1 When HaShem thy G-d shall bring thee into the land whither
thou goest to possess it, and shall cast out many nations before thee, the
Hittite, and the Girgashite, and the Amorite, and the Canaanite, and the
Perizzite, and the Hivite, and the Jebusite, seven nations greater and mightier
2 and when HaShem thy G-d shall deliver them up before thee,
and thou shalt smite them; then thou shalt utterly destroy them; thou shalt make
no covenant with them, nor show mercy unto them;
3 neither shalt thou make marriages with them: thy daughter
thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son.
4 For he will turn away thy son from following Me, that they
may serve other gods; so will the anger of HaShem be kindled against you, and He
will destroy thee quickly.
5 But thus shall ye deal with them: ye shall break down their
altars, and dash in pieces their pillars, and hew down their Asherim, and burn
their graven images with fire.
6 For thou art a holy people unto HaShem thy G-d: HaShem thy
G-d hath chosen thee to be His own treasure, out of all peoples that are upon
the face of the earth.
7 HaShem did not set His love upon you, nor choose you,
because ye were more in number than any people--for ye were the fewest of all
8 but because HaShem loved you, and because He would keep the
oath which He swore unto your fathers, hath HaShem 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 Know therefore that HaShem thy G-d, He is G-d; the faithful
G-d, who keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love Him and keep His
commandments to a thousand generations;
10 and repayeth them that hate Him to their face, to destroy
them; He will not be slack to him that hateth Him, He will repay him to his
11 Thou shalt therefore keep the commandment, and the
statutes, and the ordinances, which I command thee this day, to do them.
12 And it shall come to pass, because ye hearken to these
ordinances, and keep, and do them, that HaShem thy G-d shall keep with thee the
covenant and the mercy which He swore unto thy fathers,
13 and He will love thee, and bless thee, and multiply thee;
He will also bless the fruit of thy body and the fruit of thy land, thy corn and
thy wine and thine oil, the increase of thy kine and the young of thy flock, in
the land which He swore unto thy fathers to give thee.
14 Thou shalt be blessed above all peoples; there shall not
be male or female barren among you, or among your cattle.
15 And HaShem will take away from thee all sickness; and He
will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which thou knowest, upon thee, but
will lay them upon all them that hate thee.
16 And thou shalt consume all the peoples that HaShem thy G-d
shall deliver unto thee; thine eye shall not pity them; neither shalt thou serve
their gods; for that will be a snare unto thee.
17 If thou shalt say in thy heart: 'These nations are more
than I; how can I dispossess them?'
18 thou shalt not be afraid of them; thou shalt well remember
what HaShem thy G-d did unto Pharaoh, and unto all Egypt:
19 the great trials which thine eyes saw, and the signs, and
the wonders, and the mighty hand, and the outstretched arm, whereby HaShem thy
G-d brought thee out; so shall HaShem thy G-d do unto all the peoples of whom
thou art afraid.
20 Moreover HaShem thy G-d will send the hornet among them,
until they that are left, and they that hide themselves, perish from before
21 Thou shalt not be affrighted at them; for HaShem thy G-d
is in the midst of thee, a G-d great and awful.
22 And HaShem thy G-d 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.
23 But HaShem thy G-d shall deliver them up before thee, and
shall discomfit them with a great discomfiture, until they be destroyed.
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.
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 HaShem thy G-d.
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.
Sources: Portions copyright © 1997 by Benyamin Pilant, All Rights Reserved
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