24 Do not bow in worship to their gods, and do not serve them. Do not imitate their practices. Instead, demolish them[a] and smash their sacred pillars to pieces.(A)

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Footnotes

  1. 23:24 Probably the idols

Occult Practices versus Prophetic Revelation

“When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not imitate the detestable customs of those nations.(A)

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but walked in the ways of the kings of Israel.(A) He even sacrificed his son in the fire,[a] imitating the detestable practices of the nations the Lord had dispossessed before the Israelites.(B)

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Footnotes

  1. 16:3 Lit even made his son pass through the fire

15 They rejected his statutes and his covenant he had made with their ancestors(A) and the warnings he had given them. They followed worthless idols and became worthless themselves,(B) following the surrounding nations the Lord had commanded them not to imitate.(C)

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He did what was evil in the Lord’s sight,(A) imitating the detestable practices of the nations that the Lord had dispossessed before the Israelites.(B)

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11 Dear friend, do not imitate what is evil,(A) but what is good. The one who does good is of God;(B) the one who does evil has not seen God.(C)

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