You must not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God,(A) punishing the children for the fathers’ sin, to the third and fourth generations(B) of those who hate Me,

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You shall not bow down to them or worship(A) them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God,(B) punishing the children for the sin of the parents(C) to the third and fourth generation(D) of those who hate me,

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13 Instead, you must tear down their altars, smash their sacred pillars, and chop down their Asherah poles.(A)

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13 Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones and cut down their Asherah poles.[a](A)

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Footnotes

  1. Exodus 34:13 That is, wooden symbols of the goddess Asherah

52 you must drive out all the inhabitants of the land before you, destroy all their stone images(A) and cast images,(B) and demolish all their high places.

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52 drive out all the inhabitants of the land before you. Destroy all their carved images and their cast idols, and demolish all their high places.(A)

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30 be careful not to be ensnared by their ways after they have been destroyed before you. Do not inquire about their gods, asking, ‘How did these nations worship their gods? I’ll also do the same.’

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30 and after they have been destroyed before you, be careful not to be ensnared(A) by inquiring about their gods, saying, “How do these nations serve their gods? We will do the same.”(B)

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