Communion with the nations forbidden
7:1 When the LORD your God brings y’all into the land that you are about to enter and possess, He dislodges many nations before y’all, 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;
7:2 And when the LORD your God shall deliver them before y’all; you will strike them, [and] utterly destroy them; you will make no covenant with them, nor show mercy to them
7:3 Neither will you make marriages with them; your daughter you will not give to his son, nor his daughter will you take to your son.
7:4 For they will turn away your son from following me, that they may serve other gods so will the anger of the LORD be kindled against you, and destroy y’all suddenly.
7:5 But thus shall y’all deal with them; y’all shall destroy their altars, and break down their images, and cut down their groves, and burn their graven images with fire.
7:6 For you [are] an holy people to the LORD your God the LORD your God has chosen y’all to be a special people to himself, above all people that [are] upon the face of the earth.
7:7 The LORD did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because y’all were more in number than any people ; for y’all [were] the fewest of all people
7:8 But because the LORD loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn to your fathers, has the LORD brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.
7:9 Know therefore that the LORD your God, he [is] God, the faithful God, which keeps covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations ;
7:10 but who instantly requires with destruction those who reject him never slow with those who reject him, but requiting them instantly.
7:11 Therefore observe faithfully the Instruction, and the laws, and the rules, which I command y’all this day, to do them.
7:12 Because it shall come to pass, if y’all obey these rules, and observe them carefully, that the LORD your God shall faithfully for y’all the covenant and the mercy which he sware to your fathers
7:13 And he will love y’all, and bless y’all, and multiply y’all he will also bless the fruit of your womb, and the fruit of your land, your corn, and your wine, and your oil, the increase of your kine, and the flocks of your sheep, in the land which he sware to your fathers to give y’all.
7:14 You will be blessed above all people there shall not be male or female barren among you, or among your cattle.
7:15 And the LORD will take away from y’all all sickness, and will put none of the evil diseases of Egypt, which you know, upon y’all; but will lay them upon all [them] that hate y’all.
7:16 And you will consume all the people which the LORD your God shall deliver y’all; your eye shall have no pity upon them neither will you serve their gods ; for that [will be] a snare to y’all.
7:17 If you will say in your heart, These nations [are] more than I; how can I dispossess them?
7:18 You will not be afraid of them [but] will well remember what the LORD your God did to Pharaoh, and to all Egypt ;
7:19 The great temptations which your eyes saw, and the signs, and the wonders, and the mighty hand, and the stretched out arm, whereby the LORD your God brought y’all out so shall the LORD your God do to all the people of whom you are afraid.
7:20 Moreover the LORD your God will send the hornet among them, until they that are left, and hide themselves from y’all, be destroyed.
7:21 You will not be affrighted at them for the LORD your God [is] among you, a mighty God and terrible.
7:22 And the LORD your God will put out those nations before y’all by little and little you may not consume them at once, unless the beasts of the field increase upon y’all.
7:23 But the LORD your God shall deliver them to y’all, and shall destroy them with a mighty destruction, until they be destroyed.
7:24 And he shall deliver their kings into your hand, and you will destroy their name from under heaven there shall no man be able to stand before y’all, until you have destroyed them.
7:25 The graven images of their gods shall y’all burn with fire you will not desire the silver or gold [that is] on them, nor take [it] to y’all, unless you be snared therein for it [is] an abomination to the LORD your God.
7:26 Neither will you bring an abomination into your house, unless you be a cursed thing like it [but] you will utterly detest it, and you will utterly abhor it; for it [is] a cursed thing.