Deuteronomy 7


1 a  When the  Lord your God brings you into the land where you are entering to possess it, and clears away many nations before you, the Hittites and the Girgashites and the Amorites and the Canaanites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites b  seven nations greater and stronger than you, 2and when the  Lord your God delivers them before you and you
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defeat them, d  then you shall
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utterly destroy them. f  You shall make no covenant with them g  and show no favor to them.
3“Furthermore, h  you shall not intermarry with them; you shall not give your
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daughters to
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their sons, nor shall you take
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their daughters for your
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they will turn your
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sons away from
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following Me to serve other gods; then the anger of the  Lord will be kindled against you and p  He will quickly destroy you.
5But thus you shall do to them: q  you shall tear down their altars, and smash their sacred pillars, and hew down their
I.e. wooden symbols of a female deity
Asherim, and burn their graven images with fire.
6“For you are s  a holy people to the  Lord your God; the  Lord your God has chosen you to be t  a people for His
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own possession out of all the peoples who are on the face of the
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7 w  “The  Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any of the peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples, 8but because the  Lord loved you and kept the x  oath which He swore to your forefathers y  the  Lord brought you out by a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of
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slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.
9Know therefore that the  Lord your God, aa  He is God, ab  the faithful God, ac  who keeps
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His covenant and
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His lovingkindness to a thousandth generation with those who af  love Him and keep His commandments;
10but ag  repays those who hate Him to
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their faces, to destroy
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them; He will not delay
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with him who hates Him, He will repay him to his face.
11Therefore, you shall keep the commandment and the statutes and the judgments which I am commanding you today, to do them.

Promises of God

12 ak  Then it shall come about, because you listen to these judgments and keep and do them, that the  Lord your God will keep with you
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His covenant and
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His lovingkindness which He swore to your forefathers.
13“He will an  love you and bless you and ao  multiply you; He will also bless the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground, your grain and your new wine and your oil, the increase of your herd and the young of your flock,
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in the land which He swore to your forefathers to give you.
14You shall be blessed above all peoples; there will be no male or female aq  barren among you or among your cattle. 15 ar  “The  Lord will remove from you all sickness; and He will not put on you any of the harmful diseases of Egypt which you have known, but He will lay them on all who hate you. 16You shall consume all the peoples whom the  Lord your God will deliver to you; as  your eye shall not pity them, nor shall you serve their gods, for that would be at  a snare to you.

17If you should say in your heart, ‘These nations are greater than I; how can I au  dispossess them?’ 18you shall not be afraid of them; you shall well av  remember what the  Lord your God did to Pharaoh and to all Egypt: 19 aw  the great trials which your eyes saw and the signs and the wonders and the mighty hand and the outstretched arm by which the  Lord your God brought you out. So shall the  Lord your God do to all the peoples of whom you are afraid. 20Moreover, the  Lord your God will send ax  the hornet against them, until those who are left and hide themselves from you perish. 21You shall not dread
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them, for az  the  Lord your God is in your midst, ba  a great and awesome God.
22 bb  “The  Lord your God will clear away these nations before you little by little; you will not be able to put an end to them quickly, for the
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wild beasts would grow too numerous for you.
23 bd  “But the  Lord your God will deliver them before you, and will
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throw them into great confusion until they are destroyed.
24 bf  He will deliver their kings into your hand so that you will make their name perish from under heaven; bg  no man will be able to stand before you until you have destroyed them. 25The graven images of their gods you are to bh  burn with fire; you shall bi  not covet the silver or the gold that is on them, nor take it for yourselves, or you will be bj  snared by it, for it is an bk  abomination to the  Lord your God. 26You shall not bring an abomination into your house, and like it come under the bl  ban; you shall utterly detest it and you shall utterly abhor it, for it is something banned.
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