Deuteronomy 17
American Standard Version
Detestable Sacrifices

1Thou shalt not sacrifice unto Jehovah thy God an ox, or a sheep, wherein is a blemish, or anything evil; for that is an abomination unto Jehovah thy God.

Purge the Idolater

2If there be found in the midst of thee, within any of thy gates which Jehovah thy God giveth thee, man or woman, that doeth that which is evil in the sight of Jehovah thy God, in transgressing his covenant, 3and hath gone and served other gods, and worshipped them, or the sun, or the moon, or any of the host of heaven, which I have not commanded; 4and it be told thee, and thou hast heard of it, then shalt thou inquire diligently; and, behold, if it be true, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought in Israel, 5then shalt thou bring forth that man or that woman, who hath done this evil thing, unto thy gates, even the man or the woman; and thou shalt stone them to death with stones. 6At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is to die be put to death; at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death. 7The hand of the witnesses shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterward the hand of all the people. So thou shalt put away the evil from the midst of thee.

Courts of Law

8If there arise a matter too hard for thee in judgment, between blood and blood, between plea and plea, and between stroke and stroke, being matters of controversy within thy gates; then shalt thou arise, and get thee up unto the place which Jehovah thy God shall choose; 9and thou shalt come unto the priests the Levites, and unto the judge that shall be in those days: and thou shalt inquire; and they shall show thee the sentence of judgment. 10And thou shalt do according to the tenor of the sentence which they shall show thee from that place which Jehovah shall choose; and thou shalt observe to do according to all that they shall teach thee: 11according to the tenor of the law which they shall teach thee, and according to the judgment which they shall tell thee, thou shalt do; thou shalt not turn aside from the sentence which they shall show thee, to the right hand, nor to the left. 12And the man that doeth presumptuously, in not hearkening unto the priest that standeth to minister there before Jehovah thy God, or unto the judge, even that man shall die: and thou shalt put away the evil from Israel. 13And all the people shall hear, and fear, and do no more presumptuously.

Election and Duties of Kings

14When thou art come unto the land which Jehovah thy God giveth thee, and shalt possess it, and shalt dwell therein, and shalt say, I will set a king over me, like all the nations that are round about me; 15thou shalt surely set him king over thee, whom Jehovah thy God shall choose: one from among thy brethren shalt thou set king over thee; thou mayest not put a foreigner over thee, who is not thy brother. 16Only he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt, to the end that he may multiply horses; forasmuch as Jehovah hath said unto you, Ye shall henceforth return no more that way. 17Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that his heart turn not away: neither shall he greatly multiply to himself silver and gold.

18And it shall be, when he sitteth upon the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write him a copy of this law in a book, out of that which is before the priests the Levites: 19and it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the days of his life; that he may learn to fear Jehovah his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them; 20that his heart be not lifted up above his brethren, and that he turn not aside from the commandment, to the right hand, or to the left: to the end that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he and his children, in the midst of Israel.

Section Headings Courtesy INT Bible
© 2012, Used by Permission
1. The things sacrificed must be sound
2. Idolaters must be slain
8. Hard controversies are to be determined by the priests and judges
12. The one who shows contempt for the judge must die
14. The election
16. and duty of a king
Deuteronomy 1: The Command to Leave Sinai

Deuteronomy 2: Wanderings in the Wilderness

Deuteronomy 3: King Og Defeated

Deuteronomy 4: An Exhortation to Obedience

Deuteronomy 5: The Covenant in Horeb

Deuteronomy 6: The Greatest Commandment

Deuteronomy 7: Casting Out the Nations

Deuteronomy 8: Remember the Lord Your God

Deuteronomy 9: Assurance of Victory

Deuteronomy 10: The New Tablets of Stone

Deuteronomy 11: Rewards of Obedience

Deuteronomy 12: One Place for Worship

Deuteronomy 13: Idolaters to Be Put to Death

Deuteronomy 14: Clean and Unclean Animals

Deuteronomy 15: The Seventh Year

Deuteronomy 16: The Feast of the Passover

Deuteronomy 17: Detestable Sacrifices

Deuteronomy 18: Provision for Priests and Levites

Deuteronomy 19: The Cities of Refuge

Deuteronomy 20: Laws of Warfare

Deuteronomy 21: The Atonement for An Unsolved Murder

Deuteronomy 22: Various Laws

Deuteronomy 23: Exclusion From the Congregation

Deuteronomy 24: Law of Divorce

Deuteronomy 25: Laws of Fairness

Deuteronomy 26: Offering Firstfruits and Tithes

Deuteronomy 27: The Altar on Mount Ebal

Deuteronomy 28: The Blessings of Obedience

Deuteronomy 29: The Covenant in Moab

Deuteronomy 30: Restoration Promised

Deuteronomy 31: Moses Encourages the People

Deuteronomy 32: The Song of Moses

Deuteronomy 33: The Majesty of God

Deuteronomy 34: The Death of Moses

Deuteronomy 16
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