06 November 2014

EJ&T Deuteronomy 13: When to kill your family, a city, or a prophet for God

In the Every Jot and Tittle project, I am listing all of the Bible's commandments from Genesis to Revelation, in accordance with Jesus's words in Matthew 5:18-19. I have no idea how many commandments I'll find, but Jewish tradition claims there are 613. See here for a list of those that I've found so far.

  1. If a prophet gives you a sign or a wonder, don't listen to him. Kill him instead.
  2. If there arise among you a prophet, or a dreamer of dreams, and giveth thee a sign or a wonder, And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spake unto thee, saying, Let us go after other gods, which thou hast not known, and let us serve them; Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the Lord your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. ... And that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams, shall be put to death ... So shalt thou put the evil away from the midst of thee. Deuteronomy 13:1-5

  3. Walk after God.
  4. Walk in his ways. Deuteronomy 10:12

    Walk in all his ways. Deuteronomy 11:22

    Ye shall walk after the LORD your God. Deuteronomy 13:4

    Walk ever in his ways. Deuteronomy 19:9

    I command thee this day ... to walk in his ways. Deuteronomy 30:16

    Do the commandment and the law, which Moses the servant of the LORD charged you, to love the LORD your God, and to walk in all his ways. Joshua 22:5

    Walk in thy [God's] ways. 2 Chronicles 6:31

    Commit thy way unto the LORD. Psalm 37:5

    Walk in the light of the LORD. Isaiah 2:5

  5. Obey God's voice.
  6. Obey his [God's] voice. Deuteronomy 13:4

    Obey my [God's] voice. Jeremiah 7:23, 11:4

  7. If your family or friends try to get you to worship another god, stone them to death.
  8. If thy brother, the son of thy mother, or thy son, or thy daughter, or the wife of thy bosom, or thy friend, which is as thine own soul, entice thee secretly, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which thou hast not known, thou, nor thy fathers; Namely, of the gods of the people which are round about you, nigh unto thee, or far off from thee, from the one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth; Thou shalt not consent unto him, nor hearken unto him; neither shall thine eye pity him, neither shalt thou spare, neither shalt thou conceal him: But thou shalt surely kill him; thine hand shall be first upon him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people. And thou shalt stone him with stones, that he die. Deuteronomy 13:6-10

  9. If God gives you a city and some of the inhabitants believe in other gods, kill all the people in the city, along with all of their animals. Then burn the city for God.
  10. If thou shalt hear say in one of thy cities, which the Lord thy God hath given thee to dwell there, saying, Certain men, the children of Belial, are gone out from among you, and have withdrawn the inhabitants of their city, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which ye have not known; Then shalt thou enquire, and make search, and ask diligently; and, behold, if it be truth, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought among you; Thou shalt surely smite the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword, destroying it utterly, and all that is therein, and the cattle thereof, with the edge of the sword. And thou shalt gather all the spoil of it into the midst of the street thereof, and shalt burn with fire the city, and all the spoil thereof every whit, for the LORD thy God: and it shall be an heap for ever; it shall not be built again. Deuteronomy 13:12-15

  11. Don't cleave to the cursed thing.
  12. And there shall cleave nought of the cursed thing to thine hand: that the LORD may turn from the fierceness of his anger, and shew thee mercy, and have compassion upon thee, and multiply thee. Deuteronomy 13:17

    Keep yourselves from the accursed thing, lest ye make yourselves accursed. Joshua 6:18

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