Chapter 17: Without Spot or Blemish
1 “You shall not sacrifice to Yah your Almighty a bull or sheep which has any blemish or defect, for that is an abomination to Yah your Father”. (Compare to Exodus 12:5, Leviticus 22:20-22, Deuteronomy 15:21, Malachiyah 1:8, 1 Kepha 1:19 Hebrews 9:14, John 1:29, Revelation 5:1-14 Yahoshua the lamb without spot).
Put to Death Those That Worship the Gods (Fallen Angels)
2 “If there is found among you, within any of your gates which Yah your Almighty gives you, a man or a woman who has been wicked in the sight of Yah your Almighty in transgressing His covenant–3 Who has gone and served the gods and worshiped them, either the sun or moon or any of the host of heaven, which I have not commanded. 4 And it is told you and you hear of it, then you shall inquire diligently. And if it is indeed true and certain that such an abomination has been committed in Ysrayl. 5 Then you shall bring out to your gates that man or woman who has committed that wicked thing and shall stone to death that man or woman with stones. 6 Whoever is deserving of death shall be put to death on the testimony of two or three witnesses. He shall not be put to death on the testimony of one witness. 7 The hands of the witnesses shall be the first against him to put him to death and afterward the hands of all the people. So you shall put away the evil from among you”.
Difficult Cases Are Given to the Levites or the Judge Over Ysrayl
8 “If a matter arises which is too hard for you to judge, between degrees of guilt for blood she, between one judgment or another or between one punishment or another, matters of controversy within your gates, then you shall arise and go up to the place which Yah your Almighty chooses. 9 And you shall come to the priests, the Levites and to the judge there in those days and inquire of them. They shall pronounce upon you the sentence of judgment. 10 You shall do according to the sentence which they pronounce upon you in that place which Yah chooses. And you shall be careful to do according to all that they order you. 11 According to the sentence of the law in which they instruct you, according to the judgment which they tell you, you shall do. You shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left from the sentence which they pronounce upon you. 12 Now, the man who acts presumptuously and will not heed the priest who stands to minister there before Yah your Father or the judge, that man shall die. So you shall put away the evil from Ysrayl. 13 And all the people shall hear and fear and no longer act presumptuously”.
Principles Governing Kings
14 “When you come to the land which Yah your Almighty is giving you and possess it and dwell in it and say, ‘I will set a king over me like all the nations that are around me’. (See 1 Shemuyah chapters 8 and 9). 15 You shall surely set a king over you whom Yah your Almighty chooses. One from among your brothers you shall set as king over you. You may not set a foreigner over you, who is not your brother. 16 But he shall not multiply horses for himself nor cause the people to return to Egypt to multiply horses, for Yah has said to you, ‘You shall not return that way again’. 17 Neither shall he multiply wives for himself, lest his heart turn away. Nor shall he greatly multiply silver and gold for himself. 18 Also it shall be, when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write for himself a copy of this law in a book, from the one before the priests, the Levites. 19 And it shall be with him and he shall read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear Yah his Almighty and be careful to observe all the words of this law and these statutes. 20 That his heart may not be lifted above his brothers, that he may not turn aside from the commandment to the right hand or to the left and that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he and his children in the midst of Ysrayl.
Chapter 18: The Portion of the Priests and Levites
1 “The priests, the Levites–all the tribe of Levi–shall have no part nor inheritance with Ysrayl. They shall eat the offerings of Yah made by fire and His portion. 2 Therefore, they shall have no inheritance among their brothers. Yah is their inheritance, as He said to them. 3 And this shall be the priest’s due 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 The first fruits of your grain and new wine and your oil and the first of the fleece of your sheep, you shall give him. 5 For Yah your Almighty has chosen him out of all your tribes to stand to minister in the name of Yah, him and his sons forever. 6 So if a Levite comes from any of your gates, from where he dwells among all Ysrayl and comes with all the desire of his mind to the place which Yah chooses. 8 They shall have equal portions to eat, besides what comes from the sale of his inheritance”.
Avoid Wicked Customs
9 “When you come into the land which Yah your Almighty is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations. 10 There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire or one who practices witchcraft or a soothsayer or one who interprets omens or a sorcerer. 11 Or one who conjures spells or a medium or a spiritualist or one who calls up the dead. 12 For all who do these things are an abomination to Yah and because of these abominations Yah your Almighty drives them out from before you. 13 You shall be blameless (perfect) before Yah your Father. (Compare to Mattithyah 5:48). 14 For these nations which you will dispossess listened to soothsayers and diviners but as for you, Yah your Father has not appointed such for you”.
A Prophet Like Moshe
15 “Yah your Almighty will raise up for you a Prophet like me from your midst, from your brothers. Him you shall hear–16 According to all you desired of Yah your Almighty in Horeb in the day of the assembly saying, ‘Let me not hear again the voice of Yah my Almighty nor let me see this great fire anymore, lest I die’. 17 And Yah said to me: ‘What they have spoken is good’. 18 I will raise up for them a Prophet like you from among their brothers and will put My words in His mouth and He shall speak to them all that I command Him. (Compare to Luke 24:25-27, John 14:10, Yahoshua the Prophet like Moshe). 19 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 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 the gods (fallen angels), that prophet shall die. 21 And if you say in your heart, ‘How shall we know the word which Yah has not spoken’? 22 When a prophet speaks in the name of Yah, if the things does not happen or come to pass, that is the thing which Yah has not spoken. The prophet has spoken it presumptuously. You shall not be afraid of him”.