Exodus 22:20
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New International Version
"Whoever sacrifices to any god other than the LORD must be destroyed.

New Living Translation
"Anyone who sacrifices to any god other than the LORD must be destroyed.

English Standard Version
“Whoever sacrifices to any god, other than the LORD alone, shall be devoted to destruction.

New American Standard Bible
"He who sacrifices to any god, other than to the LORD alone, shall be utterly destroyed.

King James Bible
He that sacrificeth unto any god, save unto the LORD only, he shall be utterly destroyed.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Whoever sacrifices to any gods, except the LORD alone, is to be set apart for destruction."

International Standard Version
"Anyone who sacrifices to a god, except the LORD alone, is to be utterly destroyed.

NET Bible
"Whoever sacrifices to a god other than the LORD alone must be utterly destroyed.

New Heart English Bible
"He who sacrifices to another god, except to the LORD only, shall be utterly destroyed.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Whoever sacrifices to any god except the LORD must be condemned and destroyed.

JPS Tanakh 1917
He that sacrificeth unto the gods, save unto the LORD only, shall be utterly destroyed.

New American Standard 1977
“He who sacrifices to any god, other than to the LORD alone, shall be utterly destroyed.

Jubilee Bible 2000
He that sacrifices unto any god, except unto the LORD only, he shall be utterly destroyed.

King James 2000 Bible
He that sacrifices unto any god, except unto the LORD only, he shall be utterly destroyed.

American King James Version
He that sacrifices to any god, save to the LORD only, he shall be utterly destroyed.

American Standard Version
He that sacrificeth unto any god, save unto Jehovah only, shall be utterly destroyed.

Douay-Rheims Bible
He that sacrificeth to gods, shall be put to death, save only to the Lord.

Darby Bible Translation
-- He that sacrificeth to [any] god, save to Jehovah only, shall be devoted to destruction.

English Revised Version
He that sacrificeth unto any god, save unto the LORD only, shall be utterly destroyed.

Webster's Bible Translation
He that sacrificeth to any god, save to the LORD only, he shall be utterly destroyed.

World English Bible
"He who sacrifices to any god, except to Yahweh only, shall be utterly destroyed.

Young's Literal Translation
'He who is sacrificing to a god, save to Jehovah alone, is devoted.
Study Bible
Laws of Social Responsibility
19"Whoever lies with an animal shall surely be put to death. 20"He who sacrifices to any god, other than to the LORD alone, shall be utterly destroyed. 21"You shall not wrong a stranger or oppress him, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.…
Cross References
Exodus 32:8
"They have quickly turned aside from the way which I commanded them. They have made for themselves a molten calf, and have worshiped it and have sacrificed to it and said, 'This is your god, O Israel, who brought you up from the land of Egypt!'"

Exodus 34:15
otherwise you might make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land and they would play the harlot with their gods and sacrifice to their gods, and someone might invite you to eat of his sacrifice,

Leviticus 17:7
"They shall no longer sacrifice their sacrifices to the goat demons with which they play the harlot. This shall be a permanent statute to them throughout their generations."'

Numbers 25:2
For they invited the people to the sacrifices of their gods, and the people ate and bowed down to their gods.

Deuteronomy 17:2
"If there is found in your midst, in any of your towns, which the LORD your God is giving you, a man or a woman who does what is evil in the sight of the LORD your God, by transgressing His covenant,

Deuteronomy 17:3
and has gone and served other gods and worshiped them, or the sun or the moon or any of the heavenly host, which I have not commanded,

1 Kings 18:40
Then Elijah said to them, "Seize the prophets of Baal; do not let one of them escape." So they seized them; and Elijah brought them down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there.

2 Kings 10:25
Then it came about, as soon as he had finished offering the burnt offering, that Jehu said to the guard and to the royal officers, "Go in, kill them; let none come out." And they killed them with the edge of the sword; and the guard and the royal officers threw them out, and went to the inner room of the house of Baal.

2 Chronicles 15:13
and whoever would not seek the LORD God of Israel should be put to death, whether small or great, man or woman.

Ezekiel 20:7
"I said to them, 'Cast away, each of you, the detestable things of his eyes, and do not defile yourselves with the idols of Egypt; I am the LORD your God.'
Treasury of Scripture

He that sacrifices to any god, save to the LORD only, he shall be utterly destroyed.

sacrificeth

Numbers 21:3 And the LORD listened to the voice of Israel, and delivered up the …

Joshua 23:15,16 Therefore it shall come to pass, that as all good things are come …

(20) He that sacrificeth.--Sacrifice in this place represents worship generally, being its most essential act. Elsewhere the death-penalty is affixed to any acknowledgment of false gods (Deuteronomy 13:1-16).

Shall be utterly destroyed.--Heb., Shall be devoted, i.e., devoted to destruction.

Verse 20. - Law against sacrificing to false gods. Sacrifice was the chief act of worship; and to sacrifice to a false god was to renounce the true God. Under a theocracy this was rebellion, and rightly punished with temporal death. In ordinary states it would be no civil offence, and would be left to the final judgment of the Almighty. Utterly destroyed. Literally, "devoted;" but with the meaning of "devoted to destruction." He that sacrificeth unto any god,.... To Elohim, to strange gods, to the idols of the people, as the Targum of Jonathan; to the Egyptian deities, to the gods of the Moabites, Amorites, Edomites, Canaanites, Philistines, or any other: Aben Ezra says the word Elohim comprehends angels; and by the exceptive clause it is plain it takes in all that had been, were, or ever would be the objects of idolatrous worship, especially the sun, moon, and stars, the principal objects of worship in those days:

save unto the Lord only; the true and living God; Jehovah, the self-existent, immutable, and eternal Being; the Creator of all things, the possessor of heaven and earth, the most high God, and the only one: sacrificing takes in all the acts of service performed to an idol as to the true God, as offering incense, pouring out a libation, as well as slaying and burning an animal as Jarchi observes: he shall be utterly destroyed; be accursed, anathematized, devoted to destruction, as the word used signifies: the Targum of Jonathan is,"he shall be killed with the sword, and his goods consumed,''not only lose his life but his substance, and so be destroyed in body and estate. 22; 1 - 31 Judicial laws. - The people of God should ever be ready to show mildness and mercy, according to the spirit of these laws. We must answer to God, not only for what we do maliciously, but for what we do heedlessly. Therefore, when we have done harm to our neighbour, we should make restitution, though not compelled by law. Let these scriptures lead our souls to remember, that if the grace of God has indeed appeared to us, then it has taught us, and enabled us so to conduct ourselves by its holy power, that denying ungodliness and wordly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly in this present world, Titus 2:12. And the grace of God teaches us, that as the Lord is our portion, there is enough in him to satisfy all the desires of our souls.
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