When you enter the land the LORD your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate1 the detestable ways2 of the nations there.
Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter ina the fire,3 who practices divination4 or sorcery,5 interprets omens, engages in witchcraft,611
or casts spells,7 or who is a medium or spiritist8 or who consults the dead.
Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD, and because of these detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you.913
You must be blameless10 before the LORD your God.11
The nations you will dispossess listen to those who practice sorcery or divination.12 But as for you, the LORD your God has not permitted you to do so.
The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers.13 You must listen to him.
For this is what you asked of the LORD your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you said, "Let us not hear the voice of the LORD our God nor see this great fire anymore, or we will die."1417
The LORD said to me: "What they say is good.
I will raise up for them a prophet15 like you from among their brothers; I will put my words16 in his mouth,17 and he will tell them everything I command him.1819
If anyone does not listen19 to my words that the prophet speaks in my name,20 I myself will call him to account.2120
But a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded him to say, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods,22 must be put to death."2321
You may say to yourselves, "How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the LORD?"
If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the LORD does not take place or come true,24 that is a message the LORD has not spoken.25 That prophet has spoken presumptuously.26 Do not be afraid of him.