Deuteronomy 13:14
New International Version
then you must inquire, probe and investigate it thoroughly. And if it is true and it has been proved that this detestable thing has been done among you,

New Living Translation
In such cases, you must examine the facts carefully. If you find that the report is true and such a detestable act has been committed among you,

English Standard Version
then you shall inquire and make search and ask diligently. And behold, if it be true and certain that such an abomination has been done among you,

Berean Study Bible
then you must inquire, investigate, and interrogate thoroughly. And if it is established with certainty that this abomination has been committed among you,

New American Standard Bible
then you shall investigate and search out and inquire thoroughly. If it is true and the matter established that this abomination has been done among you,

King James Bible
Then shalt thou inquire, and make search, and ask diligently; and, behold, if it be truth, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought among you;

Christian Standard Bible
you are to inquire, investigate, and interrogate thoroughly. If the report turns out to be true that this detestable act has been done among you,

Contemporary English Version
You must carefully find out if the rumor is true. Then if the people of that town have actually done such a disgusting thing in your own country,

Good News Translation
If you hear such a rumor, investigate it thoroughly; and if it is true that this evil thing did happen,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
you are to inquire, investigate, and interrogate thoroughly. If the report turns out to be true that this detestable thing has happened among you,

International Standard Version
You must thoroughly investigate and inquire if it is true that this detestable thing exists among you. If it is so,

NET Bible
You must investigate thoroughly and inquire carefully. If it is indeed true that such a disgraceful thing is being done among you,

New Heart English Bible
then you shall inquire, and make search, and ask diligently; and, look, if it be truth, and the thing certain, that such abomination is done in the midst of you,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Then make a thorough investigation. If it is true, and you can prove that this disgusting thing has been done among you,

JPS Tanakh 1917
then shalt thou inquire, and make search, and ask diligently; and, behold, if it be truth, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought in the midst of thee;

New American Standard 1977
then you shall investigate and search out and inquire thoroughly. And if it is true and the matter established that this abomination has been done among you,

Jubilee Bible 2000
then shalt thou enquire and search and ask diligently; and, behold, if it is the truth and the thing certain that such abomination is wrought among you,

King James 2000 Bible
Then shall you inquire, and make search, and ask diligently; and, behold, if it be truth, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought among you;

American King James Version
Then shall you inquire, and make search, and ask diligently; and, behold, if it be truth, and the thing certain, that such abomination is worked among you;

American Standard Version
then shalt thou inquire, and make search, and ask diligently; and, behold, if it be truth, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought in the midst of thee,

Brenton Septuagint Translation
then thou shalt enquire and ask, and search diligently, and behold, if the thing is clearly true, and this abomination has taken place among you,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Inquire carefully and diligently, the truth of the thing by looking well into it, and if thou find that which is said to be certain, and that this abomination hath been really committed,

Darby Bible Translation
then shalt thou inquire, and make search, and ask diligently; and if it be truth, [and] the thing be certain, that this abomination hath happened in the midst of thee,

English Revised Version
then shalt thou inquire, and make search, and ask diligently; and, behold, if it be truth, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought in the midst of thee;

Webster's Bible Translation
Then shalt thou inquire, and make search, and ask diligently; and behold, if it is truth, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought among you;

World English Bible
then you shall inquire, and make search, and ask diligently; and, behold, if it be truth, and the thing certain, that such abomination is done in the midst of you,

Young's Literal Translation
and thou hast enquired, and searched, and asked diligently, and lo, truth; the thing is established; this abomination hath been done in thy midst:
Study Bible
Idolatrous Cities to Be Destroyed
13that wicked men have arisen from among you and led the people of their city astray, saying, “Let us go and serve other gods” (which you have not known), 14then you must inquire, investigate, and interrogate thoroughly. And if it is established with certainty that this abomination has been committed among you, 15you must surely strike down the inhabitants of that city with the sword. Destroy with the sword all its people and livestock.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 13:13
that wicked men have arisen from among you and led the people of their city astray, saying, "Let us go and serve other gods" (which you have not known),

Deuteronomy 13:15
you must surely strike down the inhabitants of that city with the sword. Destroy with the sword all its people and livestock.

Treasury of Scripture

Then shall you inquire, and make search, and ask diligently; and, behold, if it be truth, and the thing certain, that such abomination is worked among you;

Deuteronomy 17:4
And it be told thee, and thou hast heard of it, and inquired diligently, and, behold, it be true, and the thing certain, that such abomination is wrought in Israel:

Deuteronomy 10:18
He doth execute the judgment of the fatherless and widow, and loveth the stranger, in giving him food and raiment.

Numbers 35:30
Whoso killeth any person, the murderer shall be put to death by the mouth of witnesses: but one witness shall not testify against any person to cause him to die.







Lexicon
then you must inquire,
וְדָרַשְׁתָּ֧ (wə·ḏā·raš·tā)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1875: To tread, frequent, to follow, to seek, ask, to worship

investigate,
וְחָקַרְתָּ֧‪‬ (wə·ḥā·qar·tā)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2713: To penetrate, to examine intimately

and interrogate
וְשָׁאַלְתָּ֖ (wə·šā·’al·tā)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Conjunctive perfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7592: To inquire, to request, to demand

thoroughly.
הֵיטֵ֑ב (hê·ṭêḇ)
Verb - Hifil - Infinitive absolute
Strong's Hebrew 3190: To be good, well, glad, or pleasing

And if
וְהִנֵּ֤ה (wə·hin·nêh)
Conjunctive waw | Interjection
Strong's Hebrew 2009: Lo! behold!

it is established with certainty
אֱמֶת֙ (’ĕ·meṯ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 571: Stability, certainty, truth, trustworthiness

that this
הַזֹּ֖את (haz·zōṯ)
Article | Pronoun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2063: Hereby in it, likewise, the one other, same, she, so much, such deed, that,

abomination
הַתּוֹעֵבָ֥ה (hat·tō·w·‘ê·ḇāh)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8441: Something disgusting, an abhorrence, idolatry, an idol

has been committed
נֶעֶשְׂתָ֛ה (ne·‘eś·ṯāh)
Verb - Nifal - Perfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6213: To do, make

among you,
בְּקִרְבֶּֽךָ׃ (bə·qir·be·ḵā)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7130: The nearest part, the center
Verses 14, 15. - After due inquiry, if it was found that such a thing had really been done in any of their cities, the extreme penalty was to be inflicted on the city and all its inhabitants - all were to be destroyed. Smite... with the edge of the sword; literally, with the mouth of the sword, as biting and devouring like a ravenous beast - a phrase for utter destruction. 13:12-18 Here is the case of a city revolting from the God of Israel, and serving other gods. The crime is supposed to be committed by one of the cities of Israel. Even when they were ordered to preserve their religion by force, yet they were not allowed to bring others to it by fire and sword. Spiritual judgments under the Christian dispensation are more terrible than the execution of criminals; we have not less cause than the Israelites had, to fear the Divine wrath. Let us then fear the spiritual idolatry of covetousness, and the love of worldly pleasure; and be careful not to countenance them in our families, by our example or by the education of our children. May the Lord write his law and truth in our hearts, there set up his throne, and shed abroad his love!
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