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Deuteronomy 18:20-22

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18:20 “But if any prophet presumes to speak anything in my name that I have not authorized 1  him to speak, or speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet must die. 18:21 Now if you say to yourselves, 2  ‘How can we tell that a message is not from the Lord?’ 3 18:22 whenever a prophet speaks in my 4  name and the prediction 5  is not fulfilled, 6  then I have 7  not spoken it; 8  the prophet has presumed to speak it, so you need not fear him.”

1 tn Or “commanded” (so KJV, NAB, NIV, NRSV).

2 tn Heb “in your heart.”

3 tn Heb “know the word which the Lord has not spoken.” The issue here is not understanding the meaning of the message, but distinguishing a genuine prophetic word from a false one.

4 tn Heb “the Lord’s.” See note on the word “his” in v. 5.

5 tn Heb “the word,” but a predictive word is in view here. Cf. NAB “his oracle.”

6 tn Heb “does not happen or come to pass.”

7 tn Heb “the Lord has.” See note on the word “his” in v. 5.

8 tn Heb “that is the word which the Lord has not spoken.”



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