Exodus 23:33
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New International Version
Do not let them live in your land or they will cause you to sin against me, because the worship of their gods will certainly be a snare to you."

New Living Translation
They must not live in your land, or they will cause you to sin against me. If you serve their gods, you will be caught in the trap of idolatry."

English Standard Version
They shall not dwell in your land, lest they make you sin against me; for if you serve their gods, it will surely be a snare to you.”

New American Standard Bible
"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."

King James Bible
They shall not dwell in thy land, lest they make thee sin against me: for if thou serve their gods, it will surely be a snare unto thee.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
They must not remain in your land, or else they will make you sin against Me. If you worship their gods, it will be a snare for you."

International Standard Version
They are not to live in your land. Otherwise they will cause you to sin against me. If you worship their gods, it will become a snare for you."

NET Bible
They must not live in your land, lest they make you sin against me, for if you serve their gods, it will surely be a snare to you."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Never let them live in your land, or they will make you sin against me and trap you into serving their gods."

Jubilee Bible 2000
They shall not dwell in thy land lest peradventure they make thee sin against me by serving their gods, for it will be a snare unto thee.

King James 2000 Bible
They shall not dwell in your land, lest they make you sin against me: for if you serve their gods, it will surely be a snare unto you.

American King James Version
They shall not dwell in your land, lest they make you sin against me: for if you serve their gods, it will surely be a snare to you.

American Standard Version
They shall not dwell in thy land, lest they make thee sin against me; for if thou serve their gods, it will surely be a snare unto thee.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Let them not dwell in thy land, lest perhaps thy make thee sin against me, if thou serve their god: which undoubtedly will be a scandal to thee.

Darby Bible Translation
They shall not dwell in thy land, lest they make thee sin against me; for if thou serve their gods, it is sure to be a snare unto thee.

English Revised Version
They shall not dwell in thy land, lest they make thee sin against me: for if thou serve their gods, it will surely be a snare unto thee.

Webster's Bible Translation
They shall not dwell in thy land, lest they make thee to sin against me: for if thou shalt serve their gods, it will surely be a snare to thee.

World English Bible
They shall not dwell in your land, lest they make you sin against me, for if you serve their gods, it will surely be a snare to you."

Young's Literal Translation
they do not dwell in thy land, lest they cause thee to sin against Me when thou servest their gods, when it becometh a snare to thee.'
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

23:20-33 It is here promised that they should be guided and kept in their way through the wilderness to the land of promise, Behold, I send an angel before thee, mine angel. The precept joined with this promise is, that they be obedient to this angel whom God would send before them. Christ is the Angel of Jehovah; this is plainly taught by St. Paul, 1Co 10:9. They should have a comfortable settlement in the land of Canaan. How reasonable are the conditions of this promise; that they should serve the only true God; not the gods of the nations, which are no gods at all. How rich are the particulars of this promise! The comfort of their food, the continuance of their health, the increase of their wealth, the prolonging their lives to old age. Thus hath godliness the promise of the life that now is. It is promised that they should subdue their enemies. Hosts of hornets made way for the hosts of Israel; such mean creatures can God use for chastising his people's enemies. In real kindness to the church, its enemies are subdued by little and little; thus we are kept on our guard, and in continual dependence on God. Corruptions are driven out of the hearts of God's people, not all at once, but by little and little. The precept with this promise is, that they should not make friendship with idolaters. Those that would keep from bad courses, must keep from bad company. It is dangerous to live in a bad neighbourhood; others' sins will be our snares. Our greatest danger is from those who would make us sin against God.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 33. - They shall not dwell in the land. This law did not, of course, affect proselytes; nor was it considered to preclude the continuance in the land of the enslaved Gibeonites. It forbade any Canaanite communities being suffered to remain within the limits of Palestine on friendly terms with the Hebrews. The precaution was undoubtedly a wise one.





Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

They shall not dwell in thy land,.... The land of Canaan, given by God for an inheritance, and now would be in the possession of the Israelites; and therefore were not to suffer the old inhabitants to dwell with them in it, at least no longer than they could help it; they were to do all they could to root them out:

lest they make thee sin against me; by their ill examples and persuasions, drawing them into idolatry, than which there is no greater sin against God, it being not only contrary to his law, his mind, and will, but directly against his nature, being, perfections, and glory:

for if thou serve their gods, or "for thou wilt serve" (t); this would be the consequence of their dwelling in the land, they would draw the Israelites into the worship of their idols, to which they were naturally prone; and should they commit idolatry:

it will surely be a snare unto thee: idolatry would be the cause of their ruin and destruction, they would be snared by it, as fishes in a net, or birds and beasts by traps and gins; or "for it will be a snare" (u), that is, the Canaanites dwelling among them would be a snare to draw them into their idolatry, and go into ruin.

(t) "quia servies", Malvenda. (u) "quia erit", Pagninus, Montanus, Drusius.



Exodus 23:33 Additional Commentaries
Context
God's Angel to Lead
32"You shall make no covenant with them or with their gods. 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."
Cross References
Exodus 10:7
Pharaoh's officials said to him, "How long will this man be a snare to us? Let the people go, so that they may worship the LORD their God. Do you not yet realize that Egypt is ruined?"

Exodus 23:24
Do not bow down before their gods or worship them or follow their practices. You must demolish them and break their sacred stones to pieces.

Exodus 34:12
Be careful not to make a treaty with those who live in the land where you are going, or they will be a snare among you.

Deuteronomy 7:1
When the LORD your God brings you into the land you are entering to possess and drives out before you many nations--the Hittites, Girgashites, Amorites, Canaanites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites, seven nations larger and stronger than you--

Deuteronomy 7:16
You must destroy all the peoples the LORD your God gives over to you. Do not look on them with pity and do not serve their gods, for that will be a snare to you.

Deuteronomy 12:30
and after they have been destroyed before you, be careful not to be ensnared by inquiring about their gods, saying, "How do these nations serve their gods? We will do the same."

Deuteronomy 20:18
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.

Joshua 23:13
then you may be sure that the LORD your God will no longer drive out these nations before you. Instead, they will become snares and traps for you, whips on your backs and thorns in your eyes, until you perish from this good land, which the LORD your God has given you.

Judges 2:3
And I have also said, 'I will not drive them out before you; they will become traps for you, and their gods will become snares to you.'"

Psalm 106:36
They worshiped their idols, which became a snare to them.
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