The Bible in Its Traditions

Deuteronomy 7:17–26

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17  If thou shalt say in thy heart: 'These nations are more than I; how can I dispossess them?'

17  But if thou shouldest say in thine heart, This nation is greater than I, how shall I be able to destroy them utterly?

17  If you say in your heart, ‘These nations are more than I am, so how will I be able to destroy them?’

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18  thou shalt not be afraid of them; thou shalt well remember what YHWH thy God did unto Pharaoh, and unto all Egypt

18  do not be apprehensive. Instead, recall what the Lord your God did to Pharaoh and to all the Egyptians

18  You shall not be afraid of them; but you shall remember what the LORD your God did to Pharaoh and to all Egypt;

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19  the great trials which thine eyes saw, and the signs, and the wonders, and the mighty hand, and the outstretched arm, whereby YHWH thy God brought thee out; so shall the YHWH thy God do unto all the peoples of whom thou art afraid.

19  the great temptations which thine eyes have seen, those signs and great wonders, the strong hand, and the high arm; how the Lord thy God brought thee forth: so the Lord your God will do to all the nations, whom thou fearest in their presence.

19  the very great plagues, which your eyes saw, and the signs and wonders, and the powerful hand and outstretched arm, by which the Lord your God led you away. So will he do to all the peoples, whom you dread.

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20  Moreover YHWH thy God will send the hornet among them, until they that are left, and they that hide themselves, perish from before thee.

20  And the Lord thy God shall send against them the hornets, until they that are left and they that are hidden from thee be utterly destroyed.

20  Moreover, the Lord your God will also send hornets among them, until he destroys and scatters all who have escaped from you, or who have been able to hide.

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21  Thou shalt not be affrighted at them; for YHWH thy God is in the midst of thee, a God great and awful.

21  You shall not fear them, for the Lord your God is in your midst: a great and terrible God.

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22  And YHWH thy God will cast out those nations before thee by little and little; thou mayest not consume them quickly, lest the beasts of the field increase upon thee.

22  And the Lord thy God shall consume these nations before thee by little and little: thou shalt not be able to consume them speedily, lest the land become desert, and the wild beasts of the field be multiplied against thee.

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23  But YHWH thy God shall deliver them up before thee, and shall discomfit them with a great discomfiture, until they be destroyed.

23  And the Lord thy God shall deliver them into thy hands, and thou shalt destroy them with a great destruction, until ye shall have utterly destroyed them.

23  And so, the Lord your God will present them in your sight, and you shall slay them until they are thoroughly wiped away.

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24  And He shall deliver their kings into thy hand, and thou shalt make their name to perish from under heaven; there shall no man be able to stand against thee, until thou have destroyed them.

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25  The graven images of their gods shall ye burn with fire; thou shalt not covet the silver or the gold that is on them, nor take it unto thee, lest thou be snared therein; for it is an abomination to YHWH thy God.

25  Their graven images, you shall burn with fire. You shall not covet the silver or gold from which they have been made. And you shall not take for yourself anything from these, lest you offend, because this is an abomination to the Lord your God.

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26  And thou shalt not bring an abomination into thy house, and be accursed like unto it; thou shalt utterly detest it, and thou shalt utterly abhor it; for it is a devoted thing.

26  Neither shall you carry anything of the idol into your house, lest you become accursed, just as it also is. You shall detest it like dung, and you shall abominate it like defilement and filth, because it is an accursed thing.”

26  Neither shall you bring an abomination into your house, lest you be a cursed thing like it; but you shall utterly detest it, and you shall utterly abhor it; for it is a cursed thing.