and this has been brought to your attention, then you must investigate it thoroughly. If it is true1 and it has been proved that this detestable thing has been done in Israel,25
take the man or woman who has done this evil deed to your city gate and stone that person to death.36
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.47
The hands of the witnesses must be the first in putting him to death,5 and then the hands of all the people.6 You must purge the evil7 from among you.
If cases come before your courts that are too difficult for you to judge8--whether bloodshed, lawsuits or assaults9--take them to the place the LORD your God will choose.109
Go to the priests, who are Levites,11 and to the judge12 who is in office at that time. Inquire of them and they will give you the verdict.1310
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.
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.1412
The man who shows contempt15 for the judge or for the priest who stands ministering16 there to the LORD your God must be put to death.17 You must purge the evil from Israel.1813
All the people will hear and be afraid, and will not be contemptuous again.19