1When the LORD thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than thou;2And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them:3Neither shalt thou make marriages with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son.4For they will turn away thy son from following me, that they may serve other gods: so will the anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and destroy thee suddenly.5But thus shall ye deal with them; ye shall destroy their altars, and break down their images, and cut down their groves, and burn their graven images with fire.6For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.7The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people:8But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.9Know therefore that the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;10And repayeth them that hate him to their face, to destroy them: he will not be slack to him that hateth him, he will repay him to his face.11Thou shalt therefore keep the commandments, and the statutes, and the judgments, which I command thee this day, to do them.12Wherefore it shall come to pass, if ye hearken to these judgments, and keep, and do them, that the LORD thy God shall keep unto thee the covenant and the mercy which he sware unto thy fathers:13And he will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee: he will also bless the fruit of thy womb, and the fruit of thy land, thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep, in the land which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee.14Thou shalt be blessed above all people: there shall not be male or female barren among you, or among your cattle.15And the LORD will take away from thee all sickness, and will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which thou knowest, upon thee; but will lay them upon all them that hate thee.16And thou shalt consume all the people which the LORD thy God shall deliver thee; thine eye shall have no pity upon them: neither shalt thou serve their gods; for that will be a snare unto thee.17If thou shalt say in thine heart, These nations are more than I; how can I dispossess them?18Thou shalt not be afraid of them: but shalt well remember what the LORD thy God did unto Pharaoh, and unto all Egypt;19The great temptations which thine eyes saw, and the signs, and the wonders, and the mighty hand, and the stretched out arm, whereby the LORD thy God brought thee out: so shall the LORD thy God do unto all the people of whom thou art afraid.20Moreover the LORD thy God will send the hornet among them, until they that are left, and hide themselves from thee, be destroyed.21Thou shalt not be affrighted at them: for the LORD thy God is among you, a mighty God and terrible.22And the LORD thy God will put out those nations before thee by little and little: thou mayest not consume them at once, lest the beasts of the field increase upon thee.23But the LORD thy God shall deliver them unto thee, and shall destroy them with a mighty destruction, until they be destroyed.24And he shall deliver their kings into thine hand, and thou shalt destroy their name from under heaven: there shall no man be able to stand before thee, until thou have destroyed them.25The graven images of their gods shall ye burn with fire: thou shalt not desire the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it unto thee, lest thou be snared therein: for it is an abomination to the LORD thy God.26Neither shalt thou bring an abomination into thine house, lest thou be a cursed thing like it: but thou shalt utterly detest it, and thou shalt utterly abhor it; for it is a cursed thing.
English Standard Version
A Chosen People
1“When the Lord your God brings you into the land that you are entering to take possession of it, and clears away many nations before you, the Hittites, the Girgashites, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven nations more numerous and mightier than you, (Ex 23:23; De 4:38; De 9:1; De 11:23; De 31:3; Ps 44:2)2and when the Lord your God gives them over to you, and you defeat them, then you must devote them to complete destruction. You shall make no covenant with them and show no mercy to them. (Ex 22:20; Ex 23:32; Ex 34:12; Le 27:29; Nu 21:2; De 7:23; De 20:10; De 20:17; De 23:14; Jos 2:14; Jos 9:18; Jud 1:24; Jud 2:2)3You shall not intermarry with them, giving your daughters to their sons or taking their daughters for your sons, (Ex 34:16; Jos 23:12; 1Ki 11:2; Ezr 9:2)4for they would turn away your sons from following me, to serve other gods. Then the anger of the Lord would be kindled against you, and he would destroy you quickly. (De 4:26; De 6:15; De 28:20)5But thus shall you deal with them: you shall break down their altars and dash in pieces their pillars and chop down their Asherim and burn their carved images with fire. (Ex 34:13; De 7:25)6“For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for his treasured possession, out of all the peoples who are on the face of the earth. (Ex 19:5; Ex 19:6; Ex 22:31; De 14:2; De 26:19; De 28:9; Jer 2:3; Am 3:2; 1Pe 2:9)7It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the Lord set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples,8but it is because the Lord loves you and is keeping the oath that he swore to your fathers, that the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. (Ex 32:13; De 10:15; Ps 105:9; Isa 43:4; Isa 63:9; Jer 31:3; Ho 11:1; Mal 1:2; Lu 1:72)9Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations, (Ex 20:6; De 5:10; 2Ch 6:14; Ne 1:5; Ne 9:32; Isa 49:7; Da 9:4; 1Co 1:9; 1Co 10:13; 2Co 1:18; 1Th 5:24; 2Th 3:3; 2Ti 2:13; Heb 10:23; 1Jo 1:9)10and repays to their face those who hate him, by destroying them. He will not be slack with one who hates him. He will repay him to his face. (Job 34:11; Isa 59:18; Na 1:2; 2Pe 3:9)11You shall therefore be careful to do the commandment and the statutes and the rules that I command you today. (De 10:13)12“And because you listen to these rules and keep and do them, the Lord your God will keep with you the covenant and the steadfast love that he swore to your fathers. (Le 26:3; De 28:1; Ps 105:8; Lu 1:55; Lu 1:72)13He will love you, bless you, and multiply you. He will also bless the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground, your grain and your wine and your oil, the increase of your herds and the young of your flock, in the land that he swore to your fathers to give you. (De 30:9; Joh 14:21)14You shall be blessed above all peoples. There shall not be male or female barren among you or among your livestock. (Ex 23:26)15And the Lord will take away from you all sickness, and none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which you knew, will he inflict on you, but he will lay them on all who hate you. (Ex 9:14; Ex 15:26; De 28:27; De 28:60)16And you shall consume all the peoples that the Lord your God will give over to you. Your eye shall not pity them, neither shall you serve their gods, for that would be a snare to you. (Ex 23:33; De 7:2; De 7:25; De 12:30; De 13:8; De 19:13; De 19:21; De 25:12; Jud 8:27)17“If you say in your heart, ‘These nations are greater than I. How can I dispossess them?’18you shall not be afraid of them but you shall remember what the Lord your God did to Pharaoh and to all Egypt, (De 1:29; De 31:6; Ps 77:11; Ps 105:5)19the great trials that your eyes saw, the signs, the wonders, the mighty hand, and the outstretched arm, by which the Lord your God brought you out. So will the Lord your God do to all the peoples of whom you are afraid. (De 6:22; De 11:3)20Moreover, the Lord your God will send hornets among them, until those who are left and hide themselves from you are destroyed. (Ex 23:28; Jos 24:12)21You shall not be in dread of them, for the Lord your God is in your midst, a great and awesome God. (Nu 11:20; Nu 14:14; De 6:15; De 10:17; De 28:58; Jos 3:10; Ne 1:5; Ne 4:14; Ne 9:32)22The Lord your God will clear away these nations before you little by little. You may not make an end of them at once, lest the wild beasts grow too numerous for you. (Ex 23:29)23But the Lord your God will give them over to you and throw them into great confusion, until they are destroyed. (De 7:2)24And he will give their kings into your hand, and you shall make their name perish from under heaven. No one shall be able to stand against you until you have destroyed them. (De 9:14; De 11:25; Jos 1:5; Jos 10:8; Jos 10:24; Jos 10:42; Jos 11:12; Jos 12:1; Jos 23:9)25The carved images of their gods you shall burn with fire. You shall not covet the silver or the gold that is on them or take it for yourselves, lest you be ensnared by it, for it is an abomination to the Lord your God. (Ex 32:20; De 7:5; De 7:16; De 12:3; Jos 7:1; Jos 7:21; 1Ch 14:12)26And you shall not bring an abominable thing into your house and become devoted to destruction like it. You shall utterly detest and abhor it, for it is devoted to destruction. (Le 27:28; De 13:17; Jos 6:17; Jos 7:1; Mic 4:13)