Deuteronomy 18:12
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New International Version
Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD; because of these same detestable practices the LORD your God will drive out those nations before you.

New Living Translation
Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD. It is because the other nations have done these detestable things that the LORD your God will drive them out ahead of you.

English Standard Version
for whoever does these things is an abomination to the LORD. And because of these abominations the LORD your God is driving them out before you.

New American Standard Bible
"For whoever does these things is detestable to the LORD; and because of these detestable things the LORD your God will drive them out before you.

King James Bible
For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Everyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD, and the LORD your God is driving out the nations before you because of these detestable things.

International Standard Version
Whoever practices these things is detestable to the LORD, and the LORD your God will expel them before you because of these things.

NET Bible
Whoever does these things is abhorrent to the LORD and because of these detestable things the LORD your God is about to drive them out from before you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Whoever does these things is disgusting to the LORD. The LORD your God is forcing these nations out of your way because of their disgusting practices.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For anyone that does these things is an abomination unto the LORD, and because of these abominations the LORD thy God drove them out from before thee.

King James 2000 Bible
For all that do these things are an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD your God does drive them out from before you.

American King James Version
For all that do these things are an abomination to the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD your God does drive them out from before you.

American Standard Version
For whosoever doeth these things is an abomination unto Jehovah: and because of these abominations Jehovah thy God doth drive them out from before thee.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For the Lord abhorreth all these things, and for these abominations he will destroy them at thy coming.

Darby Bible Translation
For every one that doeth these things is an abomination to Jehovah, and because of these abominations Jehovah thy God doth dispossess them from before thee.

English Revised Version
For whosoever doeth these things is an abomination unto the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.

Webster's Bible Translation
For all that do these things are an abomination to the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD thy God doth drive them out from before thee.

World English Bible
For whoever does these things is an abomination to Yahweh: and because of these abominations Yahweh your God does drive them out from before you.

Young's Literal Translation
For the abomination of Jehovah is every one doing these, and because of these abominations is Jehovah thy God dispossessing them from thy presence.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

18:9-14 Was it possible that a people so blessed with Divine institutions, should ever be in any danger of making those their teachers whom God had made their captives? They were in danger; therefore, after many like cautions, they are charged not to do after the abominations of the nations of Canaan. All reckoning of lucky or unlucky days, all charms for diseases, all amulets or spells to prevent evil, fortune-telling, &c. are here forbidden. These are so wicked as to be a chief cause of the rooting out of the Canaanites. It is amazing to think that there should be any pretenders of this kind in such a land, and day of light, as we live in. They are mere impostors who blind and cheat their followers.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 12. - All who practiced such arts were an abomination unto the Lord, and his people are forbidden to have anything to do with them. They are connected here with the Moloch-worship, because of the intimate relation between idolatry and the use of magical arts; and Moloch-worship is specially mentioned, probably because it was the form of idolatry with which the Israelites were most likely to come in contact, both where they then were and also in Canaan; not, as Keil suggests, because that form "was more intimately connected with soothsaying and magic than any other description of idolatry" - an assertion for which there is no evidence.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For all that do these things are an abomination to the Lord,.... Not that do all these things, but whoever does any of them, as Jarchi notes; all such persons that use such unlawful methods, or any of them, to gain knowledge; and likewise all those that consult them, and make use of them; and especially it must be very abominable in the people of Israel to encourage such persons and practices, who had the knowledge of the true God, and him to consult on all occasions; had his law and testimony to attend unto as the rule of their conduct, and his prophets to advise with in matters of difficulty; see Isaiah 8:20.

and because of these abominations the Lord thy God doth drive them out from before thee; as well as other sins mentioned in Leviticus 18:24 and, as before observed from Cicero, all nations have been addicted to the arts of divination here condemned.



Deuteronomy 18:12 Additional Commentaries
Context
Sorcery Forbidden
11or one who casts a spell, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. 12"For whoever does these things is detestable to the LORD; and because of these detestable things the LORD your God will drive them out before you. 13"You shall be blameless before the LORD your God.…
Cross References
Leviticus 18:24
"'Do not defile yourselves in any of these ways, because this is how the nations that I am going to drive out before you became defiled.

Leviticus 18:25
Even the land was defiled; so I punished it for its sin, and the land vomited out its inhabitants.

Deuteronomy 14:27
And do not neglect the Levites living in your towns, for they have no allotment or inheritance of their own.

Ezekiel 31:11
I gave it into the hands of the ruler of the nations, for him to deal with according to its wickedness. I cast it aside,
Treasury of Scripture

For all that do these things are an abomination to the LORD: and because of these abominations the LORD your God does drive them out from before you.

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