Deuteronomy 13

Shun Idolatry

Ch 13:2 in Heb
b  If a prophet or a dreamer of dreams arises among you and gives you a sign or a wonder,
2and the sign or the wonder comes true, concerning which he spoke to you, saying, ‘ c  Let us go after other gods (whom you have not known) and let us serve them,’ 3you shall not listen to the words of that prophet or that dreamer of dreams; for the  Lord your God is d  testing you to find out if e  you love the  Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul. 4 f  You shall follow the  Lord your God and fear Him; and you shall keep His commandments, listen to His voice, serve Him, and g  cling to Him. 5But that prophet or that dreamer of dreams shall be h  put to death, because he has
Lit spoken
Lit turning aside
rebellion against the  Lord your God who brought you from the land of Egypt and redeemed you from the house of
Lit slaves
slavery, l  to seduce you from the way in which the  Lord your God commanded you to walk. m  So you shall purge the evil from among you.

6 n  If your brother, your mother’s son, or your son or daughter, or the wife
Lit of your bosom
you cherish, or your friend who is as your own soul, entice you secretly, saying, ‘ p  Let us go and serve other gods’ (whom neither you nor your fathers have known,
7of the gods of the peoples who are around you, near you or far from you, from one end of the earth to the other end), 8 q  you shall not yield to him or listen to him; r  and your eye shall not pity him, nor shall you spare or conceal him. 9 s  But you shall surely kill him; t  your hand shall be first against him to put him to death, and afterwards the hand of all the people. 10So you shall stone him
Lit with stones so that he dies
to death because he has sought v  to seduce you from the  Lord your God who brought you out from the land of Egypt, out of the house of
Lit slaves
11“Then x  all Israel will hear and be afraid, and will never again do such a wicked thing among you.

12If you hear in one of your cities, which the  Lord your God is giving you to live in, anyone saying that 13some worthless men have gone out from among you and have seduced the inhabitants of their city, saying, ‘ y  Let us go and serve other gods’ (whom you have not known), 14then you shall investigate and search out and inquire thoroughly. If it is true and the matter established that this abomination has been done among you, 15 z  you shall surely strike the inhabitants of that city with the edge of the sword
Or putting it under the ban
utterly destroying it and all that is in it and its cattle with the edge of the sword.
16 ab  Then you shall gather all its booty into the middle of its open square and burn the city and all its booty with fire as a whole burnt offering to the  Lord your God; and it shall be a
Lit mound
ad  ruin forever. It shall never be rebuilt.
17Nothing from that which is put under the ban shall cling to your hand, in order that the  Lord may turn from ae  His burning anger and af  show mercy to you, and have compassion on you and ag  make you increase, just ah  as He has sworn to your fathers, 18
Or for
if you will listen to the voice of the  Lord your God
Lit to keep
keeping all His commandments which I am commanding you today
Lit to do
and doing what is right in the sight of the  Lord your God.
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