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 Deuteronomy 12 - 13
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12:1-32 - Study Chapter  - Click for Chapter Audio

1 "These are the statutes and the judgments which you shall carefully observe in the land which the LORD, the God of your fathers, has given you to possess as R460 F172 long as you live on the earth. F173 2 "You shall utterly destroy all the places where the nations whom you shall dispossess serve their gods, on the high R461 mountains and on the hills and under every green tree. 3 "You R462 shall tear down their altars and smash their sacred pillars and burn their Asherim F174 with fire, and you shall cut down the engraved images of their gods and obliterate R463 their name from that place. 4 "You shall not act like this toward the LORD your God.

5 "But R464 you shall seek the LORD at the place which the LORD your God will choose from all your tribes, to establish His name there for His dwelling, and there you shall come. 6 "There you shall bring your burnt offerings, your sacrifices, your R465 tithes, the contribution F175 of your hand, your votive offerings, your freewill offerings, and the firstborn of your herd and of your flock. 7 "There also you and your households shall eat before the LORD your God, and rejoice R466 in all your F176 undertakings in which the LORD your God has blessed you. 8 "You shall not do at all what we are doing here today, every man doing whatever is right in his own eyes; 9 for you have not as yet come to the R467 resting place and the inheritance R468 which the LORD your God is giving you. 10 "When you cross the Jordan and live in the land which the LORD your God is giving you to inherit, and He R469 gives you rest from all your enemies around you so that you live in security, 11 then R470 it shall come about that the place in which the LORD your God will choose for His name to dwell, there you shall bring all that I command you: your burnt offerings and your sacrifices, your tithes and the contribution F177 of your hand, and all your choice votive offerings which you will vow to the LORD. 12 "And you shall rejoice R471 before the LORD your God, you and your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, and the Levite R472 who is within your gates, since he R473 has no portion or inheritance with you. 13 "Be R474 careful that you do not offer your burnt offerings in every cultic place you see, 14 but in the place which the LORD chooses in one of your tribes, there you shall offer your burnt offerings, and there you shall do all that I command you. 15 "However, R475 you may slaughter and eat meat within any of your gates, whatever F178 you desire, according to the blessing of the LORD your God which He has given you; the unclean and the clean may eat of it, as of the R476 gazelle and the deer. 16 "Only R477 you shall not eat the blood; you R478 are to pour it out on the ground like water. 17 "You R479 are not allowed to eat within your gates the tithe of your grain or new wine or oil, or the firstborn of your herd or flock, or any of your votive offerings which you vow, or your freewill offerings, or the contribution F179 of your hand. 18 "But you R480 shall eat them before the LORD your God in the R481 place which the LORD your God will choose, you and your son and daughter, and your male and female servants, and the Levite R482 who is within your gates; and you shall rejoice R483 before the LORD your God in all your F180 undertakings. 19 "Be R484 careful that you do not forsake the Levite as F181 long as you live in your land. 20 "When the LORD your God extends your border as R485 He has promised you, and you say, `I will eat meat,' because you F182 desire to eat meat, then you may eat meat, whatever F183 you desire. 21 "If the place which the LORD your God chooses to put His name is too far from you, then you may slaughter of your herd and flock which the LORD has given you, as I have commanded you; and you may eat within your gates whatever F184 you desire. 22 "Just as a gazelle or a deer is eaten, so you will eat it; the unclean and the clean alike may eat of it. 23 "Only be sure not R486 to eat the blood, for the blood is the life, F185 and you shall not eat the life F185 with the flesh. 24 "You shall not eat it; you shall pour it out on the ground like water. 25 "You shall not eat it, so that it R487 may be well with you and your sons after you, for you R488 will be doing what is right in the sight of the LORD. 26 "Only R489 your holy things which you may have and your votive offerings, you shall take and go to the place which the LORD chooses. 27 "And you R490 shall offer your burnt offerings, the flesh and the blood, on the altar of the LORD your God; and the blood of your sacrifices shall be poured out on the altar of the LORD your God, and you R491 shall eat the flesh. 28 "Be careful to listen to all these words which I command you, so that it R492 may be well with you and your sons after you forever, for you will be doing what is good and right in the sight of the LORD your God. 29 "When the R493 LORD your God cuts off before you the nations which you are going in to dispossess, and you dispossess them and dwell in their land, 30 beware that you are not ensnared to F186 follow them, after they are destroyed before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, `How do these nations serve their gods, that I also may do likewise?' 31 "You R494 shall not behave thus toward the LORD your God, for every abominable act which the LORD hates they have done for their gods; for they R495 even burn their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods. 32 "Whatever R496 F187 I command you, you shall be careful to do; you R497 shall not add to nor take away from it.

13:1-18 - Study Chapter  - Click for Chapter Audio

1 "If R498 F188 a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder, 2 and the sign or the wonder comes true, concerning which he spoke to you, saying, `Let R499 us go after other gods (whom you have not known) and let us serve them,' 3 you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams; for the LORD your God is testing R500 you to find out if you R501 love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul. 4 "You R502 shall follow the LORD your God and fear Him; and you shall keep His commandments, listen to His voice, serve Him, and cling R503 to Him. 5 "But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be put R504 to death, because he has counseled F189 rebellion F190 against the LORD your God who brought you from the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of slavery, F191 to R505 seduce you from the way in which the LORD your God commanded you to walk. So R506 you shall purge the evil from among you.

6 "If R507 your brother, your mother's son, or your son or daughter, or the wife you F192 cherish, or your friend who is as your own soul, entice you secretly, saying, `Let R508 us go and serve other gods' (whom neither you nor your fathers have known, 7 of the gods of the peoples who are around you, near you or far from you, from one end of the earth to the other end), 8 you R509 shall not yield to him or listen to him; and R510 your eye shall not pity him, nor shall you spare or conceal him. 9 "But R511 you shall surely kill him; your R512 hand shall be first against him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people. 10 "So you shall stone him to F193 death because he has sought to R513 seduce you from the LORD your God who brought you out from the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery. F194 11 "Then all R514 Israel will hear and be afraid, and will never again do such a wicked thing among you.

12 "If you hear in one of your cities, which the LORD your God is giving you to live in, anyone saying that 13 some worthless men have gone out from among you and have seduced the inhabitants of their city, saying, `Let R515 us go and serve other gods' (whom you have not known), 14 then you shall investigate and search out and inquire thoroughly. If it is true and the matter established that this abomination has been done among you, 15 you R516 shall surely strike the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword, utterly F195 destroying it and all that is in it and its cattle with the edge of the sword. 16 "Then R517 you shall gather all its booty into the middle of its open square and burn the city and all its booty with fire as a whole burnt offering to the LORD your God; and it shall be a ruin R518 F196 forever. It shall never be rebuilt. 17 "Nothing from that which is put under the ban shall cling to your hand, in order that the LORD may turn from His R519 burning anger and show R520 mercy to you, and have compassion on you and make R521 you increase, just as R522 He has sworn to your fathers, 18 if F197 you will listen to the voice of the LORD your God, keeping F198 all His commandments which I am commanding you today, and F199 doing what is right in the sight of the LORD your God.

F172 Lit all the days
F173 Lit ground
F174 I.e. wooden symbols of a female deity
F175 Or heave offering
F176 Lit the putting forth of your hand
F177 Or heave offering
F178 Lit in every desire of your soul
F179 Lit heave offering
F180 Lit the putting forth of your hand
F181 Lit all your days upon your land
F182 Lit your soul desires
F183 Lit in every desire of your soul
F184 Lit in every desire of your soul
F185 Lit soul
F186 Lit after them
F187 Lit Everything that
F188 Ch 13:2 in Heb
F189 Lit spoken
F190 Lit turning aside
F191 Lit slaves
F192 Lit of your bosom
F193 Lit with stones so that he dies
F194 Lit slaves
F195 Or putting it under the ban
F196 Lit mound
F197 Or for
F198 Lit to keep
F199 Lit to do


R460 Deuteronomy 4:9,10; 1 Kings 8:40
R461 2 Kings 16:4; 17:10,11
R462 Numbers 33:52; Deuteronomy 7:5; Judges 2:2
R463 Exodus 23:13; Psalms 16:4; Zechariah 13:2
R464 Exodus 20:24; Deuteronomy 12:11,13; 2 Chronicles 7:12; Psalms 78:68
R465 Deuteronomy 14:22
R466 Leviticus 23:40; Deuteronomy 12:12,18; 14:26; 28:47; Ecclesiastes 3:12,13; 5:18-20
R467 Deuteronomy 3:20; 25:19; Psalms 95:11
R468 Deuteronomy 4:21
R469 Joshua 11:23
R470 Deuteronomy 12:5; 15:20; 16:2; 17:8; 18:6
R471 Deuteronomy 12:7
R472 Deuteronomy 12:18,19;
R473 Deuteronomy 10:9; 14:29
R474 Deuteronomy 12:5,11
R475 Deuteronomy 12:20-23
R476 Deuteronomy 12:22; 14:5; 15:22
R477 Genesis 9:4; Leviticus 7:26; 17:10-12; 1 Samuel 14:33f; Acts 15:20,29
R478 Deuteronomy 15:23
R479 Deuteronomy 12:26
R480 Deuteronomy 14:23
R481 Deuteronomy 12:5
R482 Deuteronomy 12:12
R483 Deuteronomy 12:7; Ecclesiastes 3:12f; 5:18-20
R484 Deuteronomy 14:27
R485 Genesis 15:18; Deuteronomy 11:24; 19:8
R486 Genesis 9:4; Leviticus 17:10-14; Deuteronomy 12:16
R487 Deuteronomy 4:40; Isaiah 3:10
R488 Exodus 15:26; 1 Kings 11:38
R489 Numbers 5:9f; 18:19; Deuteronomy 12:17
R490 Leviticus 1:9,13
R491 Leviticus 3:1-17
R492 Deuteronomy 4:40; Ecclesiastes 8:12
R493 Joshua 23:4
R494 Deuteronomy 9:5
R495 Leviticus 18:21; Deuteronomy 18:10; Psalms 106:37; Jeremiah 32:35
R496 Deuteronomy 4:2; Joshua 1:7
R497 Proverbs 30:6; Revelation 22:18
R498 Matthew 24:24; Mark 13:22; 2 Thessalonians 2:9
R499 Deuteronomy 13:6,13
R500 Exodus 20:20; Deuteronomy 8:2,16; 1 Corinthians 11:19
R501 Deuteronomy 6:5
R502 2 Kings 23:3; 2 Chronicles 34:31; 2 John 6
R503 Deuteronomy 10:20
R504 Deuteronomy 13:9,15; 17:5; 1 Kings 18:40
R505 Deuteronomy 4:19;
R506 1 Corinthians 5:13
R507 Deuteronomy 17:2-7;
R508 Deuteronomy 13:2
R509 Proverbs 1:10
R510 Deuteronomy 7:2
R511 Deuteronomy 13:5
R512 Leviticus 24:14; Deuteronomy 17:7
R513 Deuteronomy 13:5
R514 Deuteronomy 19:20
R515 Deuteronomy 13:2
R516 Deuteronomy 13:5
R517 Deuteronomy 7:25,26
R518 Joshua 8:28; Isaiah 17:1; 25:2; Jeremiah 49:2
R519 Exodus 32:12; Numbers 25:4
R520 Deuteronomy 30:3
R521 Deuteronomy 7:13
R522 Genesis 22:17; 26:4,24; 28:14


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