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Deuteronomy 18 (English Standard Version)

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Provision for Priests and Levites

1 "The Levitical priests, all the tribe of Levi, 1shall have no portion or inheritance with Israel. They 2shall eat the LORD's food offeringsa as theirb inheritance. 2 They shall have no inheritance among their brothers; the LORD is their inheritance, as he promised them. 3 And this shall be the priests' due from the people, from those offering a sacrifice, whether an ox or a sheep: 3they shall give to the priest the shoulder and the two cheeks and the stomach. 4 4The firstfruits of your grain, of your wine and of your oil, and the first fleece of your sheep, you shall give him. 5 For the LORD your God has chosen him out of all your tribes 5to stand and minister in the name of the LORD, him and his sons for all time. 6 "And if a Levite comes from any of your towns out of all Israel, 6where he lives--and he may come when he desiresc--7to the place that the LORD will choose, 7 and ministers in the name of the LORD his God, 8like all his fellow Levites who stand to minister there before the LORD, 8 then he may have equal 9portions to eat, besides what he receives from the sale of his patrimony.d

Abominable Practices

9 "When you come into the land that the LORD your God is giving you, 10you shall not learn to follow the abominable practices of those nations. 10 There shall not be found among you anyone 11who burns his son or his daughter as an offering,e anyone who 12practices divination or 13tells fortunes or interprets omens, or 14a sorcerer 11 or a charmer or 15a medium or a necromancer or 16one who inquires of the dead, 12 17for whoever does these things is an abomination to the LORD. And 18because of these abominations the LORD your God is driving them out before you. 13 You shall be blameless before the LORD your God, 14 for these nations, which you are about to dispossess, listen to fortune-tellers and to diviners. But as for you, the LORD your God has not allowed you to do this.

A New Prophet like Moses

15 19"The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers--it is to him you shall listen-- 16 just as you desired of the LORD your God at Horeb 20on the day of the assembly, when you said, 21'Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God or see this great fire any more, lest I die.' 17 And the LORD said to me, 22'They are right in what they have spoken. 18 23I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. 24And I will put my words in his mouth, and 25he shall speak to them all that I command him. 19 26And whoever will 27not listen to my words that he shall speak in my name, I myself will require it of him. 20 28But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name that I have not commanded him to speak, orf who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.' 21 And if you say in your heart, 'How may we know the word that the LORD has not spoken?'-- 22 29when a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word that the LORD has not spoken; 30the prophet has spoken it presumptuously. You need not be afraid of him.
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