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Deuteronomy chapter 16

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"Observe the month of Abib and celebrate the Passover to the LORD your God, because the LORD your God brought you out of Egypt by night in the month of Abib.
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Sacrifice to the LORD your God a Passover animal from the herd or flock in the place where the LORD chooses to have His name dwell.
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You must not eat leavened bread with it. For seven days you are to eat unleavened bread with it, the bread of hardship-- because you left the land of Egypt in a hurry-- so that you may remember for the rest of your life the day you left the land of Egypt.
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No yeast is to be found anywhere in your territory for seven days, and none of the meat you sacrifice in the evening of the first day is to remain until morning.
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You are not to sacrifice the Passover animal in any of the towns the LORD your God is giving you.
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You must only sacrifice the Passover animal at the place where the LORD your God chooses to have His name dwell. [Do this] in the evening as the sun sets at the [same] time [of day] you departed from Egypt.
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You are to cook and eat [it] in the place the LORD your God chooses, and you are to return to your tents in the morning.
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You must eat unleavened bread for six days. On the seventh day there is to be a solemn assembly to the LORD your God, and you must not do any work.
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"You are to count seven weeks, counting the weeks from the time the sickle is first [put] to the standing grain.
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You are to celebrate the Festival of Weeks to the LORD your God with a freewill offering that you give in proportion to how the LORD your God has blessed you.
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Rejoice before the LORD your God in the place where He chooses to have His name dwell-- you, your son and daughter, your male and female slave, the Levite within your gates, as well as the foreign resident, the fatherless, and the widow among you.
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Remember that you were slaves in Egypt; carefully follow these statutes.
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"You are to celebrate the Festival of Booths for seven days when you have gathered in [everything] from your threshing floor and winepress.
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Rejoice during your festival-- you, your son and daughter, your male and female slave, as well as the Levite, the foreign resident, the fatherless, and the widow within your gates.
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You are to hold a seven-day festival for the LORD your God in the place He chooses, because the LORD your God will bless you in all your produce and in all the work of your hands, and you will have abundant joy.
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"All your males are to appear three times a year before the LORD your God in the place He chooses: at the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the Festival of Weeks, and the Festival of Booths. No one is to appear before the LORD empty-handed.
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Everyone [must appear] with a gift suited to his means, according to the blessing the LORD your God has given you.
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"Appoint judges and officials for your tribes in all your towns the LORD your God is giving you. They are to judge the people with righteous judgment.
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Do not deny justice or show partiality [to anyone]. Do not accept a bribe, for it blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of the righteous.
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Pursue justice and justice alone, so that you will live and possess the land the LORD your God is giving you.
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"Do not set up an Asherah of any kind of wood next to the altar you will build for the LORD your God,
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and do not set up a sacred pillar; the LORD your God hates them.

Deuteronomy chapter 17

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"You must not sacrifice to the LORD your God an ox or sheep with a defect or any serious flaw, for that is detestable to the LORD your God.
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"If a man or woman among you in one of your towns that the LORD your God will give you is discovered doing evil in the sight of the LORD your God and violating His covenant
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and has gone to worship other gods by bowing down to the sun, moon, or all the stars in the sky-- which I have forbidden--
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and if you are told or hear [about it], you must investigate it thoroughly. If the report turns out to be true that this detestable thing has happened in Israel,
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you must bring out to your gates that man or woman who has done this evil thing and stone them to death.
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The one condemned to die is to be executed on the testimony of two or three witnesses. No one is to be executed on the testimony of a single witness.
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The witnesses' hands are to be the first in putting him to death, and after that, the hands of all the people. You must purge the evil from you.
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"If a case is too difficult for you-- concerning bloodshed, lawsuits, or assaults-- cases disputed at your gates, you must go up to the place the LORD your God chooses.
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You are to go to the Levitical priests and to the judge who presides at that time. Ask, and they will give you a verdict in the case.
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You must abide by the verdict they give you at the place the LORD chooses. Be careful to do exactly as they instruct you.
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You must abide by the instruction they give you and the verdict they announce to you. Do not turn to the right or the left from the decision they declare to you.
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The person who acts arrogantly, refusing to listen either to the priest who stands there serving the LORD your God or to the judge, must die. You must purge the evil from Israel.
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Then all the people will hear [about it], be afraid, and no longer behave arrogantly.
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"When you enter the land the LORD your God is giving you, take possession of it, live in it, and say, 'We want to appoint a king over us like all the nations around us,'
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you are to appoint over you the king the LORD your God chooses. Appoint a king from your brothers. You are not to set a foreigner over you, or one who is not of your people.
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However, he must not acquire many horses for himself or send the people back to Egypt to acquire many horses, for the LORD has told you, 'You are never to go back that way again.'
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He must not acquire many wives for himself so that his heart won't go astray. He must not acquire very large amounts of silver and gold for himself.
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When he is seated on his royal throne, he is to write a copy of this instruction for himself on a scroll in the presence of the Levitical priests.
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It is to remain with him, and he is to read from it all the days of his life, so that he may learn to fear the LORD his God, to observe all the words of this instruction, and to do these statutes.
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Then his heart will not be exalted above his countrymen, he will not turn from this command to the right or the left, and he and his sons will continue ruling many years over Israel.

Deuteronomy chapter 18

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"The Levitical priests, the whole tribe of Levi, will have no portion or inheritance with Israel. They will eat the LORD's fire offerings; that is their inheritance.
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Although Levi has no inheritance among his brothers, the LORD is his inheritance, as He promised him.
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This is the priests' share from the people who offer a sacrifice, whether it is an ox, a sheep, or a goat; the priests are to be given the shoulder, jaws, and stomach.
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You are to give him the firstfruits of your grain, new wine, and oil, and the first sheared [wool] of your flock.
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For the LORD your God has chosen him and his sons from all your tribes to stand and minister in the LORD's name from now on.
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When a Levite leaves one of your towns where he lives in Israel and wants to go to the place the LORD chooses,
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he may serve in the name of the LORD his God like all his fellow Levites who minister there in the presence of the LORD.
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They will eat equal portions besides what he has received from the sale of the family estate.
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"When you enter the land the LORD your God is giving you, do not imitate the detestable customs of those nations.
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No one among you is to make his son or daughter pass through the fire, practice divination, tell fortunes, interpret omens, practice sorcery,
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cast spells, consult a medium or a familiar spirit, or inquire of the dead.
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Everyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD, and the LORD your God is driving out the nations before you because of these detestable things.
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You must be blameless before the LORD your God.
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Though these nations you are about to drive out listen to fortune-tellers and diviners, the LORD your God has not permitted you to do this.
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"The LORD your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own brothers. You must listen to him.
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This is what you requested from the LORD your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you said, 'Let us not continue to hear the voice of the LORD our God or see this great fire any longer, so that we will not die!'
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Then the LORD said to me, 'They have spoken well.
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I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. I will put My words in his mouth, and he will tell them everything I command him.
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I will hold accountable whoever does not listen to My words that he speaks in My name.
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But the prophet who dares to speak in My name a message I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods-- that prophet must die.'
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You may say to yourself, 'How can we recognize a message the LORD has not spoken?'
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When a prophet speaks in the LORD's name, and the message does not come true or is not fulfilled, that is a message the LORD has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously. Do not be afraid of him.