Deuteronomy 12:4
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New International Version
You must not worship the LORD your God in their way.

New Living Translation
"Do not worship the LORD your God in the way these pagan peoples worship their gods.

English Standard Version
You shall not worship the LORD your God in that way.

New American Standard Bible
"You shall not act like this toward the LORD your God.

King James Bible
Ye shall not do so unto the LORD your God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Don't worship the LORD your God this way.

International Standard Version
"You must not act like this with respect to the LORD your God.

NET Bible
You must not worship the LORD your God the way they worship.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Never worship the LORD your God in the way they worship their gods.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Ye shall not do so unto the LORD your God.

King James 2000 Bible
You shall not do so unto the LORD your God.

American King James Version
You shall not do so to the LORD your God.

American Standard Version
Ye shall not do so unto Jehovah your God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
You shall not do so to the Lord your God:

Darby Bible Translation
Ye shall not do so unto Jehovah your God;

English Revised Version
Ye shall not do so unto the LORD your God.

Webster's Bible Translation
Ye shall not do so to the LORD your God.

World English Bible
You shall not do so to Yahweh your God.

Young's Literal Translation
'Ye do not do so to Jehovah your God;
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

12:1-4 Moses comes to the statutes he had to give in charge to Israel; and begins with such as relate to the worship of God. The Israelites are charged not to bring the rites and usages of idolaters into the worship of God; not under colour of making it better. We cannot serve God and mammon; nor worship the true God and idols; nor depend upon Christ Jesus and upon superstitious or self-righteous confidences.

Pulpit Commentary

Verses 4-6. - The heathen placed their altars and offered their worship wherever they thought fit, according to their notions of the deity and his service; but Israel was not to do so unto Jehovah their God: he himself would choose the places where he was to be worshipped, and there alone might they come with offering and service. As the revealed God - the God whose being and perfections had been made known, not by a vague revelation of him in nature merely, but expressly by his putting or recording his Name historically and locally among men (cf. Exodus 20:24) - so should there be a definite place chosen and appointed by him where he would come to receive the worship of his people, where he would record his Name, and where he would be known for a Refuge and a Helper to all who put their trust in him (Psalm 48:3; Psalm 76:1, etc.; Daniel 9:18). The Name of God is God himself as revealed; and he puts his Name on any place where he specially manifests himself as present (cf. 1 Kings 8:29), and which is consequently to be regarded as his habitation or dwelling-place. Hence the temple at Jerusalem was in later times known as the place of the Name of Jehovah (Isaiah 18:7), the dwelling-place of his glory (Psalm 26:8). But he is the God of the whole earth, and therefore, wherever he is pleased to reveal himself, in whatever place he makes his Name to be known, there he is to be worshipped. There is no reference in this passage to the temple at Jerusalem specially, as some have supposed; what is here enjoined is only a practical application of the Divine promise, that in all places where God would record his Name, there he would come to bless his people (Exodus 20:24). The reference here, therefore, is quite general, and applies to any place where, by the Divine appointment, the tabernacle might be set up and the worship of Jehovah instituted. Unto his habitation shall ye seek. To seek to any place means, primarily, to resort to it, to frequent it (cf. 2 Chronicles 1:5), but with the implied purpose of inquiring there for something, as for responses or oracles, when the place resorted to was that in which God had put his Name.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Ye shall not do so unto the Lord your God. Not sacrifice to him on hills and mountains, and under green trees; though the Jews commonly refer this to the destruction of the names of God, and of any thing appertaining to the temple; that though the temples and the altars of the Heathens were to be overthrown, yet not a stone was to be taken from the house of God, or that belonged to it, nor any of his names to be blotted out; so the Targum of Jonathan and Maimonides (z), who also observes (a), that whoever removes a stone by way of destruction from the altar, or from the temple, or from the court, is to be beaten; so he that burns the holy wood.

(z) Yesode Hattorah, c. 6. sect. 7, 9. (a) Ibid. sect. 8.

Deuteronomy 12:4 Additional Commentaries
One Place for Worship
3"You shall tear down their altars and smash their sacred pillars and burn their Asherim with fire, and you shall cut down the engraved images of their gods and obliterate their name from that place. 4"You shall not act like this toward the LORD your God. 5"But you shall seek the LORD at the place which the LORD your God will choose from all your tribes, to establish His name there for His dwelling, and there you shall come.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 12:3
Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones and burn their Asherah poles in the fire; cut down the idols of their gods and wipe out their names from those places.

Deuteronomy 12:5
But you are to seek the place the LORD your God will choose from among all your tribes to put his Name there for his dwelling. To that place you must go;

1 Kings 14:15
And the LORD will strike Israel, so that it will be like a reed swaying in the water. He will uproot Israel from this good land that he gave to their ancestors and scatter them beyond the Euphrates River, because they aroused the LORD's anger by making Asherah poles.
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