13 Suppose a prophet or one who foretells by dreams 1 should appear among you and show you a sign or wonder, 2 2 and the sign or wonder should come to pass concerning what he said to you, namely, “Let us follow other gods” – gods whom you have not previously known – “and let us serve them.” 3 You must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer, 3 for the Lord your God will be testing you to see if you love him 4 with all your mind and being. 5 4 You must follow the Lord your God and revere only him; and you must observe his commandments, obey him, serve him, and remain loyal to him. 5 As for that prophet or dreamer, 6 he must be executed because he encouraged rebellion against the Lord your God who brought you from the land of Egypt, redeeming you from that place of slavery, and because he has tried to entice you from the way the Lord your God has commanded you to go. In this way you must purge out evil from within. 7
6 Suppose your own full brother, 8 your son, your daughter, your beloved wife, or your closest friend should seduce you secretly and encourage you to go and serve other gods 9 that neither you nor your ancestors 10 have previously known, 11 7 the gods of the surrounding people (whether near you or far from you, from one end of the earth 12 to the other). 8 You must not give in to him or even listen to him; do not feel sympathy for him or spare him or cover up for him. 9 Instead, you must kill him without fail! 13 Your own hand must be the first to strike him, 14 and then the hands of the whole community. 10 You must stone him to death 15 because he tried to entice you away from the Lord your God, who delivered you from the land of Egypt, that place of slavery. 11 Thus all Israel will hear and be afraid; no longer will they continue to do evil like this among you. 16
12 Suppose you should hear in one of your cities, which the Lord your God is giving you as a place to live, that 13 some evil people 17 have departed from among you to entice the inhabitants of their cities, 18 saying, “Let’s go and serve other gods” (whom you have not known before). 19 14 You must investigate thoroughly and inquire carefully. If it is indeed true that such a disgraceful thing is being done among you, 20 15 you must by all means 21 slaughter the inhabitants of that city with the sword; annihilate 22 with the sword everyone in it, as well as the livestock. 16 You must gather all of its plunder into the middle of the plaza 23 and burn the city and all its plunder as a whole burnt offering to the Lord your God. It will be an abandoned ruin 24 forever – it must never be rebuilt again. 17 You must not take for yourself anything that has been placed under judgment. 25 Then the Lord will relent from his intense anger, show you compassion, have mercy on you, and multiply you as he promised your ancestors. 18 Thus you must obey the Lord your God, keeping all his commandments that I am giving 26 you today and doing what is right 27 before him. 28
14 You are children 1 of the Lord your God. Do not cut yourselves or shave your forehead bald 2 for the sake of the dead. 2 For you are a people holy 3 to the Lord your God. He 4 has chosen you to be his people, prized 5 above all others on the face of the earth. 3 You must not eat any forbidden 6 thing. 4 These are the animals you may eat: the ox, the sheep, the goat, 5 the ibex, 7 the gazelle, 8 the deer, 9 the wild goat, the antelope, 10 the wild oryx, 11 and the mountain sheep. 12 6 You may eat any animal that has hooves divided into two parts and that chews the cud. 13 7 However, you may not eat the following animals among those that chew the cud or those that have divided hooves: the camel, the hare, and the rock badger. 14 (Although they chew the cud, they do not have divided hooves and are therefore ritually impure to you). 8 Also the pig is ritually impure to you; though it has divided hooves, 15 it does not chew the cud. You may not eat their meat or even touch their remains. 9 These you may eat from among water creatures: anything with fins and scales you may eat, 10 but whatever does not have fins and scales you may not eat; it is ritually impure to you. 11 All ritually clean birds you may eat. 12 These are the ones you may not eat: the eagle, 16 the vulture, 17 the black vulture, 18 13 the kite, the black kite, the dayyah 19 after its species, 14 every raven after its species, 15 the ostrich, 20 the owl, 21 the seagull, the falcon 22 after its species, 16 the little owl, the long-eared owl, the white owl, 23 17 the jackdaw, 24 the carrion vulture, the cormorant, 18 the stork, the heron after its species, the hoopoe, the bat, 19 and any winged thing on the ground are impure to you – they may not be eaten. 25 20 You may eat any clean bird. 21 You may not eat any corpse, though you may give it to the resident foreigner who is living in your villages 26 and he may eat it, or you may sell it to a foreigner. You are a people holy to the Lord your God. Do not boil a young goat in its mother’s milk. 27
22 You must be certain to tithe 28 all the produce of your seed that comes from the field year after year. 23 In the presence of the Lord your God you must eat from the tithe of your grain, your new wine, 29 your olive oil, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks in the place he chooses to locate his name, so that you may learn to revere the Lord your God always. 24 When he 30 blesses you, if the 31 place where he chooses to locate his name is distant, 25 you may convert the tithe into money, secure the money, 32 and travel to the place the Lord your God chooses for himself. 26 Then you may spend the money however you wish for cattle, sheep, wine, beer, or whatever you desire. You and your household may eat there in the presence of the Lord your God and enjoy it. 27 As for the Levites in your villages, you must not ignore them, for they have no allotment or inheritance along with you. 28 At the end of every three years you must bring all the tithe of your produce, in that very year, and you must store it up in your villages. 29 Then the Levites (because they have no allotment or inheritance with you), the resident foreigners, the orphans, and the widows of your villages may come and eat their fill so that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work you do.