Deuteronomy 13
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The False Prophet

1If a prophet or someone who has dreamsa arises among you and proclaims a sign or wonder to you, 2and 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,’ 3do 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.b 4You 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 faithfulc to Him.d 5That prophet or dreamer must be put to death,e 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,f to turn you from the way the LORD your God has commanded you to walk. You must purge the evil from you.g

Don’t Tolerate Idolatry

6If your brother, the son of your mother,h 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, 7any of the gods of the peoples around you, near you or far from you, from one end of the earth to the other — 8you must not yield to him or listen to him. Show him no pity,i and do not spare him or shield him.j 9Instead, 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.k 10Stone 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.l 11All Israel will hear and be afraid, and they will no longer do anything evil like this among you.m

12If you hear it said about one of your cities the LORD your God is giving you to live in, 13that wicked men have sprung up among you, led the inhabitants of their city astray, and said, ‘Let us go and worship other gods,’ which you have not known,n 14you are to inquire, investigate, and interrogate thoroughly. If the report turns out to be true that this detestable thing has happened among you, 15you must strike down the inhabitants of that city with the sword. Completely destroy everyone in it as well as its livestock with the sword. 16You are to gather all its spoil in the middle of the city square and completely burn up the city and all its spoil for the LORD your God. The city must remain a mound of ruins forever;o it is not to be rebuilt. 17Nothing set apart for destruction is to remain in your hand, so that the LORD will turn from His burning anger and grant you mercy, show you compassion, and multiply you as He swore to your fathers. 18This will occur if you obey the LORD your God, keeping all His commands I am giving you today, doing what is right in the sight of the LORD your God.

a. 13:1 1Sm 28:6,15; Jr 23:27,32; 29:8; Zch 10:2
b. 13:3 Dt 6:5; 11:13; Jos 22:5; Mt 22:37
c. 13:4 Lit and hold on
d. 13:4 Dt 10:20; Jr 13:10; 25:6
e. 13:5 Jos 1:18
f. 13:5 Lv 26:13; Dt 5:6; 6:12; 8:14; 13:10; Jos 24:17; Jr 34:13
g. 13:5 Dt 17:7,12; 19:13,19; 21:9,21; 22:21-24; 24:7; Ezk 20:38; 22:15
h. 13:6 DSS, Sam, LXX read If the son of your father or the son of your mother
i. 13:8 Lit Your eye must not pity him
j. 13:8 Dt 7:16; 19:13,21; 25:12
k. 13:9 Dt 17:7
l. 13:10 Lv 24:16; Dt 17:5; 21:21; 1Kg 21:13
m. 13:11 Dt 19:20
n. 13:12-15 Dt 17:2-5
o. 13:16 Jr 25:9; 49:13; Mal 1:4
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