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Bible Commentaries
Deuteronomy 17

Bridgeway Bible CommentaryBridgeway Bible Commentary

Verses 1-20

Justice and government (16:18-17:20)

A collection of miscellaneous laws deals with a variety of civil and religious matters. The courts had to administer justice impartially (18-20); the worship of Yahweh was not to involve any symbols or sacred objects taken from other religions (21-22); people were not to offer sick or lame animals in sacrifice (17:1); the testimony of at least two witnesses had to be in agreement before an accused person could be punished (2-7); and when local judges found a case too difficult to decide, they had to take it to the central place of worship where a higher court of judges and priests could decide it (8-13).
God foresaw that the people would later want a king like other nations, so he gave them in advance some of the qualifications and duties of an Israelite king (14-17). The man who became king was to make his own copy of God’s law and study it constantly, so that he might govern the people according to God’s standards (18-20).

Bibliographical Information
Fleming, Donald C. "Commentary on Deuteronomy 17". "Fleming's Bridgeway Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/bbc/deuteronomy-17.html. 2005.
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