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Provision for Priests and Levites

1“The Levitical priests, and all the tribe of Levi, will have no portion nor inheritance with Israel; they will eat the offerings of Yahweh made by fire and of his inheritance.
  2They will have no inheritance among their brothers. Yahweh is their inheritance as he has spoken to them.
  3This will be the priests’ due from the people, from those who offer a sacrifice, whether it is ox or sheep, that they are to give to the priest the shoulder and the two cheeks and the maw.
  4The firstfruits of your grain, of your new wine and of your oil, and the first of the fleece of your sheep you are to give him.
  5For Yahweh your God has chosen him out of all your tribes to stand to minister in the name of Yahweh, him and his sons forever.
  6If a Levite comes from any of your gates out of all Israel where he lives as a foreigner, and comes with all the desire of his soul to the place that Yahweh will choose,
  7then he may minister in the name of Yahweh his God, as all his brothers the Levites do who stand there before Yahweh.
  8They will have like portions to eat, besides what comes of the sale of his patrimony.
 

Occult Practices

9“When you have come into the land that Yahweh your God is giving you, do not learn to do the abominable things that those nations do.
  10There is not to be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter to pass through the fire, who practices divination, who tells fortunes, or interprets omens, or practices sorcery,
  11or one who casts spells, or one who inquires of the spirits of the dead or of a familiar spirit, or a necromancer.
  12For whoever does these things is an abomination to Yahweh, and because of these abominations Yahweh your God will drive them out from before you.
  13You must be perfect with Yahweh your God.
  14For these nations that you will dispossess listen to those who practice sorcery, and to diviners; but as for you, Yahweh your God has not allowed you to do so.
 

The Prophet Foretold

15“Yahweh your God will raise up to you a prophet from the midst of you, of your brothers, like me. You must listen to him.
  16This is according to all that you desired of Yahweh your God in Horeb in the day of the assembly, saying, ‘Let me not hear again the voice of Yahweh my God, neither let me see this great fire any more, so that I do not die.’
  17Yahweh said to me, ‘What they have spoken is good.
  18I will raise them up a prophet from among their brothers, like you, and I will put my words in his mouth and he will speak to them all that I command him.
  19It will happen that whoever will not listen to my words that he will speak in my name, I will require it of him.
  20But the prophet who dares speak a word in my name that I have not commanded him to speak, or who speaks in the name of other gods, that same prophet will die.’
  21And if you say in your heart, ‘How can we know the word that Yahweh has not spoken?’
  22When a prophet speaks in the name of Yahweh, if the word does not happen, is not fulfilled, that is the word that Yahweh has not spoken; the prophet has spoken it out of his presumption, do not be afraid of him.”
 


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