so bad that they could not be eaten.

Jer 26:1

(NIV)
Early in the reign of Jehoiakim son of Josiah king of Judah, this word came from the  Lord:
(ESV)
In the beginning of the reign of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, this word came from the  Lord:

Jer 27:1

(NIV)
Early in the reign of Zedekiah son of Josiah king of Judah, this word came to Jeremiah from the  Lord:
(ESV)
In the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah the son of Josiah, king of Judah, this word came to Jeremiah from the  Lord.

Jer 28:1

(NIV)
In the fifth month of that same year, the fourth year, early in the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, the prophet Hananiah son of Azzur, who was from Gibeon, said to me in the house of the  Lord in the presence of the priests and all the people:
(ESV)
In that same year, at the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah, in the fifth month of the fourth year, Hananiah the son of Azzur, the prophet from Gibeon, spoke to me in the house of the  Lord, in the presence of the priests and all the people, saying,

Jer 49:34

(NIV)
This is the word of the  Lord that came to Jeremiah the prophet concerning Elam, early in the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah:

(ESV)
The word of the  Lord that came to Jeremiah the prophet concerning Elam, in the beginning of the reign of Zedekiah king of Judah.

Jer 49:35

(NIV)
This is what the  Lord Almighty says:

‘See, I will break the bow of Elam,
the mainstay of their might.
(ESV)
Thus says the  Lord of hosts: “Behold, I will break the bow of Elam, the mainstay of their might.

Ezek 20:40

(NIV)
For on my holy mountain, the high mountain of Israel, declares the Sovereign  Lord, there in the land all the people of Israel will serve me, and there I will accept them. There I will require your offerings and your choice gifts, along with all your holy sacrifices.
(ESV)
For on my holy mountain, the mountain height of Israel, declares the Lord  God, there all the house of Israel, all of them, shall serve me in the land. There I will accept them, and there I will require your contributions and the choicest of your gifts, with all your sacred offerings.

Ezek 44:30

(NIV)
The best of all the firstfruits and of all your special gifts will belong to the priests. You are to give them the first portion of your ground meal so that a blessing may rest on your household.
(ESV)
And the first of all the firstfruits of all kinds, and every offering of all kinds from all your offerings, shall belong to the priests. You shall also give to the priests the first of your dough that a blessing may rest on your house.

Ezek 48:14

(NIV)
They must not sell or exchange any of it. This is the best of the land and must not pass into other hands, because it is holy to the  Lord.

(ESV)
They shall not sell or exchange any of it. They shall not alienate this choice portion of the land, for it is holy to the  Lord.

Dan 11:41

(NIV)
He will also invade the Beautiful Land. Many countries will fall, but Edom, Moab and the leaders of Ammon will be delivered from his hand.
(ESV)
He shall come into the glorious land. And tens of thousands shall fall, but these shall be delivered out of his hand: Edom and Moab and the main part of the Ammonites.

Hos 9:10

(NIV)
‘When I found Israel,
it was like finding grapes in the desert;
when I saw your ancestors,
it was like seeing the early fruit on the fig-tree.
But when they came to Baal Peor,
they consecrated themselves to that shameful idol
and became as vile as the thing they loved.
(ESV)
Like grapes in the wilderness,
I found Israel.
Like the first fruit on the fig tree
in its first season,
I saw your fathers.
But they came to Baal-peor
and consecrated themselves to the thing of shame,
and became detestable like the thing they loved.

Amos 6:1

(NIV)
Woe to you who are complacent in Zion,
and to you who feel secure on Mount Samaria,
you notable men of the foremost nation,
to whom the people of Israel come!
(ESV)
Woe to those who are at ease in Zion,
and to those who feel secure on the mountain of Samaria,
the notable men of the first of the nations,
to whom the house of Israel comes!
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