Deuteronomy 11:16
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New International Version
Be careful, or you will be enticed to turn away and worship other gods and bow down to them.

New Living Translation
"But be careful. Don't let your heart be deceived so that you turn away from the LORD and serve and worship other gods.

English Standard Version
Take care lest your heart be deceived, and you turn aside and serve other gods and worship them;

New American Standard Bible
"Beware that your hearts are not deceived, and that you do not turn away and serve other gods and worship them.

King James Bible
Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Be careful that you are not enticed to turn aside, worship, and bow down to other gods.

International Standard Version
Be careful! Otherwise, your hearts will deceive you and you will turn away to serve other gods and worship them.

NET Bible
Make sure you do not turn away to serve and worship other gods!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Be careful, or you'll be tempted to turn away and worship other gods and bow down to them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Keep yourselves, therefore, that your heart not be deceived and ye turn aside and serve other gods and worship them;

King James 2000 Bible
Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and you turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them;

American King James Version
Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and you turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them;

American Standard Version
Take heed to yourselves, lest your heart be deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Beware lest perhaps your heart be deceived, and you depart from the Lord, and serve strange gods, and adore them:

Darby Bible Translation
Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside and serve other gods, and bow down to them,

English Revised Version
Take heed to yourselves, lest your heart be deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them;

Webster's Bible Translation
Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them;

World English Bible
Take heed to yourselves, lest your heart be deceived, and you turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them;

Young's Literal Translation
'Take heed to yourselves, lest your heart be enticed, and ye have turned aside, and served other gods, and bowed yourselves to them,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

11:8-17 Moses sets before them, for the future, life and death, the blessing and the curse, according as they did or did not keep God's commandment. Sin tends to shorten the days of all men, and to shorten the days of a people's prosperity. God will bless them with an abundance of all good things, if they would love him and serve him. Godliness has the promise of the life that now is; but the favour of God shall put gladness into the heart, more than the increase of corn, and wine, and oil. Revolt from God to idols would certainly be their ruin. Take heed that your hearts be not deceived. All who forsake God to set their affection upon any creature, will find themselves wretchedly deceived, to their own destruction; and this will make it worse, that it was for want of taking heed.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 16. - That your heart be not deceived; literally, lest your heart be enticed or seduced (יִפְתָה). The verb means primarily to be open, and as a mind open to impressions from without is easily persuaded, moved either to good or evil, the word came to signify to induce in a good sense, or to seduce in a bad sense. Here the people are cautioned against allowing themselves to be enticed so as to be led astray by seductive representations (cf. Job 31:27; Proverbs 20:19 ["flattereth"]; Job 5:2 ["silly one"]; Hosea 7:11).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived,.... By observing the influence of the heavens upon the fruitfulness of the earth, and so be drawn to the worship of the host of them, the sun, moon, and stars; or by the examples of nations round about them; and by the plausible arguments they may make use of, taken from the traditions of ancestors, from antiquity, and the consent of nations, and the great numbers of worshippers, and the like:

and ye turn aside; from the true God, and the worship of him; or from the law, as Jarchi, which directs to the worship of one God, and forbids idolatry, or the worshipping of images:

and serve other gods, and worship them; other gods than the one only living and true God; gods that made not the heavens and the earth, and which cannot give rain, nor any blessing and mercy of life, nor help and deliver their worshippers when in distress.



Deuteronomy 11:16 Additional Commentaries
Context
God's Great Blessings
15"He will give grass in your fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied. 16"Beware that your hearts are not deceived, and that you do not turn away and serve other gods and worship them. 17"Or the anger of the LORD will be kindled against you, and He will shut up the heavens so that there will be no rain and the ground will not yield its fruit; and you will perish quickly from the good land which the LORD is giving you.
Cross References
Deuteronomy 31:20
When I have brought them into the land flowing with milk and honey, the land I promised on oath to their ancestors, and when they eat their fill and thrive, they will turn to other gods and worship them, rejecting me and breaking my covenant.

1 Samuel 12:20
"Do not be afraid," Samuel replied. "You have done all this evil; yet do not turn away from the LORD, but serve the LORD with all your heart.

1 Samuel 12:21
Do not turn away after useless idols. They can do you no good, nor can they rescue you, because they are useless.

1 Kings 8:35
"When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain because your people have sinned against you, and when they pray toward this place and give praise to your name and turn from their sin because you have afflicted them,

Job 31:27
so that my heart was secretly enticed and my hand offered them a kiss of homage,
Treasury of Scripture

Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and you turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them;

Take heed

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Luke 21:8,34,36 And he said, Take heed that you be not deceived: for many shall come …

Hebrews 2:1 Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which …

Hebrews 3:12 Take heed, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of …

Hebrews 4:1 Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering …

Hebrews 12:15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any …

your heart

Deuteronomy 13:3 You shall not listen to the words of that prophet, or that dreamer …

Deuteronomy 29:18 Lest there should be among you man, or woman, or family, or tribe, …

Job 31:27 And my heart has been secretly enticed, or my mouth has kissed my hand:

Isaiah 44:20 He feeds on ashes: a deceived heart has turned him aside, that he …

James 1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridles not his tongue, …

1 John 5:21 Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen.

Revelation 12:9 And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, …

Revelation 13:14 And deceives them that dwell on the earth by the means of those miracles …

Revelation 20:4 And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them…

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Deuteronomy 8:19 And it shall be, if you do at all forget the LORD your God, and walk …

Deuteronomy 30:17 But if your heart turn away, so that you will not hear, but shall …

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