You shall do according to the sentence which they pronounce upon you in that place which the LORD chooses. b. 18-19) 17:16 "he shall not multiply horses" Horses were owned only by rulers, not local people. Library • Free Downloads • eBibles. There are countless jokes illustrating this point. The hands of the witnesses shall be the first against him to put him to death: Additionally, the witnesses had to be so certain of what they saw, that they were willing to initiate the actual execution. Would he be pleased with you? b. That his heart be not lifted up above his brothers, and that he turn not aside from the commandment, to the right hand, or to the left: to the end that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he, and his children, in the middle of Israel. Also it shall be, when he sits on the throne of his kingdom, that he shall write for himself a copy of this law in a book, from the one before the priests, the Levites. Now the man who acts presumptuously and will not heed the priest… that man shall die: The authority of the judges had to be respected, therefore contempt of court was a capital crime. Click to enable/disable _ga - Google Analytics Cookie. We may request cookies to be set on your device. Study Deuteronomy 17 using Matthew Henry Bible Commentary (complete) to better understand Scripture with full outline and verse meaning. i. He had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines; and his wives turned away his heart (1 Kings 11:3). So you shall put away the evil from Israel. 20. David said, nor will I offer burnt offerings to the LORD my God with that which costs me nothing (2 Samuel 24:24). The verb “multiply” (actually “shall multiply”) is “rabah” in Hebrew, meaning “to become many.” Or “numerous,” or just “in abundance.” This law we can all understand. ii. This shows how greatly God wanted the word of God to be on the hearts of His rulers; God wanted every king to also be a scribe. He shall not multiply horses — Though he might have horses for his own use, yet he was not to have many horses for his officers and guard, much less for war, lest he should trust in them. NIV Reverse Interlinear Bible: English to Hebrew and English to Greek. DEUTERONOMY 17:16. By proceeding, you consent to our cookie usage. I can handle this. Deuteronomy 17:17, the first half of the verse, to be more precise. 1. (G) He must not accumulate(H) large amounts of silver and gold. Click to enable/disable Google reCaptcha. God’s commands for leaders have not changed; and neither has the need to be on guard against the self-deception in these things which felled Solomon. Deuteronomy 17–33 An Exhortation to Obedience, Part 2 (20-1) Introduction Our Father in Heaven is a being who governs by law. We provide you with a list of stored cookies on your computer in our domain so you can check what we stored. (Malachi 1:8). Simply stated: the King cannot have many wives! And you shall come to the priests, the Levites, and to the judge there in those days, and inquire of them; they shall pronounce upon you the sentence of judgment. It is striking to consider that reading a book – the Great Book, the Bible – can keep a person from sin. God was planning that Israel would have a king, so He laid down these regulations to show how He expected the king to conduct himself within the office. The multiplying horses is also forbidden, lest it should raise too great a correspondence with Egypt, which furnished Canaan with them. David understood that if it didn’t cost something, it wasn’t a sacrifice. If there is found among you, within any of your gates which the LORD your God gives you, a man or a woman who has been wicked in the sight of the LORD your God, in transgressing His covenant, who has gone and served other gods and worshiped them, either the sun or moon or any of the host of heaven, which I have not commanded, and it is told you, and you hear of it, th… The accumulation of horses was a vain display of power as well as affluence. He shall write for himself: It is striking to think of the king of Israel, laboring over parchment with a pen, making a personal copy of the law of Israel. We need 2 cookies to store this setting. The charge of this chapter is, I. Deuteronomy 17:2 If there be found among you, within any of thy gates which the LORD thy God giveth thee, man or woman, that hath wrought wickedness in the sight of the LORD thy God, in transgressing his covenant, Deuteronomy 17:16 But he shall not multiply horses to himself, nor cause the people to return to Egypt, to the end that he should multiply horses: forasmuch as the LORD hath said unto you, Ye shall henceforth return no more that way. These were higher courts where cases were taken beyond the local judges to thepriests, the Levites – who were understood to be wiser judges because of their knowledge of God’s Word. Now the man who acts presumptuously and will not heed the priest who stands to minister there before the LORD your God, or the judge, that man shall die. And when you offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? He shall not multiply horses to himself (v. 16). c. Nor shall he greatly multiply silver and gold for himself: The future king of Israel must not put undue emphasis on personal wealth. Since these providers may collect personal data like your IP address we allow you to block them here. Deuteronomy 17:20 . It has been well written in many Bibles: “This book will keep you from sin. Without can not be used by it self, meaning that it has to be minimum one more condition included (all/at least one,etc) all: "fish", without: "bread", will search for verses that contains "fish" but NOT "bread" start: search for verses that contains words that start with the search words Now viewing scripture range from the book of Deuteronomy chapter 17:14 through chapter 17:20... Deuteronomy Chapter 17. These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our website and to use some of its features. 2 Sacrifice as the Passover to the Lord your God an animal from your flock or herd at the place the Lord will choose as a dwelling for his Name. Otherwise you will be prompted again when opening a new browser window or new a tab. ii. The hands of the witnesses shall be the first against him to put him to death, and afterward the hands of all the people. It would not be wrong for the king to build up a cavalry for his army; but he was not to multiply horses as his own personal possessions. You are free to opt out any time or opt in for other cookies to get a better experience. Chapter 20 is a description of how Israel was to conduct holy war, which is a war done in the name of God, commanded by God, the rules controlled by God, for the glory of God (cf. Because these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the website, refuseing them will have impact how our site functions. Book of Deuteronomy Summary. c. That he may learn to fear the LORD his God and be careful to observe all the words of this law: Staying in the word of God was intended to build a reverence for God and a holy life in the king. shalt say, I will set a king over me--In the following passage Moses prophetically announces a revolution which should occur at a later period in the national history of Israel. We fully respect if you want to refuse cookies but to avoid asking you again and again kindly allow us to store a cookie for that. Click on the different category headings to find out more. Yet many will murder someone’s reputation in their own mind or in the minds of others with no witnesses, much less one. iii. 3 Do not eat it with bread made with yeast, but for seven days eat unleavened bread, the bread of affliction, because you left Egypt in haste—so that all the days of your life you may remember the time of your departure from Egyp… Neither shall he multiply wives for himself: The future king of Israel must not put undue emphasis on physical indulgence and personal status. A. 16 Observe the month of Aviv and celebrate the Passover of the Lord your God, because in the month of Aviv he brought you out of Egypt by night. Israel did not always live up to this standard: And when you offer the blind as a sacrifice, is it not evil? b. I will set a king over me: It is interesting to consider whether or not God wanted an earthly king over Israel. 20 That his heart be not lifted up above his brethren, and that he turn not aside from the commandment, tothe right hand, or tothe left: to the end that he may prolong hisdays in his kingdom, he, and his children, in the midst of Israel. Which has any blemish or defect, for that is an abomination to the LORD your God: God commanded that no one can bring to Him a sacrifice which has any blemish or defect, for that is an abomination to the LORD. Such balances are often the hardest to keep. New International Version (NIV), Upgrade to Bible Gateway Plus, and access the, 1Sa 8:11; 1Ki 4:26; 9:19; 10:26; 2Ch 1:14; Ps 20:7, S Ex 34:16; 2Sa 5:13; 12:11; 1Ki 11:3; 2Ch 11:21, NIV, Beautiful Word Bible Journal, Romans, Comfort Print, NIV, Quest Study Bible, Comfort Print: The Only Q and A Study Bible, NIV, Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible, Red Letter Edition: Bringing to Life the Ancient World of Scripture, NIV, Beautiful Word Bible Journal, Acts, Comfort Print, NIV, Story of Jesus: Experience the Life of Jesus as One Seamless Story. We may comfort ourselves that we would never judge someone guilty of murder so quickly, without proper evidence. And all the people shall hear and fear, and no longer act presumptuously. Deuteronomy 20 – Instructions Concerning Warfare A. (1) The command to trust in God. a. It is case law, upon which legal precedents for future cases may be understood. He had forty thousand stalls of horses for his chariots (1 Kings 4:26), and Solomon had horses imported from Egypt (1 Kings 10:28). Think of Deuteronomy as a sequel-slash-remake of the rest of the Hebrew Bible up until this point. He didn’t decide which one to give to God, until one day one of the calves died. i. Solomon was a notorious breaker of these commands. Over and over again, the prophets declare, “Thus says the LORD.” Click to enable/disable essential site cookies. 16. 19 It is to be with him, and he is to read it all the days of his life(M) so that he may learn to revere the Lord his God and follow carefully all the words of this law and these decrees(N) 20 and not consider himself better than his fellow Israelites and turn from the law(O) to the right or to the left. The following cookies are also needed - You can choose if you want to allow them: You can read about our cookies and privacy settings in detail on our Privacy Policy Page. It shall be with him, and he shall read it all the days of his life: The word of God was to be constant companion of the king of Israel, and something he read every day. You shall not sacrifice to the LORD your God a bull or sheep which has any blemish or defect, for that is an abomination to the LORD your God. When you go out to battle against your enemies, and see horses and chariots and people more numerous than you, do not be afraid of them; for the LORD your God is with you, who brought you up from the land of Egypt. c. Who has gone and served other gods and worshiped them: Judges are also commanded to make sure that any who have gone after idolatry are to be investigated, and if found to be guilty, are to be executed. We may not understand all the spiritual work behind the word of God, but staying in the word will keep one from sin. God is concerned about the murder of reputation, as well as physical murder, and commands that one should not receive an accusation against an elder except from two or three witnesses (1 Timothy 5:19) – the same standard as for proving murder. Deuteronomy 20 is a description of how Israel was to conduct holy war, which is a war done in the name of YHWH, commanded by YHWH, the rules controlled by YHWH, for the glory of YHWH (cf. Saul is a perfect example of a king out of God’s will, chosen by the nation and at their timing; David is a perfect example of a king chosen by God and in His timing. And it shall be with him, and he shall read it all the days of his life, that he may learn to fear the LORD his God and be careful to observe all the words of this law and these statutes, that his heart may not be lifted above his brethren, that he may not turn aside from the commandment to the right hand or to the left, and that he may prolong his days in his kingdom, he and his children in the midst of Israel. It's got a similar cast of characters, a similar story, and even some of the same axioms. b. a. Rules regarding future kings of Israel (Deuteronomy 17:14-20) 14 When thou art come unto the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, and shalt possess it, and shalt dwell therein, and shalt say, I will set a king over me, like as all the nations that are about me; But God will not receive such a sacrifice. You always can block or delete cookies by changing your browser settings and force blocking all cookies on this website. But this will always prompt you to accept/refuse cookies when revisiting our site. Luther said he would rather live in hell with the Bible than to live in Paradise without the Bible. Heb., Justice, justice; that is, let pure justice, without mud, run down; let all selfish affections be strained out. [Page 1] Abstract: Deuteronomy 17:14–20 represents the most succinct summation in the Bible of criteria for kingship. The powers of the monarchy, so dominant in the civilizations of the ancient Near East, are greatly circumscribed in Dt 17:14-20. He shall not multiply horses for himself: The future king of Israel must not put undue trust in military might. What can it mean to “hold fast to God” (Deuteronomy 30:20) in our diasporas today, as Christians who are in the world but not of it (John 15:19, 17:16; Romans 12:20)? Changes will take effect once you reload the page. a. Whoever is deserving of death shall be put to death on the testimony of two or three witnesses: There was never to be capital punishment unless there was evidence from at least two independent, unimpeachable sources. Click to enable/disable _gat_* - Google Analytics Cookie. (P) Then he and his descendants will reign a long time over his kingdom in Israel.(Q). Jesus asked for the official witness to step forward and identify themselves on record as having witnessed this act of adultery, yet was hypocritical enough to bring the woman and not the man. i. Which has any blemish or defect, for that is an abomination to the LORD your God, any blemish or defect, for that is an abomination to the LORD, Who has gone and served other gods and worshiped them, Whoever is deserving of death shall be put to death on the testimony of two or three witnesses, The hands of the witnesses shall be the first against him to put him to death, And afterward the hands of all the people, If a matter arises which is too hard for you to judge, Now the man who acts presumptuously and will not heed the priest… that man shall die, I will set a king over me like all the nations that are around me, set a king over you whom the LORD your God chooses, Neither shall he multiply wives for himself, Nor shall he greatly multiply silver and gold for himself, It shall be with him, and he shall read it all the days of his life, That he may learn to fear the LORD his God and be careful to observe all the words of this law, © Copyright - Enduring Word       |      . It is a debatable issue; but consider that Israel’s history without a king (the time of the book of Judges) was not a period of national glory. Copyright © 2019 by Zondervan. Deuteronomy 17:1 Thou shalt not sacrifice unto the LORD thy God any bullock, or sheep, wherein is blemish, or any evilfavouredness: for that is an abomination unto the LORD thy God. (I), 18 When he takes the throne(J) of his kingdom, he is to write(K) for himself on a scroll a copy(L) of this law, taken from that of the Levitical priests. All rights reserved worldwide. Deuteronomy 16:17 Context. THE ELECTION AND DUTY OF A KING. Deuteronomy 17:16-20 New International Version (NIV) 16 The king, moreover, must not acquire great numbers of horses for himself or make the people return to Egypt to get more of them, for the Lord has told you, “You are not to go back that way again.” 17 He … To get what Deuteronomy 17:16 means based on its source text, scroll down or follow these links for the original scriptural meaning , biblical context and relative popularity. Note that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on our websites and the services we are able to offer. IV. One might ask if God really did want Israel to never have an earthly king, and if He wanted them to recognize Him alone as king. III. This puts the words of Jesus regarding the woman taken in adultery in John 8 in perspective: He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first (John 8:7). i. If a matter arises which is too hard for you to judge: God allowed for courts of appeal in Israel. NIV ©: The king, moreover, must not acquire great numbers of horses for himself or make the people return to Egypt to get more of them, for the LORD has told you, "You are not to go back that way again." Our website uses cookies to store user preferences. a. I will set a king over me like all the nations that are around me: God looked forward – some 400 years forward – into Israel’s future, to the time when they would demand a king. A horse was a battle weapon for war. This made certain that no one would be executed for a crime they did not commit. All need the word of God; but the greater our responsibilities, the greater our need to depend on the truth of God’s word. Riches, honours, and pleasures, are three great hinderances of godliness, (the lusts of the flesh, the lusts of the eye, and the pride of life,) especially to those in high stations; against these the king is here warned. "And it be told thee, and thou hast heard [of it], and inquired diligently, and, behold, [it be] true, [and] … 20:1-20; 21:10-14; 23:9-14; 24:5; 25:17-19). Which was inhabited by them, and was one of the seven nations the Israelites were to destroy, and possess their land. Deuteronomy 16:20 That which is altogether just shalt thou follow, that thou mayest live, and inherit the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. Click to enable/disable _gid - Google Analytics Cookie. When thou . II. i. iii. NET ©: Moreover, he must not accumulate horses for himself or allow the people to return to Egypt to do so, 1 for the Lord has said you must never again return that way. One common one describes a farmer whose cow gave birth to twins, and he swore he would give one of the calves to God. vv. the king is one among many covenant partners (cf. According to the sentence of the law in which they instruct you, according to the judgment which they tell you, you shall do; you shall not turn aside to the right hand or to the left from the sentence which they pronounce upon you. i. If a matter arises which is too hard for you to judge, between degrees of guilt for bloodshed, between one judgment or another, or between one punishment or another, matters of controversy within your gates, then you shall arise and go up to the place which the LORD your God chooses. If you refuse cookies we will remove all set cookies in our domain. The spiritual and practical preparation of the army. It was this misunderstanding that gave rise to the English name Deuteronomy.” (Thompson). Click to enable/disable Google Analytics tracking. And which lay on the southern part of the land of Canaan. Ver. a. “The Scriptures, diligently read and studied, are a powerful and probable means to keep him humble, because they show him that, though a king, he is subject to a higher Monarch, to whom he must give an account… sufficient to abate the pride of the haughtiest person in the world, if he duly consider it.” (Poole), ©2018 David Guzik – No distribution beyond personal use without permission. And you shall be careful to do according to all that they order you. God’s calf died today!”, ii. Whoever is deserving of death shall be put to death on the testimony of two or three witnesses; he shall not be put to death on the testimony of one witness. The problem moderns have with this type of text usually involve an ethical outrage. 1 Samuel 8:6-9, the record of Israel’s demand for king, puts the request for a king in a negative light. If a matter is false, it does not become true because many people hear it or many people repeat it. God warned them to set a king over you whom the LORD your God chooses, and that person had to be an Israelite and not a foreigner. He said to his wife: “Guess what? I haven’t gone too far.” It might seem self-evident that 700 wives and 300 concubines is multiplying wives to yourself, but one should never underestimate the ability of the human heart to deceive itself in such situations. Remember 1 Timothy 5:19 does not say “except from two or three gossips”; it says except from two or three witnesses. Each of these three areas reflects the places where many modern Christian leaders fall: In regard to power, pleasure, or money. Concerning appeals from the inferior courts to the great sanhedrim ( v. 8-13 ). The magnificent words of Moses blend with the joyous strains of the Exsultet as Christians seek to understand what it means to “choose life” in Jesus Christ. ii. We have a tendency to always want to give God second best – if not third or fourth best. 14. See Deuteronomy 17:16–20 in … Beyond this, horses were prime war materiel in those days, particularly for pulling chariots, so multiplying horses can indicate territorial aggression and a … 20:1-20; 21:10-14; 23:9-14; 24:5; 25:17-19). If you do not want that we track your visit to our site you can disable tracking in your browser here: We also use different external services like Google Webfonts, Google Maps, and external Video providers. “Incidentally, the phrase a copy of this law (18) appears incorrectly in the LXX as ‘this second law’, to deuteronomion touto. Deuteronomy 17:14-20. When you come to the land which the LORD your God is giving you, and possess it and dwell in it, and say, “I will set a king over me like all the nations that are around me,” you shall surely set a king over you whom the LORD your God chooses; one from among your brethren you shall set as king over you; you may not set a foreigner over you, who is not your brother. Remarkably, the Book of Mormon narrative depicts examples of kingship that demonstrate close fidelity to the pattern set forth in Deuteronomy 17 (e.g., Nephi, Benjamin, or Mosiah II) or the inversion of the expected pattern of kingship (e.g., king Noah). Ver. So you shall put away the evil from among you. B. KING JAMES VERSION (KJV) TRANSLATION, MEANING, CONTEXT. You can check these in your browser security settings. You shall not sacrifice to the LORD your God a bull or sheep which has any blemish or defect, for that is an abomination to the LORD your God. Concerning the purity and perfection of all those animals that were offered in sacrifice ( v. 1 ). Chapter 17. Many of the prophets put aside pride and dignity in order to engage in bizarre sign-acts, walking naked in the streets of Jerusalem (Isaiah 20) or lying prone on the ground for weeks on end (Ezekiel 4). Would he accept you favorably?” Says the LORD of hosts. David powerfully illustrated the idea behind this commandment when he refused to accept the threshing floor of Araunah as a gift, which David was going to give to the LORD as the place to build the temple. We use cookies to let us know when you visit our websites, how you interact with us, to enrich your user experience, and to customize your relationship with our website. i. The whole village would know the justice of what was being done. Concerning the punishment of those that worshipped idols ( v. 2-7 ). Please be aware that this might heavily reduce the functionality and appearance of our site. Main Menu. Perhaps we can say that God wanted Israel to have a king, but of His choosing, and at His timing. v. 20) 5. the king must study regularly and implement (personally and officially) God's laws (cf. Sin will keep you from this book.”. Check to enable permanent hiding of message bar and refuse all cookies if you do not opt in. Future king of Israel. 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