When you enter the land the LORD your God is giving you and have taken possession1 of it and settled in it,2 and you say, "Let us set a king over us like all the nations around us,"315
be sure to appoint4 over you the king the LORD your God chooses. He must be from among your own brothers.5 Do not place a foreigner over you, one who is not a brother Israelite.
The king, moreover, must not acquire great numbers of horses6 for himself7 or make the people return to Egypt8 to get more of them,9 for the LORD has told you, "You are not to go back that way again."1017
He must not take many wives,11 or his heart will be led astray.12 He must not accumulate13 large amounts of silver and gold.14