“For these nations which you are dispossessing “ (Dt.18:14).
Perform the commandment specified in this context,
for by virtue of this will you dispossess these nations.2
“They consulted the oracles and augurs” (Dt.18:14).
Lest you say—
they have oracular methods, but I do not!
The Teaching states:
“But, as for you, you are not permitted to do this to HASHEM your God” (Dt.18:14).
“Which HASHEM your God is giving you” (Dt.18:9).
The Land has been given to you,
yet you abandon the words of Torah
to busy yourself in its nullification?3
- H:201-202; JN2:52.
- Cf. Pisqa’ot 156.1, 162.1, 170.1, 173.3, 174.1, 297, etc., for Sifre’s usage of this very common trope.
- According to F:220, n.14, this material appears in very few textual testimonies and is probably a copyist’s insertion. It is also likely to be misplaced, as it cites Dr.18:9 out of sequence.