Exodus 34:13

“But ye shall destroy their altars, break their images, and cut down their groves:”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations for Exodus 34:13

But ye shall destroy their altars, breake their images, and cut downe their groues.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"But {rather,} you are to tear down their altars and smash their {sacred} pillars and cut down their Asherim
- New American Standard Version (1995)

but ye shall break down their altars, and dash in pieces their pillars, and ye shall cut down their Asherim;
- American Standard Version (1901)

But their altars are to be overturned and their pillars broken and their images cut down:
- Basic English Bible

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

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

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

for their altars ye break down, and their standing pillars ye shiver, and its shrines ye cut down;
- Youngs Literal Bible

But ye shall break down their altars, and dash in pieces their pillars, and ye shall cut down their Asherim.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible Commentary for Exodus 34:13

Wesley's Notes for Exodus 34:13


34:11 Observe that which I command thee - We cannot expect the benefit of the promises, unless we make conscience of the precepts. The two great precepts are, Thou shalt worship no other gods - A good reason is annexed; for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God - As tender in the matters of his worship as the husband is of the honour of the marriage - bed. Thou shalt make thee no molten gods - Thou shalt not worship the true God by images. This was the sin they had lately fallen into, which therefore they are particularly cautioned against. That they might not be tempted to worship other gods, they must not join in affinity or friendship with those that did.

34:12 Take heed to thyself - It is a sin thou art prone to, and that will easily beset thee; carefully abstain from all advances towards it, make no covenant with the inhabitants of the land - If God in kindness to them drove out the Canaanites, they ought in duty to God not to harbour them: If they espoused their children they would be in danger of espousing their gods. That they might not be tempted to make molten gods, they must utterly destroy those they found, and all that belonged to them, the altars and groves, lest, if they were left standing, they should be brought in process of time either to use them, or to take pattern by them.


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