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Deuteronomy 18:1-22

18  “The Levite priests, all the tribe of Levi, shall not have share and estate among the Israelites: they shall eat Jehovah’s fire-offerings, Jehovah’s entail. 2  And they shall have no estate among their brothers; Jehovah is their estate, as he promised them. 3  “This shall be the priests’ due from the people: from the offerers of sacrifice, whether bull or sheep, the priest shall be given the shoulder and the cheeks and the maw; 4  the first of your grain, grape-juice, and oil, and the first of the fleeces of your sheep, you shall give to him; 5*  because him Jehovah has chosen out of all your tribes to have him stand to officiate in Jehovah’s name, him and his sons, evermore. 6  “And when a Levite comes from one of your localities anywhere in Israel where he has been finding a home, and comes in good earnest to the place Jehovah chooses 7  and officiates in the name of your God Jehovah like all his fellow-Levites who stand there before Jehovah, 8*  they shall eat share and share alike, aside from his family acquaintances. 9*  “When you come into the country your God Jehovah is giving you, you shall not learn to do like the detestable doings of those nations. 10  There shall not be found among you one who sends his child over through the fire, practices soothsaying or fortune-telling, or believes in signs, or a wizard or sorcerer, 11  or one who puts questions to a medium of any kind, or who consults the dead; 12  for anyone who does these things is detestable to Jehovah, and it is on account of these detestable doings that Jehovah is dispossessing them before you. 13  You shall be straightforward with your God Jehovah. 14  “For these nations that you are dispossessing used to listen to fortune-tellers and soothsayers; but not so has your God Jehovah given to you. Your God Jehovah will raise up for you 15  a prophet from among yourselves, a brother of yours, like me; to him you shall listen. 16  Just as you asked your God Jehovah at Horeb on the day of the assembly, ‘Let us not hear our God Jehovah’s voice anymore, nor see this great fire again, that we may not come to our death,’ 17  and Jehovah said to me ‘They are right in what they say; 18  I will raise up for then a prophet from among their brothers, like you, and put my words in his mouth, and he shall tell them whatever I commission him to; 19  and the man who does not listen to his words which he speaks in my name I will call to account. 20  Only a prophet who has the audacity to speak in my name a word I have not commanded him to, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die. 21  And as to your saying to yourself ‘How shall we know the word that Jehovah did not speak?’ 22  what a prophet speaks in Jehovah’s name and the thing is not a fact and does not come true, that is the thing Jehovah did not speak: you shall not quail at him.

Footnotes

18:5 Var. to stand before your God Jehovah to wait on him and to bless in his name or the same with commas
18:8 (last words) Lit. aside from his acquaintances on the fathers. Codd.* aside from his sales on the fathers. Conj.* aside from his acquaintances. ON MEDIUMS.
18:9 Codd. Because you are coming