|Deuteronomy 17 |
1 [Moses speaking]. "You shall not sacrifice to the LORD your God any bullock, or sheep, in which is a blemish, or any flaw for that is an abomination to the LORD your God.
2 If there is found among you, within any of your gates that the LORD your God has given you, any man or woman that has wrought wickedness in the sight of the LORD your God in transgressing his covenant,
3 And has gone and served other gods and worshipped them — either the sun, or moon, or any of the host of heaven, which I have not commanded —
4 And if it is told you, and you having heard of it, then having diligently inquired about it, found it to be true and certain that such abomination took place in Israel;
5 Then shall you bring forth that man or that woman, who has committed that wicked thing, to your gates, and you shall stone them with stones until they die.
6 He who is worthy of death shall be be put to death at the mouth of two or three witnesses; but at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death.
7 The hands of the witnesses shall be the first upon him [cast the first stones] to put him to death, and afterward the hands [casting stones] of all the people. In this way you shall purge the evil from among you.
8 If there arises a matter too hard for you in judgment, between blood and blood, between plea and plea, and between stroke and stroke, being matters of controversy within your gates; then shall you arise, and get you up into the place which the LORD your God shall choose;
9 And you shall come to the priests the Levites, and to the judge that shall be in those days, and inquire; and they shall show you the sentence of judgment.
10 And you shall do according to the sentence, which they of that place that the LORD shall choose shall show you; and you shall observe to do according to all that they inform you;
11 According to the sentence of the law that they shall teach you, and according to the judgment that they shall tell you; so you shall do, and you shall not deviate from the sentence that they shall show you, to the right hand, nor to the left.
12 And the man who will act presumptuously, not listening to the priest who stands to minister there before the LORD your God, or not listening to the judge; that man shall die, and you shall put away the evil from Israel.
13 And all the people shall hear, and fear, and not act presumptuously.
14 When you have come to the land that the LORD your God gives you, and have possessed it, and dwelt in it, and then shall say, 'I will set a king over me, like all the nations that are around me;'
15 You shall surely set a king over you whom the LORD your God has chosen; one from among your brothers shall be set as king over you; you may not set a stranger over you, who is not your brother.
16 But he shall not multiply horses for himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt so that he might multiply horses because the LORD has said to you, 'You shall from this time forward never return that way.'
17 Neither shall he multiply wives for himself, so that his heart does not turn away; neither shall he greatly multiply silver and gold for himself.1
18 And it shall be, when he sits upon the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write himself a copy of this law in a book, out of what is before the Levite priests.
19 And it shall be with him, and he shall read in it all the days of his life so that he may learn to fear the LORD his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, and to do them;
20 That his heart is not lifted up above his brothers, and that he does not turn aside from the commandment, to the right hand, or to the left; in order that he may prolong his days in his kingdom for himself and his children in the midst of Israel."
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1 The king shall not multiply horses for himself. Neither shall he multiply wives for himself, so that his heart does not turn away; neither shall he greatly multiply silver and gold for himself. Solomon obviously ignored these commandments of the Lord and suffered exactly the consequences of his heart being turned away from God. He had many talents of gold and silver. Solomon had 40,000 horse stables for his chariot horses. He had seven hundred wives who were princesses, and three hundred concubines, and his wives turned his heart away from God.
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