Deuteronomy 17:1-20, NLT
1“Never sacrifice sick or defective cattle, sheep, or goats to the Lord your God, for he detests such gifts.
2“When you begin living in the towns the Lord your God is giving you, a man or woman among you might do evil in the sight of the Lord your God and violate the covenant.
8“Suppose a case arises in a local court that is too hard for you to decide—for instance, whether someone is guilty of murder or only of manslaughter, or a difficult lawsuit, or a case involving different kinds of assault. Take such legal cases to the place the Lord your God will choose,
Guidelines for a King
14“You are about to enter the land the Lord your God is giving you. When you take it over and settle there, you may think, ‘We should select a king to rule over us like the other nations around us.’
16“The king must not build up a large stable of horses for himself or send his people to Egypt to buy horses, for the Lord has told you, ‘You must never return to Egypt.’
18“When he sits on the throne as king, he must copy for himself this body of instruction on a scroll in the presence of the Levitical priests.