18:15 The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you – from your fellow Israelites; 1 you must listen to him.
18:20 “But if any prophet presumes to speak anything in my name that I have not authorized 4 him to speak, or speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet must die.
1 tc The MT expands here on the usual formula by adding “from among you” (cf. Deut 17:15; 18:18; Smr; a number of Greek texts). The expansion seems to be for the purpose of emphasis, i.e., the prophet to come must be not just from Israel but an Israelite by blood.
tn “from your brothers,” but not referring to actual siblings. Cf. NAB “from among your own kinsmen”; NASB “from your countrymen”; NRSV “from among your own people.” A similar phrase occurs in v. 17.
2 tn Heb “will seek from him”; NAB “I myself will make him answer for it”; NRSV “will hold accountable.”
3 tn Heb “he”; the referent (the prophet mentioned in v. 18) has been specified in the translation for clarity.
4 tn Or “commanded” (so KJV, NAB, NIV, NRSV).