Exodus 34:12
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.

Berean Study Bible
Be careful not to make a treaty with the inhabitants of the land you are entering, lest they 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:

New King James Version
Take heed to yourself, lest you make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land where you are going, lest it be a snare in your midst.

New American Standard Bible
Be careful that you do not make a covenant with the inhabitants of the land into which you are going, or it will become a snare in your midst.

NASB 1995
“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.

NASB 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.

Amplified Bible
Watch yourself so that you do not make a covenant (solemn agreement, treaty) with the inhabitants of the land into which you are going, or it will become a [dangerous] trap among you.

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.

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.

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:

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Keep the thing that I command you today; behold I destroy from before you the Canaanites and Amorites and Khithites and Perizzites and Khivites and Yebusites.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
take heed to thyself, lest at any time thou make a covenant with the dwellers on the land, into which thou art entering, lest it be to thee a stumbling-block among you.

Contemporary English Version
Don't make treaties with any of those people. If you do, it will be like falling into a trap.

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

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:

Good News Translation
Do not make any treaties with the people of the country into which you are going, because this could be a fatal trap for 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.

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.

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.

Literal Standard Version
take heed to yourself lest you make a covenant with the inhabitant of the land into which you are going, lest it become a snare in your midst;

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:

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;

Additional Translations ...
Context
The LORD Renews the Covenant
11Observe what I command you this day. I will drive out before you the Amorites, Canaanites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites. 12Be careful not to make a treaty with the inhabitants of the land you are entering, lest they become a snare in your midst. 13Rather, you must tear down their altars, smash their sacred stones, and chop down their Asherah poles.…

Cross References
Exodus 23:32
You shall make no covenant with them or with their gods.

Exodus 23:33
They must not remain in your land, lest they cause you to sin against Me. For if you serve their gods, it will surely be a snare to you."

Deuteronomy 20:18
so that they cannot teach you to do all the detestable things they do for their gods, and so cause you to sin against the LORD your God.

Joshua 23:13
know for sure that the LORD your God will no longer drive out these nations before you. Instead, they will become for you a snare and a trap, a scourge in your sides and thorns in your eyes, until you perish from this good land that the LORD your God has given you.

Judges 2:2
and you are not to make a covenant with the people of this land, but you shall tear down their altars.' Yet you have not obeyed My voice. What is this you have done?

1 Kings 11:2
These women were from the nations about which the LORD had told the Israelites, "You must not intermarry with them, for surely they will turn your hearts after their gods." Yet Solomon clung to these women in love.

2 Kings 17:10
They set up for themselves sacred pillars and Asherah poles on every high hill and under every green tree.


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
Thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor with their gods…

Deuteronomy 7:2
And when the LORD thy God shall deliver them before thee; thou shalt smite them, and utterly destroy them; thou shalt make no covenant with them, nor shew mercy unto them:

Judges 2:2
And ye shall make no league with the inhabitants of this land; ye shall throw down their altars: but ye have not obeyed my voice: why have ye done this?

lest

Deuteronomy 7:16
And thou shalt consume all the people which the LORD thy God shall deliver thee; thine eye shall have no pity upon them: neither shalt thou serve their gods; for that will be a snare unto thee.

Joshua 23:12,13
Else if ye do in any wise go back, and cleave unto the remnant of these nations, even these that remain among you, and shall make marriages with them, and go in unto them, and they to you: …

Judges 2:3
Wherefore I also said, I will not drive them out from before you; but they shall be as thorns in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare unto you.









(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.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Be careful
הִשָּׁ֣מֶר (hiš·šā·mer)
Verb - Nifal - Imperative - masculine singular
Strong's 8104: To hedge about, guard, to protect, attend to

not
פֶּן־ (pen-)
Conjunction
Strong's 6435: Removal, lest

to make
תִּכְרֹ֤ת (tiḵ·rōṯ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - second person masculine singular
Strong's 3772: To cut, to destroy, consume, to covenant

a treaty
בְּרִית֙ (bə·rîṯ)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 1285: A covenant

with the inhabitants
לְיוֹשֵׁ֣ב (lə·yō·wō·šêḇ)
Preposition-l | Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular construct
Strong's 3427: To sit down, to dwell, to remain, to settle, to marry

of the land
הָאָ֔רֶץ (hā·’ā·reṣ)
Article | Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 776: Earth, land

you
אַתָּ֖ה (’at·tāh)
Pronoun - second person masculine singular
Strong's 859: Thou and thee, ye and you

are entering,
בָּ֣א (bā)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 935: To come in, come, go in, go

lest
פֶּן־ (pen-)
Conjunction
Strong's 6435: Removal, lest

they become
יִהְיֶ֥ה (yih·yeh)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1961: To fall out, come to pass, become, be

a snare
לְמוֹקֵ֖שׁ (lə·mō·w·qêš)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4170: A bait or lure, a snare

in your midst.
בְּקִרְבֶּֽךָ׃ (bə·qir·be·ḵā)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's 7130: The nearest part, the center


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