23:9 “The Lord drove out from before you great and mighty nations; no one has been able to resist you 1 to this very day. 23:10 One of you makes a thousand run away, 2 for the Lord your God fights for you 3 as he promised you he would. 4 23:11 Watch yourselves carefully! Love the Lord your God! 5 23:12 But if you ever turn away and make alliances with 6 these nations that remain near you, 7 and intermarry with them and establish friendly relations with them, 8 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; 9 they will be a whip that tears 10 your sides and thorns that blind 11 your eyes until you disappear 12 from this good land the Lord your God gave you.