For the Lord thy God is a jealous God among you
He was near to them, in the midst of them, his tabernacle being placed between their camps; and was a God jealous of his honour and glory in matters of worship, and would resent any affront given him in that way:
lest the anger of the Lord thy God be kindled against
there being nothing more apt to stir up his wrath than idolatry:
and destroy thee from off the face of the
suffer them to be carried captive out of their own land, and to be scattered among the nations of the world, and be utterly destroyed.