Deuteronomy 16:22
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New International Version
and do not erect a sacred stone, for these the LORD your God hates.

New Living Translation
And never set up sacred pillars for worship, for the LORD your God hates them.

English Standard Version
And you shall not set up a pillar, which the LORD your God hates.

New American Standard Bible
"You shall not set up for yourself a sacred pillar which the LORD your God hates.

King James Bible
Neither shalt thou set thee up any image; which the LORD thy God hateth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and do not set up a sacred pillar; the LORD your God hates them."

International Standard Version
Furthermore, you are not to erect for yourselves a sacred stone pillar, because the LORD your God detests these things.

NET Bible
You must not erect a sacred pillar, a thing the LORD your God detests.

New Heart English Bible
Neither shall you set yourself up a pillar; which the LORD your God hates.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Never set up a sacred stone. These are things the LORD your God hates.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Neither shalt thou set thee up a pillar, which the LORD thy God hateth.

New American Standard 1977
“Neither shall you set up for yourself a sacred pillar which the LORD your God hates.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Neither shalt thou set thee up any image, which the LORD thy God hates.

King James 2000 Bible
Neither shall you set up any image; which the LORD your God hates.

American King James Version
Neither shall you set you up any image; which the LORD your God hates.

American Standard Version
Neither shalt thou set thee up a pillar; which Jehovah thy God hateth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Neither shalt thou make nor set up to thyself a statue: which things the Lord thy God hateth.

Darby Bible Translation
Neither shalt thou set thee up a statue, which Jehovah thy God hateth.

English Revised Version
Neither shalt thou set thee up a pillar; which the LORD thy God hateth.

Webster's Bible Translation
Neither shalt thou set thee up any image; which the LORD thy God hateth.

World English Bible
Neither shall you set yourself up a pillar; which Yahweh your God hates.

Young's Literal Translation
and thou dost not raise up to thee any standing image which Jehovah thy God is hating.
Study Bible
Forbidden Forms of Worship
21"You shall not plant for yourself an Asherah of any kind of tree beside the altar of the LORD your God, which you shall make for yourself. 22"You shall not set up for yourself a sacred pillar which the LORD your God hates.
Cross References
Leviticus 26:1
You shall not make for yourselves idols, nor shall you set up for yourselves an image or a sacred pillar, nor shall you place a figured stone in your land to bow down to it; for I am the LORD your God.

1 Kings 14:23
For they also built for themselves high places and sacred pillars and Asherim on every high hill and beneath every luxuriant tree.
Treasury of Scripture

Neither shall you set you up any image; which the LORD your God hates.

image. or, statue, or pillar

Exodus 20:4 You shall not make to you any graven image, or any likeness of any …

Leviticus 26:1 You shall make you no idols nor graven image, neither raise you up …

which

Deuteronomy 12:31 You shall not do so to the LORD your God: for every abomination to …

Jeremiah 44:4 However, I sent to you all my servants the prophets, rising early …

Zechariah 8:17 And let none of you imagine evil in your hearts against his neighbor; …

Revelation 2:6,15 But this you have, that you hate the deeds of the Nicolaitanes, which …

(22) Image.--Explained by Rashi of a single stone, whether statue or pillar.

Verse 22. - Any image; any pillar, etc. The Hebrew word (מַצֵבָה, mazzebah) denotes generally any pillar or stone that is set up, whether as a memorial (Genesis 28:18), or as a sign (Exodus 24:4; Isaiah 19:19), or for purposes of utility or ornament (Jeremiah 43:13). Here, as in other passages, it is a pillar or statue set up as an object of worship (cf. 2 Kings 3:2; 2 Kings 10:26; Hosea 10:1; Micah 5:12).



Neither shalt thou set up any image,.... Graven or molten, of man, beast, fish, or fowl; the word signifies a "statue or pillar" (c) which was set up for idolatry; for, as Aben Ezra observes, what was not set up for idolatry was not forbidden, as when erected in memory of any action or remarkable event; see Joshua 22:10, &c.

which the Lord thy God hateth; as he does every species, of idolatry, or that has any tendency to it; it being so opposite to his being, perfections, and glory; and therefore nothing should be done like it, because it is so hateful to him.

(c) Sept. "statuam", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus, Tig. vers. Fagius, Drusius, Grotius, Junius & Tremellius, Piscator; so Ainsworth. 22. Neither shalt thou set thee up any image—erroneously rendered so for "pillar"; pillars of various kinds, and materials of wood or stone were erected in the neighborhood of altars. Sometimes they were conical or oblong, at other times they served as pedestals for the statues of idols. A superstitious reverence was attached to them, and hence they were forbidden. 16:18-22 Care is taken for the due administration of justice. All personal regards must be laid aside, so that right is done to all, and wrong to none. Care is taken to prevent following the idolatrous customs of the heathen. Nothing belies God more, or tends more to corrupt the minds of men, than representing and worshipping, by an image, that God, who is an almighty and eternal Spirit, present every where. Alas! even in gospel days, and under a better dispensation, established upon better promises, there is a tendency to set up idols, under one form or another, in the human heart.
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