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.17
The hands of the witnesses must be the first in putting him to death,2 and then the hands of all the people.3 You must purge the evil4 from among you.
If cases come before your courts that are too difficult for you to judge5--whether bloodshed, lawsuits or assaults6--take them to the place the LORD your God will choose.79
Go to the priests, who are Levites,8 and to the judge9 who is in office at that time. Inquire of them and they will give you the verdict.1010
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.1112
The man who shows contempt12 for the judge or for the priest who stands ministering13 there to the LORD your God must be put to death.14 You must purge the evil from Israel.1513
All the people will hear and be afraid, and will not be contemptuous again.16
When you enter the land the LORD your God is giving you and have taken possession17 of it and settled in it,18 and you say, "Let us set a king over us like all the nations around us,"1915
be sure to appoint20 over you the king the LORD your God chooses. He must be from among your own brothers.21 Do not place a foreigner over you, one who is not a brother Israelite.
The king, moreover, must not acquire great numbers of horses22 for himself23 or make the people return to Egypt24 to get more of them,25 for the LORD has told you, "You are not to go back that way again."26