A Chosen People
1“When the Lord your God brings you into the land which you go to #Deut. 6:10possess, and has cast out many #Gen. 15:19–21nations before you, #Ex. 33:2the Hittites and the Girgashites and the Amorites and the Canaanites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and mightier than you, 2and when the Lord your God delivers #Num. 31:17; Deut. 20:16–18them over to you, you shall conquer them and utterly destroy them. #Ex. 23:32, 33; Josh. 2:14You shall make no covenant with them nor show mercy to them. 3#Ex. 34:15, 16; Josh. 23:12; 1 Kin. 11:2; Ezra 9:2Nor shall you make marriages with them. You shall not give your daughter to their son, nor take their daughter for your son. 4For they will turn your sons away from following Me, to serve other gods; #Deut. 6:15so the anger of the Lord will be aroused against you and destroy you suddenly. 5But thus you shall deal with them: you shall #Ex. 23:24; 34:13; Deut. 12:3destroy their altars, and break down their sacred pillars, and cut down their wooden images, and burn their carved images with fire.
6“For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; #Ex. 19:5, 6; Amos 3:2; 1 Pet. 2:9the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth. 7The Lord did not set His #Deut. 4:37love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were #Deut. 10:22the least of all peoples; 8but #Deut. 10:15because the Lord loves you, and because He would keep #Luke 1:55, 72, 73the oath which He swore to your fathers, #Ex. 13:3, 14the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.
9“Therefore know that the Lord your God, He is God, #1 Cor. 1:9; 2 Thess. 3:3; 2 Tim. 2:13the faithful God #Ex. 20:6; Deut. 5:10; Neh. 1:5; Dan. 9:4who keeps covenant and mercy for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commandments; 10and He repays those who hate Him to their face, to destroy them. He will not be #(2 Pet. 3:9, 10)slack with him who hates Him; He will repay him to his face. 11Therefore you shall keep the commandment, the statutes, and the judgments which I command you today, to observe them.
Blessings of Obedience
12“Then it shall come to pass, because you listen to these judgments, and keep and do them, that the Lord your God will keep with you the covenant and the mercy which He swore to your fathers. 13And He will #Ps. 146:8; Prov. 15:9; John 14:21love you and bless you and multiply you; #Deut. 28:4He will also bless the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your land, your grain and your new wine and your oil, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flock, in the land of which He swore to your fathers to give you. 14You shall be blessed above all peoples; there shall not be a male or female #Ex. 23:26barren among you or among your livestock. 15And the Lord will take away from you all sickness, and will afflict you with none of the #Ex. 9:14; 15:26; Deut. 28:27, 60terrible diseases of Egypt which you have known, but will lay them on all those who hate you. 16Also you shall destroy all the peoples whom the Lord your God delivers over to you; your eye shall have no pity on them; nor shall you serve their gods, for that #Ex. 23:33; Judg. 8:27; Ps. 106:36will be a snare to you.
17“If you should say in your heart, ‘These nations are greater than I; how can I dispossess them?’— 18you shall not be afraid of them, but you shall #Ps. 105:5remember well what the Lord your God did to Pharaoh and to all Egypt: 19#Deut. 4:34; 29:3the great trials which your eyes saw, the signs and the wonders, the mighty hand and the outstretched arm, by which the Lord your God brought you out. So shall the Lord your God do to all the peoples of whom you are afraid. 20#Ex. 23:28; Josh. 24:12Moreover the Lord your God will send the hornet among them until those who are left, who hide themselves from you, are destroyed. 21You shall not be terrified of them; for the Lord your God, the great and awesome God, is among you. 22And the Lord your God will drive out those nations before you #Ex. 23:29, 30little by little; you will be unable to destroy them at once, lest the beasts of the field become too numerous for you. 23But the Lord your God will deliver them over to you, and will inflict defeat upon them until they are destroyed. 24And #Josh. 10:24, 42; 12:1–24He will deliver their kings into your hand, and you will destroy their name from under heaven; #Josh. 23:9no one shall be able to stand against you until you have destroyed them. 25You shall burn the carved images of their gods with fire; you shall not #Prov. 23:6covet the silver or gold that is on them, nor take it for yourselves, lest you be snared by it; for it is an abomination to the Lord your God. 26Nor shall you bring an abomination into your house, lest you be doomed to destruction like it. You shall utterly detest it and utterly abhor it, #Deut. 13:17for it is an accursed thing.