Deuteronomy 17 (New International Version)

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1 Do not sacrifice to the LORD your God an ox or a sheep that has any defect1 or flaw in it, for that would be detestable2 to him.3 2 If a man or woman living among you in one of the towns the LORD gives you is found doing evil in the eyes of the LORD your God in violation of his covenant,4 3 and contrary to my command5 has worshiped other gods,6 bowing down to them or to the sun7 or the moon or the stars of the sky,8 4 and this has been brought to your attention, then you must investigate it thoroughly. If it is true9 and it has been proved that this detestable thing has been done in Israel,10 5 take the man or woman who has done this evil deed to your city gate and stone that person to death.11 6 On the testimony of two or three witnesses a man shall be put to death, but no one shall be put to death on the testimony of only one witness.12 7 The hands of the witnesses must be the first in putting him to death,13 and then the hands of all the people.14 You must purge the evil15 from among you.

Law Courts

8 If cases come before your courts that are too difficult for you to judge16--whether bloodshed, lawsuits or assaults17--take them to the place the LORD your God will choose.18 9 Go to the priests, who are Levites,19 and to the judge20 who is in office at that time. Inquire of them and they will give you the verdict.21 10 You must act according to the decisions they give you at the place the LORD will choose. Be careful to do everything they direct you to do. 11 Act according to the law they teach you and the decisions they give you. Do not turn aside from what they tell you, to the right or to the left.22 12 The man who shows contempt23 for the judge or for the priest who stands ministering24 there to the LORD your God must be put to death.25 You must purge the evil from Israel.26 13 All the people will hear and be afraid, and will not be contemptuous again.27

The King

14 When you enter the land the LORD your God is giving you and have taken possession28 of it and settled in it,29 and you say, "Let us set a king over us like all the nations around us,"30 15 be sure to appoint31 over you the king the LORD your God chooses. He must be from among your own brothers.32 Do not place a foreigner over you, one who is not a brother Israelite. 16 The king, moreover, must not acquire great numbers of horses33 for himself34 or make the people return to Egypt35 to get more of them,36 for the LORD has told you, "You are not to go back that way again."37 17 He must not take many wives,38 or his heart will be led astray.39 He must not accumulate40 large amounts of silver and gold.41 18 When he takes the throne42 of his kingdom, he is to write43 for himself on a scroll a copy44 of this law, taken from that of the priests, who are Levites. 19 It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life45 so that he may learn to revere the LORD his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees46 20 and not consider himself better than his brothers and turn from the law47 to the right or to the left.48 Then he and his descendants will reign a long time over his kingdom in Israel.49
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