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Deuteronomy 18
New Living Translation

Gifts for the Priests and Levites

18"Remember that the Levitical priests—that is, the whole of the tribe of Levi—will receive no allotment of land among the other tribes in Israel. Instead, the priests and Levites will eat from the special gifts given to the LORD, for that is their share.H3548H3881H7626H3878H2506H5159H3478H398H801H3068H801H5159 2They will have no land of their own among the Israelites. The LORD himself is their special possession, just as he promised them.H5159H7130H251H3068H5159H1696 3"These are the parts the priests may claim as their share from the cattle, sheep, and goats that the people bring as offerings: the shoulder, the cheeks, and the stomach.H3548H4941H5971H2076H2077H7794H7716H5414H3548H2220H3895H6896 4You must also give to the priests the first share of the grain, the new wine, the olive oil, and the wool at shearing time.H7225H1715H8492H3323H7225H1488H6629H5414 5For the LORD your God chose the tribe of Levi out of all your tribes to minister in the LORD's name forever.H3068H430H977H7626H5975H8334H8034H3068H1121H3117 6"Suppose a Levite chooses to move from his town in Israel, wherever he is living, to the place the LORD chooses for worship.H3881H935H259H8179H3478H1481H935H185H5315H4725H3068H977 7He may minister there in the name of the LORD his God, just like all his fellow Levites who are serving the LORD there.H8334H8034H3068H430H251H3881H5975H6440H3068 8He may eat his share of the sacrifices and offerings, even if he also receives support from his family.H2506H398H4465H1

A Call to Holy Living

9"When you enter the land the LORD your God is giving you, be very careful not to imitate the detestable customs of the nations living there.H935H776H3068H430H5414H3925H6213H8441H1471 10For example, never sacrifice your son or daughter as a burnt offering. And do not let your people practice fortune-telling, or use sorcery, or interpret omens, or engage in witchcraft,H4672H1121H1323H5674H784H7080H7081H6049H5172H3784 11or cast spells, or function as mediums or psychics, or call forth the spirits of the dead.H2266H2267H7592H178H3049H1875H4191 12Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD. It is because the other nations have done these detestable things that the LORD your God will drive them out ahead of you.H6213H8441H3068H1558H8441H3068H430H3423H6440 13But you must be blameless before the LORD your God.H8549H3068H430 14The nations you are about to displace consult sorcerers and fortune-tellers, but the LORD your God forbids you to do such things."H1471H3423H8085H6049H7080H3068H430H5414

True and False Prophets

15Moses continued, "The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him.H3068H430H6965H5030H7130H251H8085 16For this is what you yourselves requested of the LORD your God when you were assembled at Mount Sinai. You said, 'Don't let us hear the voice of the LORD our God anymore or see this blazing fire, for we will die.'H7592H3068H430H2722H3117H6951H559H8085H3254H6963H3068H430H7200H1419H784H4191 17"Then the LORD said to me, 'What they have said is right.H3068H559H3190H1696 18I will raise up a prophet like you from among their fellow Israelites. I will put my words in his mouth, and he will tell the people everything I command him.H6965H5030H7130H251H5414H1697H6310H1696H6680 19I will personally deal with anyone who will not listen to the messages the prophet proclaims on my behalf.H376H8085H1697H1696H8034H1875 20But any prophet who falsely claims to speak in my name or who speaks in the name of another god must die.'H5030H2102H1696H1697H8034H6680H1696H1696H8034H312H430H5030H4191 21"But you may wonder, 'How will we know whether or not a prophecy is from the LORD?'H559H3824H3045H1697H3068H1696 22If the prophet speaks in the LORD's name but his prediction does not happen or come true, you will know that the LORD did not give that message. That prophet has spoken without my authority and need not be feared.H5030H1696H8034H3068H1697H935H1697H3068H1696H5030H1696H2087H1481


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