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Deuteronomy 13

Shun Idolatry

1 "1If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder,
2 and the sign or the wonder comes true, concerning which he spoke to you, saying, '2Let us go after other gods (whom you have not known ) and let us serve them,'
3 you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams; for the LORD your God is 3testing you to find out if 4you love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
4 "5You shall follow * the LORD your God and fear Him; and you shall keep His commandments, listen to His voice, serve Him, and 6cling to Him.
5 "But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be 7put to death, because he has counseled rebellion against the LORD your God who brought you from the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of slavery, 8to seduce you from the way in which the LORD your God commanded you to walk. 9So you shall purge the evil from among you.
6 "10If your brother, your mother's son, or your son or daughter, or the wife you cherish, or your friend who is as your own soul, entice you secretly, saying, '11Let us go and serve other gods ' (whom neither you nor your fathers have known,
7 of the gods of the peoples who are around you, near you or far from you, from one end of the earth to the other end ),
8 12you shall not yield to him or listen to him; 13and your eye shall not pity him, nor shall you spare or conceal him.
9 "14But you shall surely kill him; 15your hand shall be first against him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people.
10 "So you shall stone him to death because he has sought 16to seduce you from the LORD your God who brought you out from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery.
11 "Then 17all Israel will hear and be afraid, and will never again do such a wicked thing among you.
12 "If you hear in one of your cities, which the LORD your God is giving you to live in, anyone saying that
13 some worthless men have gone out from among you and have seduced the inhabitants of their city, saying, '18Let us go and serve other gods ' (whom you have not known ),
14 then you shall investigate and search out and inquire thoroughly. If it is true and the matter established that this abomination has been done among you,
15 19you shall surely strike the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword, utterly destroying it and all that is in it and its cattle with the edge of the sword.
16 "20Then you shall gather all its booty into the middle of its open square and burn the city and all its booty with fire as a whole burnt offering to the LORD your God; and it shall be a 21ruin forever. It shall never be rebuilt.
17 "Nothing from that which is put under the ban shall cling to your hand, in order that the LORD may turn from 22His burning anger and 23show mercy to you, and have compassion on you and 24make you increase, just 25as He has sworn to your fathers,
18 if you will listen to the voice of the LORD your God, keeping all His commandments which I am commanding you today, and doing what is right in the sight of the LORD your God.
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