Deuteronomy 18

Provision for Priests and Levites

1 "The priests, the Levites - all the tribe of Levi - shall have 1 no part nor a inheritance with Israel; they shall eat the offerings of the LORD made by fire, and His portion. 2 "Therefore they shall have no inheritance among their brethren; the LORD is their inheritance, as He said to them. 3 "And this shall be the priest's b due 2 from the people, from those who offer a sacrifice, whether it is bull or sheep: they shall give to the priest the shoulder, the cheeks, and the stomach. 4 c "The firstfruits of your grain and your new wine and your oil, and the first of the fleece of your sheep, you shall give him. 5 "For d the LORD your God has chosen him out of all your tribes e to stand to minister in the name of the LORD, him and his sons forever.

6 "So if a Levite comes from any of your 3 gates, from where he f dwells among all Israel, and comes with all the desire of his mind g to the place which the LORD chooses, 7 "then he may serve in the name of the LORD his God h as all his brethren the Levites do, who stand there before the LORD. 8 "They shall have equal i portions to eat, besides what comes from the sale of his inheritance.

Abominable Practices

9 "When you come into the land which the LORD your God is giving you, j you shall not learn to follow the 4 abominations of those nations. 10 "There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter k pass 5 through the fire, l or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, 11 m "or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or n one who calls up the dead. 12 "For all who do these things are 6 an abomination to the LORD, and o because of these abominations the LORD your God drives them out from before you. 13 "You shall be 7 blameless before the LORD your God. 14 "For these nations which you will dispossess listened to soothsayers and diviners; but as for you, the LORD your God has not 8 appointed such for you.

A New Prophet like Moses

15 p "The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst, from your brethren. Him you shall hear, 16 "according to all you desired of the LORD your God in Horeb q in the day of the assembly, saying, r 'Let me not hear again the voice of the LORD my God, nor let me see this great fire anymore, lest I die.' 17 "And the LORD said to me: s 'What they have spoken is good. 18 t 'I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brethren, and u will put My words in His mouth, v and He shall speak to them all that I command Him. 19 w 'And it shall be that whoever will not hear My words, which He speaks in My name, I will require it of him. 20 'But x the prophet who presumes to speak a word in My name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or y who speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die.' 21 "And if you say in your heart, 'How shall we know the word which the LORD has not spoken?' - 22 z "when a prophet speaks in the name of the LORD, a if the thing does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which the LORD has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it b presumptuously; you shall not be afraid of him.

  1. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 10:9
    Therefore Levi has no portion nor inheritance with his brethren; the LORD is his inheritance, just as the LORD your God promised him.)
    1 Corinthians 9:13
    Do you not know that those who minister the holy things eat of the things of the temple, and those who serve at the altar partake of the offerings of the altar?
  2. Cross References
    Leviticus 7:32 - 34
    Also the right thigh you shall give to the priest as a heave offering from the sacrifices of your peace offerings.
    Numbers 18:11
    This also is yours: the heave offering of their gift, with all the wave offerings of the children of Israel; I have given them to you, and your sons and daughters with you, as an ordinance forever. Everyone who is clean in your house may eat it.
    Numbers 18:12
    All the best of the oil, all the best of the new wine and the grain, their firstfruits which they offer to the LORD, I have given them to you.
    1 Samuel 2:13 - 16
    And the priests' custom with the people was that when any man offered a sacrifice, the priest's servant would come with a three-pronged fleshhook in his hand while the meat was boiling.
    1 Samuel 2:29
    'Why do you kick at My sacrifice and My offering which I have commanded in My dwelling place, and honor your sons more than Me, to make yourselves fat with the best of all the offerings of Israel My people?'
  3. Cross References
    Exodus 22:29
    You shall not delay to offer the first of your ripe produce and your juices. The firstborn of your sons you shall give to Me.
  4. Cross References
    Exodus 28:1
    Now take Aaron your brother, and his sons with him, from among the children of Israel, that he may minister to Me as priest, Aaron and Aaron's sons: Nadab, Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.
  5. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 10:8
    At that time the LORD separated the tribe of Levi to bear the ark of the covenant of the LORD, to stand before the LORD to minister to Him and to bless in His name, to this day.
  6. Cross References
    Numbers 35:2
    Command the children of Israel that they give the Levites cities to dwell in from the inheritance of their possession, and you shall also give the Levites common-land around the cities.
  7. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 12:5
    But you shall seek the place where the LORD your God chooses, out of all your tribes, to put His name for His dwelling place; and there you shall go.
    Deuteronomy 14:23
    And you shall eat before the LORD your God, in the place where He chooses to make His name abide, the tithe of your grain and your new wine and your oil, of the firstborn of your herds and your flocks, that you may learn to fear the LORD your God always.
  8. Cross References
    Numbers 1:50
    But you shall appoint the Levites over the tabernacle of the Testimony, over all its furnishings, and over all things that belong to it; they shall carry the tabernacle and all its furnishings; they shall attend to it and camp around the tabernacle.
    2 Chronicles 31:2
    And Hezekiah appointed the divisions of the priests and the Levites according to their divisions, each man according to his service, the priests and Levites for burnt offerings and peace offerings, to serve, to give thanks, and to praise in the gates of the camp of the LORD.
  9. Cross References
    Leviticus 27:30 - 33
    And all the tithe of the land, whether of the seed of the land or of the fruit of the tree, is the LORD's. It is holy to the LORD.
    Numbers 18:21 - 24
    Behold, I have given the children of Levi all the tithes in Israel as an inheritance in return for the work which they perform, the work of the tabernacle of meeting.
    2 Chronicles 31:4
    Moreover he commanded the people who dwelt in Jerusalem to contribute support for the priests and the Levites, that they might devote themselves to the Law of the LORD.
    Nehemiah 12:44
    And at the same time some were appointed over the rooms of the storehouse for the offerings, the firstfruits, and the tithes, to gather into them from the fields of the cities the portions specified by the Law for the priests and Levites; for Judah rejoiced over the priests and Levites who ministered.
  10. Cross References
    Leviticus 18:26
    You shall therefore keep My statutes and My jud...
    Leviticus 18:27
    (for all these abominations the men of the land...
    Leviticus 18:30
    'Therefore you shall keep My ordinance, so that...
    Deuteronomy 12:29
    When the LORD your God cuts off from before you...
    Deuteronomy 12:30
    "take heed to yourself that you are not ensnare...
    Deuteronomy 20:16 - 18
    But of the cities of these peoples which the LO...
  11. Cross References
    Leviticus 18:21
    And you shall not let any of your descendants pass through the fire to Molech, nor shall you profane the name of your God: I am the LORD.
    Deuteronomy 12:31
    You shall not worship the LORD your God in that way; for every abomination to the LORD which He hates they have done to their gods; for they burn even their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods.
  12. Cross References
    Exodus 22:18
    You shall not permit a sorceress to live.
    Leviticus 19:26
    You shall not eat anything with the blood, nor ...
    Leviticus 19:31
    Give no regard to mediums and familiar spirits;...
    Leviticus 20:6
    And the person who turns to mediums and familia...
    Leviticus 20:27
    'A man or a woman who is a medium, or who has f...
    Isaiah 8:19
    And when they say to you, "Seek those who are m...
  13. Cross References
    Leviticus 20:27
    'A man or a woman who is a medium, or who has familiar spirits, shall surely be put to death; they shall stone them with stones. Their blood shall be upon them.'"
  14. Cross References
    1 Samuel 28:7
    Then Saul said to his servants, "Find me a woman who is a medium, that I may go to her and inquire of her." And his servants said to him, "In fact, there is a woman who is a medium at En Dor.
  15. Cross References
    Leviticus 18:24
    Do not defile yourselves with any of these things; for by all these the nations are defiled, which I am casting out before you.
    Deuteronomy 9:4
    Do not think in your heart, after the LORD your God has cast them out before you, saying, 'Because of my righteousness the LORD has brought me in to possess this land'; but it is because of the wickedness of these nations that the LORD is driving them out from before you.
  16. Cross References
    Matthew 21:11
    So the multitudes said, "This is Jesus, the pro...
    Luke 1:76
    And you, child, will be called the prophet of t...
    Luke 2:25 - 34
    And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem whose ...
    Luke 7:16
    Then fear came upon all, and they glorified God...
    Luke 24:19
    And He said to them, "What things?" So they sai...
    Acts 3:22
    For Moses truly said to the fathers, 'The LORD ...
  17. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 5:23 - 27
    So it was, when you heard the voice from the midst of the darkness, while the mountain was burning with fire, that you came near to me, all the heads of your tribes and your elders.
  18. Cross References
    Exodus 20:18
    Now all the people witnessed the thunderings, the lightning flashes, the sound of the trumpet, and the mountain smoking; and when the people saw it, they trembled and stood afar off.
    Exodus 20:19
    Then they said to Moses, "You speak with us, and we will hear; but let not God speak with us, lest we die.
    Hebrews 12:19
    And the sound of a trumpet and the voice of words, so that those who heard it begged that the word should not be spoken to them anymore.
  19. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 5:28
    Then the LORD heard the voice of your words when you spoke to me, and the LORD said to me: 'I have heard the voice of the words of this people which they have spoken to you. They are right in all that they have spoken.
  20. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 34:10
    But since then there has not arisen in Israel a prophet like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face.
    John 1:45
    Philip found Nathanael and said to him, "We have found Him of whom Moses in the law, and also the prophets, wrote - Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.
    Acts 3:22
    For Moses truly said to the fathers, 'The LORD your God will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your brethren. Him you shall hear in all things, whatever He says to you.
  21. Cross References
    Numbers 23:5
    Then the LORD put a word in Balaam's mouth, and said, "Return to Balak, and thus you shall speak.
    Isaiah 49:2
    And He has made My mouth like a sharp sword; In the shadow of His hand He has hidden Me, And made Me a polished shaft; In His quiver He has hidden Me.
    Isaiah 51:16
    And I have put My words in your mouth; I have covered you with the shadow of My hand, That I may plant the heavens, Lay the foundations of the earth, And say to Zion, 'You are My people.'
    John 17:8
    For I have given to them the words which You have given Me; and they have received them, and have known surely that I came forth from You; and they have believed that You sent Me.
  22. Cross References
    John 4:25
    The woman said to Him, "I know that Messiah is coming" (who is called Christ). "When He comes, He will tell us all things.
    John 8:28
    Then Jesus said to them, "When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things.
  23. Cross References
    Acts 3:23
    'And it shall be that every soul who will not hear that Prophet shall be utterly destroyed from among the people.'
    Hebrews 12:25
    See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven.
  24. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 13:5
    But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be put to death, because he has spoken in order to turn you away from the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of bondage, to entice you from the way in which the LORD your God commanded you to walk. So you shall put away the evil from your midst.
    Jeremiah 14:14
    And the LORD said to me, "The prophets prophesy lies in My name. I have not sent them, commanded them, nor spoken to them; they prophesy to you a false vision, divination, a worthless thing, and the deceit of their heart.
    Jeremiah 14:15
    Therefore thus says the LORD concerning the prophets who prophesy in My name, whom I did not send, and who say, 'Sword and famine shall not be in this land' - 'By sword and famine those prophets shall be consumed!
    Zechariah 13:2 - 5
    It shall be in that day," says the LORD of hosts, " that I will cut off the names of the idols from the land, and they shall no longer be remembered. I will also cause the prophets and the unclean spirit to depart from the land.
  25. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 13:1 - 3
    If there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he gives you a sign or a wonder.
    Jeremiah 2:8
    The priests did not say, 'Where is the LORD?' And those who handle the law did not know Me; The rulers also transgressed against Me; The prophets prophesied by Baal, And walked after things that do not profit.
  26. Cross References
    Jeremiah 28:9
    "As for the prophet who prophesies of peace, when the word of the prophet comes to pass, the prophet will be known as one whom the LORD has truly sent."
  27. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 13:2
    "and the sign or the wonder comes to pass, of which he spoke to you, saying, 'Let us go after other gods' - which you have not known - 'and let us serve them,'
  28. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 18:20
    'But the prophet who presumes to speak a word in My name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet shall die.'
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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