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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23 Do not make any gods to be alongside me;(A) do not make for yourselves gods of silver or gods of gold.(B)

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They have been quick to turn away(A) from what I commanded them and have made themselves an idol(B) cast in the shape of a calf.(C) They have bowed down to it and sacrificed(D) to it and have said, ‘These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.’(E)

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17 “Do not make any idols.(A)

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“‘Do not turn to idols or make metal gods for yourselves.(A) I am the Lord your God.(B)

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Reward for Obedience

26 “‘Do not make idols(A) or set up an image(B) or a sacred stone(C) for yourselves, and do not place a carved stone(D) in your land to bow down before it. I am the Lord your God.

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Idolatry Forbidden

15 You saw no form(A) of any kind the day the Lord spoke to you at Horeb(B) out of the fire. Therefore watch yourselves very carefully,(C) 16 so that you do not become corrupt(D) and make for yourselves an idol,(E) an image of any shape, whether formed like a man or a woman, 17 or like any animal on earth or any bird that flies in the air,(F) 18 or like any creature that moves along the ground or any fish in the waters below. 19 And when you look up to the sky and see the sun,(G) the moon and the stars(H)—all the heavenly array(I)—do not be enticed(J) into bowing down to them and worshiping(K) things the Lord your God has apportioned to all the nations under heaven.

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23 Be careful not to forget the covenant(A) of the Lord your God that he made with you; do not make for yourselves an idol(B) in the form of anything the Lord your God has forbidden.

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15 “Cursed is anyone who makes an idol(A)—a thing detestable(B) to the Lord, the work of skilled hands—and sets it up in secret.”

Then all the people shall say, “Amen!”(C)

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22 “How great(A) you are,(B) Sovereign Lord! There is no one like(C) you, and there is no God(D) but you, as we have heard with our own ears.(E)

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You have done more evil(A) than all who lived before you.(B) You have made for yourself other gods, idols(C) made of metal; you have aroused(D) my anger and turned your back on me.(E)

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12 They worshiped idols,(A) though the Lord had said, “You shall not do this.”[a]

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Kings 17:12 Exodus 20:4,5
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19 As for an idol,(A) a metalworker casts it,
    and a goldsmith(B) overlays it with gold(C)
    and fashions silver chains for it.

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“I am the Lord;(A) that is my name!(B)
    I will not yield my glory to another(C)
    or my praise to idols.(D)

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All who make idols(A) are nothing,
    and the things they treasure are worthless.(B)
Those who would speak up for them are blind;(C)
    they are ignorant, to their own shame.(D)

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