So when I planned this, was I irresponsible? Or what I plan, do I plan in a purely human way so that I say "Yes, yes" and "No, no" [simultaneously]?
This is the third time I am coming to you. On the testimony of two or three witnesses every word will be confirmed.
I gave warning, and I give warning-- as when I was present the second time, so now while I am absent-- to those who sinned before and to all the rest: if I come again, I will not be lenient,
Finally, my brothers, rejoice in the Lord. To write to you again about this is no trouble for me and is a protection for you.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
You must not add anything to what I command you or take anything away from it, so that you may keep the commands of the LORD your God I am giving you.
You must be careful to do everything I command you; do not add anything to it or take anything away from it.
"If a prophet or someone who has dreams arises among you and proclaims a sign or wonder to you,
and that sign or wonder he has promised you comes about, but he says, 'Let us follow other gods,' which you have not known, 'and let us worship them,'
do not listen to that prophet's words or to that dreamer. For the LORD your God is testing you to know whether you love the LORD your God with all your heart and all your soul.
You must follow the LORD your God and fear Him. You must keep His commands and listen to His voice; you must worship Him and remain faithful to Him.
That prophet or dreamer must be put to death, because he has urged rebellion against the LORD your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the place of slavery, to turn you from the way the LORD your God has commanded you to walk. You must purge the evil from you.
"If your brother, the son of your mother, or your son or daughter, or the wife you embrace, or your closest friend secretly entices you, saying, 'Let us go and worship other gods'-- which neither you nor your fathers have known,
any of the gods of the peoples around you, near you or far from you, from one end of the earth to the other--
you must not yield to him or listen to him. Show him no pity, and do not spare [him] or shield him.
Instead, you must kill him. Your hand is to be the first against him to put him to death, and then the hands of all the people.
Stone him to death for trying to turn you away from the LORD your God who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the place of slavery.
All Israel will hear and be afraid, and they will no longer do anything evil like this among you.
Don't add to His words, or He will rebuke you, and you will be proved a liar.
I testify to everyone who hears the prophetic words of this book: If anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book.
And if anyone takes away from the words of this prophetic book, God will take away his share of the tree of life and the holy city, written in this book.