Pisqa’ 178

Pisqa’ 1781


“But the prophet so defiant as to speak a word in My Name

which I did not order him to speak . . .shall die” (Dt.18:20).

Where the mode of execution is unspecified by the Torah,

we assume strangulation.2


“Now, if you should say in your heart: how shall we know . . . “ (Dt.18:21)?

In the future, you will say:

How shall we know the truth of the matter?

For Jeremiah said:

“Look! All the utensils of the House of HASHEM

will be deported to Babylonia!” (cf. Jer.27:22).

But Hananiah said:

“Look! All the utensils of the House of HASHEM

will be returned from Babylonia!” (Jer.27:16)—.

and I don’t know whom to believe!


The Teaching states:

“When the prophet speaks . . . , and the event never transpires . . . ,

this is the thing that HASHEM has not spoken” (Dt.18:22).

Now, of which prophetic utterance

did the All-Present really speak?

The one which [the prophet] fore-told

and it actually transpired.

[But as for the prophet

whose prediction did not transpire:]

“That prophet has spoken in defiance” (Dt.18:22)—

he is therefore held liable to strangulation

for intentional transgression,

but he bears no liability

for inadvertent transgression.

“Have no fear of him” (Dt.18:22)—

don’t hesitate to testify in court

for the prosecution.

  1. H:203; JN2:56-57.
  2. See, for example, Pisqa’ 155.1 and Mechilta Ishmael, neziqin, 5.