“Judge the people with righteous judgment” (Shoftim.i)

16,18 Judges and officers shalt thou make thee in all thy gates, which JEHOVAH thy God giveth thee, tribe by tribe; and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment. 16,19 Thou shalt not wrest judgment; thou shalt not respect persons; neither shalt thou take a gift; for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise, and pervert the words of the righteous. 16,20 Justice, justice shalt thou follow, that thou mayest live, and inherit the land which JEHOVAH thy God giveth thee. {S}
16,21 Thou shalt not plant thee an Asherah of any kind of tree beside the altar of JEHOVAH thy God, which thou shalt make thee. 16,22 Neither shalt thou set thee up a pillar, which JEHOVAH thy God hateth. {S}
17,1 Thou shalt not sacrifice unto JEHOVAH thy God an ox, or a sheep, wherein is a blemish, even any evil thing; for that is an abomination unto JEHOVAH thy God. {S}
17,2 If there be found in the midst of thee, within any of thy gates which JEHOVAH thy God giveth thee, man or woman, that doeth that which is evil in the sight of JEHOVAH thy God, in transgressing His covenant, 17,3 and hath gone and served other gods, and worshipped them, or the sun, or the moon, or any of the host of heaven, which I have commanded not; 17,4 and it be told thee, and thou hear it, then shalt thou inquire diligently, and, behold, if it be true, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought in Israel; 17,5 then shalt thou bring forth that man or that woman, who have done this evil thing, unto thy gates, even the man or the woman; and thou shalt stone them with stones, that they die. 17,6 At the mouth of two witnesses, or three witnesses, shall he that is to die be put to death; at the mouth of one witness he shall not be put to death. 17,7 The hand of the witnesses shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterward the hand of all the people. So thou shalt put away the evil from the midst of thee. {P}

17,8 If there arise a matter too hard for thee in judgment, between blood and blood, between plea and plea, and between stroke and stroke, even matters of controversy within thy gates; then shalt thou arise, and get thee up unto the place which JEHOVAH thy God shall choose. 17,9 And thou shall come unto the priests the Levites, and unto the judge that shall be in those days; and thou shalt inquire; and they shall declare unto thee the sentence of judgment. 17,10 And thou shalt do according to the tenor of the sentence, which they shall declare unto thee from that place which JEHOVAH shall choose; and thou shalt observe to do according to all that they shall teach thee. 17,11 According to the law which they shall teach thee, and according to the judgment which they shall tell thee, thou shalt do; thou shalt not turn aside from the sentence which they shall declare unto thee, to the right hand, nor to the left. 17,12 And the man that doeth presumptuously, in not hearkening unto the priest that standeth to minister there before JEHOVAH thy God, or unto the judge, even that man shall die; and thou shalt exterminate the evil from Israel. 17,13 And all the people shall hear, and fear, and do no more presumptuously. {S}

“And thou shalt rejoice”


14,22 Thou shalt surely tithe all the increase of thy seed, that which is brought forth in the field year by year. 14,23 And thou shalt eat before JEHOVAH thy God, in the place which He shall choose to cause His name to dwell there, the tithe of thy corn, of thy wine, and of thine oil, and the firstlings of thy herd and of thy flock;
that thou mayest learn to fear JEHOVAH thy God always. 14,24 And if the way be too long for thee, so that thou art not able to carry it, because the place is too far from thee, which JEHOVAH thy God shall choose to set His name there, when JEHOVAH thy God shall bless thee; 14,25 then shalt thou turn it into money, and bind up the money in thy hand, and shalt go unto the place which JEHOVAH thy God shall choose. 14,26 And thou shalt bestow the money for whatsoever thy soul desireth, for oxen, or for sheep, or
for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatsoever thy soul asketh of thee; and thou shalt eat there before JEHOVAH thy God, and thou shalt rejoice, thou and thy household. 14,27 And the Levite that is within thy gates, thou shalt not forsake him; for he hath no portion nor inheritance with thee. {S}
14,28 At the end of every three years, even in the same year, thou shalt bring forth all the tithe of thine increase, and shall lay it up within thy gates. 14,29 And the Levite, because he hath no portion nor inheritance with thee, and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, that are within thy gates, shall come, and shall eat and be satisfied; that JEHOVAH thy God may bless thee in all the work of thy hand which thou doest. {S}

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“Inquire not after their gods” said Jesus (Re’eh.iii)


12,29 When JEHOVAH thy God shall cut off the nations from before thee, whither thou goest in to dispossess them, and thou dispossessest them, and dwellest in their land; 12,30 take heed to thyself that thou
be not ensnared to follow them, after that they are destroyed from before thee; and that thou
inquire not after their gods, saying: ‘How used these nations to serve their gods? even so will I do likewise.’ 12,31 Thou shalt not do so unto JEHOVAH thy God; for every abomination to JEHOVAH, which He hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters do they burn in the fire to their gods. 13,1 All this word which I command you, that shall ye observe to do; thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it. {P}

13,2 If there arise in the midst of thee a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams–and he give thee a sign or a wonder, 13,3 and the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spoke unto thee–saying: ‘Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them’; 13,4 thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or unto that dreamer of dreams; for JEHOVAH your God putteth you to proof, to know whether ye do love JEHOVAH your God with all your heart and with all your soul. 13,5 After JEHOVAH your God shall ye walk, and Him shall ye fear, and His commandments shall ye keep, and unto His voice shall ye hearken, and Him shall ye serve, and unto Him shall ye cleave. 13,6 And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death; because he hath spoken perversion against JEHOVAH your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, and redeemed thee out of the house of bondage, to draw thee aside out of the way which JEHOVAH thy God commanded thee to walk in. So shalt thou put away the evil from the midst of thee. {S}
13,7 If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, that is as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying: ‘Let us go and serve other gods,’ which thou hast not known, thou, nor thy fathers; 13,8 of the gods of the peoples that are round about you, nigh unto thee, or far off from thee, from the one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth; 13,9 thou shalt not consent unto him, nor hearken unto him; neither shall thine eye pity him, neither shalt thou spare, neither shalt thou conceal him; 13,10 but thou shalt surely kill him; thy hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people. 13,11 And thou shalt stone him with stones, that he die; because he hath sought to draw thee away from JEHOVAH thy God, who brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. 13,12 And all Israel shall hear, and fear, and shall do no more any such wickedness as this is in the midst of thee. {S}
13,13 If thou shalt hear tell concerning one of thy cities, which JEHOVAH thy God giveth thee to dwell there, saying: 13,14 ‘Certain base fellows are gone out from the midst of thee, and have drawn away the inhabitants of their city, saying: Let us go and serve other gods, which ye have not known’; 13,15 then shalt thou inquire, and make search, and ask diligently; and, behold, if it be truth, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought in the midst of thee; 13,16 thou shalt surely smite the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword, destroying it utterly, and all that is therein and the cattle thereof, with the edge of the sword. 13,17 And thou shalt gather all the spoil of it into the midst of the broad place thereof, and shall burn with fire the city, and all the spoil thereof every whit, unto JEHOVAH thy God; and it shall be a heap for ever; it shall not be built again. 13,18 And there shall cleave nought of the devoted thing to thy hand, that JEHOVAH may turn from the fierceness of His anger, and show thee mercy, and have compassion upon thee, and multiply thee, as He hath sworn unto thy fathers; 13,19 when thou shalt hearken to the voice of JEHOVAH thy God, to keep all His commandments which I command thee this day, to do that which is right in the eyes of JEHOVAH thy God. {S}