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or associate with these nations that remain near[a] you. You must not invoke or make solemn declarations by the names of their gods![b] You must not worship[c] or bow down to them!

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  1. Joshua 23:7 tn Heb “with.”
  2. Joshua 23:7 tn Heb “and in the name of their gods you must not invoke and you must not make solemn declarations.” The words “and you must not make solemn declarations” are omitted in the LXX and may represent a later scribal addition to elucidate the immediately preceding command. The Hiphil of שָׁבַע (shavaʿ) without an object occurs only here and in Josh 6:26.
  3. Joshua 23:7 tn Or “serve.”