Deuteronomy 16:21
New International Version
Do not set up any wooden Asherah pole beside the altar you build to the LORD your God,

New Living Translation
"You must never set up a wooden Asherah pole beside the altar you build for the LORD your God.

English Standard Version
“You shall not plant any tree as an Asherah beside the altar of the LORD your God that you shall make.

Berean Study Bible
You shall not plant any kind of tree as an Asherah pole next to the altar you will build for the LORD your God,

New American Standard Bible
"You shall not plant for yourself an Asherah of any kind of tree beside the altar of the LORD your God, which you shall make for yourself.

King James Bible
Thou shalt not plant thee a grove of any trees near unto the altar of the LORD thy God, which thou shalt make thee.

Christian Standard Bible
"Do not set up an Asherah of any kind of wood next to the altar you will build for the LORD your God,

Contemporary English Version
When you build the altar for offering sacrifices to the LORD your God, don't set up a sacred pole for the worship of the goddess Asherah.

Good News Translation
"When you make an altar for the LORD your God, do not put beside it a wooden symbol of the goddess Asherah.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Do not set up an Asherah of any kind of wood next to the altar you will build for the LORD your God,

International Standard Version
"You are not to set up a sacred pole beside the altar of the LORD your God that you will build.

NET Bible
You must not plant any kind of tree as a sacred Asherah pole near the altar of the LORD your God which you build for yourself.

New Heart English Bible
You shall not plant for yourselves an Asherah of any kind of tree beside the altar of the LORD your God, which you shall make for yourselves.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When you build the altar for the LORD your God, never plant beside it any tree dedicated to the goddess Asherah.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Thou shalt not plant thee an Asherah of any kind of tree beside the altar of the LORD thy God, which thou shalt make thee.

New American Standard 1977
“You shall not plant for yourself an Asherah of any kind of tree beside the altar of the LORD your God, which you shall make for yourself.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thou shalt not plant thee a grove of any trees near unto the altar of the LORD thy God, which thou shalt make thee.

King James 2000 Bible
You shall not make a post idol of any trees near unto the altar of the LORD your God, which you shall make you.

American King James Version
You shall not plant you a grove of any trees near to the altar of the LORD your God, which you shall make you.

American Standard Version
Thou shalt not plant thee an Asherah of any kind of tree beside the altar of Jehovah thy God, which thou shalt make thee.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Thou shalt not plant for thyself a grove; thou shalt not plant for thyself any tree near the altar of thy God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thou shalt plant no grove, nor any tree near the altar of the Lord thy God:

Darby Bible Translation
Thou shalt not plant thyself an Asherah of any wood near unto the altar of Jehovah thy God, which thou shalt make thee.

English Revised Version
Thou shalt not plant thee an Asherah of any kind of tree beside the altar of the LORD thy God, which thou shalt make thee.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thou shalt not plant thee a grove of any trees near to the altar of the LORD thy God, which thou shalt make for thee.

World English Bible
You shall not plant for yourselves an Asherah of any kind of tree beside the altar of Yahweh your God, which you shall make for yourselves.

Young's Literal Translation
'Thou dost not plant for thee a shrine of any trees near the altar of Jehovah thy God, which thou makest for thyself,
Study Bible
Forbidden Forms of Worship
21You shall not plant any kind of tree as an Asherah pole next to the altar you will build for the LORD your God, 22and do not set up for yourselves a sacred pillar, which the LORD your God hates.…
Cross References
Exodus 34:13
Rather, you must tear down their altars, smash their sacred stones, and chop down their Asherah poles.

Leviticus 26:1
You must not make idols for yourselves or set up a carved image or sacred pillar, or place a sculpted stone in your land to bow down to it, for I am the LORD your God.

Deuteronomy 7:5
Instead, this is what you are to do to them: tear down their altars, smash their sacred pillars, cut down their Asherah poles, and burn their idols in the fire.

2 Kings 17:16
They abandoned all the commandments of the LORD their God and made for themselves two cast idols of calves and an Asherah pole. They bowed down to all the host of heaven and served Baal.

2 Kings 21:3
For he rebuilt the high places that his father Hezekiah had destroyed, and he raised up altars for Baal. He made an Asherah pole, as King Ahab of Israel had done, and he worshiped and served all the host of heaven.

2 Kings 21:7
Manasseh even took the carved Asherah pole he had made and set it up in the temple, of which the LORD had said to David and his son Solomon, "In this temple and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen out of all the tribes of Israel, I will establish My Name forever.

2 Chronicles 33:3
For he rebuilt the high places that his father Hezekiah had torn down, and he raised up altars for the Baals and made Asherah poles. And he worshiped and served all the host of heaven.

Treasury of Scripture

You shall not plant you a grove of any trees near to the altar of the LORD your God, which you shall make you.

Exodus 34:13
But ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves:

Judges 3:7
And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the LORD, and forgat the LORD their God, and served Baalim and the groves.

1 Kings 14:15
For the LORD shall smite Israel, as a reed is shaken in the water, and he shall root up Israel out of this good land, which he gave to their fathers, and shall scatter them beyond the river, because they have made their groves, provoking the LORD to anger.







Lexicon
You shall not
לֹֽא־ (lō-)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

plant
תִטַּ֥ע (ṯiṭ·ṭa‘)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5193: To strike in, fix, to plant

any
כָּל־ (kāl-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 3605: The whole, all, any, every

kind of tree
עֵ֑ץ (‘êṣ)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6086: Tree, trees, wood

as an Asherah pole
אֲשֵׁרָ֖ה (’ă·šê·rāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 842: A Phoenician goddess, also an image of the same

next to
אֵ֗צֶל (’ê·ṣel)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 681: A joining together, proximity

the altar
מִזְבַּ֛ח (miz·baḥ)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 4196: An altar

you will build
תַּעֲשֶׂה־ (ta·‘ă·śeh-)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6213: To do, make

for the LORD
יְהוָ֥ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

your God,
אֱלֹהֶ֖יךָ (’ĕ·lō·he·ḵā)
Noun - masculine plural construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative
(21) Thou shalt not plant thee a grove.--Heb., asherah, sometimes used of images, but here evidently of the grove itself. The worship of Jehovah allowed of no secret rites; and nothing that could lead to the abominations of heathen idolatry could be permitted near Jehovah's altar.

Verses 21, 22. - In all states, the highest crime of which the judge has to take note is that of treason against the supreme Rower; and, under the theocracy, the act most distinctly treasonable was idolatry. In proceeding, therefore, to give some practical admonitions as to the things to be observed in the administration of justice, Moses begins by denouncing and forbidding this most flagrant form of iniquity. Verse 21. - Thou shalt not plant thee a grove of any trees; thou shalt not plant, i.e. place or set up, an asherah of any wood. The asherah was an idol of wood in the form of a pillar, usually placed by the side of the altars of Baal. It was the symbol of Astarte, the great Canaanitish goddess, the companion and revealer of Baal. The two are usually associated in the Old Testament (cf. Judges 2:13; Judges 6:28; 1 Kings 18:19; 2 Kings 23:4). The rendering "grove" has been taken from the LXX. and the Vulgate; but that it is an error is evident from 1 Kings 14:23; 2 Kings 17:10; and Jeremiah 17:2; where the asherah is said to be under a green tree; and from the use of such words as make, set up, cause to stand, build, to denote the action of producing an asherah (cf. 1 Kings 14:15; 1 Kings 16:33; 2 Kings 17:16; 2 Kings 17:10; 2 Chronicles 33:19; 1 Kings 14:23), none of which are appropriate to the planting of a grove. Here, indeed, the word "plant" is used, but this is only because, as the asherah was sunk in the earth that it might stand firm, it might be figuratively said to be planted, just as nails driven in are said to be planted (Ecclesiastes 12:11, where the same verb is used; comp. also Isaiah 51:16; Amos 9:15; Daniel 11:25). 16:18-22 Care is taken for the due administration of justice. All personal regards must be laid aside, so that right is done to all, and wrong to none. Care is taken to prevent following the idolatrous customs of the heathen. Nothing belies God more, or tends more to corrupt the minds of men, than representing and worshipping, by an image, that God, who is an almighty and eternal Spirit, present every where. Alas! even in gospel days, and under a better dispensation, established upon better promises, there is a tendency to set up idols, under one form or another, in the human heart.
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