Deuteronomy 20:18
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New International Version
Otherwise, they will teach you to follow all the detestable things they do in worshiping their gods, and you will sin against the LORD your God.

New Living Translation
This will prevent the people of the land from teaching you to imitate their detestable customs in the worship of their gods, which would cause you to sin deeply against the LORD your God.

English Standard Version
that they may not teach you to do according to all their abominable practices that they have done for their gods, and so you sin against the LORD your God.

New American Standard Bible
so that they may not teach you to do according to all their detestable things which they have done for their gods, so that you would sin against the LORD your God.

King James Bible
That they teach you not to do after all their abominations, which they have done unto their gods; so should ye sin against the LORD your God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
so that they won't teach you to do all the detestable things they do for their gods, and you sin against the LORD your God."

International Standard Version
so they won't teach you to do all the detestable things that they do for their gods. If you do what they teach you, you will sin against the LORD your God."

NET Bible
so that they cannot teach you all the abhorrent ways they worship their gods, causing you to sin against the LORD your God.

New Heart English Bible
that they not teach you to do after all their abominations, which they have done to their gods; so would you sin against the LORD your God.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Otherwise, they will teach you to do all the disgusting things they do for their gods, and you will sin against the LORD your God.

JPS Tanakh 1917
that they teach you not to do after all their abominations, which they have done unto their gods, and so ye sin against the LORD your God.

New American Standard 1977
in order that they may not teach you to do according to all their detestable things which they have done for their gods, so that you would sin against the LORD your God.

Jubilee Bible 2000
that they not teach you to do after all their abominations, which they do unto their gods, lest ye should sin against the LORD your God.

King James 2000 Bible
That they teach you not to do according to all their abominations, which they have done unto their gods; so that you should sin against the LORD your God.

American King James Version
That they teach you not to do after all their abominations, which they have done to their gods; so should you sin against the LORD your God.

American Standard Version
that they teach you not to do after all their abominations, which they have done unto their gods; so would ye sin against Jehovah your God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Lest they teach you to do all the abominations which they have done to their gods: and you should sin against the Lord your God.

Darby Bible Translation
that they teach you not to do according to all their abominations, which they have done unto their gods, so that ye sin against Jehovah your God.

English Revised Version
that they teach you not to do after all their abominations, which they have done unto their gods; so should ye sin against the LORD your God.

Webster's Bible Translation
That they may not teach you to do after all their abominations which they have done to their gods; so would ye sin against the LORD your God.

World English Bible
that they not teach you to do after all their abominations, which they have done to their gods; so would you sin against Yahweh your God.

Young's Literal Translation
so that they teach you not to do according to all their abominations which they have done to their gods, and ye have sinned against Jehovah your God.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
20:10-12 The Israelites are here directed about the nations on whom they made war. Let this show God's grace in dealing with sinners. He proclaims peace, and beseeches them to be reconciled. Let it also show us our duty in dealing with our brethren. Whoever are for war, we must be for peace. Of the cities given to Israel, none of their inhabitants must be left. Since it could not be expected that they should be cured of their idolatry, they would hurt Israel. These regulations are not the rules of our conduct, but Christ's law of love. The horrors of war must fill the feeling heart with anguish upon every recollection; and are proofs of the wickedness of man, the power of Satan, and the just vengeance of God, who thus scourges a guilty world. But how dreadful their case who are engaged in unequal conflict with their Maker, who will not submit to render him the easy tribute of worship and praise! Certain ruin awaits them. Let neither the number nor the power of the enemies of our souls dismay us; nor let even our own weakness cause us to tremble or to faint. The Lord will save us; but in this war let none engage whose hearts are fond of the world, or afraid of the cross and the conflict. Care is here taken that in besieging cities the fruit-trees should not be destroyed. God is a better friend to man than he is to himself; and God's law consults our interests and comforts; while our own appetites and passions, which we indulge, are enemies to our welfare. Many of the Divine precepts restrain us from destroying that which is for our life and food. The Jews understand this as forbidding all wilful waste upon any account whatsoever. Every creature of God is good; as nothing is to be refused, so nothing is to be abused. We may live to want what we carelessly waste.
Study Bible
Laws of Warfare
17"But you shall utterly destroy them, the Hittite and the Amorite, the Canaanite and the Perizzite, the Hivite and the Jebusite, as the LORD your God has commanded you, 18so that they may not teach you to do according to all their detestable things which they have done for their gods, so that you would sin against the LORD your God. 19"When you besiege a city a long time, to make war against it in order to capture it, you shall not destroy its trees by swinging an axe against them; for you may eat from them, and you shall not cut them down. For is the tree of the field a man, that it should be besieged by you?…
Cross References
Exodus 23:33
"They shall not live in your land, because they will make you sin against Me; for if you serve their gods, it will surely be a snare to you."

Exodus 34:12
"Watch yourself that you make no covenant with the inhabitants of the land into which you are going, or it will become a snare in your midst.

Deuteronomy 7:4
"For they will turn your sons away from following Me to serve other gods; then the anger of the LORD will be kindled against you and He will quickly destroy you.

Deuteronomy 9:5
"It is not for your righteousness or for the uprightness of your heart that you are going to possess their land, but it is because of the wickedness of these nations that the LORD your God is driving them out before you, in order to confirm the oath which the LORD swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Deuteronomy 12:30
beware that you are not ensnared to follow them, after they are destroyed before you, and that you do not inquire after their gods, saying, 'How do these nations serve their gods, that I also may do likewise?'

Deuteronomy 12:31
"You shall not behave thus toward the LORD your God, for every abominable act which the LORD hates they have done for their gods; for they even burn their sons and daughters in the fire to their gods.

Deuteronomy 20:17
"But you shall utterly destroy them, the Hittite and the Amorite, the Canaanite and the Perizzite, the Hivite and the Jebusite, as the LORD your God has commanded you,

Deuteronomy 20:19
"When you besiege a city a long time, to make war against it in order to capture it, you shall not destroy its trees by swinging an axe against them; for you may eat from them, and you shall not cut them down. For is the tree of the field a man, that it should be besieged by you?

2 Kings 21:3
For he rebuilt the high places which Hezekiah his father had destroyed; and he erected altars for Baal and made an Asherah, as Ahab king of Israel had done, and worshiped all the host of heaven and served them.

Psalm 106:34
They did not destroy the peoples, As the LORD commanded them,
Treasury of Scripture

That they teach you not to do after all their abominations, which they have done to their gods; so should you sin against the LORD your God.

Deuteronomy 7:4,5 For they will turn away your son from following me, that they may …

Deuteronomy 12:30,31 Take heed to yourself that you be not snared by following them, after …

Deuteronomy 18:19 And it shall come to pass, that whoever will not listen to my words …

Exodus 23:33 They shall not dwell in your land, lest they make you sin against …

Joshua 23:13 Know for a certainty that the LORD your God will no more drive out …

Judges 2:3 Why I also said, I will not drive them out from before you; but they …

Psalm 106:34-40 They did not destroy the nations, concerning whom the LORD commanded them…

1 Corinthians 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.

2 Corinthians 6:17 Why come out from among them, and be you separate, said the Lord, …

Ephesians 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but …

2 Thessalonians 3:14 And if any man obey not our word by this letter, note that man, and …

1 Timothy 6:5 Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the …

2 Timothy 2:17,18 And their word will eat as does a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus…

Revelation 18:3-5 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, …

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