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Deuteronomy

The priests' and Levites' portion.  Dt.18.1-8

1The levitical priests, the whole tribe of Levi, shall have no holding or patrimony in Israel; they shall eat the food-offerings of the LORD, their patrimony. 2They shall have no patrimony among their fellow-countrymen; the LORD is their patrimony, as he promised them.

3This shall be the customary due of the priests from those of the people who offer sacrifice, whether a bull or a sheep: the shoulders, the cheeks, and the stomach shall be given to the priest. 4You shall give him also the firstfruits of your corn and new wine and oil, and the first fleeces at the shearing of your flocks. 5For it was he whom the LORD your God chose from all your tribes to attend on the LORD and to minister in the name of the LORD, both he and his sons for all time.

6When a Levite comes from any settlement in Israel where he may be lodging to the place which the LORD will choose, if he comes in the eagerness of his heart 7and ministers in the name of the LORD his God, like all his fellow-Levites who attend on the LORD there, 8he shall have an equal share of food with them, besides what he may inherit from his father's family.

Pagan abominations forbidden.  Dt.18.9-13

9When you come into the land which the LORD your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the abominable customs of those other nations. 10Let no one be found among you who makes his son or daughter pass through fire, no augur or soothsayer or diviner or sorcerer, 11no one who casts spells or traffics with ghosts and spirits, and no necromancer. 12Those who do these things are abominable to the LORD, and it is because of these abominable practices that the LORD your God is driving them out before you. 13You shall be whole-hearted in your service of the LORD your God.

14These nations whose place you are taking listen to soothsayers and augurs, but the LORD your God does not permit you to do this.

Prophets: a promise and a warning.  Dt.18.15-22

15The LORD your God will raise up a prophet from among you like myself, and you shall listen to him. 16All this follows from your request to the LORD your God on Horeb on the day of the assembly. There you said, 'Let us not hear again the voice of the LORD our God, nor see this great fire again, or we shall die.' 17Then the LORD said to me, 'What they have said is right. 18I will raise up for them a prophet like you, one of their own race, and I will put my words into his mouth. He shall convey all my commands to them, 19and if anyone does not listen to the words which he will speak in my name I will require satisfaction from him. 20But the prophet who presumes to utter in my name what I have not commanded him or who speaks in the name of other gods—that prophet shall die.' 21If you ask yourselves, 'How shall we recognize a word that the LORD has not uttered?', this is the answer: 22When the word spoken by the prophet in the name of the LORD is not fulfilled and does not come true, it is not a word spoken by the LORD. The prophet has spoken presumptuously; do not hold him Or it in awe.


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