Japanese Living Bible

申命記 13

惑わす者には

1あなたがたの中で、自分は預言者だとか、夢で未来を占える者だとか言う者には気をつけなさい。 言い当てたからといって、うっかり信じてはいけません。どんなに占いが上手でも、『ほかの神々を拝もう』などと誘惑する者の言うことを聞いてはいけません。 主は、あなたがたが心とたましいを尽くしてあなたがたの神、主を愛しているかどうかを試しておられるのです。 決してほかの神々を拝んではいけません。神の命令にだけ従い、神だけを頼りなさい。 あなたがたを惑わすような預言者は殺されなければなりません。エジプトの奴隷生活から助け出してくださったあなたがたの神、主に背かせようと誘惑する者だからです。悪い考えがはびこらないように、そんな者たちは処罰しなさい。

6-7 ひそかにあなたがたをそそのかして外国の神々を拝ませようとする者には、近い親類や親しい友人、あるいは血を分けた兄弟、愛する妻や子であっても、 決して同意してはいけません。その話を聞くことも、同情することもなりません。罪を見逃したり、かばったりするなどもってのほかです。 そんな者は一人残らず死刑に処せられます。まず身内の者が手を下し、次に全員が手を下しなさい。 10 エジプトの奴隷生活から助け出してくださった主に背かせようとしたのですから、石打ちによって殺しなさい。 11 そうすれば、そのことを知っただれもが、自分たちの中に恐ろしい悪の根があることに気づき、二度と同じ罪を犯さなくなるでしょう。

12-14 イスラエルの町のどこかで、ほかの神々を拝むようにそそのかす者がいると聞いたら、まず、うわさが本当かどうか確かめなさい。事実そのとおりで、そんな恐ろしいことが主の下さった町で起こっていることがはっきりしたら、 15 その町を攻め、住民も家畜も生かしておいてはなりません。 16 戦利品は道に積み上げて燃やし、町にも火を放って、主への焼き尽くすいけにえとしなさい。そこは永遠の廃墟となり、再建されることはありません。 17 決して戦利品を持ち帰ってはいけません。すべて焼き尽くすことによって、主は激しい怒りを静め、もう一度あなたがたに目をかけ、先祖への約束どおり、私たちを大きな民にしてくださいます。 18 従順に、今日、私が与える戒めを守り、あなたがたの神、主の目にかなう正しいことを行えば、必ずそのようになるのです。

New Living Translation

Deuteronomy 13

A Warning against Idolatry

1[a]“Suppose there are prophets among you or those who dream dreams about the future, and they promise you signs or miracles, and the predicted signs or miracles occur. If they then say, ‘Come, let us worship other gods’—gods you have not known before— do not listen to them. The Lord your God is testing you to see if you truly love him with all your heart and soul. Serve only the Lord your God and fear him alone. Obey his commands, listen to his voice, and cling to him. The false prophets or visionaries who try to lead you astray must be put to death, for they encourage rebellion against the Lord your God, who redeemed you from slavery and brought you out of the land of Egypt. Since they try to lead you astray from the way the Lord your God commanded you to live, you must put them to death. In this way you will purge the evil from among you.

“Suppose someone secretly entices you—even your brother, your son or daughter, your beloved wife, or your closest friend—and says, ‘Let us go worship other gods’—gods that neither you nor your ancestors have known. They might suggest that you worship the gods of peoples who live nearby or who come from the ends of the earth. But do not give in or listen. Have no pity, and do not spare or protect them. You must put them to death! Strike the first blow yourself, and then all the people must join in. 10 Stone the guilty ones to death because they have tried to draw you away from the Lord your God, who rescued you from the land of Egypt, the place of slavery. 11 Then all Israel will hear about it and be afraid, and no one will act so wickedly again.

12 “When you begin living in the towns the Lord your God is giving you, you may hear 13 that scoundrels among you are leading their fellow citizens astray by saying, ‘Let us go worship other gods’—gods you have not known before. 14 In such cases, you must examine the facts carefully. If you find that the report is true and such a detestable act has been committed among you, 15 you must attack that town and completely destroy[b] all its inhabitants, as well as all the livestock. 16 Then you must pile all the plunder in the middle of the open square and burn it. Burn the entire town as a burnt offering to the Lord your God. That town must remain a ruin forever; it may never be rebuilt. 17 Keep none of the plunder that has been set apart for destruction. Then the Lord will turn from his fierce anger and be merciful to you. He will have compassion on you and make you a large nation, just as he swore to your ancestors.

18 “The Lord your God will be merciful only if you listen to his voice and keep all his commands that I am giving you today, doing what pleases him.

Footnotes

  1. 13:1 Verses 13:1-18 are numbered 13:2-19 in Hebrew text.
  2. 13:15 The Hebrew term used here refers to the complete consecration of things or people to the Lord, either by destroying them or by giving them as an offering; similarly in 13:17.