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Deuteronomy 18

The LORD is the priests' and Levites' inheritance.

Deuteronomy 18:1 The priestes of the Leuites, & all the tribe of Leui, must haue no part nor inheritaunce with Israel: but shall eate ye fierie offeringes of the Lorde, and his inheritaunce. Deuteronomy 18:2 Therfore shall they haue no inheritaunce among their brethren: but the Lorde he is their inheritaunce, as he hath sayde vnto them.

The priest's due.

Deuteronomy 18:3 And the priestes duetie of the people, and of them that offer, whether it be oxe or sheepe, they must geue vnto the priest the shoulder, & the two chekes, and the mawe. Deuteronomy 18:4 The first fruites also of thy corne, wine, and oyle, and the first of the fleece of thy sheepe shalt thou geue hym. Deuteronomy 18:5 For the Lorde thy God hath chosen hym out of all thy tribes, to stande and to minister in the name of the Lorde, he and his sonnes for euer.

The Levite's portion.

Deuteronomy 18:6 If a Leuite come out of any of thy cities of all Israel, where he is a soiourner, and come with all the lust of his heart vnto the place which the Lorde hath chosen: Deuteronomy 18:7 He shall minister in the name of the Lorde his God, as his other brethren the Leuites do which remayne there before the Lorde. Deuteronomy 18:8 And they shall haue lyke portions to eate, beside that which commeth of the sale of his patrimonie.

The abominations of the nations are to be avoided.

Deuteronomy 18:9 When thou art come into the lande which the Lorde thy God geueth thee, thou shalt not learne to do after the abhominations of those nations. Deuteronomy 18:10 Let there not be founde among you any one that maketh his sonne or his daughter to go through the fire, or that vseth witchcraft, or a regarder of tymes, or that regardeth the fleeyng of fowles. Deuteronomy 18:11 Or a sorcerer, or a charmer, or that coucelleth with spirites, or a soothsayer, or that asketh counsayle of the dead. Deuteronomy 18:12 For all that do such thynges, are abhomination vnto the Lorde: and because of these abhominations, the Lorde thy God doth cast them out before thee. Deuteronomy 18:13 Thou shalt be perfect therfore in the sight of the Lorde thy God. Deuteronomy 18:14 For these nations which thou shalt possesse, hearken vnto regarders of tymes, and vnto sorcerers: but the Lord thy God hath not suffered thee so to do.

Christ the Prophet is to be heard.

Deuteronomy 18:15 The Lorde thy God wyll stirre vp vnto thee a prophete among you, euen of thy brethren like vnto me, vnto hym ye shall hearken, Deuteronomy 18:16 Accordyng to all that thou desiredst of the Lorde thy God in Horeb in the day of the assemblie, when thou saydest: Let me heare the voyce of my Lorde God no more, nor see this great fire any more, that I dye not. Deuteronomy 18:17 And the Lorde sayde vnto me: They haue well spoken. Deuteronomy 18:18 I wyll raise them vp a prophete from among their brethren lyke vnto thee, and wyll put my wordes in his mouth, and he shall speake vnto them all that I shall commaunde hym. Deuteronomy 18:19 And whosoeuer wyll not hearken vnto my wordes, which he shall speake in my name, I wyll require it of hym.

The presumptuous prophet is to die.

Deuteronomy 18:20 But the prophete which shall presume to speake a worde in my name, which I haue not comaunded hym to speake, or that speaketh in the name of strauge gods, the same prophete shall dye. Deuteronomy 18:21 And if thou say in thine heart: howe shall we knowe the worde which the Lorde hath not spoken? Deuteronomy 18:22 Euen when a prophete speaketh in the name of the Lord, if the thing folowe not, nor come to passe: that is the thyng which the Lorde hath not spoken, but the prophete hath spoken it presumptuously: Thou shalt not therfore be afrayde of hym.

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