If a prophet,1 or one who foretells by dreams,2 appears among you and announces to you a miraculous sign or wonder,
and if the sign3 or wonder of which he has spoken takes place, and he says, "Let us follow other gods"4 (gods you have not known) "and let us worship them,"
you must not listen to the words of that prophet5 or dreamer.6 The LORD your God is testing7 you to find out whether you love8 him with all your heart and with all your soul.
It is the LORD your God you must follow,9 and him you must revere.10 Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast11 to him.
That prophet or dreamer must be put to death,12 because he preached rebellion against the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt and redeemed you from the land of slavery; he has tried to turn13 you from the way the LORD your God commanded you to follow. You must purge the evil14 from among you.
If your very own brother, or your son or daughter, or the wife you love, or your closest friend secretly entices15 you, saying, "Let us go and worship other gods"16 (gods that neither you nor your fathers have known,