1 When Jehovah your God brings you into the land which you are going in to possess,
and has cast out many nations before you, the Hittites and the Girgashites and the Amorites
and the Canaanites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites, seven nations
greater and mightier than you,
2 and when Jehovah your God has delivered them over to you, you shall strike them and
destroy to exterminate them. You shall make no covenant with them nor show mercy unto
3 Nor shall you make marriages with them. You shall not give your daughter to their son,
nor take their daughter for your son.
4 For they will turn your sons away from following Me, to serve other gods; and the
anger of Jehovah will burn against you and quickly destroy you.
5 But thus you shall deal with them: you shall break down their altars, and shatter their
pillars, and chop down their groves, and burn their graven images with fire.
6 For you are a holy people unto Jehovah your God; Jehovah your God has chosen you to
be a people for Himself, a special treasure out of all the peoples upon the face of the earth.
7 Jehovah did not set His love upon you nor choose you because you were more in
number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples;
8 but because Jehovah loves you, and to keep the oath which He has sworn to your
fathers, Jehovah has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the
house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.
9 Therefore know that Jehovah your God, He is God, the faithful Mighty God who keeps
covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His
10 and He repays those who hate Him, to their face, to destroy them. He will not be slack
with him who hates Him; He will repay him to his face.
11 Therefore you shall keep the commandments, the statutes, and the judgments which I
am commanding you today, to do them.
12 Then it shall come to pass, because you obey these judgments, and keep and do them,
that Jehovah your God will keep with you the covenant and the mercy which He has sworn
to your fathers.
13 And He will love you and bless you and multiply you; He will also bless the fruit of
your womb and the fruit of your land, your grain and your new wine and your oil, the
offspring of your cattle and the increase of your flock, in the land of which He has sworn
to your fathers to give you.
14 You shall be blessed above all peoples; there shall not be sterility or barrenness among
you or among your livestock.
15 And Jehovah will take away from you all sickness, and will afflict you with none of the
terrible diseases of Egypt which you have known, but will lay them on all those who hate
16 And you shall destroy all the peoples whom Jehovah your God is delivering over to
you; your eye shall have no pity on them; nor shall you serve their gods, for that would be
a snare to you.
17 If you should think in your heart, These nations are greater than I; how can I dispossess
18 you shall not be afraid of them, but you shall call to mind to remember what Jehovah
your God did to Pharaoh and to all Egypt:
19 the great trials which your eyes have seen, the signs and the wonders, the mighty hand
and the outstretched arm, by which Jehovah your God has brought you out. Thus shall
Jehovah your God do to all the peoples of whom you are afraid.
20 Moreover Jehovah your God will send the hornet among them, for those who are left,
who hide themselves from your face, to perish.
21 You shall not be terrified of them; for Jehovah your God, the great and awesome
Mighty God, is among you.
22 And Jehovah your God will clear away those nations before you little by little; you shall
not prevail to destroy them all at once, lest the beasts of the field become too numerous for
23 But Jehovah your God will deliver them over to you, and will defeat them with great
confusion to annihilate them.
24 And He will deliver their kings into your hand, and you shall destroy their name from
under the heavens; no one shall be able to stand against you until you have destroyed them.
25 You shall burn the graven images of their gods with fire; you shall not covet the silver
or gold that is on them, nor take it for yourselves, lest you be snared by it; for it is an
abomination to Jehovah your God.
26 Nor shall you bring an abomination into your house, lest you be utterly destroyed like
it. You shall detest it unto abomination and loathe it unto abhorrence, for it is a prohibited