Deuteronomy 13:12
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New International Version
If you hear it said about one of the towns the LORD your God is giving you to live in

New Living Translation
"When you begin living in the towns the LORD your God is giving you, you may hear

English Standard Version
“If you hear in one of your cities, which the LORD your God is giving you to dwell there,

New American Standard Bible
"If you hear in one of your cities, which the LORD your God is giving you to live in, anyone saying that

King James Bible
If thou shalt hear say in one of thy cities, which the LORD thy God hath given thee to dwell there, saying,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If you hear it said about one of your cities the LORD your God is giving you to live in,

International Standard Version
"You may hear in one of your towns that the LORD your God is giving you to inhabit

NET Bible
Suppose you should hear in one of your cities, which the LORD your God is giving you as a place to live, that

New Heart English Bible
If you shall hear tell concerning one of your cities, which the LORD your God gives you to dwell there, saying,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You may hear that the residents in one of the cities which the LORD your God is giving you to live in

JPS Tanakh 1917
If thou shalt hear tell concerning one of thy cities, which the LORD thy God giveth thee to dwell there, saying:

New American Standard 1977
“If you hear in one of your cities, which the LORD your God is giving you to live in, anyone saying that

Jubilee Bible 2000
If thou shalt hear in one of thy cities, which the LORD thy God has given thee to dwell there, that it is said,

King James 2000 Bible
If you shall hear in one of your cities, which the LORD your God has given you to dwell there, anyone saying,

American King James Version
If you shall hear say in one of your cities, which the LORD your God has given you to dwell there, saying,

American Standard Version
If thou shalt hear tell concerning one of thy cities, which Jehovah thy God giveth thee to dwell there, saying,

Douay-Rheims Bible
If in one of thy cities, which the Lord thy God shall give thee to dwell in, thou hear some say:

Darby Bible Translation
If in one of thy cities, which Jehovah thy God hath given thee to dwell there, thou hearest, saying,

English Revised Version
If thou shalt hear tell concerning one of thy cities, which the LORD thy God giveth thee to dwell there, saying,

Webster's Bible Translation
If thou shalt hear, in one of thy cities, which the LORD thy God hath given thee to dwell there, saying,

World English Bible
If you shall hear tell concerning one of your cities, which Yahweh your God gives you to dwell there, saying,

Young's Literal Translation
When thou hearest, in one of thy cities which Jehovah thy God is giving to thee to dwell there, one saying,
Study Bible
Idolatrous Cities to Be Destroyed
11"Then all Israel will hear and be afraid, and will never again do such a wicked thing among you. 12"If you hear in one of your cities, which the LORD your God is giving you to live in, anyone saying that 13some worthless men have gone out from among you and have seduced the inhabitants of their city, saying, 'Let us go and serve other gods ' (whom you have not known),…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 13:11
"Then all Israel will hear and be afraid, and will never again do such a wicked thing among you.

Deuteronomy 13:13
some worthless men have gone out from among you and have seduced the inhabitants of their city, saying, 'Let us go and serve other gods ' (whom you have not known),
Treasury of Scripture

If you shall hear say in one of your cities, which the LORD your God has given you to dwell there, saying,

Joshua 22:11 And the children of Israel heard say, Behold…

Judges 20:1,2 Then all the children of Israel went out, and the congregation was …

(12) If thou shalt hear say in one of thy cities.--The only case of this kind is the case of Gibeah. We may fairly assume the abominations done there to have been connected with idolatry, from the allusions in Hosea 9:9; Hosea 10:9. But the outrage rather than the idolatry seems to have excited the indignation of Israel (see Judges 20, 21). It is noticeable that in the remonstrance with the Benjamites at Gibeah--(Judges 20:13): "Now therefore deliver us the men, the children of Belial, which are in Gibeah, that we may put them to death, and put away evil from Israel"--there seems to be an allusion to the language of this chapter in Deuteronomy 13:5; Deuteronomy 13:11.

Verses 12-18. - A third ease supposed is that of the inhabitants of a city being seduced by wicked men into idolatry. In this case inquiry was to be made as to the fact; and if it was found to be so, the inhabitants of that city were to be put to the sword, all their property was to be burnt, and the city itself reduced to a heap; so should the anger of the Lord be averted from Israel, and he would do them good. Verse 12. - Hear in one of thy cities. The Hebrew phrase, "to hear in" (שָׁמַע בְּ). has sometimes the meaning of to overhear, as in Genesis 27:5; 1 Samuel 17:28; Job 15:8; sometimes it means simply to hear, as in 2 Samuel 19:36 [35]; in Job 26:14, it has the force of to hear of or concerning, though some think this questionable. This latter is apparently the meaning here: If thou hear concerning any of thy cities, etc. Baying. This introduces what is heard. If thou shalt hear say in one of thy cities,.... A report concerning them, anyone of them:

which the Lord thy God had given thee to dwell there; which he had not only given them, but had put them into the possession of, and it was become their dwelling place, or was inhabited by Israelites; otherwise they were already given unto them, but did not inherit and inhabit them, and it might be possible that there might be some city or cities, at least for a time, which, though given them, were not inhabited by them, but by the Canaanites, and such cities this law did not concern: saying; as follows. 12-18. Certain men, the children of Belial—lawless, designing demagogues (Jud 19:22; 1Sa 1:16; 25:25), who abused their influence to withdraw the inhabitants of the city to idol-worship.13:12-18 Here is the case of a city revolting from the God of Israel, and serving other gods. The crime is supposed to be committed by one of the cities of Israel. Even when they were ordered to preserve their religion by force, yet they were not allowed to bring others to it by fire and sword. Spiritual judgments under the Christian dispensation are more terrible than the execution of criminals; we have not less cause than the Israelites had, to fear the Divine wrath. Let us then fear the spiritual idolatry of covetousness, and the love of worldly pleasure; and be careful not to countenance them in our families, by our example or by the education of our children. May the Lord write his law and truth in our hearts, there set up his throne, and shed abroad his love!
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