New International Version

Deuteronomy 18:1-22

Offerings for Priests and Levites

1The Levitical priests—indeed, the whole tribe of Levi—are to have no allotment or inheritance with Israel. They shall live on the food offerings presented to the Lord, for that is their inheritance. 2They shall have no inheritance among their fellow Israelites; the Lord is their inheritance, as he promised them.

3This is the share due the priests from the people who sacrifice a bull or a sheep: the shoulder, the internal organs and the meat from the head. 4You are to give them the firstfruits of your grain, new wine and olive oil, and the first wool from the shearing of your sheep, 5for the Lord your God has chosen them and their descendants out of all your tribes to stand and minister in the Lord’s name always.

6If a Levite moves from one of your towns anywhere in Israel where he is living, and comes in all earnestness to the place the Lord will choose, 7he may minister in the name of the Lord his God like all his fellow Levites who serve there in the presence of the Lord. 8He is to share equally in their benefits, even though he has received money from the sale of family possessions.

Occult Practices

9When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not learn to imitate the detestable ways of the nations there. 10Let no one be found among you who sacrifices their son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, 11or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. 12Anyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord; because of these same detestable practices the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you. 13You must be blameless before the Lord your God.

The Prophet

14The nations you will dispossess listen to those who practice sorcery or divination. But as for you, the Lord your God has not permitted you to do so. 15The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him. 16For this is what you asked of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you said, “Let us not hear the voice of the Lord our God nor see this great fire anymore, or we will die.”

17The Lord said to me: “What they say is good. 18I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their fellow Israelites, and I will put my words in his mouth. He will tell them everything I command him. 19I myself will call to account anyone who does not listen to my words that the prophet speaks in my name. 20But a prophet who presumes to speak in my name anything I have not commanded, or a prophet who speaks in the name of other gods, is to be put to death.”

21You may say to yourselves, “How can we know when a message has not been spoken by the Lord?” 22If what a prophet proclaims in the name of the Lord does not take place or come true, that is a message the Lord has not spoken. That prophet has spoken presumptuously, so do not be alarmed.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Simplified)

申命记 18:1-22

利未人的产业

1利未祭司及其他利未支派的人在以色列不可拥有土地。他们吃的是献给耶和华的火祭,那是他们的产业。 2他们在众支派中没有自己的产业,因为耶和华是他们的产业,这是祂的应许。 3众人所献的牛羊的前腿、腮颊和胃应归祭司。 4你们要给祭司初收的五谷、新酒、新油和初剪的羊毛。 5因为你们的上帝耶和华从各支派中拣选了利未人,让他们世代奉祂的名事奉。

6以色列境内任何地方的利未人若愿意离开自己所住的城,去耶和华选定的地方, 7他可以像在耶和华面前事奉的其他利未人一样,在那里事奉他的上帝耶和华。 8除了变卖产业所得之外,他还可以分到与其他祭司同等分量的祭物。

不可随从外族风俗

9“你们进入你们的上帝耶和华将要赐给你们的土地后,不可仿效当地民族的可憎行径。 10你们当中不可有人焚烧自己的子女作祭物,不可有人占卜、算命、作法、行邪术、 11念咒、做灵媒、行巫术或求问亡灵。 12凡做这些事的人都是耶和华所憎恶的。正是因为当地的民族做这些可憎之事,你们的上帝耶和华才要当着你们的面把他们赶走。 13你们要在你们的上帝耶和华面前纯全无过。

耶和华使一位先知兴起

14“你们将要赶走的那些民族听信术士和巫师,但你们的上帝耶和华不准你们仿效他们。 15你们的上帝耶和华要在你们中间选立一位像我一样的先知,你们要听从他。 16这正是你们在何烈山聚会时向你们的上帝耶和华所求的,当时你们说,‘不要让我们再听见我们上帝耶和华的声音,也不要让我们再看见这烈火,免得我们死亡。’ 17于是,耶和华对我说,‘他们说的对。 18我要在他们当中选立一位像你一样的先知,我会告诉他该说的话,他要把我的一切吩咐告诉他们。 19如果有人不听从他奉我的名所说的话,我必亲自惩罚那人。 20若有先知冒我的名说我未曾吩咐他的话,或以其他神明的名义说话,必须处死他。’ 21你们也许心里会问,‘我们如何知道是否是耶和华说的话呢?’ 22如果先知奉耶和华的名说的话没有应验,他的话就不是耶和华说的。他是妄自说预言,你们不用怕他。