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Deuteronomy 18

The LORD is the priests' and Levites' inheritance.

Deuteronomy 18:1 The priests and Levites, and all that are of the same tribe, shall have no part nor inheritance with the rest of Israel, because they shall eat the sacrifices of the Lord, and his oblations, Deuteronomy 18:2 And they shall receive nothing else of the possession of their brethren: for the Lord himself is their inheritance, as he hath said to them.

The priest's due.

Deuteronomy 18:3 This shall be the priest's due from the people, and from them that offer victims: whether they sacrifice an ox, or a sheep, they shall give to the priest the shoulder and the breast: Deuteronomy 18:4 The firstfruits also of corn, of wine, and of oil, and a part of the wool from the shearing of their sheep. Deuteronomy 18:5 For the Lord thy God hath chosen him of all thy tribes, to stand and to minister to the name of the Lord, him and his sons for ever.

The Levite's portion.

Deuteronomy 18:6 If a Levite go out of any one of the cities throughout all Israel, in which he dwelleth, and have a longing mind to come to the place which the Lord shall choose, Deuteronomy 18:7 He shall minister in the name of the Lord his God, as all his brethren the Levites do, that shall stand at that time before the Lord. Deuteronomy 18:8 He shall receive the same portion of food that the rest do: besides that which is due to him in his own city, by succession from his fathers.

The abominations of the nations are to be avoided.

Deuteronomy 18:9 When thou art come into the land which the Lord thy God shall give thee, beware lest thou have a mind to imitate the abominations of those nations. Deuteronomy 18:10 Neither let there be found among you any one that shall expiate his son or daughter, making them to pass through the fire: or that consulteth soothsayers, or observeth dreams and omens, neither let there be any wizard, Deuteronomy 18:11 Nor charmer, nor any one that consulteth pythonic spirits, or fortune tellers, or that seeketh the truth from the dead. Deuteronomy 18:12 For the Lord abhorreth all these things, and for these abominations he will destroy them at thy coming. Deuteronomy 18:13 Thou shalt be perfect, and without spot before the Lord thy God. Deuteronomy 18:14 These nations, whose land thou shalt possess, hearken to soothsayers and diviners: but thou art otherwise instructed by the Lord thy God.

Christ the Prophet is to be heard.

Deuteronomy 18:15 The Lord thy God will raise up to thee a PROPHET of thy nation and of thy brethren like unto me: him thou shalt hear: Deuteronomy 18:16 As thou desiredst of the Lord thy God in Horeb, when the assembly was gathered together, and saidst: Let me not hear any more the voice of the Lord my God, neither let me see any more this exceeding great fire, lest I die. Deuteronomy 18:17 And the Lord said to me: They have spoken all things well. Deuteronomy 18:18 I will raise them up a prophet out of the midst of their brethren like to thee: and I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I shall command him. Deuteronomy 18:19 And he that will not hear his words, which he shall speak in my name, I will be the revenger.

The presumptuous prophet is to die.

Deuteronomy 18:20 But the prophet, who being corrupted with pride, shall speak in my name things that I did not command him to say, or in the name of strange gods, shall be slain. Deuteronomy 18:21 And if in silent thought thou answer: How shall I know the word that the Lord hath not spoken? Deuteronomy 18:22 Thou shalt have this sign: Whatsoever that same prophet foretelleth in the name of the Lord, and it cometh not to pass: that thing the Lord hath not spoken, but the prophet hath forged it by the pride of his mind: and therefore thou shalt not fear him.

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