1 “When the LordI your GodII bringsIII you into the landIV that you are about to enterV
and occupyVI and he clears awayVII manyVIII nationsIX
beforeX you—the Hittites,XI the Girgashites,XII the Amorites,XIII
the Canaanites,XIV the Perizzites,XV the Hivites,XVI
and the Jebusites,XVII sevenXVIII nations more numerousXIX and mightierXX than you—
2 and when the Lord your God givesXXI them overXXII to you and you defeatXXIII them, then you must utterly destroyXXIV them.
MakeXXV no covenantXXVI with them and show them no mercy.XXVII
3 Do not intermarryXXVIII with them, giving your daughtersXXIX to their sonsXXX or takingXXXI their daughters for your sons,
4 for that would turn awayXXXII your childrenXXXIII from followingXXXIV me, to serveXXXV otherXXXVI gods.XXXVII
Then the angerXXXVIII of the Lord would be kindledXXXIX against you, and he would destroyXL you quickly.XLI
5 But this is how you must dealXLII with them: break downXLIII their altars,XLIV smashXLV their pillars,XLVI
cut downXLVII their sacred poles,XLVIII and burnXLIX their idolsL with fire.LI
6 For you are a peopleLII holyLIII to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosenLIV you out of allLV the peoples
onLVI earthLVII to beLVIII his people, his treasured possession.LIX
7 “It was not because you were more numerousLX than any otherLXI people that the Lord set his heartLXII on you and chose you, for you were the fewestLXIII of all peoples.
8 It was because the Lord lovedLXIV you and keptLXV the oathLXVI that he sworeLXVII to your ancestorsLXVIII that the Lord has brought you outLXIX
with a mightyLXX handLXXI and redeemedLXXII you
from the houseLXXIII of slavery,LXXIV from the hand of PharaohLXXV kingLXXVI of Egypt.LXXVII
9 Know,LXXVIII therefore, that the Lord your God is God, the faithfulLXXIX GodLXXX
who maintainsLXXXI covenant loyaltyLXXXII with those who loveLXXXIII him
and keep his commandments,LXXXIV to a thousandLXXXV generations,LXXXVI
10 and who repaysLXXXVII, LXXXVIII in their own personLXXXIX
those who rejectXC him. He does not delayXCI but repays in their own person those who reject him. 11 Therefore, observe diligentlyXCII the commandment—the statutesXCIII
and the ordinancesXCIV—that I am commandingXCV youXCVI today.XCVII
12 “XCVIIIIfXCIX you heedC these ordinances by diligently observingCI them, the Lord your GodCII will maintain with you the covenant loyalty that he swore to your ancestors;
13 he will loveCIII you, blessCIV you, and multiplyCV you; he will bless the fruitCVI of your wombCVII and the fruit of your ground,CVIII
your grainCIX and your wineCX and your oil,CXI the increaseCXII of your cattleCXIII
and the issueCXIV of your flock,CXV in the landCXVI that he swore to your ancestors to give you. 14 You shall be the mostCXVII blessed of peoples, with neitherCXVIII sterilityCXIX
nor barrennessCXX among you or your livestock.CXXI 15 The Lord will turn away from you everyCXXII illness;CXXIII
all the dreadCXXIV diseasesCXXV of Egypt that you experienced,CXXVI
he will not inflictCXXVII on you, but he will layCXXVIII them on all who hateCXXIX you. 16 You shall devourCXXX all the peoples that the Lord your GodCXXXI is giving over to you,
showing them no pity;CXXXII you shall not serve their gods, for that would be a snareCXXXIII to you.
17 “If you sayCXXXIV to yourself,CXXXV
‘These nations are more numerous than I; how canCXXXVI I dispossessCXXXVII them?’ 18 do not be afraidCXXXVIII of them. Just rememberCXXXIX what the Lord your GodCXL didCXLI to Pharaoh and to all Egypt,
19 the greatCXLII trialsCXLIII that your eyesCXLIV saw,CXLV
the signsCXLVI and wonders,CXLVII the mightyCXLVIII hand
and the outstretchedCXLIX armCL by which the Lord your GodCLI brought you out.CLII
The Lord your GodCLIII will do the sameCLIV to all the peoples of whomCLV you are afraid.CLVI
20 Moreover,CLVII the Lord your GodCLVIII will sendCLIX swarms of hornetsCLX against them
until even the survivorsCLXI and the fugitivesCLXII, CLXIII are destroyed.CLXIV 21 Have no dreadCLXV ofCLXVI them,
for the Lord your God,CLXVII who is present withCLXVIII you, is a great and awesomeCLXIX God.CLXX
22 The Lord your GodCLXXI will clear away these nations beforeCLXXII you littleCLXXIII by little; you will not be ableCLXXIV to make a quickCLXXV endCLXXVI of them,
otherwiseCLXXVII the wildCLXXVIII animalsCLXXIX would become too numerousCLXXX for you.
23 But the Lord your GodCLXXXI will give them overCLXXXII to you and throwCLXXXIII them into great panicCLXXXIV until they are destroyed.CLXXXV
24 He will handCLXXXVI their kings overCLXXXVII to you, and you shall blot outCLXXXVIII their nameCLXXIX from underCXC
heaven;CXCI no oneCXCII will be able to standCXCIII againstCXCIV you until you have destroyedCXCV them.
25 The imagesCXCVI of their gods you shall burn with fire. Do not covetCXCVII the silverCXCVIII or the goldCXCIX that is on them and take it for yourself,
becauseCC you could be ensnaredCCI by it, for it is abhorrentCCII to the Lord your God.CCIII
26 Do not bringCCIV an abhorrent thing into your house, or you will be set apart for destructionCCV like it. You must utterly detestCCVI and abhorCCVII it, for it is set apart for destruction.
Image credit: “Joshua and the Longest Day” from the Lion Comic Book Hero Bible by Jeff Anderson, Siku, and Richard Thomas of The Edge Group – Lion Hudson, 2015.