Punishment of Community Idolatry
13:12 Suppose you should hear in one of your cities, which the Lord your God is giving you as a place to live, that 13:13 some evil people 1 have departed from among you to entice the inhabitants of their cities, 2 saying, “Let’s go and serve other gods” (whom you have not known before). 3 13:14 You must investigate thoroughly and inquire carefully. If it is indeed true that such a disgraceful thing is being done among you, 4 13:15 you must by all means 5 slaughter the inhabitants of that city with the sword; annihilate 6 with the sword everyone in it, as well as the livestock. 13:16 You must gather all of its plunder into the middle of the plaza 7 and burn the city and all its plunder as a whole burnt offering to the Lord your God. It will be an abandoned ruin 8 forever – it must never be rebuilt again. 13:17 You must not take for yourself anything that has been placed under judgment. 9 Then the Lord will relent from his intense anger, show you compassion, have mercy on you, and multiply you as he promised your ancestors.