for they will turn your sons away from following me to serve other gods,1 and the LORD's anger will burn against you and will quickly destroy2 you.
This is what you are to do to them: Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones, cut down their Asherah polesa3 and burn their idols in the fire.46
For you are a people holy5 to the LORD your God.6 The LORD your God has chosen7 you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession.87
The LORD did not set his affection on you and choose you because you were more numerous9 than other peoples, for you were the fewest10 of all peoples.118
But it was because the LORD loved12 you and kept the oath he swore13 to your forefathers that he brought you out with a mighty hand14 and redeemed15 you from the land of slavery,16 from the power of Pharaoh king of Egypt.
Know therefore that the LORD your God is God;17 he is the faithful God,18 keeping his covenant of love19 to a thousand generations20 of those who love him and keep his commands.2110
But those who hate him he will repay to their face by destruction; he will not be slow to repay to their face those who hate him.2211
Therefore, take care to follow the commands, decrees and laws I give you today.
If you pay attention to these laws and are careful to follow them, then the LORD your God will keep his covenant of love with you, as he swore to your forefathers.2313
He will love you and bless you24 and increase your numbers.25 He will bless the fruit of your womb,26 the crops of your land--your grain, new wine27 and oil28--the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks in the land that he swore to your forefathers to give you.2914
You will be blessed more than any other people; none of your men or women will be childless, nor any of your livestock without young.30