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Chapter 18

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1The levitical priests, the whole tribe of Levi, shall have no allotment or inheritance within Israel. They may eat the sacrifices that are the LORD's portion a Meaning of Heb uncertain 2but they shall have no inheritance among the other members of the community; the LORD is their inheritance, as he promised them.

3This 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, the two jowls, and the stomach. 4The first fruits of your grain, your wine, and your oil, as well as the first of the fleece of your sheep, you shall give him. 5For the LORD your God has chosen Levi a Or prophets out of all your tribes, to stand and minister in the name of the LORD, him and his sons for all time.

6If a Levite leaves any of your towns, from wherever he has been residing in Israel, and comes to the place that the LORD will choose (and he may come whenever he wishes), 7then he may minister in the name of the LORD his God, like all his fellow‐Levites who stand to minister there before the LORD. 8They shall have equal portions to eat, even though they have income from the sale of family possessions. b Or such prophets

9When you come into the land that the LORD your God is giving you, you must not learn to imitate the abhorrent practices of those nations. 10No one shall be found among you who makes a son or daughter pass through fire, or who practices divination, or is a soothsayer, or an augur, or a sorcerer, 11or one who casts spells, or who consults ghosts or spirits, or who seeks oracles from the dead. 12For whoever does these things is abhorrent to the LORD; it is because of such abhorrent practices that the LORD your God is driving them out before you. 13You must remain completely loyal to the LORD your God. 14Although these nations that you are about to dispossess do give heed to soothsayers and diviners, as for you, the LORD your God does not permit you to do so.

15The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet c Or mouths of the prophets like me from among your own people; you shall heed such a prophet. d Heb he 16This is what you requested of the LORD your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you said: “If I hear the voice of the LORD my God any more, or ever again see this great fire, I will die.” 17Then the LORD replied to me: “They are right in what they have said. 18I will raise up for them a prophet c Or mouths of the prophets like you from among their own people; I will put my words in the mouth of the prophet, a Or prepare roads to them who shall speak to them everything that I command. 19Anyone who does not heed the words that the prophet b Heb two‐thirds shall speak in my name, I myself will hold accountable. 20But any prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, or who presumes to speak in my name a word that I have not commanded the prophet to speak—that prophet shall die.” 21You may say to yourself, “How can we recognize a word that the LORD has not spoken?” 22If a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD but the thing does not take place or prove true, it is a word that the LORD has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously; do not be frightened by it.

Notes:

b Meaning of Heb uncertain

c Or prophets

d Or such prophets

a Or mouths of the prophets

b Heb he

c Or prepare roads to them

a Heb two‐thirds

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