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23 You shall not make alongside of me gods of silver, nor shall you make for yourselves gods of gold.(A) 24 An altar of earth make for me, and sacrifice upon it your burnt offerings and communion sacrifices, your sheep and your oxen.(B) In every place where I cause my name to be invoked[a] I will come to you and bless you. 25 But if you make an altar of stone for me,(C) do not build it of cut stone, for by putting a chisel to it you profane it.

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  1. 20:24 Where I cause my name to be invoked: i.e., at the sacred site where God wishes to be worshiped. Dt 12 will demand the centralization of all sacrificial worship in one place chosen by God.

23 Do not make any gods to be alongside me;(A) do not make for yourselves gods of silver or gods of gold.(B)

24 “‘Make an altar(C) of earth for me and sacrifice on it your burnt offerings(D) and fellowship offerings, your sheep and goats and your cattle. Wherever I cause my name(E) to be honored, I will come to you and bless(F) you. 25 If you make an altar of stones for me, do not build it with dressed stones, for you will defile it if you use a tool(G) on it.

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