Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

申命记 17

1“不可把有缺陷或残疾的牛羊献给你们的上帝耶和华,因为这是祂所憎恶的。

“如果有人在你们的上帝耶和华将要赐给你们的各城镇做祂视为恶的事,违背祂的约, 不遵守祂的禁令,去供奉和祭拜其他神明,祭拜日、月或星辰, 你们得知后,必须彻底调查。如果属实,在以色列确实有人做这种可憎之事, 就要把那人带到城门口,用石头打死他。 但你们不可单凭一个证人便处死那人,要有两三个证人方可处死他。 证人要先扔石头,众人随后,这样就除掉了你们中间的罪恶。

复杂案件的处理

“如果案件复杂,难以决断,如谋杀、诉讼、人身伤害等,就要把案件带到你们的上帝耶和华选定的地方, 交给当值的利未祭司和审判官去审理。 10 你们必须执行他们在耶和华所选择的地方宣告的判决,你们要谨慎遵行他们的一切指示。 11 他们教导你们律法,宣布判决后,你们必须完全执行,丝毫不可偏离。 12 如果有人不肯接受事奉你们上帝耶和华的祭司和审判官的判决,就必须处死他。如此,你们便从以色列除掉了罪恶, 13 使众人得知后心中害怕,不敢再任意妄为。

立王的条例

14 “你们进入并占领你们的上帝耶和华将要赐给你们的土地,安顿下来后,就会想立自己的王,像周围的国家一样。 15 那么,你们一定要立你们的上帝耶和华拣选的人;必须立你们的以色列同胞为王,不可立外族人。 16 王不可拥有大量马匹,也不可派人到埃及去购买马匹,因为耶和华已经告诉你们不可回埃及。 17 他不可拥有许多妃嫔,恐怕他的心会偏离耶和华,也不可为自己积蓄大量金银。 18 他登基后,要在利未祭司面前为自己抄录一份律法书, 19 把它放在身边,一生诵读,以便学习敬畏他的上帝耶和华,遵守律法书上的一切诫命和律例。 20 这样,他就不会妄自尊大,违背诫命,他和他的子孙就可以长久统治以色列。

New Living Translation

Deuteronomy 17

1“Never sacrifice sick or defective cattle, sheep, or goats to the Lord your God, for he detests such gifts.

“When you begin living in the towns the Lord your God is giving you, a man or woman among you might do evil in the sight of the Lord your God and violate the covenant. For instance, they might serve other gods or worship the sun, the moon, or any of the stars—the forces of heaven—which I have strictly forbidden. When you hear about it, investigate the matter thoroughly. If it is true that this detestable thing has been done in Israel, then the man or woman who has committed such an evil act must be taken to the gates of the town and stoned to death. But never put a person to death on the testimony of only one witness. There must always be two or three witnesses. The witnesses must throw the first stones, and then all the people may join in. In this way, you will purge the evil from among you.

“Suppose a case arises in a local court that is too hard for you to decide—for instance, whether someone is guilty of murder or only of manslaughter, or a difficult lawsuit, or a case involving different kinds of assault. Take such legal cases to the place the Lord your God will choose, and present them to the Levitical priests or the judge on duty at that time. They will hear the case and declare the verdict. 10 You must carry out the verdict they announce and the sentence they prescribe at the place the Lord chooses. You must do exactly what they say. 11 After they have interpreted the law and declared their verdict, the sentence they impose must be fully executed; do not modify it in any way. 12 Anyone arrogant enough to reject the verdict of the judge or of the priest who represents the Lord your God must die. In this way you will purge the evil from Israel. 13 Then everyone else will hear about it and be afraid to act so arrogantly.

Guidelines for a King

14 “You are about to enter the land the Lord your God is giving you. When you take it over and settle there, you may think, ‘We should select a king to rule over us like the other nations around us.’ 15 If this happens, be sure to select as king the man the Lord your God chooses. You must appoint a fellow Israelite; he may not be a foreigner.

16 “The king must not build up a large stable of horses for himself or send his people to Egypt to buy horses, for the Lord has told you, ‘You must never return to Egypt.’ 17 The king must not take many wives for himself, because they will turn his heart away from the Lord. And he must not accumulate large amounts of wealth in silver and gold for himself.

18 “When he sits on the throne as king, he must copy for himself this body of instruction on a scroll in the presence of the Levitical priests. 19 He must always keep that copy with him and read it daily as long as he lives. That way he will learn to fear the Lord his God by obeying all the terms of these instructions and decrees. 20 This regular reading will prevent him from becoming proud and acting as if he is above his fellow citizens. It will also prevent him from turning away from these commands in the smallest way. And it will ensure that he and his descendants will reign for many generations in Israel.