The Bible in Its Traditions

Deuteronomy 12:29–32

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29  When YHWH thy God shall cut off the nations from before thee, whither thou goest in to dispossess them, and thou dispossessest them, and dwellest in their land;

29  And if the Lord thy God shall utterly destroy the nations, to whom thou goest in thither to inherit their land, from before thee, and thou shalt inherit it, and dwell in their land;

29  When the Lord your God will have abolished before your face the nations, which you shall enter so as to possess them, and when you will possess them and live in their land,

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30  take heed to thyself that thou be not ensnared to follow them, after that they are destroyed from before thee; and that thou inquire not after their gods, saying: 'How used these nations to serve their gods? even so will I do likewise.'

30  be careful that you do not imitate them, after they have been overturned at your arrival, and that you do not seek their ceremonies, saying: ‘Just as these nations have worshipped their gods, so also will I worship.’

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31  Thou shalt not do so unto YHWH thy God; for every abomination to the YHWH, which He hateth, have they done unto their gods; for even their sons and their daughters do they burn in the fire to their gods.

31  You shall not act in like manner toward the Lord your God. For they have done to their gods all the abominations that the Lord spurns, offering their sons and daughters, and burning them with fire.

32  All this word which I command you, that shall ye observe to do; thou shalt not add thereto, nor diminish from it.

32  What I command to you, this only shall you do, for the Lord. You may neither add nor subtract anything.”