Administration of Justice
1“You shall not sacrifice to the Lord your God an ox or a sheep which has a blemish or any #Lit evil thingdefect, for that is a detestable thing to the Lord your God.
2“If there is found in your midst, in any of your #Lit gatestowns, which the Lord your God is giving you, a man or a woman who does what is evil in the sight of the Lord your God, by transgressing His covenant, 3and has gone and served other gods and worshiped them, or the sun or the moon or any of the heavenly host, which I have not commanded, 4and if it is told you and you have heard of it, then you shall inquire thoroughly. Behold, if it is true and the thing certain that this detestable thing has been done in Israel, 5then you shall bring out that man or that woman who has done this evil deed to your gates, that is, the man or the woman, and you shall stone them to #Lit death with stonesdeath. 6On the #Lit mouthevidence of two witnesses or three witnesses, he who is to die shall be put to death; he shall not be put to death on the #Lit mouthevidence of one witness. 7The hand of the witnesses shall be first against him to put him to death, and afterward the hand of all the people. So you shall purge the evil from your midst.
8“If any case is too difficult for you to decide, between #Lit blood to bloodone kind of homicide or another, between #Lit judgment to judgmentone kind of lawsuit or another, and between #Lit stroke to strokeone kind of assault or another, being cases of dispute in your #Lit gatescourts, then you shall arise and go up to the place which the Lord your God chooses. 9So you shall come to the Levitical priest or the judge who is in office in those days, and you shall inquire of them and they will declare to you the verdict in the case. 10You shall do according to the #Lit mouthterms of the verdict which they declare to you from that place which the Lord chooses; and you shall be careful to observe according to all that they teach you. 11According to the #Lit mouthterms of the law which they teach you, and according to the verdict which they tell you, you shall do; you shall not turn aside from the word which they declare to you, to the right or the left. 12The man who acts presumptuously by not listening to the priest who stands there to serve the Lord your God, nor to the judge, that man shall die; thus you shall purge the evil from Israel. 13Then all the people will hear and be afraid, and will not act presumptuously again.
14“When you enter the land which the Lord your God gives you, and you possess it and live in it, and you say, ‘I will set a king over me like all the nations who are around me,’ 15you shall surely set a king over you whom the Lord your God chooses, one from among your #Lit brother(s)countrymen you shall set as king over yourselves; you may not put a foreigner over yourselves who is not your #Lit brother(s)countryman. 16Moreover, he shall not multiply horses for himself, nor shall he cause the people to return to Egypt to multiply horses, since the Lord has said to you, ‘You shall never again return that way.’ 17He shall not multiply wives for himself, #Lit noror else his heart will turn away; nor shall he greatly increase silver and gold for himself.
18“Now it shall come about when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, he shall write for himself a copy of this law on a scroll #Lit from beforein the presence of the Levitical priests. 19It shall be with him and he shall read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the Lord his God, #Lit to keep to do themby carefully observing all the words of this law and these statutes, 20that his heart may not be lifted up above his #Lit brotherscountrymen and that he may not turn aside from the commandment, to the right or the left, so that he and his sons may continue long in his kingdom in the midst of Israel.