Deuteronomy 18 (New American Standard)

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Portion of the Levites

1 "1The Levitical priests, the whole tribe of Levi, shall have no portion or inheritance with Israel; they shall eat the LORD'S offerings by fire and His aportion. 2 "2They shall have no inheritance among their bcountrymen; the LORD is their inheritance, as He cpromised them. 3 "3Now this shall be the priests' due from the people, from those who offer a sacrifice, either an ox or a sheep, of which they shall give to the priest the shoulder and the two cheeks and the stomach. 4 "You shall give him the 4first fruits of your grain, your new wine, and your oil, and the first shearing of your sheep. 5 "5For the LORD your God has chosen him and his sons from all your tribes, to 6stand dand serve in the name of the LORD forever . 6 "Now if a Levite comes from any of your etowns throughout Israel where he 7resides, and comes fwhenever he desires to the place which the LORD chooses, 7 then he shall serve in the name of the LORD his God, like all his fellow Levites who stand there before the LORD. 8 "8They shall eat gequal portions, except what they receive from the sale of their fathers' estates.

Spiritism Forbidden

9 "When you enter the land which the LORD your God gives you, you shall not learn to h9imitate the detestable things of those nations. 10 "There shall not be found among you anyone 10who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one 11who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, 11 or one who casts a spell, 12or a medium , or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. 12 "For whoever does these things is detestable to the LORD; and 13because of these detestable things the LORD your God will drive them out before you. 13 "14You shall be iblameless before the LORD your God. 14 "For those nations, which you shall dispossess, listen to those who 15practice witchcraft and to diviners, but as for you, the LORD your God has not allowed you to do so. 15 "16The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your jcountrymen, you shall listen to him. 16 "This is 17according to all that you asked of the LORD your God in Horeb on the day of the assembly, saying, 'Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, let me not see this great fire anymore, or I will die.' 17 "18The LORD said to me, 'They have kspoken well. 18 'I will raise up a prophet from among their lcountrymen like you, and 19I will put My words in his mouth, and 20he shall speak to them all that I command him. 19 '21It shall come about that whoever will not listen to My words which he shall speak in My name, I Myself will require it of him. 20 'But the prophet who speaks a word 22presumptuously in My name which I have not commanded him to speak, or 23which he speaks in the name of other gods, mthat prophet shall die.' 21 "nYou may say in your heart, 'How will we know the word which the LORD has not spoken?' 22 "24When a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the thing does not come about or come true, that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it 25presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.
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