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Deuteronomy 13:1-18

Worshiping Other Gods

In Hebrew texts 13:1-18 is numbered 13:2-19. 1If a prophet, or one who foretells by dreams, appears among you and announces to you a sign or wonder, 2and if the sign or wonder spoken of takes place, and the prophet says, “Let us follow other gods” (gods you have not known) “and let us worship them,” 3you must not listen to the words of that prophet or dreamer. The Lord your God is testing you to find out whether you love him with all your heart and with all your soul. 4It is the Lord your God you must follow, and him you must revere. Keep his commands and obey him; serve him and hold fast to him. 5That prophet or dreamer must be put to death for inciting rebellion against the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt and redeemed you from the land of slavery. That prophet or dreamer tried to turn you from the way the Lord your God commanded you to follow. You must purge the evil from among you.

6If your very own brother, or your son or daughter, or the wife you love, or your closest friend secretly entices you, saying, “Let us go and worship other gods” (gods that neither you nor your ancestors have known, 7gods of the peoples around you, whether near or far, from one end of the land to the other), 8do not yield to them or listen to them. Show them no pity. Do not spare them or shield them. 9You must certainly put them to death. Your hand must be the first in putting them to death, and then the hands of all the people. 10Stone them to death, because they tried to turn you away from the Lord your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. 11Then all Israel will hear and be afraid, and no one among you will do such an evil thing again.

12If you hear it said about one of the towns the Lord your God is giving you to live in 13that troublemakers have arisen among you and have led the people of their town astray, saying, “Let us go and worship other gods” (gods you have not known), 14then you must inquire, probe and investigate it thoroughly. And if it is true and it has been proved that this detestable thing has been done among you, 15you must certainly put to the sword all who live in that town. You must destroy it completely,13:15 The Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the Lord, often by totally destroying them. both its people and its livestock. 16You are to gather all the plunder of the town into the middle of the public square and completely burn the town and all its plunder as a whole burnt offering to the Lord your God. That town is to remain a ruin forever, never to be rebuilt, 17and none of the condemned things13:17 The Hebrew term refers to the irrevocable giving over of things or persons to the Lord, often by totally destroying them. are to be found in your hands. Then the Lord will turn from his fierce anger, will show you mercy, and will have compassion on you. He will increase your numbers, as he promised on oath to your ancestors— 18because you obey the Lord your God by keeping all his commands that I am giving you today and doing what is right in his eyes.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

申命记 13:1-18


1“如果你们中间出现了先知或解梦的人,要显神迹奇事给你们看, 2劝你们随从、供奉素不认识的神明,即使他们显的神迹奇事应验了, 3你们也不可听从他们。因为这是你们的上帝耶和华在试验你们,要看看你们是否全心全意地爱祂。 4你们要跟从你们的上帝耶和华,敬畏祂,遵守祂的诫命,听从祂的话,事奉祂,倚靠祂。 5必须处死那些先知或解梦的人,因为他们怂恿你们背叛你们的上帝耶和华、偏离祂吩咐你们当走的道路。你们的上帝耶和华曾带你们离开埃及,救你们脱离奴役。你们必须清除你们当中的邪恶。

6“如果你们的兄弟、儿女、爱妻或挚友引诱你们去拜你们和你们祖先都不认识的神明, 7引诱你们去拜你们周围各族的神明,或在附近或远在天边, 8你们不可迁就、听从他们,不可怜惜他们,不可放过或包庇他们。 9必须处死他们。你们要首先下手,然后众人一起打死他们。 10你们要用石头打死他们,因为他们企图使你们背弃你们的上帝耶和华,祂曾把你们从受奴役之地——埃及领出来。 11这样,所有以色列人听了就会害怕,必无人再敢做这种恶事。

12-13“在你们的上帝耶和华将要赐给你们居住的各城中,如果你们听说某城里有恶人引诱城中的居民偏离正路,唆使他们去供奉你们不认识的神明, 14你们要认真查明真相。如果传闻属实,你们当中确有此恶行, 15你们一定要杀光那城中的居民和牲畜。 16你们要把城中的财物堆在广场中心,然后放火焚烧那城和城中的财物,作为燔祭献给你们的上帝耶和华。城要永远荒废,不可重建。 17-18你们不可保留任何应当被毁灭的东西,这样耶和华就不再向你们发怒,转而施恩怜悯你们。