Laws Concerning Israel's Kings

Deuteronomy 17

14 "When you come to the land that the Lord your God is giving you, and you possess it and dwell in it and then say, z 'I will set a king over me, like all the nations that are around me,' 15 you may indeed set a king over you a whom the Lord your God will choose. One b from among your brothers you shall set as king over you. You may not put a foreigner over you, who is not your brother. 16 Only he must not acquire many c horses for himself or cause the people d to return to Egypt in order to acquire many horses, since the Lord has said to you, e 'You shall never return that way again.' 17 And he f shall not acquire many wives for himself, lest his heart turn away, g nor shall he acquire for himself excessive silver and gold.

18 "And when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, h he shall write for himself in a book a copy of this law, i approved by 1 the Levitical priests. 19 And j it shall be with him, and he shall read in it all the days of his life, k that he may learn to fear the Lord his God by keeping all the words of this law and these statutes, and doing them, 20 that his heart may not be lifted up above his brothers, and that he l may not turn aside from the commandment, either to the right hand or to the left, m so that he may continue long in his kingdom, he and his children, in Israel.

  1. Cross References
    1 Samuel 8:5
    And said to him, "Behold, you are old and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now appoint for us a king to judge us like all the nations.
    1 Samuel 8:19 - 20
    But the people refused to obey the voice of Samuel. And they said, "No! But there shall be a king over us.
  2. Cross References
    1 Samuel 9:15
    Now the day before Saul came, the Lord had revealed to Samuel:
    1 Samuel 10:24
    And Samuel said to all the people, "Do you see him whom the Lord has chosen? There is none like him among all the people." And all the people shouted, "Long live the king!
    1 Samuel 16:12
    And he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy and had beautiful eyes and was handsome. And the Lord said, "Arise, anoint him, for this is he.
    1 Chronicles 22:10
    He shall build a house for my name. He shall be my son, and I will be his father, and I will establish his royal throne in Israel forever.
  3. Cross References
    Jeremiah 30:21
    Their prince shall be one of themselves; their ruler shall come out from their midst; I will make him draw near, and he shall approach me, for who would dare of himself to approach me? declares the Lord.
  4. Cross References
    1 Kings 4:26
    Solomon also had 40,000 stalls of horses for hi...
    1 Kings 10:26
    And Solomon gathered together chariots and hors...
    1 Kings 10:28
    And Solomon's import of horses was from Egypt a...
    2 Chronicles 1:16
    And Solomon's import of horses was from Egypt a...
    2 Chronicles 9:28
    And horses were imported for Solomon from Egypt...
    Isaiah 2:7
    Their land is filled with silver and gold, and ...
    Isaiah 31:1
    Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help and ...
  5. Cross References
    Isaiah 31:1
    Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help and rely on horses, who trust in chariots because they are many and in horsemen because they are very strong, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel or consult the Lord!
    Ezekiel 17:15
    But he rebelled against him by sending his ambassadors to Egypt, that they might give him horses and a large army. Will he thrive? Can one escape who does such things? Can he break the covenant and yet escape?
  6. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 28:68
    And the Lord will bring you back in ships to Eg...
    Hosea 11:5
    They shall not return to the land of Egypt, but...
    Exodus 13:17
    When Pharaoh let the people go, God did not lea...
    Exodus 14:13
    And Moses said to the people, "Fear not, stand ...
    Numbers 14:3 - 4
    Why is the Lord bringing us into this land, to ...
    Jeremiah 42:15 - 19
    Then hear the word of the Lord, O remnant of Ju...
  7. Cross References
    1 Kings 11:3 - 4
    He had 700 wives, princesses, and 300 concubines. And his wives turned away his heart.
    Nehemiah 13:26
    Did not Solomon king of Israel sin on account of such women? Among the many nations there was no king like him, and he was beloved by his God, and God made him king over all Israel. Nevertheless, foreign women made even him to sin.
  8. Cross References
    Isaiah 2:7
    Their land is filled with silver and gold, and there is no end to their treasures; their land is filled with horses, and there is no end to their chariots.
  9. Cross References
    2 Kings 11:12
    Then he brought out the king's son and put the crown on him and gave him the testimony. And they proclaimed him king and anointed him, and they clapped their hands and said, "Long live the king!
  10. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 31:9
    Then Moses wrote this law and gave it to the priests, the sons of Levi, who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord, and to all the elders of Israel.
    Deuteronomy 31:26
    Take this Book of the Law and put it by the side of the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God, that it may be there for a witness against you.
    2 Kings 22:8
    And Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the secretary, "I have found the Book of the Law in the house of the Lord." And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, and he read it.
    2 Chronicles 34:14
    While they were bringing out the money that had been brought into the house of the Lord, Hilkiah the priest found the Book of the Law of the Lord given through Moses.
  11. Cross References
    Joshua 1:8
    This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
  12. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 4:10
    How on the day that you stood before the Lord your God at Horeb, the Lord said to me, 'Gather the people to me, that I may let them hear my words, so that they may learn to fear me all the days that they live on the earth, and that they may teach their children so.
    Deuteronomy 14:23
    And before the Lord your God, in the place that he will choose, to make his name dwell there, you shall eat the tithe of your grain, of your wine, and of your oil, and the firstborn of your herd and flock, that you may learn to fear the Lord your God always.
  13. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 5:32
    You shall be careful therefore to do as the Lord your God has commanded you. You shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.
    1 Kings 15:5
    Because David did what was right in the eyes of the Lord and did not turn aside from anything that he commanded him all the days of his life, except in the matter of Uriah the Hittite.
  14. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 4:40
    Therefore you shall keep his statutes and his commandments, which I command you today, that it may go well with you and with your children after you, and that you may prolong your days in the land that the Lord your God is giving you for all time.
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