Deuteronomy 18

Portion of the Levites

1 a  The Levitical priests, the whole tribe of Levi, shall have no portion or inheritance with Israel; they shall eat the  Lord’s offerings by fire and His
Or inheritance
2 c  They shall have no inheritance among their
Lit brothers
countrymen; the  Lord is their inheritance, as He
Lit spoke to
promised them.

3 f  Now this shall be the priests’ due from the people, from those who offer a sacrifice, either an ox or a sheep, of which they shall give to the priest the shoulder and the two cheeks and the stomach. 4You shall give him the g  first fruits of your grain, your new wine, and your oil, and the first shearing of your sheep. 5 h  “For the  Lord your God has chosen him and his sons from all your tribes, to i  stand
Lit to
and serve in the name of the  Lord forever.

6Now if a Levite comes from any of your
Lit gates
towns throughout Israel where he l  resides, and comes
Lit with all the desire of his soul
whenever he desires to the place which the  Lord chooses,
7then he shall serve in the name of the  Lord his God, like all his fellow Levites who stand there before the  Lord. 8 n  They shall eat
Lit portion like portion
equal portions, except what they receive from the sale of their fathers’ estates.

Spiritism Forbidden

9When you enter the land which the  Lord your God gives you, you shall not learn to
Lit do according to
q  imitate the detestable things of those nations.
10There shall not be found among you anyone r  who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one s  who practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, 11or one who casts a spell t  or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. 12For whoever does these things is detestable to the  Lord; and u  because of these detestable things the  Lord your God will drive them out before you. 13 v  “You shall be
Lit complete, perfect; or having integrity
blameless before the  Lord your God.
14For those nations, which you shall dispossess, listen to those who x  practice witchcraft and to diviners, but as for you, the  Lord your God has not allowed you to do so.

15 y  “The  Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your
Lit brothers
countrymen, you shall listen to him.
16“This is aa  according to all that you asked of the  Lord your God in Horeb on the day of the assembly, saying, ‘Let me not hear again the voice of the  Lord my God, let me not see this great fire anymore, or I will die.’ 17 ab  “The  Lord said to me, ‘They have
Lit done well what they have spoken
spoken well.
18I will raise up a prophet from among their
Lit brothers
countrymen like you, and ae  I will put My words in his mouth, and af  he shall speak to them all that I command him.
19ag  It shall come about that whoever will not listen to My words which he shall speak in My name, I Myself will require it of him. 20But the prophet who speaks a word ah  presumptuously in My name which I have not commanded him to speak, or ai  which he speaks in the name of other gods,
Lit and that
that prophet shall die.’
Lit if you say
You may say in your heart, ‘How will we know the word which the  Lord has not spoken?’
22 al  When a prophet speaks in the name of the  Lord, if the thing does not come about or come true, that is the thing which the  Lord has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it am  presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.
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