Beware of Idolatry

15 (A)“Take careful heed to yourselves, for you saw no (B)form when the Lord spoke to you at Horeb out of the midst of the fire, 16 lest you (C)act corruptly and (D)make for yourselves a carved image in the [a]form of any figure: (E)the likeness of male or female, 17 the likeness of any animal that is on the earth or the likeness of any winged bird that flies in the air, 18 the likeness of anything that creeps on the ground or the likeness of any fish that is in the water beneath the earth. 19 And take heed, lest you (F)lift your eyes to heaven, and when you see the sun, the moon, and the stars, (G)all the host of heaven, you feel driven to (H)worship them and serve them, which the Lord your God has [b]given to all the peoples under the whole heaven as a heritage. 20 But the Lord has taken you and (I)brought you out of the iron furnace, out of Egypt, to be (J)His people, an inheritance, as you are this day. 21 Furthermore (K)the Lord was angry with me for your sakes, and swore that (L)I would not cross over the Jordan, and that I would not enter the good land which the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance. 22 But (M)I must die in this land, (N)I must not cross over the Jordan; but you shall cross over and [c]possess (O)that good land. 23 Take heed to yourselves, lest you forget the covenant of the Lord your God which He made with you, (P)and make for yourselves a carved image in the form of anything which the Lord your God has forbidden you. 24 For (Q)the Lord your God is a consuming fire, (R)a jealous God.

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Footnotes

  1. Deuteronomy 4:16 similitude
  2. Deuteronomy 4:19 divided
  3. Deuteronomy 4:22 take possession of