Deuteronomy 7

VIN(i) 1 "When the LORD your God brings you into the land that you are entering to possess, he will drive out many nations before you: the Hittites, Girgashites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites, seven nations who are more numerous and stronger than you. 2 and when the LORD your God delivers them up before you and you defeat them, then you must utterly destroy them. You must make no covenant with them nor show mercy to them, 3 "Do not intermarry with them. Do not give your daughters to their sons or take their daughters for your sons. 4 For that would turn away your sons from following me, that they may serve other gods. So the LORD's anger would be kindled against you, and he would destroy you quickly. 5 This is what you will do to them: tear down their altars, break their pillars, cut down their ritual pillars, and burn their carved idols in fire, 6 For you are a holy people to the LORD your God. the LORD your God has chosen you to be His own treasure out of all the people on the face of the earth. 7 The LORD did not set his love on you, nor choose you, because you were more in number than any people; for you were the fewest of all peoples: 8 But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn to your fathers, hath the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of bond-men, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt. 9 Know therefore that the LORD your God himself is God, the faithful God, who keeps covenant and loving kindness to a thousand generations with those who love him and keep his commandments, 10 But for the one who hates him, he will repay him by destroying him. He will not delay dealing with someone who hates him. 11 »So obey the commandments, laws, and judgments I give you today. 12 "If you listen to these rules and faithfully obey them, the LORD your God will keep his covenant with you and be merciful to you, as he swore to your fathers. 13 He will love you and increase your numbers. He will bless the fruit of your womb, the fruit of your land (the grain, new wine, and oil), the offspring of your herds, and the lambs of your flock, in the land that the LORD promised your ancestors he would give you. 14 "God will bless you more than any other people. There will not be a male or a female barren among you or your livestock. 15 The LORD will turn aside every disease from you. He will not inflict on you the terrible diseases you knew in Egypt, but will inflict them instead on all who hate you. 16 »Destroy all the peoples whom the LORD your God gives you. Do not look at them with pity. Do not serve their gods. For that would be a snare to you. 17 "You may say to yourselves, 'These nations are more numerous than we are. How can we dispossess them?' 18 Do not be afraid of them; remember well what the LORD thy God did with Pharaoh and with all Egypt; 19 Your eyes saw the great trials, the signs and wonders, the awesome power with which the LORD your God brought you out. "The LORD your God will do the same to all the people whom you fear. 20 Moreover the LORD your God will send the hornet among them until those who are left and hide themselves from you perish. 21 Do not tremble before them, for the LORD your God, who is among you, is a great and awesome God. 22 And the LORD your God will clear away these nations from before you little by little; you will not be able to finish them off quickly, lest the wild animals multiply against you. 23 But the LORD your God will deliver them over to you, throwing them into great confusion until they are destroyed. 24 And he will give their kings into your hand, and you shall blot out their names from under the heaven; anyone will not be able to stand against you until you destroy them. 25 "Burn the carved images of their gods with fire. Do not covet the silver or the gold that is on them. Do not take it for yourselves, or you will be snared by it. It is an abomination to the LORD your God. 26 "Do not bring an abomination into your house. You must utterly detest it and you must utterly abhor it, for it is something banned."