Break down their altars, smash1 their sacred stones and burn2 their Asherah3 poles in the fire; cut down the idols of their gods and wipe out their names4 from those places.
You must not worship the LORD your God in their way.55
But you are to seek the place the LORD your God will choose from among all your tribes to put his Name6 there for his dwelling.7 To that place you must go;
there bring your burnt offerings and sacrifices, your tithes8 and special gifts, what you have vowed9 to give and your freewill offerings, and the firstborn of your herds and flocks.107
There, in the presence11 of the LORD your God, you and your families shall eat and shall rejoice12 in everything you have put your hand to, because the LORD your God has blessed you.
You are not to do as we do here today, everyone as he sees fit,139
since you have not yet reached the resting place14 and the inheritance15 the LORD your God is giving you.
But you will cross the Jordan and settle in the land the LORD your God is giving16 you as an inheritance, and he will give you rest17 from all your enemies around you so that you will live in safety.
Then to the place the LORD your God will choose as a dwelling for his Name18--there you are to bring everything I command you: your burnt offerings and sacrifices, your tithes and special gifts, and all the choice possessions you have vowed to the LORD.1912
And there rejoice20 before the LORD your God, you, your sons and daughters, your menservants and maidservants, and the Levites21 from your towns, who have no allotment or inheritance22 of their own.
Be careful not to sacrifice your burnt offerings anywhere you please.23