The man who shows contempt1 for the judge or for the priest who stands ministering2 there to the LORD your God must be put to death.3 You must purge the evil from Israel.413
All the people will hear and be afraid, and will not be contemptuous again.5
When you enter the land the LORD your God is giving you and have taken possession6 of it and settled in it,7 and you say, "Let us set a king over us like all the nations around us,"815
be sure to appoint9 over you the king the LORD your God chooses. He must be from among your own brothers.10 Do not place a foreigner over you, one who is not a brother Israelite.
The king, moreover, must not acquire great numbers of horses11 for himself12 or make the people return to Egypt13 to get more of them,14 for the LORD has told you, "You are not to go back that way again."1517
He must not take many wives,16 or his heart will be led astray.17 He must not accumulate18 large amounts of silver and gold.1918
When he takes the throne20 of his kingdom, he is to write21 for himself on a scroll a copy22 of this law, taken from that of the priests, who are Levites.
It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life23 so that he may learn to revere the LORD his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees2420
and not consider himself better than his brothers and turn from the law25 to the right or to the left.26 Then he and his descendants will reign a long time over his kingdom in Israel.27