Do not bow down before their gods or worship1 them or follow their practices.2 You must demolish3 them and break their sacred stones4 to pieces.
Worship the LORD your God,5 and his blessing6 will be on your food and water. I will take away sickness7 from among you,
and none will miscarry or be barren8 in your land. I will give you a full life span.927
"I will send my terror10 ahead of you and throw into confusion11 every nation you encounter. I will make all your enemies turn their backs and run.1228
I will send the hornet13 ahead of you to drive the Hivites, Canaanites and Hittites14 out of your way.
But I will not drive them out in a single year, because the land would become desolate and the wild animals15 too numerous for you.
Little by little I will drive them out before you, until you have increased enough to take possession16 of the land.
"I will establish your borders from the Red Seaa to the Sea of the Philistines,b and from the desert to the River.c17 I will hand over to you the people who live in the land and you will drive them out18 before you.
Do not make a covenant19 with them or with their gods.
Do not let them live in your land, or they will cause you to sin against me, because the worship of their gods will certainly be a snare20 to you."