The Lord had made a covenant with them and commanded them, "You shall not worship other gods or bow yourselves to them or serve them or sacrifice to them,
but you shall worship the Lord, who brought you out of the land of Egypt with great power and with an outstretched arm; you shall bow yourselves to him, and to him you shall sacrifice.
The statutes and the ordinances and the law and the commandment that he wrote for you, you shall always be careful to observe. You shall not worship other gods;
you shall not forget the covenant that I have made with you. You shall not worship other gods,
but you shall worship the Lord your God; he will deliver you out of the hand of all your enemies."
They would not listen, however, but they continued to practice their former custom.
So these nations worshiped the Lord, but also served their carved images; to this day their children and their children's children continue to do as their ancestors did.
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