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Deuteronomy 17:3-5

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17:3 by serving other gods and worshiping them – the sun, 1  moon, or any other heavenly bodies which I have not permitted you to worship. 2  17:4 When it is reported to you and you hear about it, you must investigate carefully. If it is indeed true that such a disgraceful thing 3  is being done in Israel, 17:5 you must bring to your city gates 4  that man or woman who has done this wicked thing – that very man or woman – and you must stone that person to death. 5 

1 tc The MT reads “and to the sun,” thus including the sun, the moon, and other heavenly spheres among the gods. However, Theodotion and Lucian read “or to the sun,” suggesting perhaps that the sun and the other heavenly bodies are not in the category of actual deities.

2 tn Heb “which I have not commanded you.” The words “to worship” are supplied in the translation for clarification.

3 tn Heb “an abomination” (תּוֹעֵבָה); see note on the word “offensive” in v. 1.

4 tn Heb “gates.”

5 tn Heb “stone them with stones so that they die” (KJV similar); NCV “throw stones at that person until he dies.”



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