Deuteronomy 16:21

21 Do not set up any wooden Asherah pole beside the altar you build to the LORD your God,

Read Deuteronomy 16:21 Using Other Translations

Thou shalt not plant thee a grove of any trees near unto the altar of the LORD thy God, which thou shalt make thee.
"You shall not plant any tree as an Asherah beside the altar of the LORD your God that you shall make.
“You must never set up a wooden Asherah pole beside the altar you build for the LORD your God.

What does Deuteronomy 16:21 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Deuteronomy 16:21

Thou shall not plant thee a grove of any trees
Of any sort of trees, as oaks or any other; not but that it was lawful to plant trees and groves of them, but not for a religious or idolatrous use: particularly

near unto the altar of the Lord thy God, which thou shalt make thee;
as the Heathens did near their altars, lest it should be thought to be done for a like superstitious and idolatrous use; which evil the Jews sometimes fell into in the times of wicked reigns, and which their good and pious kings removed and destroyed; see ( 2 Kings 18:4 ) ( 21:3 ) ( 2 Kings 23:4 2 Kings 23:7 2 Kings 23:14 2 Kings 23:15 ) and Hecataeus F2, an Heathen historian, relates of the city of Jerusalem, that there were there no image, nor plantation, nor grove, nor any such thing.


FOOTNOTES:

F2 Apud Euseb. Praepar. Evangel. l. 9. c. 4. p. 408.
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