Exodus 34:12
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New International Version
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.

New Living Translation
"Be very careful never to make a treaty with the people who live in the land where you are going. If you do, you will follow their evil ways and be trapped.

English Standard Version
Take care, lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land to which you go, lest it become a snare in your midst.

New American Standard Bible
"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.

King James Bible
Take heed to thyself, lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land whither thou goest, lest it be for a snare in the midst of thee:

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Be careful not to make a treaty with the inhabitants of the land that you are going to enter; otherwise, they will become a snare among you.

International Standard Version
"Be very careful not to make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land to which you are going, so they won't be a snare among you.

NET Bible
Be careful not to make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land where you are going, lest it become a snare among you.

New Heart English Bible
Be careful, lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land where you are going, lest it be for a snare in the midst of you:

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Be careful not to make a treaty with those who live in the land where you're going. This will prove to be a trap to you.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Take heed to thyself, lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land whither thou goest, lest they be for a snare in the midst of thee.

New American Standard 1977
“Watch yourself that you make no covenant with the inhabitants of the land into which you are going, lest it become a snare in your midst.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Keep thyself lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land where thou must enter lest it be for a snare in the midst of thee;

King James 2000 Bible
Take heed to yourself, lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land where you go, lest it be for a snare in the midst of you:

American King James Version
Take heed to yourself, lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land where you go, lest it be for a snare in the middle of you:

American Standard Version
Take heed to thyself, lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land whither thou goest, lest it be for a snare in the midst of thee:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Beware thou never join in friendship with the inhabitants of that land, which may be thy ruin:

Darby Bible Translation
Take heed to thyself, that thou make no covenant with the inhabitants of the land to which thou shalt come, lest it be a snare in the midst of thee;

English Revised Version
Take heed to thyself, lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land whither thou goest, lest it be for a snare in the midst of thee:

Webster's Bible Translation
Take heed to thyself, lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land whither thou goest, lest it be for a snare in the midst of thee:

World English Bible
Be careful, lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land where you are going, lest it be for a snare in the midst of you:

Young's Literal Translation
take heed to thyself, lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitant of the land into which thou art going, lest it become a snare in thy midst;
Study Bible
The Lord Renews the Covenant
11"Be sure to observe what I am commanding you this day: behold, I am going to drive out the Amorite before you, and the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Perizzite, the Hivite and the Jebusite. 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. 13"But rather, you are to tear down their altars and smash their sacred pillars and cut down their Asherim…
Cross References
Exodus 23:32
"You shall make no covenant with them or with their gods.

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."

Deuteronomy 20:18
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.

Joshua 23:13
know with certainty that the LORD your God will not continue to drive these nations out from before you; but they will be a snare and a trap to you, and a whip on your sides and thorns in your eyes, until you perish from off this good land which the LORD your God has given you.

Judges 2:2
and as for you, you shall make no covenant with the inhabitants of this land; you shall tear down their altars.' But you have not obeyed Me; what is this you have done?

1 Kings 11:2
from the nations concerning which the LORD had said to the sons of Israel, "You shall not associate with them, nor shall they associate with you, for they will surely turn your heart away after their gods." Solomon held fast to these in love.

2 Kings 17:10
They set for themselves sacred pillars and Asherim on every high hill and under every green tree,

2 Chronicles 24:18
They abandoned the house of the LORD, the God of their fathers, and served the Asherim and the idols; so wrath came upon Judah and Jerusalem for this their guilt.
Treasury of Scripture

Take heed to yourself, lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land where you go, lest it be for a snare in the middle of you:

take heed

Exodus 23:32,33 You shall make no covenant with them, nor with their gods…

Deuteronomy 7:2 And when the LORD your God shall deliver them before you; you shall …

Judges 2:2 And you shall make no league with the inhabitants of this land; you …

lest

Deuteronomy 7:16 And you shall consume all the people which the LORD your God shall …

Joshua 23:12,13 Else if you do in any wise go back, and join to the remnant of these …

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

Judges 8:27 And Gideon made an ephod thereof, and put it in his city, even in …

Psalm 106:36 And they served their idols: which were a snare to them.

(12-16) This passage may be compared with Exodus 23:24-25; Exodus 23:32-33. It repeats, with some enlargements, the enactments there made, and traces in detail the evil consequences which would follow from a neglect of the enactments.

(12) A snare.--Comp. Exodus 23:33; and for the nature of the snare, see Exodus 34:15-16 of the present chapter.

Verse 12. - Take heed to thyself lest thou make a covenant. See above, Exodus 23:32 A snare. See Exodus 23:33. Take heed to thyself,.... This is said not to Moses, but to the people of Israel, as a caution to them when they should enter the land of Canaan, and possess it:

lest thou make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land whither thou goest: enter into a league and alliance, to live friendly and amicably, and support and assist each other against the common enemy; whereas they were to smite the seven nations and destroy them, and show them no mercy, Deuteronomy 7:1.

lest it be for a snare in the midst of thee; be the means of drawing them into the same sinful practices with themselves, especially into idolatrous ones, and so of bringing ruin and destruction on them. 34:10-17 The Israelites are commanded to destroy every monument of idolatry, however curious or costly; to refuse all alliance, friendship, or marriage with idolaters, and all idolatrous feasts; and they were reminded not with idolaters, and all idolatrous feats; and they were reminded not to repeat the crime of making molten images. Jealously is called the rage of a man, Pr 6:34; but in God it is holy and just displeasure. Those cannot worship God aright, who do not worship him only.
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