NASB — Deuteronomy 18 — KJV

Portion of the Levites

1aThe Levitical priests, the whole tribe of Levi, shall have no portion or inheritance with Israel; they shall eat the LORDS offerings by fire and His Iportion. 2 aThey shall have no inheritance among their Icountrymen; the LORD is their inheritance, as He IIpromised them.

[1] IOr inheritance aDt 10:9; 1Co 9:13
[2] ILit brothers IILit spoke to aNu 18:20

3 ¶ “aNow 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. 4 You shall give him the afirst fruits of your grain, your new wine, and your oil, and the first shearing of your sheep. 5 aFor the LORD your God has chosen him and his sons from all your tribes, to bstand Iand serve in the name of the LORD forever.

[3] aLv 7:32-34; Nu 18:11, 12
[4] aNu 18:12
[5] ILit to aEx 29:9 bDt 10:8

6 ¶ “Now if a Levite comes from any of your Itowns throughout Israel where he aresides, and comes IIwhenever he desires to the place which the LORD chooses, 7 then he shall serve in the name of the LORD his God, like all his fellow Levites who stand there before the LORD. 8 aThey shall eat Iequal portions, except [what they receive] from the sale of their fathers’ [estates].

[6] ILit gates IILit with all the desire of his soul aNu 35:2, 3
[8] ILit portion like portion aLv 27:30-33; Nu 18:21-24; 2Ch 31:4; Ne 12:44

Spiritism Forbidden

9 ¶ “When you enter the land which the LORD your God gives you, you shall not learn to Iaimitate the detestable things of those nations. 10 There shall not be found among you anyone awho makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, one who uses divination, one bwho practices witchcraft, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, 11 or one who casts a spell, aor a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. 12 For whoever does these things is detestable to the LORD; and abecause of these detestable things the LORD your God will drive them out before you. 13 aYou shall be Iblameless before the LORD your God. 14 For those nations, which you shall dispossess, listen to those who apractice witchcraft and to diviners, but as for you, the LORD your God has not allowed you [to do] so.

[9] ILit do according to aDt 9:5
[10] aDt 12:31 bEx 22:18; Lv 19:26, 31; 20:6; Jr 27:9, 10; Mal 3:5
[11] aLv 19:31
[12] aLv 18:24
[13] ILit complete, perfect; or having integrity aGn 6:9; 17:1; Mt 5:48
[14] a2K 21:6

15 ¶ “aThe LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your Icountrymen, you shall listen to him. 16 This is aaccording 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 aThe LORD said to me, ‘They have Ispoken well. 18 I will raise up a prophet from among their Icountrymen like you, and aI will put My words in his mouth, and bhe shall speak to them all that I command him. 19 aIt 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. 20 But the prophet who speaks a word apresumptuously in My name which I have not commanded him to speak, or bwhich he speaks in the name of other gods, Ithat prophet shall die.’ 21 IYou may say in your heart, ‘How will we know the word which the LORD has not spoken?’ 22 aWhen 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 bpresumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.

[15] ILit brothers aMt 21:11; Lk 2:25-34; 7:16; 24:19; Jn 1:21, 25; 4:19; Ac 3:22; 7:37
[16] aEx 20:18, 19; Dt 5:23-27
[17] ILit done well what they have spoken aDt 5:28
[18] ILit brothers aIs 51:16; Jn 17:8 bJn 4:25; 8:28; 12:49, 50
[19] aAc 3:23; He 12:25
[20] ILit and that aDt 13:5; 17:12 bDt 13:1, 2; Jr 14:14; Zc 13:3
[21] ILit if you say
[22] aJr 28:9 bDt 18:20


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The LORD is the priests' and Levites' inheritance.

1 ¶ The priests the Levites, [and] all the tribe of Levi, shall have no part nor inheritance with Israel: they shall eat the offerings of the LORD made by fire, and his inheritance. 2 Therefore shall they have no inheritance among their brethren: the LORD [is] their inheritance, as he hath said unto them.

[1] Nu 18:8, 20; 26:62; Dt 10:9; 12:19; Jsh 13:14, 33; 18:7; 1Co 9:13; 1P 5:2.
[2] Gn 15:1; Ps 16:5; 73:24; 84:11; 119:57; Is 61:6; Lm 3:24; 1P 2:5, 9; Rv 1:5.

The priest's due.

3 ¶ And this shall be the priest's due from the people, from them that offer a sacrifice, whether [it be] ox or sheep; and they shall give unto the priest the shoulder, and the two cheeks, and the maw. 4 The firstfruit [also] of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the first of the fleece of thy sheep, shalt thou give him. 5 For the LORD thy God hath chosen him out of all thy tribes, to stand to minister in the name of the LORD, him and his sons for ever.

[3] Lv 7:30; Dt 12:27.
[4] Ex 22:29; 23:19; Lv 23:10, 17; Nu 18:12; Dt 26:9; 2Ch 31:4; Ne 12:44; Jb 21:20.
[5] Ex 28:1; Nu 3:10; 16:5, 9; 17:5; 25:13; Dt 10:8; 17:12.

The Levite's portion.

6 ¶ And if a Levite come from any of thy gates out of all Israel, where he sojourned, and come with all the desire of his mind unto the place which the LORD shall choose; 7 Then he shall minister in the name of the LORD his God, as all his brethren the Levites [do], which stand there before the LORD. 8 They shall have like portions to eat, beside that which cometh of the sale of his patrimony.

[6] Nu 35:2; Dt 12:5; 16:2; Ps 26:8; 27:4; 63:1; 84:5, 10; 1Ti 3:1; 1P 5:2.
[7] 2Ch 31:2.
[8] Lv 7:8, 14; Ne 12:44, 47; Lk 10:7; 1Co 9:7; 1Ti 5:17.

The abominations of the nations are to be avoided.

9 ¶ When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. 10 There shall not be found among you [any one] that maketh his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, [or] that useth divination, [or] an observer of times, or an enchanter, or a witch, 11 Or a charmer, or a consulter with familiar spirits, or a wizard, or a necromancer. 12 For all that do these things [are] an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee. 13 Thou shalt be perfect with the LORD thy God. 14 For these nations, which thou shalt possess, hearkened unto observers of times, and unto diviners: but as for thee, the LORD thy God hath not suffered thee so [to do].

[9] Lv 18:26, 30; Dt 12:29.
[10] Ex 22:18; Lv 18:21; 19:26, 31; 20:2, 26; Dt 12:31; 1S 28:3, 7, 9; 2K 16:3; 17:17; 21:6; 1Ch 10:13; 2Ch 28:3; 33:6; Ps 106:37; Is 8:19; 47:13; Jr 19:4; 32:35; Ac 19:19; Ga 5:20.
[11] 1S 28:11.
[12] Lv 18:24, 27; Dt 9:4.
[13] Gn 6:9; 17:1; Jb 1:1, 8; Ps 37:37; Mt 5:48; Php 3:12, 15; Rv 3:2.
[14] Gn 20:6; Dt 18:10; Ps 147:19; Ac 14:16.

Christ the Prophet is to be heard.

15 ¶ The LORD thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken; 16 According to all that thou desiredst of the LORD thy God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not. 17 And the LORD said unto me, They have well [spoken that] which they have spoken. 18 I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him. 19 And it shall come to pass, [that] whosoever will not hearken unto my words which he shall speak in my name, I will require [it] of him.

[15] Dt 5:5; 18:18; 34:10; Mt 17:5; Lk 9:35; 10:16; 24:19; Jn 1:45; 6:29; Ac 3:22; 7:37; 1Ti 2:5; He 1:1, 2; 2:1; 3:2; 1Jn 3:23.
[16] Ex 20:19; Dt 5:24; 9:10; He 12:19.
[17] Dt 5:28.
[18] Ex 40:26; Nu 12:6, 13; Dt 5:5; 18:15; 33:5; Ps 2:6; 110:4; Is 9:6; 50:4; 51:16; Zc 6:12; Mal 3:1; Lk 24:19; Jn 1:45; 4:25; 8:28; 12:49; 15:15; 17:18; Ga 3:19; 1Ti 2:5; He 3:2; 7:22; 12:24.
[19] Mk 16:16; Ac 3:22; He 2:3; 3:7; 10:26; 12:25.

The presumptuous prophet is to die.

20 But the prophet, which shall presume to speak a word in my name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the name of other gods, even that prophet shall die. 21 And if thou say in thine heart, How shall we know the word which the LORD hath not spoken? 22 When a prophet speaketh in the name of the LORD, if the thing follow not, nor come to pass, that [is] the thing which the LORD hath not spoken, [but] the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously: thou shalt not be afraid of him.

[20] Dt 13:1; 1K 18:19, 27, 40; Jr 2:8; 14:14; 23:13, 31; 27:15; 28:15; Ezk 13:6; Zc 13:3; Mt 7:15; 2P 2:12; Rv 19:20.
[21] 1Th 5:24; 1Jn 4:1; Rv 2:2.
[22] Dt 13:2; 18:20; 2K 20:1; Pv 26:2; Is 41:22; Jr 28:1, 15; Jna 3:4; 4:2; Zc 1:5.


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