1When the Lord your God brings you into the land you are entering to possess and drives out before you many nations—the Hittites, Girgashites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites, seven nations larger and stronger than you—2and when the Lord your God has delivered them over to you and you have defeated them, then you must destroy them totally. Make no treaty with them, and show them no mercy.3Do not intermarry with them. Do not give your daughters to their sons or take their daughters for your sons,4for they will turn your children away from following me to serve other gods, and the Lord’s anger will burn against you and will quickly destroy you.5This is what you are to do to them: Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones, cut down their Asherah poles and burn their idols in the fire.6For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession.7The Lord did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous than other peoples, for you were the fewest of all peoples.8But it was because the Lord loved you and kept the oath he swore to your ancestors that he brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you from the land of slavery, from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt.9Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.10But those who hate him he will repay to their face by destruction; he will not be slow to repay to their face those who hate him.11Therefore, take care to follow the commands, decrees and laws I give you today.12If you pay attention to these laws and are careful to follow them, then the Lord your God will keep his covenant of love with you, as he swore to your ancestors.13He will love you and bless you and increase your numbers. He will bless the fruit of your womb, the crops of your land—your grain, new wine and olive oil—the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks in the land he swore to your ancestors to give you.14You will be blessed more than any other people; none of your men or women will be childless, nor will any of your livestock be without young.15The Lord will keep you free from every disease. He will not inflict on you the horrible diseases you knew in Egypt, but he will inflict them on all who hate you.16You must destroy all the peoples the Lord your God gives over to you. Do not look on them with pity and do not serve their gods, for that will be a snare to you.17You may say to yourselves, “These nations are stronger than we are. How can we drive them out?”18But do not be afraid of them; remember well what the Lord your God did to Pharaoh and to all Egypt.19You saw with your own eyes the great trials, the signs and wonders, the mighty hand and outstretched arm, with which the Lord your God brought you out. The Lord your God will do the same to all the peoples you now fear.20Moreover, the Lord your God will send the hornet among them until even the survivors who hide from you have perished.21Do not be terrified by them, for the Lord your God, who is among you, is a great and awesome God.22The Lord your God will drive out those nations before you, little by little. You will not be allowed to eliminate them all at once, or the wild animals will multiply around you.23But the Lord your God will deliver them over to you, throwing them into great confusion until they are destroyed.24He will give their kings into your hand, and you will wipe out their names from under heaven. No one will be able to stand up against you; you will destroy them.25The images of their gods you are to burn in the fire. Do not covet the silver and gold on them, and do not take it for yourselves, or you will be ensnared by it, for it is detestable to the Lord your God.26Do not bring a detestable thing into your house or you, like it, will be set apart for destruction. Regard it as vile and utterly detest it, for it is set apart for destruction.
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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)