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Deuteronomy 17 - KJV

1 Thou ch. 15:21;Mal. 1:8,13shalt not sacrifice unto the Lord thy God any bullock, or [a]sheep, wherein is blemish, or any evil favouredness: for that is an abomination unto the Lord thy God.

The administration of justice

2 ch. 13:6If there be found among you, within any of thy gates which the Lord thy God giveth thee, man or woman, that hath wrought wickedness in the sight of the Lord thy God, Josh. 7:11;& 23:16;Judg. 2:20;2 Ki. 18:12;Hos. 8:1in transgressing his covenant,

3 And hath gone and served other gods, and worshipped them, either ch. 4:19;Job 31:26the sun, or moon, or any of the host of heaven, Jer. 7:22,23;& 19:5;& 32:35which I have not commanded;

4 ch. 13:12,14And it be told thee, and thou hast heard of it, and inquired diligently, and behold, it is true, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought in Israel:

5 Then shalt thou bring forth that man or that woman, which have committed that wicked thing, unto thy gates, even that man or that woman, and Lev. 24:14;ch. 13:10;Josh. 7:25shalt stone them with stones, till they die.

6 Num. 35:30;ch. 19:15;Mat. 18:16;John 8:17;2 Cor. 13:1;1 Tim. 5:19;Heb. 10:28At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is worthy of death be put to death; but at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death.

7 ch. 13:9;Acts 7:58The hands of the witnesses shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterward the hands of all the people. So ch. 13:5;& 19:19thou shalt put the evil away from among you.

8 2 Chr. 19:10;Hag. 2:11;Mal. 2:7If there arise a matter too hard for thee in judgment, Ex. 21:13, 20,22,28between blood and blood, between plea and plea, and between stroke and stroke, being matters of controversy within thy gates: then shalt thou arise, ch. 12:5;& 19:17and get thee up into the place which the Lord thy God shall choose;

9 And Jer. 18:18thou shalt come unto the priests the Levites, and ch. 19:17unto the judge that shall be in those days, and inquire; Ezek. 44:24and they shall shew thee the sentence of judgment:

10 And thou shalt do according to the sentence, which they of that place which the Lord shall choose shall shew thee; and thou shalt observe to do according to all that they inform thee:

11 According to the sentence of the law which they shall teach thee, and according to the judgment which they shall tell thee, thou shalt do: thou shalt not decline from the sentence which they shall shew thee, to the right hand, nor to the left.

12 And Num. 15:30the man that will do presumptuously, [b]and will not hearken unto the priest ch. 18:5,7that standeth to minister there before the Lord thy God, or unto the judge, even that man shall die: and ch. 13:5thou shalt put away the evil from Israel.

13 ch. 13:11;& 19:20And all the people shall hear, and fear, and do no more presumptuously.

The choice of a king

14 When thou art come unto the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee, and shalt possess it, and shalt dwell therein, and shalt say, 1 Sam. 8:5,19,20I will set a king over me, like as all the nations that are about me;

15 Thou shalt in any wise set him king over thee, 1 Sam. 10:24;1 Chr. 22:10whom the Lord thy God shall choose: one Jer. 30:21from among thy brethren shalt thou set king over thee: thou mayest not set a stranger over thee, which is not thy brother.

16 But he shall not multiply 1 Ki. 4:26;& 10:26,28horses to himself, nor cause the people Is. 31:1;Ezek. 17:15to return to Egypt, to the end that he should multiply horses: forasmuch as Ex. 13:17;Num. 14:3the Lord hath said unto you, ch. 28:68;Jer. 42:15;Hos. 11:5Ye shall henceforth return no more that way.

17 Neither shall he multiply wives to himself, that See 1 Ki. 11:3,4his heart turn not away: neither shall he greatly multiply to himself silver and gold.

18 2 Ki. 11:12And 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 ch. 31:9;2 Ki. 22:8that which is before the priests the Levites:

19 And Ps. 119:97,98it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the days of his life: that he may learn to fear the Lord his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them:

20 That his heart be not lifted up above his brethren, and that he ch. 5:32;1 Ki. 15:5turn 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.


a. Deuteronomy 17:1 Or, goat
b. Deuteronomy 17:12 Heb. not to hearken

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