Administration of Justice
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°.
 ILit gates aDt 13:6-11
 aEx 22:20 bJb 31:26-28 cJr 7:22
 ILit death with stones aLv 24:14; Jsh 7:25
 ILit mouth aNu 35:30; Dt 19:15; Mt 18:16; Jn 8:17; 2Co 13:1; 1Ti 5:19; He 10:28
 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°.
 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
 aDt 19:17
 ILit mouth
 ILit mouth aDt 25:1
 aNu 15:30; Dt 1:43; 17:13; 18:20; Ho 4:4
 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.
 aDt 11:31; Jsh 21:43 b1S 8:5, 19, 20; 10:19
 ILit brother(s) aJr 30:21
 a1K 4:26; 10:26-29; Ps 20:7 bIs 31:1; Ezk 17:15 cEx 13:17, 18; Ho 11:5
 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°.
 ILit from before aDt 31:24-26
 ILit to keep to do them aDt 4:9, 10; Jsh 1:8
 ILit brothers aDt 5:32; 1K 15:5
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The things sacrificed must be sound.
 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 ¶ If² there be foundºª amongº you, within anyº of thy gatesº which² the LORDº thy Godº givethºª thee, manº or² woman,º that² hath wroughtºª² wickednessº in the sightº of the LORDº thy God,º in transgressingºª his covenant,º 3 And hath gone¹ª² and servedºª otherº gods,º and worshippedºª them, either the sun,º or² moon,º or² any² of the hostº of heaven,º which² I have not² commanded;ºª 4 And it be toldºª thee, and thou hast heardºª [of it], and enquiredºª diligently,ºª and, behold,² [it be] true,º [and] the thingº certain,ºª [that] such² abominationº is wroughtºª in Israel:º 5 Then shalt thou bring forthºª² that² manº or² that² woman,º which² have committedºª² that² wickedº thing,º unto² thy gates,º [even]² that manº or²² that woman,º and shalt stoneºª them with stones,º till they die.ºª 6 At² the mouthº of twoº witnesses,º or² threeº witnesses,º shall he that is worthy of deathºª be put to death;ºª [but] at² the mouthº of oneº witnessº he shall not² be put to death.ºª 7 The handsº of the witnessesº shall be² firstº upon him to put him to death,ºª and afterwardº the handsº of all² the people.º So thou shalt put¹ª the evil¹ awayºª² from amongº² you.
 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.
 Dt 4:19; 2K 21:3; Jb 31:26; Jr 7:22, 31; 8:2; 19:5; 32:35; Ezk 8:16.
 Dt 13:12; 19:18; Pv 25:2; Jn 7:51.
 Lv 24:14, 16; Dt 13:10; 21:21; 22:21, 24; Jsh 7:25.
 Nu 35:30; Dt 19:15; Mt 18:16; Jn 8:17; 2Co 13:1; 1Ti 5:19; He 10:28.
 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 ¶ If² there arise a matter¹ too hardºª² for² thee in judgment,º between² bloodº and blood,º between² pleaº and plea,º and between² strokeº and stroke,º [being] mattersº of controversyº within thy gates:º then shalt thou arise,ºª and get thee upºª into² the placeº which² the LORDº thy Godº shall choose;ºª 9 And thou shalt comeºª unto² the priestsº the Levites,º and unto² the judgeºª that² shall be² in those² days,º and enquire;ºª and they shall shewºª thee² the sentenceº of judgment:º 10 And thou shalt doºª according to²² the sentence,º¹ which² they of² that² placeº which² the LORDº shall chooseºª shall shewºª thee; and thou shalt observeºª to doºª according to all² that² they informºª thee: 11 According to² the sentenceº of the lawº which² they shall teachºª thee, and according to² the judgmentº which² they shall tellºª thee, thou shalt do:ºª thou shalt not² declineºª from² the sentenceº which² they shall shewºª thee, [to] the right hand,º nor [to] the left.º
 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.
 Dt 19:17; Jr 18:18; Ezk 44:24; Hg 2:11; Mal 2:7.
 Mt 22:2.
 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 manº that² will doºª presumptuously,º and will not² hearkenºª unto² the priestº that standethºª to ministerºª there² before² the LORDº thy God,º or² unto² the judge,ºª even that² manº shall die:ºª and thou shalt put awayºª the evilº from Israel.º² 13 And all² the peopleº shall hear,ºª and fear,ºª and do no² more² presumptuously.ºª
 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.
 Nu 15:30; Dt 13:11; 19:20.
14 ¶ When² thou art comeºª unto² the landº which² the LORDº thy Godº givethºª thee, and shalt possessºª it, and shalt dwellºª therein, and shalt say,ºª I will setºª a kingº over² me, like as all² the nationsº that² [are] aboutº me; 15 Thou shalt in any wise¹ª setºª [him] kingº over² thee, whom² the LORDº thy Godº shall choose:ºª [one] from amongº² thy brethrenº shalt thou setºª kingº over² thee: thou mayestºª not² setºª a strangerºº over² thee, which² [is] not² thy brother.º
 Lv 14:34; Dt 7:1; 12:9; 18:9; 26:1, 9; Jsh 1:13; 1S 8:5, 19; 12:19.
 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 But² he shall not² multiplyºª horsesº to himself, nor² cause² the peopleº to returnºª to Egypt,º to the end that² he should multiplyºª horses:º forasmuch as the LORDº hath saidºª unto you, Ye shall henceforthºª returnºª no² more² that² way.º 17 Neither² shall he multiplyºª wivesº to himself, that his heartº turn¹ª not away:²² neither² shall he greatlyº multiplyºª to himself silverº and gold.º 18 And it shall be,² when he sittethºª upon² the throneº of his kingdom,º that he shall writeºª him² a copyº of this² lawº in² a bookº out of [that which is] beforeº² the priestsº the Levites:º 19 And it shall be² with² him, and he shall readºª therein all² the daysº of his life:º that² he may learnºª to fearºª² the LORDº his God,º to keepºª² all² the wordsº of this² lawº and these² statutes,º to doºª them: 20 That his heartº be not² lifted upºª above his brethren,º² and that he turn not asideºª² from² the commandment,º [to] the right hand,º or [to] the left:º to the end that² he may prolongºª [his] daysº in² his kingdom,º he,² and his children,º in the midstº of Israel.º
 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.
 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.
 Dt 31:9, 25; 2K 11:12; 22:8; 2Ch 34:15.
 Dt 6:6; 11:18; Jsh 1:8; Ps 1:2; 119:97; Jn 5:39; 2Ti 3:15.
 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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