Deuteronomy 7

1“The Lord your God will lead you into the land that you are entering to take for your own. The Lord will force out many nations for you—the Hittites, the Girgashites, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites—seven nations greater and more powerful than you. 2The Lord your God will put these nations under your power. And you will defeat them. You must destroy them completely. Don’t make an agreement with them. Don’t show them mercy. 3Don’t marry any of those people, and don’t let your sons or daughters marry any of the people from those other nations. 4Why? Because those people will turn your children away from following me. Then your children will serve other gods. And the Lord will become very angry at you. He will quickly destroy you. 5“This is what you must do to those nations: You must smash their altars and break their memorial stones into pieces. Cut down their Asherah poles and burn their statues! 6Why? Because you are the Lord’s own people. From all the people on earth, the Lord your God chose you to be his special people—people that belong only to him. 7Why did the Lord love and choose you? It was not because you are such a large nation. You had the fewest of all people! 8But the Lord brought you out of Egypt with great power. He made you free from slavery. He freed you from the control of Pharaoh, the king of Egypt. Why? Because the Lord loves you and because he wanted to keep the promise he made to your ancestors. 9“So remember that the Lord your God is the only God, and you can trust him! He keeps his Agreement. He shows his love and kindness to all people who love him and obey his commands. He continues to show his love and kindness through a thousand generations. 10But the Lord punishes people who hate him. He will destroy them. He will not be slow to punish people who hate him. 11So you must be careful to obey the commands, laws, and rules that I give you today. 12“If you listen to these laws, and if you are careful to obey them, then the Lord your God will keep his Agreement of love with you. He promised this to your ancestors. 13He will love you and bless you. He will make your nation grow. He will bless your children. He will bless your fields with good crops. He will give you grain, new wine, and oil. He will bless your cows with baby calves and your sheep with lambs. You will have all these blessings in the land that he promised your ancestors to give you. 14“You will be blessed more than all people. Every husband and wife will be able to have children. Your cows will be able to have calves. 15And the Lord will take away all sickness from you. The Lord will not let you catch any of the terrible diseases that you had in Egypt. But the Lord will make your enemies catch those diseases. 16You must destroy all the people that the Lord your God helps you defeat. Don’t feel sorry for them. Don’t worship their gods! Why? Because they are a trap—˻they will ruin your life˼. 17“Don’t say in your heart, 'These nations are stronger than we are. How can we force them out?’ 18You must not be afraid of them. You must remember what the Lord your God did to Pharaoh and to all the people of Egypt. 19You saw the great troubles he gave them. You saw the amazing things he did. You saw the Lord use his great power and strength to bring you out of Egypt. The Lord your God will use that same power against all the people you fear. 20“The Lord your God will even send the hornet to find all the people that escape from you and hide themselves. He will destroy all those people. 21Don’t be afraid of those people. Why? Because the Lord your God is with you. He is a great and awesome God. 22The Lord your God will force those nations to leave your country little by little. You will not destroy them all at once. If you did, then the wild animals would grow to be too many for you. 23But the Lord your God will let you defeat those nations. The Lord will confuse them in battle, until they are destroyed. 24The Lord will help you defeat their kings. You will kill them, and the world will forget they ever lived. No man will be able to stop you. You will destroy them all! 25“You must throw the statues of their gods into the fire and burn them. You must not want to keep the silver or the gold that is on those statues. You must not take that silver or gold for yourselves. It will be like a trap to you—˻it will ruin your life˼. Why? Because the Lord your God hates those idols. 26And you must not bring any of those terrible idols into your homes. You must hate those terrible things! You must destroy those idols!

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