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"Do not turn to mediums or spiritists; do not seek them out to be defiled by them. I am the LORD your God." (Leviticus 19:31) The literal commandment is that we should not seek out spirits (through mediums or spiritists).

Last modified on 03 January 2015

"Do not turn to mediums or spiritists; do not seek them out to be defiled by them. I am the LORD your God." (Leviticus 19:31) The literal commandment is that we should not turn to (consult) mediums or spiritists.

Last modified on 03 January 2015

"You shall not give any of your offspring to offer them to Molech, nor shall you profane the name of your God; I am the LORD." (Leviticus 18:21)

The literal commandment is that we should not give any of our offspring (children) to offer them to Molech.

Last modified on 24 October 2016

"You shall not set up for yourself a sacred pillar which the LORD your God hates." (Deuteronomy 16:22) The literal commandment is that we should not set up for ourselves a pillar.

Last modified on 03 January 2015

"You shall not make for yourselves idols, nor shall you set up for yourselves an image or a sacred pillar, nor shall you place a figured stone in your land to bow down to it; for I am the LORD your God." (Leviticus 26:1)

The literal commandment is that we should not place a figured stone in our land to bow down to it.  The Hebrew text of this verse can alternately be translated and understood to mean that we should not prostrate ourselves on a figured/carved/worked stone.

Last modified on 10 September 2016

"You shall not plant for yourself an Asherah of any kind of tree beside the altar of the LORD your God, which you shall make for yourself." (Deuteronomy 16:21) The literal commandment of this verse tells us that we should not plant an Asherah [pole] of any kind of tree beside the altar of the LORD our G-d.

Last modified on 03 January 2015

"You shall utterly destroy all the places where the nations whom you shall dispossess serve their gods, on the high mountains and on the hills and under every green tree. You shall tear down their altars and smash their sacred pillars and burn their Asherim with fire, and you shall cut down the engraved images of their gods and obliterate their name from that place." (Deuteronomy 12:2) The literal commandment is that we should destroy idols and the items associated with them in "all the places where the nations whom you shall dispossess serve their gods".

Last modified on 03 January 2015

"The graven images of their gods you are to burn with fire; you shall not covet the silver or the gold that is on them, nor take it for yourselves, or you will be snared by it, for it is an abomination to the LORD your God. You shall not bring an abomination into your house, and like it come under the ban; you shall utterly detest it and you shall utterly abhor it, for it is something banned." (Deuteronomy 7:25-26) The literal commandment is that we should not bring an abomination (an idol) into our house. Included in the literal meaning of "bringing something into your house" is a Hebrew idiom that means to make something your own: e.g. a man brings his new bride "into his house" when they are married. In this manner a person could "derive benefit" from making an idol his own possession.

Last modified on 03 January 2015

"The graven images of their gods you are to burn with fire; you shall not covet the silver or the gold that is on them, nor take it for yourselves, or you will be snared by it, for it is an abomination to the LORD your God. You shall not bring an abomination into your house, and like it come under the ban; you shall utterly detest it and you shall utterly abhor it, for it is something banned." (Deuteronomy 7:25-26) The literal commandment is that we should not covet the silver or the gold that is on idols or take it for ourselves.

Last modified on 03 January 2015

"When the LORD your God brings you into the land where you are entering to possess it, and clears away many nations before you, the Hittites and the Girgashites and the Amorites and the Canaanites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites, seven nations greater and stronger than you, and when the LORD your God delivers them before you and you defeat them, then you shall utterly destroy them. You shall make no covenant with them and show no favor to them." (Deuteronomy 7:25-26) The literal commandment is that we should make no covenant with the idolaters.

Last modified on 03 January 2015

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