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7 “When Yahweh your God brings you into the land that you are about to enter into ita to take possession of it, and he drivesb out many nations before you,c the Hittitesd and the Girgashitese and the Amoritesf and the Canaanitesg​and the Perizzites and the Hivitesh and the Jebusites,i seven nations mightier and more numerous than you, and Yahweh your God will give them over to youj and you defeat them, you must utterly destroy them;k you shall not make a covenant with them, and you shall not show mercy to them. And you shall not intermarry with them; you shall not give your daughter to their son; and you shall not take his daughter for your son.l For theirm sons and daughters will cause your sonn to turn away from following me,o and so they will serve other gods, and the anger of Yahweh would be kindledp against you, and he would quickly destroy you. But this is what you must do to them: you shall break down their altars, and their stone pillars you shall smash, and their Asherah poles you shall hew down, and you shall burn their idols with fire. For you are a holy people for Yahweh your God; Yahweh your God has chosen you to be for him a people, a treasured possession from among all the peoples that are on the faceq of the earth.

“Yahweh loved you and chose you not because of your great numberr exceeding all other peoples, for you are fewer than all of the peoples, buts because oft the love of Yahweh for you and because of his keeping of the sworn oath that he swore to your ancestors,u Yahweh brought you out with a strong hand and redeemed you from the house of slavery, from the hand of Pharaoh, the king of Egypt. So know that Yahweh your God, he is God, the trustworthy God, maintaining hisv covenant and hisw loyal love with those who love him and with those who keep his commandments to a thousand generations,x 10 but repaying thosey who hate him in their own personz to destroy them;a he is not slow with those who hate him in their own person;b he repays them.c 11 And so you shall keep the commandment and the rules and the regulations that I am commanding you todayd to observe them.

12 And thene because you listen to these regulations and you diligently keep and you do them, then Yahweh your God will maintain hisf covenant and hisg loyal love that he swore to your ancestors.h 13 And he will love you, and he will bless you, and he will multiply you, and he will bless the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your soil, your grain, your wine, and your olive oil, and newborn calves of your cattle, and the newborn lambsi of your flocks in the land that he swore to your ancestorsj to give you. 14 You shall be blessed more than all of the peoples; among you there shall not be sterility and bareness, evenk among domestic animals.l 15 And Yahweh will turn away from you all the illness and all the harmful diseases of Egypt that you experienced; he will not lay them on you, but he will lay them on all of those who hate you. 16 And you shall devour all of the peoples that Yahweh your God is giving to you; you shall not pity them,m and you shall not serve their gods, which will be a snare for you.

17 “If you think in your heart, ‘These nations are more numerous than I, so how can I dispossess them?’ 18 then remember you must not be afraid of them; you must well remember what Yahweh your God did to Pharaoh and to all of Egypt: 19 the great trials that your eyes saw and the signs and the wonders and the workings of the strong hand and the outstretched arm by which Yahweh your God brought you out; so Yahweh your God will do to all of the peoples because of whomn you are in fear before them.o 20 And, moreover, Yahweh your God will send the hornetsp among them until both the survivors and the fugitives are destroyedq before you.r 21 You must not be in dread from the presence of them, because Yahweh your God, who is in your midst, is a great and awesome God. 22 And Yahweh your God will clear away these nations from before yous little by little; you will not be able to finish them off quickly, lestt the wild animalsu multiplyv against you.w 23 But Yahweh your God will give them to you,x and he will throw them into great panic until they are destroyed.y 24 And he will give their kings into your hand, and you shall blot out their namesz from under the heaven; anyone will not be able to stand against youa until you destroy them.b 25 You shall burn the images of their gods with fire; you shall not covet the silver or gold that is on them, and so you take it for yourself, so that you are not ensnared by it, for it is a detestable thing to Yahweh your God. 26 And you must not bring a detestable thing into your house, or you will become a thing devoted to destruction like it; you must utterly detest it, and you must utterly abhor it, for it is an object devoted to destruction.


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The Lexham English Bible contains a translation of the original languages into smooth, readable English. It also contains copious footnotes which address translation issues, instances of Old Testament quotations in the New Testament, and various textual-critical issues. This translation also indicates the use of idioms in the Greek and Hebrew text. In cases where a literal rendering of Greek or Hebrew would prevent a smooth English translation, footnotes indicate the literal English translation, accompanied by explanatory notes as necessary.


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