Deuteronomy 13:13
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English Standard Version
that certain worthless fellows have gone out among you and have drawn away the inhabitants of their city, saying, ‘Let us go and serve other gods,’ which you have not known,

King James Bible
Certain men, the children of Belial, are gone out from among you, and have withdrawn the inhabitants of their city, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which ye have not known;

American Standard Version
Certain base fellows are gone out from the midst of thee, and have drawn away the inhabitants of their city, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which ye have not known;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Children of Belial are gone out of the midst of thee, and have withdrawn the inhabitants of their city, and have said: Let us go, and serve strange gods which you know not:

English Revised Version
Certain base fellows are gone out from the midst of thee, and have drawn away the inhabitants of their city, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which ye have not known;

Webster's Bible Translation
Certain men, the children of Belial, have gone out from among you, and have withdrawn the inhabitants of their city, saying, Let us go and serve other gods, which ye have not known;

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The second case was when the temptation to idolatry proceeded from the nearest blood-relations and friends. The clause, "son of thy mother," is not intended to describe the brother as a step-brother, but simply to bring out the closeness of the fraternal relation; like the description of the wife as the wife of thy bosom, who lies in thy bosom, rests upon thy breast (as in Deuteronomy 28:54; Micah 7:5), and of the friend as "thy friend which is as thine own soul," i.e., whom thou lovest as much as thy life (cf. 1 Samuel 18:1, 1 Samuel 18:3). בּסּתר belongs to יסית: if the temptation occurred in secret, and therefore the fact might be hidden from others. The power of love and relationship, which flesh and blood find it hard to resist, is placed here in contrast with the supposed higher or divine authority of the seducers. As the persuasion was already very seductive, from the fact that it proceeded from the nearest blood-relations and most intimate friends, and was offered in secret, it might become still more so from the fact that it recommended the worship of a deity that had nothing in common with the forbidden idols of Canaan, and the worship of which, therefore, might appear of less consequence, or commend itself by the charm of peculiarity and novelty. To prevent this deceptive influence of sin, it is expressly added in Deuteronomy 13:8 (7), "of the gods nigh unto thee or far off from thee, from the one end of the earth even unto the other end of the earth," i.e., whatever gods there might be upon the whole circuit of the earth.

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the children. or, naughty men

Judges 19:22 Now as they were making their hearts merry, behold, the men of the city, certain sons of Belial, beset the house round about...

Judges 20:13 Now therefore deliver us the men, the children of Belial, which are in Gibeah, that we may put them to death...

1 Samuel 2:12 Now the sons of Eli were sons of Belial; they knew not the LORD.

1 Samuel 10:27 But the children of Belial said, How shall this man save us? And they despised him, and brought no presents. But he held his peace.

1 Samuel 25:17,25 Now therefore know and consider what you will do; for evil is determined against our master, and against all his household...

2 Samuel 16:7 And thus said Shimei when he cursed, Come out, come out, you bloody man, and you man of Belial:

2 Samuel 20:1 And there happened to be there a man of Belial, whose name was Sheba, the son of Bichri, a Benjamite: and he blew a trumpet, and said...

2 Samuel 23:6 But the sons of Belial shall be all of them as thorns thrust away, because they cannot be taken with hands:

1 Kings 21:10,13 And set two men, sons of Belial, before him, to bear witness against him, saying, You did blaspheme God and the king...

2 Chronicles 13:7 And there are gathered to him vain men, the children of Belial, and have strengthened themselves against Rehoboam the son of Solomon...

John 8:44 You are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father you will do. He was a murderer from the beginning...

2 Corinthians 6:15 And what concord has Christ with Belial? or what part has he that believes with an infidel?

1 John 3:10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whoever does not righteousness is not of God...

Belial Belial is derived by some from {beli}, not, and al, over, i.e, one so proud and envious as not to bear a superior; by others, from {beli}, not, and ol, a yoke, i.e. a lawless, ungovernable person, () `lawless men,' as the LXX render. It is, however, more probably derived from {beli}, not, and {yaal}, profit, i. e., a worthless person, good for nothing to himself or others, and capable of nothing but mischief.

are gone

Deuteronomy 4:19 And lest you lift up your eyes to heaven, and when you see the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven...

2 Kings 17:21 For he rent Israel from the house of David; and they made Jeroboam the son of Nebat king...

1 John 2:19 They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us...

Jude 1:19 These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit.

Let us

Deuteronomy 13:2,6 And the sign or the wonder come to pass, whereof he spoke to you, saying, Let us go after other gods, which you have not known...

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Deuteronomy 13:2
and the sign or wonder that he tells you comes to pass, and if he says, 'Let us go after other gods,' which you have not known, 'and let us serve them,'

Deuteronomy 13:12
"If you hear in one of your cities, which the LORD your God is giving you to dwell there,

Deuteronomy 13:14
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,

Judges 19:22
As they were making their hearts merry, behold, the men of the city, worthless fellows, surrounded the house, beating on the door. And they said to the old man, the master of the house, "Bring out the man who came into your house, that we may know him."

1 Samuel 10:27
But some worthless fellows said, "How can this man save us?" And they despised him and brought him no present. But he held his peace.

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