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 23:13 know for certain that the Lord our God will no longer drive out these nations from before you. They will trap and ensnare you; 15 they will be a whip that tears 16 your sides and thorns that blind 17 your eyes until you disappear 18 from this good land the Lord your God gave you.
23:14 “Look, today I am about to die. 19 You know with all your heart and being 20 that not even one of all the faithful promises the Lord your God made to you is left unfulfilled; every one was realized – not one promise is unfulfilled! 21 23:15 But in the same way every faithful promise the Lord your God made to you has been realized, 22 it is just as certain, if you disobey, that the Lord will bring on you every judgment 23 until he destroys you from this good land which the Lord your God gave you. 23:16 If you violate the covenantal laws of the Lord your God which he commanded you to keep, 24 and follow, worship, and bow down to other gods, 25 the Lord will be very angry with you and you will disappear 26 quickly from the good land which he gave to you.”