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Deuteronomy 17 :: New American Standard Bible 2020 (NASB20)

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Administration of Justice

Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 17:1 - “You shall not sacrifice to the LORD your God an ox or a sheep which has a blemish or any [fn]defect, for that is a detestable thing to the LORD your God.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 17:2 - “If there is found in your midst, in any of your [fn]towns which the LORD your God is giving you, a man or a woman who does what is evil in the sight of the LORD your God, by violating His covenant,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 17:3 - and that person has gone and served other gods and worshiped them, or the sun, the moon, or any of the heavenly [fn]lights, which I have commanded not to do,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 17:4 - and if it is reported to you and you have heard about it, then you shall investigate thoroughly. And [fn]if it is true and the report is trustworthy that this detestable thing has been done in Israel,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 17:5 - then you are to bring out to your gates that man or woman who has done this evil deed, that is, the man or the woman, and you shall stone them to [fn]death.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 17:6 - “On the [fn]testimony of two witnesses or three witnesses, the [fn]condemned shall be put to death; he shall not be put to death on the [fn]testimony of only one witness.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 17:7 - “The hands of the witnesses shall be first against him to put him to death, and afterward the hands of all the people. So you shall eliminate the evil from your midst.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 17:8 - “If a case is too difficult for you to decide, between [fn]one kind of homicide or another, between [fn]one kind of lawsuit or another, and between [fn]one kind of assault or another, that are cases of dispute in your [fn]courts, then you shall arise and go up to the place which the LORD your God chooses.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 17:9 - “So you shall come to the Levitical priests or the judge who is in office in those days, and you shall inquire of them and they will declare to you the [fn]verdict.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 17:10 - “Then you shall act in accordance with the [fn]terms of the verdict which they declare to you from that place which the LORD chooses; and you shall be careful to act in accordance with everything that they instruct you to do.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 17:11 - “In accordance with the [fn]terms of the law about which they instruct you, and in accordance with the verdict which they tell you, you shall act; you shall not turn aside from the word which they declare to you, to the right or the left.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 17:12 - “But the person who acts insolently by not listening to the priest who stands there to serve the LORD your God, nor to the judge, that person shall die; so you shall eliminate the evil from Israel.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 17:13 - “Then all the people will hear and be afraid, and will not act insolently again.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 17:14 - “When you enter the land which the LORD your God is giving you, and you take possession of it and live in it, and you say, ‘I will appoint a king over me like all the nations who are around me,’
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 17:15 - you shall in fact appoint a king over you whom the LORD your God chooses. One from among your countrymen you shall appoint as king over yourselves; you may not put a foreigner over yourselves, anyone who is not your countryman.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 17:16 - “In any case, he is not to acquire many horses for himself, nor shall he make the people return to Egypt in order to acquire many horses, since the LORD has said to you, ‘You shall never again return that way.’
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 17:17 - “And he shall not acquire many wives for himself, so that his heart does not turn away; nor shall he greatly increase silver and gold for himself.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 17:18 - “Now it shall come about, when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write for himself a copy of this Law on a scroll [fn]in the presence of the Levitical priests.
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 17:19 - “And it shall be with him, and he shall read it all the days of his life, so that he will learn to fear the LORD his God, [fn]by carefully following all the words of this Law and these statutes,
Unchecked Copy BoxDeu 17:20 - so that his heart will not be haughty toward his countrymen, and that he will not turn away from the commandment to the right or the left, so that he and his sons may [fn]live long in his kingdom in the midst of Israel.
NASB20 Footnotes
Lit bad thing
Lit gates
Lit host
Lit behold, true
Lit death with stones
Lit mouth
Lit one dying
Lit mouth
Lit blood to blood
Lit lawsuit to lawsuit
Lit blow to blow
Lit gates
Lit word of decision
Lit mouth
Lit mouth
Lit from before
Lit to keep do them,
Lit prolong days

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