THE FIFTH BOOK OF MOSES CALLED
Israel to destroy seven nations of Canaan—Marriages with them are forbidden lest apostasy result—Israel has a mission as a holy and chosen people—The Lord shows mercy unto those who love him and keep his commandments—He promises to remove sickness from Israel if they hearken.
thy God shall bring thee into the land whither thou goest to possess it, and hath cast out many nations before thee, the Hittites, and the Girgashites, and the Amorites, and the Canaanites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, seven anations
greater and mightier than thou;
And when the Lord
thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and
them; thou shalt bmake
with them, nor shew mercy unto them:
Neither shalt thou make amarriages
with them; thy daughter thou shalt not give unto his son, nor his daughter shalt thou take unto thy son.
For they will aturn
away thy son from following me, that they may bserve
other gods: so will the canger
of the Lord
be kindled against you, and destroy thee suddenly.
But thus shall ye deal with them; ye shall adestroy
their altars, and break down their bimages
, and cut down their cgroves
, and burn their graven images with fire.
For thou art aan bholy
people unto the Lord
thy God: the Lord
thy God hath cchosen
thee to be a dspecial
people unto himself, above all people that are
upon the face of the earth.
The Lord 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 people:
But because the Lord aloved
you, and because he would keep the boath
which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the Lord
brought you out with a mighty hand, and credeemed
you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.
Know therefore that the Lord
thy God, he is
God, the faithful God, which akeepeth
covenant and bmercy
with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations;
them that hate him to their face, to bdestroy
them: he will not be slack to him that chateth
him, he will repay him to his face.
Thou shalt therefore keep the commandments, and the statutes, and the ajudgments
, which I bcommand
thee this day, to do them.
¶ Wherefore it shall come to pass, if ye ahearken
to these bjudgments
, and keep, and do them, that the Lord
thy God shall keep unto thee the ccovenant
and the mercy which he sware unto thy fathers:
And he will alove
thee, and bless thee, and bmultiply
thee: he will also bless the fruit of thy womb, and the cfruit
of thy land, thy dcorn
, and thy wine, and thine oil, the increase of thy kine, and the flocks of thy sheep, in the land which he sware unto thy fathers to give thee.
Thou shalt be blessed above all people: there shall not be male or female abarren
among you, or among your cattle.
And the Lord
will take away from thee all asickness
, and will put none of the evil bdiseases
of Egypt, which thou knowest, upon thee; but will lay them upon all them
that hate thee.
And thou shalt consume all the people which the Lord
thy God shall deliver thee; thine eye shall have no pity upon them: neither shalt thou serve their agods
; for that will be
a snare unto thee.
If thou shalt say in thine heart, These nations are more than I; how can I dispossess them?
Thou shalt not be afraid of them: but shalt well remember what the Lord thy God did unto Pharaoh, and unto all Egypt;
The great atemptations
which thine eyes saw, and the signs, and the bwonders
, and the mighty hand, and the stretched out arm, whereby the Lord
thy God brought thee out: so shall the Lord
thy God do unto all the people of whom thou art afraid.
Moreover the Lord thy God will send the hornet among them, until they that are left, and hide themselves from thee, be destroyed.
Thou shalt not be affrighted at them: for the Lord
thy God is
among you, a mighty God and aterrible
And the Lord
thy God will aput
out those nations before thee by little and little: thou mayest not consume them at once, lest the bbeasts
of the field increase upon thee.
But the Lord
thy God shall adeliver
them unto thee, and shall bdestroy
them with a mighty destruction, until they be destroyed.
And he shall deliver their kings into thine hand, and thou shalt destroy their name from under heaven: there shall no man be able to stand before thee, until thou have destroyed them.
The graven images of their gods shall ye burn with fire: thou shalt not desire the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it unto thee, lest thou be snared therein: for it is an abomination to the Lord thy God.
Neither shalt thou bring an abomination into thine house, lest thou be a cursed thing like it: but thou shalt utterly detest it, and thou shalt utterly abhor it; for it is a cursed thing.