If your very own brother, or your son or daughter, or the wife you love, or your closest friend secretly entices1 you, saying, "Let us go and worship other gods"2 (gods that neither you nor your fathers have known,
gods of the peoples around you, whether near or far, from one end of the land to the other),
do not yield3 to him or listen to him. Show him no pity.4 Do not spare him or shield him.
You must certainly put him to death.5 Your hand6 must be the first in putting him to death, and then the hands of all the people.
Stone him to death, because he tried to turn you away7 from the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.
Then all Israel will hear and be afraid,8 and no one among you will do such an evil thing again.
If you hear it said about one of the towns the LORD your God is giving you to live in
that wicked men9 have arisen among you and have led the people of their town astray, saying, "Let us go and worship other gods" (gods you have not known),
then you must inquire, probe and investigate it thoroughly.10 And if it is true and it has been proved that this detestable thing has been done among you,1115
you must certainly put to the sword all who live in that town. Destroy it completely,a12 both its people and its livestock.1316
Gather all the plunder of the town into the middle of the public square and completely burn the town14 and all its plunder as a whole burnt offering to the LORD your God.15 It is to remain a ruin16 forever, never to be rebuilt.