Exodus 34:13
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New International Version
Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones and cut down their Asherah poles.

New Living Translation
Instead, you must break down their pagan altars, smash their sacred pillars, and cut down their Asherah poles.

English Standard Version
You shall tear down their altars and break their pillars and cut down their Asherim

Berean Study Bible
Rather, you must tear down their altars, smash their sacred stones, and chop down their Asherah poles.

New American Standard Bible
"But rather, you are to tear down their altars and smash their sacred pillars and cut down their Asherim

King James Bible
But ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves:

Christian Standard Bible
Instead, you must tear down their altars, smash their sacred pillars, and chop down their Asherah poles.

Contemporary English Version
Instead, you must destroy their altars and tear down the sacred poles they use in the worship of the goddess Asherah.

Good News Translation
Instead, tear down their altars, destroy their sacred pillars, and cut down their symbols of the goddess Asherah.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Instead, you must tear down their altars, smash their sacred pillars, and chop down their Asherah poles.

International Standard Version
Rather, you are to tear down their altars, you are to smash their sacred pillars, and you are to cut down their sacred poles —

NET Bible
Rather you must destroy their altars, smash their images, and cut down their Asherah poles.

New Heart English Bible
but you shall break down their altars, and dash in pieces their pillars, and you shall cut down their Asherim;

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But tear down their altars, crush their sacred stones, and cut down their poles dedicated to the goddess Asherah.

JPS Tanakh 1917
But ye shall break down their altars, and dash in pieces their pillars, and ye shall cut down their Asherim.

New American Standard 1977
“But rather, you are to tear down their altars and smash their sacred pillars and cut down their Asherim

Jubilee Bible 2000
but ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves;

King James 2000 Bible
But you shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their idol poles:

American King James Version
But you shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves:

American Standard Version
but ye shall break down their altars, and dash in pieces their pillars, and ye shall cut down their Asherim;

Douay-Rheims Bible
But destroy their altars, break their statues, and cut down their groves:

Darby Bible Translation
but ye shall demolish their altars, shatter their statues, and hew down their Asherahs.

English Revised Version
but ye shall break down their altars, and dash in pieces their pillars, and ye shall cut down their Asherim:

Webster's Bible Translation
But ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves.

World English Bible
but you shall break down their altars, and dash in pieces their pillars, and you shall cut down their Asherim;

Young's Literal Translation
for their altars ye break down, and their standing pillars ye shiver, and its shrines ye cut down;
Study Bible
The LORD Renews the Covenant
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. 14For you must not worship any other god, for the LORD, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God.…
Cross References
Exodus 23:24
You must not bow down to their gods or serve them or follow their practices. Instead, you are to demolish them and smash their sacred stones to pieces.

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.

Deuteronomy 12:3
Tear down their altars, smash their sacred pillars, burn up their Asherah poles, cut down the idols of their gods, and wipe out their names from every place.

Deuteronomy 16:21
You shall not plant any kind of tree as an Asherah pole next to the altar you will build for the LORD your God,

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 Me. What is this you have done?

Judges 6:25
On that very night the LORD said to Gideon, "Take your father's young bull and a second bull seven years old, tear down your father's altar to Baal, and cut down the Asherah pole beside it.

Judges 6:26
Then build a proper altar to the LORD your God on the top of this stronghold. And with the wood of the Asherah pole you cut down, take the second bull and offer it as a burnt offering."

1 Kings 14:15
For the LORD will strike Israel as a reed is shaken in the water. He will uproot Israel from this good land that He gave their fathers and scatter them beyond the Euphrates, because they have made their Asherah poles, provoking the LORD to anger.

2 Kings 18:4
He removed the high places, shattered the sacred pillars, and cut down the Asherah poles. He also demolished the bronze serpent called Nehushtan that Moses had made, for up to that time the Israelites had burned incense to it.

2 Chronicles 14:3
He removed the foreign altars and high places, shattered their sacred pillars, and chopped down the Asherah poles.

2 Chronicles 15:16
King Asa also removed his grandmother Maacah as the queen mother, because she had made a detestable Asherah pole. Asa chopped down the pole, crushed it, and burned it in the Kidron Valley.

2 Chronicles 17:6
And his heart took delight in the ways of the LORD; furthermore, he removed the high places and Asherah poles from Judah.

2 Chronicles 24:18
They abandoned the house of the LORD, the God of their fathers, and served the Asherah poles and idols. So wrath came upon Judah and Jerusalem for this guilt of theirs.

2 Chronicles 31:1
When all this had ended, the Israelites in attendance went out to the cities of Judah and broke up the sacred pillars, chopped down the Asherah poles, and tore down the high places and altars throughout Judah and Benjamin, as well as in Ephraim and Manasseh, until they had utterly destroyed them all. Then all the Israelites returned to their cities, each to his own property.

2 Chronicles 33:19
His prayer and how God received his plea, as well as all his sin and unfaithfulness, and the sites where he built high places and set up Asherah poles and idols before he humbled himself, they are indeed written in the Records of the Seers.

2 Chronicles 34:3
In the eighth year of his reign, while he was still young, Josiah began to seek the God of David his forefather, and in the twelfth year he began to cleanse Judah and Jerusalem of the high places, the Asherah poles, the carved idols, and the cast images.

Isaiah 17:8
They will not look to the altars they have made with their hands or to the Asherahs and incense altars they have made with their fingers.

Isaiah 27:9
Therefore Jacob's guilt will be atoned for, and the fruit of the removal of his sin will be this: When he makes all the altar stones like crushed bits of chalk, no Asherah poles or incense altars will remain standing.

Jeremiah 17:2
Even their children remember their altars and Asherah poles, by the green trees, on the high hills.

Micah 5:14
I will root out the Asherah poles from your midst and demolish your cities.

Treasury of Scripture

But you shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves:

ye shall

Exodus 23:24 You shall not bow down to their gods, nor serve them, nor do after …

Deuteronomy 7:5,25,26 But thus shall you deal with them; you shall destroy their altars, …

Deuteronomy 12:2,3 You shall utterly destroy all the places, wherein the nations which …

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

Judges 6:25 And it came to pass the same night, that the LORD said to him, Take …

2 Kings 18:4 He removed the high places, and broke the images, and cut down the …

2 Kings 23:14 And he broke in pieces the images, and cut down the groves, and filled …

2 Chronicles 31:1 Now when all this was finished, all Israel that were present went …

2 Chronicles 34:3,4 For in the eighth year of his reign, while he was yet young, he began …

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(13) Ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves.--In the "Book of the Covenant" the command had been simply to "quite break down their images" (Exodus 23:24). Now, after the Israelites had displayed their idolatrous leanings, it is added that they are likewise to destroy the "altars" and the "groves." Altars were common among all the idolatrous nations, sometimes attached to temples (1Kings 16:32; 2Kings 21:4-5), sometimes separate from them (Numbers 23:1; Numbers 23:29; 2Kings 16:10-11), and were used for much the same purposes as the Hebrew altars: i.e., for sacrifices, bloody and unbloody, and for burning incense. "Groves"--here mentioned for the first time--were peculiar to a limited number of nations, as the Assyrians, Babylonians, Ph?nicians, Syrians, and a few others. They appear to have been artificial constructions, either of wood or stone, or both, imitative of vegetable forms, and probably emblematic of the productive powers of nature. The worship connected with the "groves" was of a peculiarly gross and licentious character. The very name, asherah, was a modification of Ashtoreth, or Astarte. It is remarkable that nothing is said of destroying Canaannite temples--an indication that as yet they did not exist, and a mark of the high antiquity of the book.

Verse 13. - Ye shall destroy their altars, etc. This command is more sweeping than the corresponding one in the "Book of the Covenant" (Exodus 23:24), which expressly mentions only the "images." Here the destruction of idol-altars and idol-groves is further commanded. On idol-altars, see Numbers 23:1, 29; Judges 2:2; 1 Kings 16:32; 1 Kings 18:26, etc. Groves are here for the first time mentioned. They appear to have been artificial constructions, either of wood or metal, or both, more or less imitative of trees, and regarded as emblems of the Oriental nature-deities, especially Baal and Astarte or Ashtoreth. The word translated "grove" (asherah) is a modification of the name Ashtoreth. The well-known "sacred tree" of the Assyrians is probably an asherah. But ye shall destroy their altars,.... On which they had sacrificed to their idols; since, if they were allowed to continue, they might be temptations to offer sacrifice thereon, contrary to the command of God:

break their images: of gold or silver, wood or stone, which they made for themselves, and worshipped as deities; seeing if these continued, the sight of them might lead to the worship of them, and so bring under the divine displeasure, as a breach of the command of God given them:

and cut down their groves; which were clusters of trees, where they had their temples and their idols, and did service to them, and where, besides idolatry, many impurities were committed. Such places were originally used by good men for devotion, being shady and solitary, but when abused to superstitious and idolatrous uses, were forbidden. It is said (n), the word for "grove" is general, and includes every tree they serve, or plant, for an idol.

(n) R. Sol. Urbin. Ohel Moed, fol. 72. 1.34:10-17 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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