NASB — Deuteronomy 17 — KJV

Administration of Justice

1aYou shall not sacrifice to the LORD your God an ox or a sheep which has a blemish [or] any Idefect, for that is a detestable thing to the LORD your God.

[1] ILit evil thing aDt 15:21

2 ¶ “aIf there is found in your midst, in any of your Itowns, which the LORD your God is giving you, a man or a woman who does what is evil in the sight of the LORD your God, by transgressing His covenant, 3 and has gone and aserved other gods and worshiped them, bor the sun or the moon or any of the heavenly host, cwhich I have not commanded, 4 and if it is told you and you have heard of it, then you shall inquire thoroughly. Behold, if it is true and the thing certain that this detestable thing has been done in Israel, 5 then you shall bring out that man or that woman who has done this evil deed to your gates, [that is], the man or the woman, and ayou shall stone them to Ideath. 6 aOn the Ievidence of two witnesses or three witnesses, he who is to die shall be put to death; he shall not be put to death on the Ievidence of one witness. 7 aThe hand of the witnesses shall be first against him to put him to death, and afterward the hand of all the people. bSo you shall purge the evil from your midst.

[2] ILit gates aDt 13:6-11
[3] aEx 22:20 bJb 31:26-28 cJr 7:22
[5] ILit death with stones aLv 24:14; Jsh 7:25
[6] ILit mouth aNu 35:30; Dt 19:15; Mt 18:16; Jn 8:17; 2Co 13:1; 1Ti 5:19; He 10:28
[7] aLv 24:14; Dt 13:9 b1Co 5:13

8 ¶ “aIf any case is too difficult for you to decide, between Ione kind of homicide or another, between IIone kind of lawsuit or another, and between IIIone kind of assault or another, being cases of dispute in your IVcourts, then you shall arise and go up to bthe place which the LORD your God chooses. 9 So you shall come to athe Levitical priest or the judge who is [in office] in those days, and you shall inquire [of them] and they will declare to you the verdict in the case. 10 You shall do according to the Iterms of the verdict which they declare to you from that place which the LORD chooses; and you shall be careful to observe according to all that they teach you. 11 aAccording to the Iterms of the law which they teach you, and according to the verdict which they tell you, you shall do; you shall not turn aside from the word which they declare to you, to the right or the left. 12 The man who acts apresumptuously by not listening to the priest who stands there to serve the LORD your God, nor to the judge, that man shall die; thus you shall purge the evil from Israel. 13 Then all the people will hear and be afraid, and will not act apresumptuously again.

[8] ILit blood to blood IILit judgment to judgment IIILit stroke to stroke IVLit gates a2Ch 19:10; Hg 2:11 bDt 12:5; Ps 122:5
[9] aDt 19:17
[10] ILit mouth
[11] ILit mouth aDt 25:1
[12] aNu 15:30; Dt 1:43; 17:13; 18:20; Ho 4:4
[13] aDt 17:12

14 ¶ “When you enter the land which the LORD your God gives you, and you apossess it and live in it, and you say, ‘bI will set a king over me like all the nations who are around me,’ 15 you shall surely set a king over you whom the LORD your God chooses, [one] afrom among your Icountrymen you shall set as king over yourselves; you may not put a foreigner over yourselves who is not your Icountryman. 16 aMoreover, he shall not multiply horses for himself, nor shall he bcause the people to return to Egypt to multiply horses, since cthe LORD has said to you, ‘You shall never again return that way.’ 17 aHe shall not multiply wives for himself, Ior else his heart will turn away; nor shall he greatly increase silver and gold for himself.

[14] aDt 11:31; Jsh 21:43 b1S 8:5, 19, 20; 10:19
[15] ILit brother(s) aJr 30:21
[16] a1K 4:26; 10:26-29; Ps 20:7 bIs 31:1; Ezk 17:15 cEx 13:17, 18; Ho 11:5
[17] ILit nor a2S 5:13; 12:11; 1K 11:3, 4

18 ¶ “Now it shall come about when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write for himself a copy of this law on a scroll Iain the presence of the Levitical priests. 19 It shall be with him and he shall read it aall the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the LORD his God, Iby carefully observing all the words of this law and these statutes, 20 that his heart may not be lifted up above his Icountrymen aand that he may not turn aside from the commandment, to the right or the left, so that he and his sons may continue long in his kingdom in the midst of Israel.

[18] ILit from before aDt 31:24-26
[19] ILit to keep to do them aDt 4:9, 10; Jsh 1:8
[20] ILit brothers aDt 5:32; 1K 15:5


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The things sacrificed must be sound.

1 ¶ Thou shalt not sacrifice unto the LORD thy God [any] bullock, or sheep, wherein is blemish, [or] any evilfavouredness: for that [is] an abomination unto the LORD thy God.

[1] Gn 41:3, 19; Ex 12:5; Lv 22:20; Dt 15:21; 23:18; 24:4; 25:16; Pv 6:16; 11:1; 15:8; 20:10; Mal 1:8, 13; He 9:14; 1P 1:19.

Idolaters must be slain.

2 ¶ If there be found among you, within any of thy gates which the LORD thy God giveth thee, man or woman, that hath wrought wickedness in the sight of the LORD thy God, in transgressing his covenant, 3 And hath gone and served other gods, and worshipped them, either the sun, or moon, or any of the host of heaven, which I have not commanded; 4 And it be told thee, and thou hast heard [of it], and enquired diligently, and, behold, [it be] true, [and] the thing certain, [that] such abomination is wrought in Israel: 5 Then shalt thou bring forth that man or that woman, which have committed that wicked thing, unto thy gates, [even] that man or that woman, and shalt stone them with stones, till they die. 6 At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death; [but] at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death. 7 The hands of the witnesses shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterward the hands of all the people. So thou shalt put the evil away from among you.

[2] Lv 26:15, 25; Dt 4:23; 13:6; 17:5; 29:18, 25; 31:20; Jsh 7:11, 15; 23:16; Jg 2:20; 2K 18:12; Jr 31:32; Ezk 16:38; Ho 6:7; 8:1; He 8:9.
[3] Dt 4:19; 2K 21:3; Jb 31:26; Jr 7:22, 31; 8:2; 19:5; 32:35; Ezk 8:16.
[4] Dt 13:12; 19:18; Pv 25:2; Jn 7:51.
[5] Lv 24:14, 16; Dt 13:10; 21:21; 22:21, 24; Jsh 7:25.
[6] Nu 35:30; Dt 19:15; Mt 18:16; Jn 8:17; 2Co 13:1; 1Ti 5:19; He 10:28.
[7] Dt 13:5, 9; 17:12; 19:19; 24:7; Jg 20:13; Ac 7:58; 1Co 5:13.

Hard controversies are to be determined by the priests and judges.

8 ¶ If there arise a matter too hard for thee in judgment, between blood and blood, between plea and plea, and between stroke and stroke, [being] matters of controversy within thy gates: then shalt thou arise, and get thee up into the place which the LORD thy God shall choose; 9 And thou shalt come unto the priests the Levites, and unto the judge that shall be in those days, and enquire; and they shall shew thee the sentence of judgment: 10 And thou shalt do according to the sentence, which they of that place which the LORD shall choose shall shew thee; and thou shalt observe to do according to all that they inform thee: 11 According to the sentence of the law which they shall teach thee, and according to the judgment which they shall tell thee, thou shalt do: thou shalt not decline from the sentence which they shall shew thee, [to] the right hand, nor [to] the left.

[8] Ex 18:26; 21:12, 20, 22, 28; 22:2; Nu 35:11, 16, 19; Dt 1:17; 12:5; 19:4, 10, 17; 1K 3:16; 2Ch 19:8; Ps 122:4; Hg 2:11; Mal 2:7.
[9] Dt 19:17; Jr 18:18; Ezk 44:24; Hg 2:11; Mal 2:7.
[10] Mt 22:2.
[11] Dt 5:32; 17:20; 28:14; Jsh 1:7; 23:6; 2S 14:19; Pv 4:27; Mal 2:8; Ro 13:1; Tit 3:1; 1P 2:13; 2P 2:10; Jde 1:8.

The contemner of that determination must die.

12 And the man that will do presumptuously, and will not hearken unto the priest that standeth to minister there before the LORD thy God, or unto the judge, even that man shall die: and thou shalt put away the evil from Israel. 13 And all the people shall hear, and fear, and do no more presumptuously.

[12] Nu 15:30; Dt 10:8; 13:5, 11; 17:7; 18:5, 7; Ezr 10:8; Ps 19:13; Pv 21:11; Jr 25:3; Ho 4:4; Mt 10:14; Lk 10:16; Jn 12:48; 20:23; 1Th 4:2, 8; 1Ti 5:20; He 10:26, 28.
[13] Nu 15:30; Dt 13:11; 19:20.

The election,

14 ¶ When thou art come unto the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, and shalt possess it, and shalt dwell therein, and shalt say, I will set a king over me, like as all the nations that [are] about me; 15 Thou shalt in any wise set [him] king over thee, whom the LORD thy God shall choose: [one] from among thy brethren shalt thou set king over thee: thou mayest not set a stranger over thee, which [is] not thy brother.

[14] Lv 14:34; Dt 7:1; 12:9; 18:9; 26:1, 9; Jsh 1:13; 1S 8:5, 19; 12:19.
[15] 1S 9:15; 10:24; 16:12; 2S 5:2; 1Ch 12:23; 22:10; 28:5; Ps 2:2, 6; Jr 2:25; 30:21; Mt 22:17.

and duty of a king.

16 But he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt, to the end that he should multiply horses: forasmuch as the LORD hath said unto you, Ye shall henceforth return no more that way. 17 Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that his heart turn not away: neither shall he greatly multiply to himself silver and gold. 18 And it shall be, when he sitteth upon the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write him a copy of this law in a book out of [that which is] before the priests the Levites: 19 And it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the days of his life: that he may learn to fear the LORD his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them: 20 That his heart be not lifted up above his brethren, and that he turn not aside from the commandment, [to] the right hand, or [to] the left: to the end that he may prolong [his] days in his kingdom, he, and his children, in the midst of Israel.

[16] Ex 13:17; 14:13; Nu 14:3; Dt 28:68; 1S 8:11; 2S 8:4; 1K 1:5; 4:26; 10:26; 2Ch 9:25; Ps 20:7; Is 31:1; 36:8; Jr 42:14, 15; Ezk 17:15; Ho 11:5; 14:3.
[17] Gn 2:24; 2S 3:2; 1K 10:21; 11:1; Ne 13:26; Ps 62:10; Pv 30:8; Mal 2:15; Mt 6:19; 13:22; 19:5, 23; Lk 12:15; 1Ti 6:9, 17.
[18] Dt 31:9, 25; 2K 11:12; 22:8; 2Ch 34:15.
[19] Dt 6:6; 11:18; Jsh 1:8; Ps 1:2; 119:97; Jn 5:39; 2Ti 3:15.
[20] Dt 4:2; 5:32; 8:2, 13; 12:25, 28, 32; 17:11; 1S 13:13; 15:23; 1K 11:12, 34, 36; 15:5; 2K 10:30; 14:10; 2Ch 25:19; 26:16; 32:25; 33:12, 19, 23; 34:27; Ps 19:11; 131:1; 132:12; Pv 10:27; 27:24; Ec 8:13; Is 2:12; Dn 5:20; Hab 2:4; 2Co 12:7; 1P 5:5.


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