The role of the Levite judges (Deut 17:8-17:13)

“If a judicial decision is too difficult for you to make between one kind of bloodshed and another, one kind of legal right and another, or one kind of assault and another, any such matter of dispute in your towns, then you shall immediately go up to the place that Yahweh your God will choose, where you shall consult with the Levitical priests, and the judge who is in office in those days. They shall announce to you the decision in the case. Carry out exactly the decision that they announce to you from the place that Yahweh will choose. Diligently observe everything that they instruct you. You must carry out fully the law that they interpret for you or the ruling they announce to you. Do not turn aside from the decision that they announce to you, either to the right or to the left. As for anyone who presumes to disobey the priest appointed to minister there to Yahweh your God or the judge, that person shall die. So you shall purge the evil from Israel. All the people will hear and be afraid, and not act presumptuously again.”

The big difficult problems like legal disputes or assaults go to the Levitical priests who are in that place where Yahweh will choose. Once you get their decision you have to follow it exactly, not to the right or left. Now, if you fail to obey this judgment, then you are to die. Once again, this disobedient evil person should be purged by death from Israel so that others will not act like that.

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