Deuteronomy 18

Offerings for priests and Levites

1The Levitical priests – indeed, the whole tribe of Levi – are to have no land allotted to them or any inheritance with Israel. They shall live on the food offerings presented to the  Lord, for that is their inheritance. 2They shall have no inheritance among their fellow Israelites; the  Lord is their inheritance, as he promised them.

3This is the share due to the priests from the people who sacrifice a bull or a sheep: the shoulder, the internal organs and the meat from the head. 4You are to give them the firstfruits of your corn, new wine and olive oil, and the first wool from the shearing of your sheep, 5for the  Lord your God has chosen them and their descendants out of all your tribes to stand and minister in the  Lord’s name always.

6If a Levite moves from one of your towns anywhere in Israel where he is living, and comes in all earnestness to the place the  Lord will choose, 7he may minister in the name of the  Lord his God like all his fellow Levites who serve there in the presence of the  Lord. 8He is to share equally in their benefits even though he has received money from the sale of family possessions.

Occult practices

9When you enter the land the  Lord your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. 10Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practises divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, 11or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. 12Anyone who does these things is detestable to the  Lord; because of these same detestable practices the  Lord your God will drive out those nations before you. 13You must be blameless before the  Lord your God.

The prophet

14The nations you will dispossess listen to those who practise sorcery or divination. But as for you, the  Lord your God has not permitted you to do so. 15The  Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him. 16For this is what you asked of the  Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you said, ‘Let us not hear the voice of the  Lord our God nor see this great fire any more, or we will die.’

17The  Lord said to me: ‘What they say is good. 18I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their fellow Israelites, and I will put my words in his mouth. He will tell them everything I command him. 19I myself will call to account anyone who does not listen to my words that the prophet speaks in my name. 20But a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, is to be put to death.’

21You may say to yourselves, ‘How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the  Lord?’ 22If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the  Lord does not take place or come true, that is a message the  Lord has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously, so do not be alarmed.

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