Bible: Deuteronomy 18:9-22

Provision for Prophetism

18:9 When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, you must not learn the abhorrent practices of those nations. 18:10 There must never be found among you anyone who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, 1  anyone who practices divination, 2  an omen reader, 3  a soothsayer, 4  a sorcerer, 5  18:11 one who casts spells, 6  one who conjures up spirits, 7  a practitioner of the occult, 8  or a necromancer. 9  18:12 Whoever does these things is abhorrent to the Lord and because of these detestable things 10  the Lord your God is about to drive them out 11  from before you. 18:13 You must be blameless before the Lord your God. 18:14 Those nations that you are about to dispossess listen to omen readers and diviners, but the Lord your God has not given you permission to do such things.

18:15 The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you – from your fellow Israelites; 12  you must listen to him. 18:16 This accords with what happened at Horeb in the day of the assembly. You asked the Lord your God: “Please do not make us hear the voice of the Lord our 13  God any more or see this great fire any more lest we die.” 18:17 The Lord then said to me, “What they have said is good. 18:18 I will raise up a prophet like you for them from among their fellow Israelites. I will put my words in his mouth and he will speak to them whatever I command. 18:19 I will personally hold responsible 14  anyone who then pays no attention to the words that prophet 15  speaks in my name.

18:20But if any prophet presumes to speak anything in my name that I have not authorized 16  him to speak, or speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet must die. 18:21 Now if you say to yourselves, 17 How can we tell that a message is not from the Lord?’ 18  18:22 whenever a prophet speaks in my 19  name and the prediction 20  is not fulfilled, 21  then I have 22  not spoken it; 23  the prophet has presumed to speak it, so you need not fear him.”

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