Deuteronomy 18

1“The family group of Levi will not get any share of land in Israel. Those people will serve as priests. They will live by eating the sacrifices that are cooked on the fire and offered to the Lord. That is the share for the people from the Levi family group. 2Those Levites will not get any share of land like the other family groups. The Levites’ share is the Lord himself, just like the Lord said to them. 3“When you kill a cow or a sheep for a sacrifice, you must give the priests these parts: the shoulder, both cheeks, and the stomach. 4You must give the priests the first part of your harvest. You must give them the first part of your grain, your new wine, and your oil. You must give the Levites the first wool cut from your sheep. 5Why? Because the Lord your God looked at all your family groups and chose Levi and his descendants to serve him as priests forever. 6“˻Every Levite man has a special time to work at the temple. But if he wants to work there some other time too, then he may work anytime he wants.˼ Any Levite living in any town anywhere in Israel may leave his home and come to the Lord’s special place. He may do this any time he wants. 7And this Levite may serve in the name of the Lord his God, the same as all his brother Levites that are on duty before the Lord. 8And that Levite will get an equal share with the other Levites, in addition to the share his family normally gets. 9“When you come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you, don’t learn to do the terrible things the people of the other nations there do. 10Don’t sacrifice your sons or daughters in the fires on your altars. Don’t try to learn what will happen in the future by talking to a fortune teller or by going to a magician, a witch or a sorcerer. 11Don’t let anyone try to put magic spells on other people. Don’t let any of your people become a medium or a wizard. And no person should try to talk with someone that has died. 12The Lord your God hates people doing those things. That is why he is forcing those other nations out of this country for you. 13You must be faithful to the Lord your God. 14“You must force those other nations out of your land. The people of those nations listen to people who use magic and try to tell the future. But the Lord your God will not let you do those things. 15The Lord your God will send to you a prophet. This prophet will come from among your own people. He will be like me. You must listen to this prophet. 16God will send you this prophet because that is what you asked him to do. When you were gathered together at Mount Horeb ˻(Sinai)˼, ˻you were afraid of God’s voice and the great fire you saw on the mountain. So˼ you said, 'Don’t let us hear the voice of the Lord our God again! Don’t let us see that great fire or we will die!’ 17“The Lord said to me, 'The thing they ask for is good. 18I will send them a prophet like you. This prophet will be one of their own people. I will tell him the things he must say. And he will tell the people everything I command. 19This prophet will speak for me. And when he speaks, if any person refuses to listen to my commands, then I will punish that person.’ 20“But a prophet might say something that I did not tell him to say. And he might tell people that he is speaking for me. If this happens, then that prophet must be killed. Also, a prophet might come that speaks for other gods. That prophet must also be killed. 21You might be thinking, 'How can we know if something a prophet says is not from the Lord?’ 22If a prophet says he is speaking for the Lord, but the thing does not happen, then you will know that the Lord did not say it. You will know that this prophet was speaking his own ideas. You don’t need to be afraid of him.

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