Deuteronomy 17:15

“Thou shalt in any wise set him king over thee, whom the LORD thy God shall choose: one from among thy brethren shalt thou set king over thee: thou mayest not set a stranger over thee, which is not thy brother.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Thou shalt in any wise set him King ouer thee, whom the Lord thy God shall choose. One from among thy brethren shalt thou set King ouer thee: thou mayest not set a stranger ouer thee, which is not thy brother.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

you shall surely set a king over you whom the LORD your God chooses, {one} from among your countrymen you shall set as king over yourselves; you may not put a foreigner over yourselves who is not your countryman.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

thou shalt surely set him king over thee, whom Jehovah thy God shall choose: one from among thy brethren shalt thou set king over thee; thou mayest not put a foreigner over thee, who is not thy brother.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Then see that you take as your king the man named by the Lord your God: let your king be one of your countrymen, not a man of another nation who is not one of yourselves.
- Basic English Bible

thou shalt only set him king over thee whom Jehovah thy God will choose: from among thy brethren shalt thou set a king over thee; thou mayest not set a foreigner over thee, who is not thy brother.
- Darby Bible

Thou shalt in any wise set him king over thee whom the LORD thy God shall choose: one from among thy brethren shalt thou set king over thee: thou mayest not set a stranger over thee, who is not thy brother.
- Webster's Bible

you shall surely set him king over yourselves, whom Yahweh your God shall choose: one from among your brothers you shall set king over you; you may not put a foreigner over you, who is not your brother.
- World English Bible

thou dost certainly set over thee a king on whom Jehovah doth fix; from the midst of thy brethren thou dost set over thee a king; thou art not able to set over thee a stranger, who is not thy brother.
- Youngs Literal Bible

thou shalt in any wise set him king over thee, whom the LORD thy God shall choose; one from among thy brethren shalt thou set king over thee; thou mayest not put a foreigner over thee, who is not thy brother.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Deuteronomy 17:15


17:15 Thy God shall chuse - Approve of, or appoint. So it was in Saul and David. God reserved to himself the nomination both of the family, and of the person. Thy brethren - Of the same nation and religion; because such a person was most likely to maintain true religion, and to rule with righteousness, gentleness, and kindness to his subjects; and that he might be a fit type of Christ their supreme king, who was to be one of their brethren.


Discussion for Deuteronomy 17

  • Jane
    If you pray to saints what do you want the dead to do with the prayer? That means you are worshiping them. Pray to the God of Abraham Isaac and Jacob and pray in or through Jesus Christ that is what God permit
  • Vicky
    deu 18 describe the coming of the lord jesus christ to redeem everybody that blivs in him from the sin of our fourfathers
  • Alicia
    To "Anonymous"'s comment: Absolutely NO prayer TO ANYONE BUT JESUS CHRIST! There is only ONE mediator between God and man and that is JESUS CHRIST!!! Only He was and is and always be the righteous Lamb who was SLAIN for OUR iniquities! All is through Jesus and NO OTHER!
  • ....worthy of such....Proof or Evidence of 2 or more witnesses.
  • Patty
    God says ahe,s the only one whom we need to woship and not anything else, but what we need to forget that we need to pay atension to what we are seeing and taking up most of our times with, when we could be reading our bible and studying gething to know Jesus more. that thing can also come to be our idol worshiping, God help us I pray that we may take the time to learn more of you each day.
  • Timothy Wayne George
    Deuteronomy 17:17 The King was not to multiply wives, less he would fail to keep the law. He was not to multiply silver or gold. These are all examples for us today for government officials to follow, so that they rule with integrity. Christianity teaches one man, for one woman, and if this is not done then the land will be caused to sin. We need to pray for leaders with integrity who will pattern themselves after the laws of God. Then the blessings of God will come upon our country.

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