Numbers 33:52

52 drive out all the inhabitants of the land before you. Destroy all their carved images and their cast idols, and demolish all their high places.

Numbers 33:52 in Other Translations

KJV
52 Then ye shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, and destroy all their pictures, and destroy all their molten images, and quite pluck down all their high places:
ESV
52 then you shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you and destroy all their figured stones and destroy all their metal images and demolish all their high places.
NLT
52 you must drive out all the people living there. You must destroy all their carved and molten images and demolish all their pagan shrines.
MSG
52 drive out the native population before you, destroy their carved idols, destroy their cast images, level their worship-mounds
CSB
52 you must drive out all the inhabitants of the land before you, destroy all their stone images and cast images, and demolish all their high places.

Numbers 33:52 Meaning and Commentary

Numbers 33:52

Then ye shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from
before you
Not at once, but gradually; and the sense is, that they should use their utmost endeavours wholly to extirpate them:

and destroy all their pictures;
their idolatrous ones; the pictures of their gods, or the statues and figured stones of them: the Targum of Jonathan interprets it,

``all the temples of their worship;''

and the Jerusalem Targum,

``all their idols;''

so called, as Jarchi notes, because they covered the floor with a pavement of marble stones, to worship upon them by the stretching out of their hands and feet, according to ( Leviticus 26:1 ) ,

and destroy all their molten images;
of gold, silver

and quite pluck down all their high places;
their temples, groves, and altars built upon them.

Numbers 33:52 In-Context

50 On the plains of Moab by the Jordan across from Jericho the LORD said to Moses,
51 “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘When you cross the Jordan into Canaan,
52 drive out all the inhabitants of the land before you. Destroy all their carved images and their cast idols, and demolish all their high places.
53 Take possession of the land and settle in it, for I have given you the land to possess.
54 Distribute the land by lot, according to your clans. To a larger group give a larger inheritance, and to a smaller group a smaller one. Whatever falls to them by lot will be theirs. Distribute it according to your ancestral tribes.

Cross References 1

  • 1. Exodus 23:24; Exodus 34:13; S Leviticus 26:1; Deuteronomy 7:2,5; Deuteronomy 12:3; Joshua 11:12; Psalms 106:34-36