Deuteronomy 18 NCV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 The priests are from the tribe of Levi, and that tribe will not receive a share of the land with the Israelites. They will eat the offerings made to the Lord by fire, which is their share. 1 The priests, who are Levites--indeed the whole tribe of Levi--are to have no allotment or inheritance with Israel. They shall live on the offerings made to the LORD by fire, for that is their inheritance.
2 They will not inherit any of the land like their brothers, but they will inherit the Lord himself, as he has promised them. 2 They shall have no inheritance among their brothers; the LORD is their inheritance, as he promised them.
3 When you offer a bull or sheep as a sacrifice, you must share with the priests, giving them the shoulder, the cheeks, and the inner organs. 3 This is the share due the priests from the people who sacrifice a bull or a sheep: the shoulder, the jowls and the inner parts.
4 Give them the first of your grain, new wine, and oil, as well as the first wool you cut from your sheep. 4 You are to give them the firstfruits of your grain, new wine and oil, and the first wool from the shearing of your sheep,
5 The Lord your God has chosen the priests and their descendants out of all your tribes to stand and serve the Lord always. 5 for the LORD your God has chosen them and their descendants out of all your tribes to stand and minister in the LORD's name always.
6 If a Levite moves from one of your towns anywhere in Israel where he lives and comes to the place the Lord will choose, because he wants to serve the Lord there, 6 If a Levite moves from one of your towns anywhere in Israel where he is living, and comes in all earnestness to the place the LORD will choose,
7 he may serve the Lord his God. He will be like his fellow Levites who serve there before the Lord. 7 he may minister in the name of the LORD his God like all his fellow Levites who serve there in the presence of the LORD.
8 They all will have an equal share of the food. That is separate from what he has received from the sale of family possessions. 8 He is to share equally in their benefits, even though he has received money from the sale of family possessions.
9 When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, don't learn to do the hateful things the other nations do. 9 When you enter the land the LORD your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there.
10 Don't let anyone among you offer a son or daughter as a sacrifice in the fire. Don't let anyone use magic or witchcraft, or try to explain the meaning of signs. 10 Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft,
11 Don't let anyone try to control others with magic, and don't let them be mediums or try to talk with the spirits of dead people. 11 or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead.
12 The Lord hates anyone who does these things. Because the other nations do these things, the Lord your God will force them out of the land ahead of you. 12 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.
13 But you must be innocent in the presence of the Lord your God. 13 You must be blameless before the LORD your God.
14 The nations you will force out listen to people who use magic and witchcraft, but the Lord your God will not let you do those things. 14 The nations you will dispossess listen to those who practice sorcery or divination. But as for you, the LORD your God has not permitted you to do so.
15 The Lord your God will give you a prophet like me, who is one of your own people. Listen to him. 15 The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers. You must listen to him.
16 This is what you asked the Lord your God to do when you were gathered at Mount Sinai. You said, "Don't make us listen to the voice of the Lord our God again, and don't make us look at this terrible fire anymore, or we will die." 16 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."
17 So the Lord said to me, "What they have said is good. 17 The LORD said to me: "What they say is good.
18 So I will give them a prophet like you, who is one of their own people. I will tell him what to say, and he will tell them everything I command. 18 I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers; I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I command him.
19 This prophet will speak for me; anyone who does not listen when he speaks will answer to me. 19 If anyone does not listen to my words that the prophet speaks in my name, I myself will call him to account.
20 But if a prophet says something I did not tell him to say as though he were speaking for me, or if a prophet speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet must be killed." 20 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, must be put to death."
21 You might be thinking, "How can we know if a message is not from the Lord?" 21 You may say to yourselves, "How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the LORD?"
22 If what a prophet says in the name of the Lord does not happen, it is not the Lord's message. That prophet was speaking his own ideas. Don't be afraid of him. 22 If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the LORD does not take place or come true, that is a message the LORD has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously. Do not be afraid of him.