17 You must not sacrifice to him 1 a bull or sheep that has a blemish or any other defect, because that is considered offensive 2 to the Lord your God. 2 Suppose a man or woman is discovered among you – in one of your villages 3 that the Lord your God is giving you – who sins before the Lord your God 4 and breaks his covenant 3 by serving other gods and worshiping them – the sun, 5 moon, or any other heavenly bodies which I have not permitted you to worship. 6 4 When it is reported to you and you hear about it, you must investigate carefully. If it is indeed true that such a disgraceful thing 7 is being done in Israel, 5 you must bring to your city gates 8 that man or woman who has done this wicked thing – that very man or woman – and you must stone that person to death. 9 6 At the testimony of two or three witnesses they must be executed. They cannot be put to death on the testimony of only one witness. 7 The witnesses 10 must be first to begin the execution, and then all the people 11 are to join in afterward. In this way you will purge evil from among you.
8 If a matter is too difficult for you to judge – bloodshed, 12 legal claim, 13 or assault 14 – matters of controversy in your villages 15 – you must leave there and go up to the place the Lord your God chooses. 16 9 You will go to the Levitical priests and the judge in office in those days and seek a solution; they will render a verdict. 10 You must then do as they have determined at that place the Lord chooses. Be careful to do just as you are taught. 11 You must do what you are instructed, and the verdict they pronounce to you, without fail. Do not deviate right or left from what they tell you. 12 The person who pays no attention 17 to the priest currently serving the Lord your God there, or to the verdict – that person must die, so that you may purge evil from Israel. 13 Then all the people will hear and be afraid, and not be so presumptuous again.
14 When you come to the land the Lord your God is giving you and take it over and live in it and then say, “I will select a king like all the nations surrounding me,” 15 you must select without fail 18 a king whom the Lord your God chooses. From among your fellow citizens 19 you must appoint a king – you may not designate a foreigner who is not one of your fellow Israelites. 20 16 Moreover, he must not accumulate horses for himself or allow the people to return to Egypt to do so, 21 for the Lord has said you must never again return that way. 17 Furthermore, he must not marry many 22 wives lest his affections turn aside, and he must not accumulate much silver and gold. 18 When he sits on his royal throne he must make a copy of this law 23 on a scroll 24 given to him by the Levitical priests. 19 It must be with him constantly and he must read it as long as he lives, so that he may learn to revere the Lord his God and observe all the words of this law and these statutes and carry them out. 20 Then he will not exalt himself above his fellow citizens or turn from the commandments to the right or left, and he and his descendants will enjoy many years ruling over his kingdom 25 in Israel.
18 The Levitical priests 1 – indeed, the entire tribe of Levi – will have no allotment or inheritance with Israel; they may eat the burnt offerings of the Lord and of his inheritance. 2 2 They 3 will have no inheritance in the midst of their fellow Israelites; 4 the Lord alone is their inheritance, just as he had told them. 3 This shall be the priests’ fair allotment 5 from the people who offer sacrifices, whether bull or sheep – they must give to the priest the shoulder, the jowls, and the stomach. 4 You must give them the best of your 6 grain, new wine, and olive oil, as well as the best of your wool when you shear your flocks. 5 For the Lord your God has chosen them and their sons from all your tribes to stand 7 and serve in his name 8 permanently. 6 Suppose a Levite comes by his own free will 9 from one of your villages, from any part of Israel where he is living, 10 to the place the Lord chooses 7 and serves in the name of the Lord his God like his fellow Levites who stand there before the Lord. 8 He must eat the same share they do, despite any profits he may gain from the sale of his family’s inheritance. 11
9 When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, you must not learn the abhorrent practices of those nations. 10 There must never be found among you anyone who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, 12 anyone who practices divination, 13 an omen reader, 14 a soothsayer, 15 a sorcerer, 16 11 one who casts spells, 17 one who conjures up spirits, 18 a practitioner of the occult, 19 or a necromancer. 20 12 Whoever does these things is abhorrent to the Lord and because of these detestable things 21 the Lord your God is about to drive them out 22 from before you. 13 You must be blameless before the Lord your God. 14 Those nations that you are about to dispossess listen to omen readers and diviners, but the Lord your God has not given you permission to do such things.
15 The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you – from your fellow Israelites; 23 you must listen to him. 16 This accords with what happened at Horeb in the day of the assembly. You asked the Lord your God: “Please do not make us hear the voice of the Lord our 24 God any more or see this great fire any more lest we die.” 17 The Lord then said to me, “What they have said is good. 18 I will raise up a prophet like you for them from among their fellow Israelites. I will put my words in his mouth and he will speak to them whatever I command. 19 I will personally hold responsible 25 anyone who then pays no attention to the words that prophet 26 speaks in my name.
20 “But if any prophet presumes to speak anything in my name that I have not authorized 27 him to speak, or speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet must die. 21 Now if you say to yourselves, 28 ‘How can we tell that a message is not from the Lord?’ 29 – 22 whenever a prophet speaks in my 30 name and the prediction 31 is not fulfilled, 32 then I have 33 not spoken it; 34 the prophet has presumed to speak it, so you need not fear him.”