1 The priests the Levites, even all the tribe of Levi, shall
have no portion nor inheritance with Israel; they shall eat the offerings of
HaShem made by fire, and His inheritance.
2 And they shall have no inheritance among their brethren;
HaShem is their inheritance, as He hath spoken unto them.
3 And this shall be the priests' due from the people, from
them that offer a sacrifice, whether it be ox or sheep, that they shall give
unto the priest the shoulder, and the two cheeks, and the maw.
4 The first-fruits of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine
oil, and the first of the fleece of thy sheep, shalt thou give him.
5 For HaShem thy G-d hath chosen him out of all thy tribes,
to stand to minister in the name of HaShem, him and his sons for ever.
6 And if a Levite come from any of thy gates out of all
Israel, where he sojourneth, and come with all the desire of his soul unto the
place which HaShem shall choose;
7 then he shall minister in the name of HaShem his G-d, as
all his brethren the Levites do, who stand there before HaShem.
8 They shall have like portions to eat, beside that which is
his due according to the fathers' houses.
9 When thou art come into the land which HaShem thy G-d
giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations.
10 There shall not be found among you any one that maketh his
son or his daughter to pass through the fire, one that useth divination, a
soothsayer, or an enchanter, or a sorcerer,
11 or a charmer, or one that consulteth a ghost or a familiar
spirit, or a necromancer.
12 For whosoever doeth these things is an abomination unto
HaShem; and because of these abominations HaShem thy G-d is driving them out
from before thee.
13 Thou shalt be whole-hearted with HaShem thy G-d.
14 For these nations, that thou art to dispossess, hearken
unto soothsayers, and unto diviners; but as for thee, HaShem thy G-d hath not
suffered thee so to do.
15 A prophet will HaShem thy G-d raise up unto thee, from the
midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him ye shall hearken;
16 according to all that thou didst desire of HaShem thy G-d
in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying: 'Let me not hear again the voice of
HaShem my G-d, neither let me see this great fire any more, that I die not.'
17 And HaShem said unto me: 'They have well said that which
they have spoken.
18 I will raise them up a prophet from among their brethren,
like unto thee; and I will put My words in his mouth, and he shall speak unto
them all that I shall command him.
19 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever will not hearken
unto My words which he shall speak in My name, I will require it of him.
20 But the prophet, that shall speak a word presumptuously in
My name, which I have not commanded him to speak, or that shall speak in the
name of other gods, that same prophet shall die.'
21 And if thou say in thy heart: 'How shall we know the word
which HaShem hath not spoken?'
22 When a prophet speaketh in the name of HaShem, if the
thing follow not, nor come to pass, that is the thing which HaShem hath not
spoken; the prophet hath spoken it presumptuously, thou shalt not be afraid of
Sources: Portions copyright © 1997 by Benyamin Pilant, All Rights Reserved
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