Deuteronomy 17 (Lexham English Bible)

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1 "You shall not sacrifice to Yahweh your God an ox or sheep {that has a physical defect}a {of anything seriously wrong},b for that [is] a detestable thing to Yahweh your God. 2 If [there] is found in one of your {towns}c that Yahweh your God [is] giving to you a man or a woman that does evil in the eyes of Yahweh your God to transgress his covenant 3 and by going and serving other gods and [so] he bows down to them and to the sun or to the moon or to any [of] the host of heaven {which I have forbidden},d 4 and it is reported to you or you hear [about it] and you enquire [about it] thoroughly and, indeed,e [the] trustworthiness of the deedf [has] been established, it {has occurred},g this detestable thing, in Israel, 5 then you shall bring out that man or that woman who hash done this evil thing to your gates; that is, the man or the woman, and you shall stone them with stones {to death}.i 6 {On the evidence of}j two or three witnesses {the person shall be put to death}.k The personl shall not be put to death by the mouth of one witness. 7 The hand of the witnesses shall be first against the personm to kill the person,n and afterward the handso [of] all the people, and [so] you shall purge the evil from your midst. 8 "{If a matter is too difficult for you},p [for example disputes] between blood and blood,q between legal claim and legal claimr and between assault and assaults [and between] matters of discernment in your {towns},t then you shall get up and you shall go to the place that Yahweh your God will choose; 9 then you shall go to the priests and the Levites and to the judge who will be [in office] in those days, and you shall enquire, and they shall announce to you {the verdict}.u 10 "And {you shall carry out exactly the decision}v that they announced to you from that place that Yahweh will choose, and {you shall diligently observe}w according to all that they instruct you. 11 [And so] according to {the instruction of the law}x that they teach you and according to the decisions that they say to you, you shall do; you shall not turn from the word that they tell you to the right or [to the] left. 12 And the man who treats with contempty [so as] not to listen to the priest [who] [is] standing to minister on behalf of Yahweh your God or to the judge, that man shall die; so you shall purge the evil from Israel. 13 And all the people will hear and will be afraid, and they will not behave presumptuously again. 14 "When you have come to that land that Yahweh your God [is] giving to you and you have taken possession of it and you have settled in it, and you say, 'I will set over me a king like all the nations that [are] around me,' 15 indeed, you may set a king over you whom Yahweh your God will choose, from the midst of your countrymenz you must set a king over you; you are not allowed to appoint over you a man, a foreigner, who [is] not your countryman.aa 16 Except, he may {not make numerous}bb for himself horses, and he may not allow the people to [to go] to Egypt {in order to increase horses},cc for Yahweh has said to you that {you may never return}.dd 17 And he must not {acquire many}ee wives for himself, so that his heart [would] turn aside; and {he must not accumulate silver and gold for himself excessively}.ff 18 "{And then}gg {when he is sitting}hh on the throne of his kingdom, then he shall write for himself a copy of this law on a scroll {before}ii the Levitical priests. 19 And it shall be with him, and he shall read itjj all the days of his life, so that he may learn to revere Yahweh your God by {diligently observing}kk all the word of this law and these rules, 20 [so as] not to exalt his heart above his countrymenll and not to turn aside from the commandment to the right or to the left, so that {he may reign long over his kingdom},mm he and his children in the midst of Israel."
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