1 If there arises among you a prophet or a dreamer of dreams, and he gives you a sign or
2 and the sign or the wonder comes to pass, of which he spoke to you, saying, Let us go
after other gods, which you have not known, and let us serve them;
3 you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams, for Jehovah
your God is testing you to know whether you love Jehovah your God with all your heart
and with all your soul.
4 You shall walk after Jehovah your God and fear Him, and keep His commandments and
obey His voice, and you shall serve Him and cleave unto Him.
5 But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be put to death, because he has spoken
apostasy away from Jehovah your God, who is bringing you out of the land of Egypt and is
redeeming you from the house of bondage, to thrust you out of the way in which Jehovah
your God has commanded you to walk. Thus you shall put away the evil from your midst.
6 If your brother, the son of your mother, your son or your daughter, the wife of your
bosom, or your friend who is as your own soul, secretly entices you, saying, Let us go and
serve other gods, which you have not known, neither you nor your fathers,
7 of the gods of the people all around you, near to you or far off from you, from one end
of the earth even to the other end of the earth,
8 you shall not consent to him or listen to him, nor shall your eye pity him, nor shall you
spare him or conceal him;
9 but you shall kill him to death; your hand shall be first upon him to put him to death,
and afterward the hand of all the people.
10 And you shall stone him with stones so that he dies, because he has sought to thrust
you away from Jehovah your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the
house of bondage.
11 Thus all Israel shall hear and fear, and not again do such wickedness as this among
12 If you hear someone in one of your cities, which Jehovah your God gives you to
dwell in, saying,
13 Corrupt men have gone out from among you and impelled the inhabitants of their city,
saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which you have not known;
14 then you shall inquire, search out, and ask thoroughly. And if it is indeed true and the
matter is firmly established that such an abomination has been done among you,
15 you shall strike to kill the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword; utterly
destroying it, all that is in it and its livestock, with the edge of the sword.
16 And you shall gather all its plunder into the middle of the open place, and completely
burn with fire the city and all its plunder, before Jehovah your God. It shall always remain
a heap; it shall not be built again.
17 And none of the accursed things shall cleave to your hand, that Jehovah may turn from
the fierceness of His anger and show you mercy, have compassion on you and multiply
you, just as He has sworn to your fathers,
18 because you heeded the voice of Jehovah your God, to keep all His commandments
which I am commanding you today, to do what is right in the eyes of Jehovah your God.