23:6 Be very strong! Carefully obey 1 all that is written in the law scroll of Moses so you won’t swerve from it to the right or the left, 23:7 or associate with these nations that remain near 2 you. You must not invoke or make solemn declarations by the names of their gods! 3 You must not worship 4 or bow down to them! 23:8 But you must be loyal to 5 the Lord your God, as you have been 6 to this very day.
23:9 “The Lord drove out from before you great and mighty nations; no one has been able to resist you 7 to this very day. 23:10 One of you makes a thousand run away, 8 for the Lord your God fights for you 9 as he promised you he would. 10 23:11 Watch yourselves carefully! Love the Lord your God! 11 23:12 But if you ever turn away and make alliances with 12 these nations that remain near you, 13 and intermarry with them and establish friendly relations with them, 14