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Deuteronomy 18 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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Provision for Priests and Levites

Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 18:1 - “The Levitical priests, all the tribe of Levi, shall have no portion or inheritance with Israel. They shall eat the LORD’s food offerings[fn] as their[fn] inheritance.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 18:2 - They shall have no inheritance among their brothers; the LORD is their inheritance, as he promised them.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 18:3 - And this shall be the priests’ due from the people, from those offering a sacrifice, whether an ox or a sheep: they shall give to the priest the shoulder and the two cheeks and the stomach.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 18:4 - The firstfruits of your grain, of your wine and of your oil, and the first fleece of your sheep, you shall give him.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 18:5 - For the LORD your God has chosen him out of all your tribes to stand and minister in the name of the LORD, him and his sons for all time.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 18:6 - “And if a Levite comes from any of your towns out of all Israel, where he lives—and he may come when he desires[fn]—to the place that the LORD will choose,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 18:7 - and ministers in the name of the LORD his God, like all his fellow Levites who stand to minister there before the LORD,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 18:8 - then he may have equal portions to eat, besides what he receives from the sale of his patrimony.[fn]

Abominable Practices

Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 18:9 - “When you come into the land that the LORD your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominable practices of those nations.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 18:10 - There shall not be found among you anyone who burns his son or his daughter as an offering,[fn] anyone who practices divination or tells fortunes or interprets omens, or a sorcerer
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 18:11 - or a charmer or a medium or a necromancer or one who inquires of the dead,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 18:12 - for whoever does these things is an abomination to the LORD. And because of these abominations the LORD your God is driving them out before you.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 18:13 - You shall be blameless before the LORD your God,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 18:14 - for these nations, which you are about to dispossess, listen to fortune-tellers and to diviners. But as for you, the LORD your God has not allowed you to do this.

A New Prophet like Moses

Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 18:15 - “The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers—it is to him you shall listen—
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 18:16 - just as you desired of the LORD your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly, when you said, ‘Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God or see this great fire any more, lest I die.’
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 18:17 - And the LORD said to me, ‘They are right in what they have spoken.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 18:18 - I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. And I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 18:19 - And whoever will not listen to my words that he shall speak in my name, I myself will require it of him.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 18:20 - But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in my name that I have not commanded him to speak, or[fn] who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.’
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 18:21 - And if you say in your heart, ‘How may we know the word that the LORD has not spoken?’—
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 18:22 - when a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, if the word does not come to pass or come true, that is a word that the LORD has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it presumptuously. You need not be afraid of him.
ESV Footnotes
Or the offerings by fire to the LORD
Hebrew his
Or lives—if he comes enthusiastically
The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain
Hebrew makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire
Or and

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