Do not sacrifice to the LORD your God an ox or a sheep that has any defect1 or flaw in it, for that would be detestable2 to him.32
If a man or woman living among you in one of the towns the LORD gives you is found doing evil in the eyes of the LORD your God in violation of his covenant,43
and contrary to my command5 has worshiped other gods,6 bowing down to them or to the sun7 or the moon or the stars in the sky,84
and this has been brought to your attention, then you must investigate it thoroughly. If it is true9 and it has been proved that this detestable thing has been done in Israel,105
take the man or woman who has done this evil deed to your city gate and stone that person to death.116
On the testimony of two or three witnesses a person is to be put to death, but no one is to be put to death on the testimony of only one witness.127
The hands of the witnesses must be the first in putting that person to death,13 and then the hands of all the people.14 You must purge the evil15 from among you.
If cases come before your courts that are too difficult for you to judge16--whether bloodshed, lawsuits or assaults17--take them to the place the LORD your God will choose.189
Go to the Levitical19 priests and to the judge20 who is in office at that time. Inquire of them and they will give you the verdict.2110
You must act according to the decisions they give you at the place the LORD will choose. Be careful to do everything they instruct you to do.
Act according to whatever they teach you and the decisions they give you. Do not turn aside from what they tell you, to the right or to the left.2212
Anyone who shows contempt23 for the judge or for the priest who stands ministering24 there to the LORD your God is to be put to death.25 You must purge the evil from Israel.2613
All the people will hear and be afraid, and will not be contemptuous again.27
When you enter the land the LORD your God is giving you and have taken possession28 of it and settled in it,29 and you say, "Let us set a king over us like all the nations around us,"3015
be sure to appoint31 over you the king the LORD your God chooses. He must be from among your own people.32 Do not place a foreigner over you, one who is not an Israelite.
The king, moreover, must not acquire great numbers of horses33 for himself34 or make the people return to Egypt35 to get more of them,36 for the LORD has told you, "You are not to go back that way again."3717
He must not take many wives,38 or his heart will be led astray.39 He must not accumulate40 large amounts of silver and gold.4118
When he takes the throne42 of his kingdom, he is to write43 for himself on a scroll a copy44 of this law, taken from that of the Levitical priests.
It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life45 so that he may learn to revere the LORD his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees4620
and not consider himself better than his fellow Israelites and turn from the law47 to the right or to the left.48 Then he and his descendants will reign a long time over his kingdom in Israel.49